Is The Hawaii Legislature Criminalizing Homeless People?


Today, Civil Beat’s Chad Blair posted a good run-down on bills pending in the Hawaii Legislature that would criminalize homeless people in various ways. House Bill 33 would ban public urination and defecation, HB 2409 would prohibit people from lying down at a bus stop and HB 1660 would prohibit people from “obstructing” a public sidewalk. “I've been reporting on Hawaii's homeless problem for over a decade–at Honolulu Weekly, Hawaii Public … [Read more...]

Here are 20 state bills that deal with law enforcement and criminal justice that you need to know about


  There must be hundreds of proposed bills floating around the state Legislature these days, dealing with all manner of topics. Some are vital, others (probably the majority) are considerably less so. Given the importance of law enforcement and criminal justice, we’ve gone through that vast pile of possible future laws and found 20 that we think our readers should know about. A few of these would make important checks on the power of cops and … [Read more...]

MauiTime Exclusive Fashion Interview with Jonnalynn Lyons of Paia Mercantile Lahaina

  Jonnalynn Lyons, Operations Store Manager  Paia Mercantile Lahaina Gateway Center, Ste. 205, 335 Keawe St. Lahaina, HI. 96761 808-661-1001   Twitter: @PaiaMercantile Facebook: Paia Mercantile Lahaina, Paia Mercantile Paia   How many years experience in the industry? 12+ years altogether in Retail Industry...   How did you get your start in the Fashion Design and/or retail industry? When was this? Did you have any … [Read more...]

State of Hawaii on Verge of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage


This Tuesday, the state Senate will vote again on SB1, the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. After historically long and contentious testimony and debate, the state House of Representatives finally approved the bill in the late hours of Friday, Nov. 8. The final vote there on a version of the bill slightly amended from that approved by the Senate was 30-19, with two members excused from voting. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Clayton Hee, … [Read more...]

Hawaii Health Connector Website Launches

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Muddling your way through the mire of health insurance decisions has become a bit easier in Hawaii with the launch of, a health insurance marketplace website. opened for business last week, allowing residents of the state to have access to insurance plan and rate information in one place. Individuals, families and small business owners can create an account online, review health insurance … [Read more...]

Who Wants To Comment On Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s 20-Year Monopoly Extension Request?


For the last 15 years, Oceanic Time Warner Cable has been Maui County’s sole cable TV provider. And it’s been pretty cool, right? They provide us whatever broadband speeds they like in exchange for whatever they wish to charge us, and if we don’t like it we can cut the coaxial cable and walk away. Oh, and if they want to take a hardball approach to negotiating with something like CBS that involves simply shutting down Showtime at the height of … [Read more...]

FBI Files: Honolulu Agents Kept On Short Leash During 1989 Investigation Into Senator Daniel Inouye’s Alleged ‘Payoff’ From Matson


In the summer of 1989, agents from the Honolulu office of the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) briefly investigated an allegation that the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye had taken a “suitcase full of cash” from Matson Navigation Company, say FBI files released on Sept. 16. The files show that though the agents did carry out a minor investigation into the allegation–which came from an anonymous caller whose identity the bureau was apparently … [Read more...]

Special MauiTime News Quiz!


1. This week Governor Neil Abercrombie called the state Legislature back into special session. What will the special session, which is scheduled for Oct. 28, consider? A. Marijuana legalization. B. Same-sex marriage legalization. C. The banning of GMO foods. D. The labeling of GMO foods. E. All of the above  2. On Sept. 7, The Maui News reported County Auditor Lance Taguchi’s decision on auditing the Mayor Alan Arakawa’s decision to raze … [Read more...]

Super Special Weekly News Quiz On All Things Maui


1. According to an Aug. 25 Honolulu Star-Advertiser story, public schools in Hawaii will need a lot more money next year to cover budget items like payroll and supplies. How much money will the schools need? A. $14 million B. $24 million C. $34 million D. $44 million E. $54 million  2. On Saturday, Aug. 24, a government official visited the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge to talk of the need for our nation to immediately … [Read more...]

Transoceanic Launch Date of Maui Canoe to Be Announced at Kamehameha Day Ho’olaulea


It’s estimated that the first Polynesian voyagers left South-East Asia to explore the Pacific in 1500 BC. Hawaii was settled by these canoe-paddling navigators in 900 AD. And in 1975, the cultural renaissance of recovering and reviving the ancient art of wayfinding began. The voyage of the Hokule'a from Hawaii to Tahiti inspired many, and proved the skills of the ancient Polynesian maritime navigators. Maui’s non-profit group Hui o Wa'a Kaulua … [Read more...]