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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Is The Hawaii Legislature Criminalizing Homeless People?

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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

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  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...]