Maui County Mayor, Councilmember Throw Hissy Fits Over Garbage

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You have no idea how much I love this election. Not the national races or the four-way race to be governor–those are dull beyond belief. No, I'm talking about the Maui County Council elections–specifically, Mayor Alan Arakawa's and Councilman Mike White's reelection fights. The best part is that Arakawa and White (who's running a tough campaign against former Councilman Mike Molina, who's currently an aide to Arakawa) have been sparring so much … [Read more...]

Maui County Councilman Riki Hokama To Hold Big Money Fundraiser In Honolulu

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State Campaign Spending Commission (CSC) records show that Maui County Councilman Riki Hokama has held one fundraiser in the last two years. It was a modest $50/head deal at the Maui Beach Hotel on June 26, 2013. This isn't surprising considering that the councilman who represents Lanai rarely has to campaign for office (he's unopposed in his reelection bid this year). But times are changing. Hokama–though he has no opponent going into the … [Read more...]

CORRECTED: This Thursday, Aug. 14: Maui County Councilman Mike White To Speak At TEA Party Maui Gathering

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For those of you just joining us, Maui County Councilman Mike White is in trouble. Two years ago he was unopposed when he ran for reelection to the Makawao-Haiku-Paia seat on the council, but this year he had to face three challengers. One of them, former Maui County Councilman Mike Molina, ended up being the top vote winner in the Hawaii Primary Election. Here are the final results of that vote: Mike Molina:                11,125 votes … [Read more...]

Damn, Hawaii Carpenters Really Hate Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran

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Maui County Council races are usually sleepy, low-contact affairs with lots of smiles and roadside sign-waving. But this year's three-way race for the West Maui council seat is different. Elle Cochran, a slow-growth devotee and Save Honolua activist who ran for reelection unopposed in 2012, is now facing two challengers: Rick Nava and Ka'ala Buenconsejo. Of those two, Buenconsejo is the better funded, with a little more than $9,000 in his … [Read more...]

Maui County Councilman Don Guzman Wants Volunteers To Fix County Parks Dept. Shambles

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Last time we checked, the County of Maui Parks Department was a mess. Director Glenn Correa–the subject of a Maui Police investigation into... something–is gone, and the state Attorney General's office is currently looking into the department for... something. We tried to ask new Parks chief Brianne Savage, but she refused to sit down with us "until things are a bit more settled," whenever that might be. In the mean time, the cleanliness and … [Read more...]

County Of Maui Thinking About Banning Styrofoam Containers

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  The ubiquitous plate lunch has found a home in large polystyrene (known commercially as Styrofoam) containers since the dawn of time (or perhaps a bit later). But for those of you who largely subsist on large quantities of chicken katsu and loco moco, be warned that we may be living in the final days of the Great Styrofoam Era on Maui. On Monday, July 28, the Maui County Council's Infrastructure and Environmental Management … [Read more...]

Maui County Council primary elections are normally bland, but this year’s four-way race over Mike White’s Makawao-Haiku-Paia district is different

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He says it used to happen a lot more, but the last time was at about four or five years ago. Mike Molina was still a Maui County Councilmember then, and he’d just walked into the Burger King on Dairy Road in Kahului. Immediately, he says, the woman behind the counter began giggling. He says she then got her manager. “They thought I was Rick Moranis,” Molina is telling me at Wailuku Coffee Co. one recent Thursday morning. As he’s telling me … [Read more...]

Will The County of Maui Overreach As It Tries To Regulate Downhill Bike Tours?

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West Maui Cycles in Lahaina is like a lot of bike shops. It’s relatively small, offers a nice selection of road and mountain bikes for sale and has a maintenance and repair shop. It also rents bikes–even offers maps so visitors can find a few local sites and, more importantly, not get lost. “I do not offer tours,” said owner James Boote. “Never have.” But under proposed new regulations currently pending before a Maui County Council committee, … [Read more...]

This Friday, Apr. 4: Maui County Council To Vote On MAUIWatch Lawsuit Special Counsel

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I’m afraid this is becoming an all-ACLU column. But this Friday, Apr. 4, the Maui County Council is supposed to approve the Corporation Counsel’s request to hire the Honolulu law firm Marr Jones & Wang in Neldon Mamuad’s lawsuit against the county over his MAUIWatch Facebook page. Long story short, Mamuad–a part-time aide to Councilman Don Guzman and a volunteer Liquor Commissioner–started a Facebook page called TAGUMAWatch (named for the … [Read more...]

Test Your Knowledge Of Oprah’s New Tea and What’s Next For The Giggle Hill Playground

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1. This week Starbucks, Teavana and sometime-Maui resident Oprah Winfrey announced that all three would partner on a new tea, known as Oprah Chai Tea. Which of the following ingredients is NOT in the new tea? A. Mint B. Cloves C. Cardamom D. Ginger E. Cinnamon   2. On Mar. 25, the Maui County Council voted on the First Reading of an appropriation for the Department of Parks to give to the Haiku Community Association for … [Read more...]