The Return Of Former Linda Lingle Chief of Staff Bob Awana

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In politics, like soap operas, no one is truly gone until he or she is dead (and even then, there are exceptions). Case in point is one Bob Awana, the former chief of staff for Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle who resigned in 2007 amid myriad stories about an alleged international extortion racket he found himself in. That summer, a number of publications around Hawaii–including MauiTime–chased the story, which involved blackmail, overseas trips by … [Read more...]

2013 MauiTime Year In Review

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Let’s call 2013 the Year of Ends. Ex-National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who is now in exile in Russia after fleeing Hawaii with millions of secret documents, ended any feeling we had that the Obama Administration cared more about civil liberties than his predecessors. South African President Nelson Mandela’s death brought an end to a time when people actually seemed to like a world leader. The dark but popular television … [Read more...]

Hawaii Legislative Special Session On Same-Sex Marriage Starts Today

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Well, this is it. At 10am this morning, the Hawaii State Legislature went into Special Session to deal with, among other things, the issue of same-sex marriage. Ironically, after all the decades of controversy and missed opportunities, the issue today seems not to be if Governor Neil Abercrombie's proposed legislation will pass, but by how much. "This passage is inevitable," House Speaker Joe Souki, D-Wailuku, said in the Oct. 27 Maui News … [Read more...]

We Talk To Maui Public Defender Wendy Hudson About Her Office’s Limitations, Caseload And What To Do When You Get Arrested

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The Maui Police Department has a brand new armored truck. State law conceals the identities of active duty police officers who’ve been busted by Internal Affairs. Filming a cop on a public street–an act protected by the U.S. Constitution and has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court–will get you arrested and charged with a crime, as our publisher found out (his case is still pending). Call it the militarization of society. And it’s not just … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

2012 MauiTime Year In Review

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So much for the world not ending last week. I know. What a bummer. Can you think of a better way to fix climate change, the rise of dangerous fungi and antibiotic resistant bacteria, soul-crushing poverty, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, the ruinous drug war, Michael Bay movies, government debt, ocean acidification, avian flu, school shootings, traffic fatalities, targeted drone assassinations, Katy Perry songs, corporate crime, garbage … [Read more...]

Breaking: U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye Passes Away

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Going with the theme of death and worlds coming to an end that seems to be all the rage this week, we'd like to take a moment to discuss the sad passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. According to this Honolulu Star-Advertiser article, Inouye died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center of a respiratory ailment at about noon Hawaii time today. He was 88. Inouye has been in the hospital for about a week, suffering from respiratory … [Read more...]

Here’s Our Take On The 2012 Election for Maui, Hawaii And The Nation #HIVote

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Guess we don’t have Linda Lingle to kick around anymore. On Election night, the former two-term Republican Governor of Hawaii who had trounced Democrat Mazie Hirono at the polls a decade ago, was herself shown the door in her bid to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D–Hawaii). The final summary vote tally, released by the state Office of Elections at nearly 3am Wednesday morning, showed Congresswoman Hirono beating Lingle by more than … [Read more...]

Party’s Over At Maui Republican Party HQ #HIVote

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With Democrat Mazie Hirono leading Republican Linda Lingle 63 percent to 36 percent on the 2nd printout, it's no wonder the party ended early at Lingle's Maui HQ … [Read more...]

First Hawaii Vote Printout Released: Kaniela Ing Beating George Fontaine in 11th Dist State Rep; No Other Surprises #HIVote

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Keep in mind the first printout represents "0 out of 250" precincts, meaning that it shows only early walk-in and absentee votes. And, as we expected, it doesn't hold any surprises: In the Hawaii U.S. Senate race, Democrat Mazie Hirono is leading Republican Linda Lingle 62.9 percent to 35.5 percent. In the 2nd District U.S. Congress race, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard is leading Republican Kawika Crowley 77.9 percent to 17.6 percent. Incumbent … [Read more...]