Is Hawaii Missing Out On Big Weed Money?


Unless you’re following Libertarian Jeff Davis, you’re probably not hearing a lot about legalizing marijuana in all the Hawaii Governor’s race commercials and forums. Davis, like a good Libertarian, is for it. “If I’m elected, we’re gonna legalize marijuana and treat it like wine,” the website Motherboard quoted Davis as saying back in August. “You’ll be smoking pot in the governor’s mansion.” Alas, Davis is the only candidate in the race … [Read more...]

Even Thoughtful, Sensitive ‘Cultural Heritage Tourism’ In Hawaii Can Bring Big Bucks


Given that Hawaii’s economy continues to live and die on the fortunes of tourism, Pacific Business News last week gave us a brief primer on the virtues of “cultural heritage tourism.” On Sept. 24, in anticipation of the Hawaii Heritage & Hospitality Forum in Honolulu at the end of October, Pacific Business News posted a short interview with “cultural heritage tourism” expert Andrew Witt. Instead of luring tourists to Hawaii with things like … [Read more...]

In Rare Show Of Opinion, Maui News Editorializes That Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’–And Racist TR Himself–Are ‘Wonderful’


Ah, Theodore Roosevelt. Is there any American president so revered? His mug is even chiseled into the side of Mount Rushmore. We call him a "progressive" today for supporting for things like land preservation and not supporting guys working in unsafe sausage factories that got ground up into said sausage, and to be fair, these are indeed progressive viewpoints (a century ago or now). Often the subject of sprawling hagiographies and sweeping … [Read more...]

Amazed That Two Hurricanes Are Threatening Hawaii This Week? Get Used To It.


There have been many stories about Hurricanes Iselle and Julio coming to Hawaii this week, and virtually all of them mention how rare and unusual it is to have even one large named storm threaten the state (the last one that actually caused substantial damage was Hurricane Iniki, which hit Kauai in 1992–as a Category 4 storm, it was far more intense than either storm currently headed to Hawaii). "It is rare for two storms to threaten Hawaii so … [Read more...]

2014 Hawaii Primary Election Endorsements


For us political junkies, the late summer of an even-numbered year is a magical time. Our airwaves, email and inboxes get jammed with misleading, often shameless propaganda. Battalions of volunteers line roadsides to wave colorful but still bland signs at passing motorists. And, for the true believers, forums pop up at community centers around the island, where earnest residents can sit on metal folding chairs while someone at the front of the … [Read more...]

Washington Post Says Hawaii Election Polling Is ‘Notoriously Unreliable’


Well, this is it–the final week before the Hawaii Primary Election on Aug. 9. So who’s going to win? Depends on which candidate you ask, or which poll you read. And if it seems to you that polls around here–which, right now, seem to show both incumbent U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and challenger Rep. Colleen Hanabusa leading in the Democratic Senate race–aren’t very helpful, take heart: others around the country have noticed, too. “One problem: … [Read more...]

Hawaii Attorney General Announces Slamming Settlement With Four Credit Card Companies


It was a little over two years ago that the State of Hawaii filed suit against a slew of credit card companies, alleging that they were “slamming” customers–signing them up for products they didn’t ask for or ultimately didn’t receive. Well, four of those companies–Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Discover Financial Services and Citibank–have settled with the state for a total of “approximately $11.3 million,” according to a news release from … [Read more...]

The Evil Of Three Lessers: The 2014 Hawaii Governors’ Race


The state Office of Elections' list of candidates for the 2014 election lists 12 individuals running for governor. Looking over the names, we find three Democrats, two Republicans, one Libertarian, one Indpendent and four Non-Partisans. Ten of them hail from Oahu, and the remaining two list Hawaii Island as their home. The first to file was Khis Dejean Caldwell, a non-partisan in Honolulu, way back on Feb. 7, just four days after the filing … [Read more...]

We Ask About Minimum Wages and Future Da Kitchen Locations In This Week’s News Quiz


1. On May 23, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed SB 2609, which will incrementally raise Hawaii’s minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour by 2018. According to a press release sent by the governor’s office that day, when was the last time the state hiked the minimum wage? A. Two years ago B. Five years ago C. Seven years ago D. Eight years ago E. Ten years ago   2. Da Kitchen is planning to open a new … [Read more...]

New Book ‘Sovereign Sugar’ Documents Sugar Industry Impacts On Hawaii


You guys still read books, right? I hope so, because University of Hawaii Press has just released one that has a great deal of importance to everyone who lives on and visits Maui. Written by anthropologist Carol A. MacLennan, Sovereign Sugar describes in fresh detail all the might sugar plantations' environmental and socio-economic impacts on Hawaii over the last century. Ah, sugar. Given the importance the industry had on the development of … [Read more...]