NOAA: ‘Opihi Could Be Saving Itself From Climate Change


With political candidates like Mufi Hannemann vowing to bring about inter-island high-speed ferry service should he get elected governor, it's fashionable to look back at the opposition to the Hawaii Superferry five or six years ago and deride it as nothing more than a bunch of pesky environmentalists. In fact, a lot of local residents on Maui opposed the auto ferry for reasons that had nothing to do with whether there had been enough … [Read more...]

Newest U.S. Energy Security Council Appointee Linda Lingle Really Knows Gas


For all of you out there wondering whatever became of former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle (you know who you are), I have some important new information for you. Turns out she’s gone and joined something called the U.S. Energy Security Council. “Governor Lingle brings to the council a unique perspective and wealth of experience in running a state whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, a sector which is severely impacted when oil prices … [Read more...]

Former Republican Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle Strikes Back In Bid For U.S. Senate Seat


By Jacob Shafer The moment was so perfect it was almost surreal. St. Paul, Minnesota, September 2008. The Republican National Convention. A giant American flag projected on the wall dissolves into a sea of red. Deep, blood red. A woman, dressed in a dark gray pantsuit and the hint of a pink shirt, strides to the lectern and flashes a confident, knowing smile. The assembled crowd roars. Sarah Palin, right? Try again: Linda Lingle – “the … [Read more...]

Will Maui’s Speaker Emeritus Joseph Souki Drop ‘Emeritus’ From Title?

'Dip in Water, See What Happens'

Seems there's a chance that a group of "dissidents" in the state House of Representatives are attempting to replace Speaker Calvin Say with Maui's own beloved Speaker Emeritus Joe Souki, says today's Maui News. And Souki is taking it at least somewhat seriously: "I think it depends at this point on how much I really want it," said Souki, who was approached over the phone by anonymous House members saying they had 18 votes for him. "If the … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST POLITICAL ACTIVIST: Irene Bowie #BOM2012

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It’s always nice to see our readers acknowledge the hard work and dedication of an activist not often seen in the spotlight. Irene Bowie is definitely that person. Since 2007, Bowie has been the president (and the lone full-time employee) of the non-profit slow-growth group Maui Tomorrow. A resident of Maui since 1978, Bowie helped found the Pacific Whale Foundation and has long been one of the leaders in the fights against the island’s … [Read more...]

Candidate Linda Lingle!


LINDA LINGLE U.S. Senate • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri • Pre-politics profession: Newspaper Publisher • Electoral Win/Loss Record: 9/1 • First electoral victory: Maui County Council, 1980 • Supports: Furloughing teachers, Kahului Airport expansion, more tourism, Honolulu rail • Opposes: Hawaii Superferry environmental review, civil unions, more protections for endangered Hawaiian monk seals • Gets campaign donations … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Gives Lame Names To Old Hawaii Superferries


That's right, folks: Your United States Navy–which finally took possession of the old Hawaii Superferry vessels Alakai and Huakai a few months ago after the company (which operated for just a couple years under great controversy) finally went bust–has renamed them. They're now the USNS Guam and USNS Puerto Rico, respectively, according to this Pacific Business News blog post. According to the actual Department of Defense statement put out … [Read more...]

Honolulu Civil Beat Checks Linda Lingle – Hard!


By Anthony Pignataro In October 2007, then-Governor Linda Lingle testified before a state House committee on legislation she was pushing that would grant a special, unprecedented exemption to Hawaii’s environmental laws for a single corporation: Hawaii Superferry, Inc. Both Lingle–the Superferry’s greatest booster, then or since–and the few Democrats arrayed against her knew the stakes were high. “Do you realize this is a major policy … [Read more...]

Hawaii Superferries For Sale!


At long last, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today that it's auctioning of the old Hawaii Superferries, named Alakai and Huakai. Considering that the vessels haven't really been used since Hawaii Superferry, LLC. went belly-up in May 2009 (Huakai apparently never even entered the Pacific), the government is selling them as a two-boat package "as is, where is," which means bidders are gonna have … [Read more...]

Reviving The Superferry…On Your Dime?


To say the Hawaii Superferry was flawed is like saying the Titanic had minor iceberg issues. The litany of problems—legal, environmental, cultural—that made the boat a colossal boondoggle and ultimately led the state Supreme Court to order it out of the water in early 2009 have been well documented. At the same time, no one denies that a well-run, carefully launched and financially viable inter-island ferry service would be a boon for … [Read more...]