Maui County Youth Attend Global Youth Leadership Summit in San Diego

As you read this, 40 young members of the Hawaii Leaders Core are gaining valuable leadership experience as they take part in the Global Youth Leadership Summit, an esteemed international convention at the University of California, San Diego. Running July 20-24, this five-day program allows children ages 14 to 17 from all over the world to unlock their leadership potential. Those attending the conference are participating in small group … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor’s Race Dwindles To Five Candidates When Maui PD Arrests Nelson Waikiki

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And then there were five. Last night, Maui Police arrested Maui mayoral candidate Nelson Waikiki moments after the big forum at Seabury Hall in Olinda concluded, states a Maui PD news release just sent out. The news release is pretty thin on why the police took Waikiki into custody, but this story in today's Maui News states that it was because "he failed to comply with conditions of his release" from prison after "pleading guilty to four felony … [Read more...]

UPDATED AGAIN: Embattled Maui County Parks Dept. Director Glenn Correa Retires

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[Editor's note: I updated this post on June 18 with information from an official press release sent out by Mayor Alan Arakawa's office, which wasn't yet available when I first posted this on June 17.] [Second Editor's note: I further updated this post on June 19 to include a statement from the Attorney General's office] Maui County Parks Department Director Glenn T. Correa, who was placed on administrative leave back in February while the … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa Endorses Mufi Hannemann For Hawaii Governor

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There are a dozen people running for Hawaii Governor this year (including Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who despite low poll numbers apparently would like a second term), but Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa has apparently already chosen his favorite: former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “I know in my heart of hearts that Mufi Hannemann is the best administrator," Arakawa said in a June 13 press release from Hannemann's campaign. "He is very … [Read more...]

An Early Look At The Money In Maui County’s 2014 Election

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“In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”  -Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America With that bit of optimism, here's my first look at the influence of money in the Maui County's 2014 election. The first real campaign finance reports from candidate committees aren't due for another month (the deadline … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Seven People Want To Be Maui County Mayor For Some Reason

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Yesterday the Hawaii Office of Elections released the official roster of official political candidates. The primary election isn't until Aug. 9, but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun with them now. Here are the candidates for Maui County Mayor, in alphabetical order, exactly as they appear on the ballot: ARAWAKA, Alan M.: The incumbent Maui County Mayor. HAWKES, Beau E.: Owner/proprietor of The Maui Wowie, which sells bamboo … [Read more...]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Gives State Of The County, And Saw That It Was Good

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So last night Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa delivered the fourth and last State of the County address at the Maui Art & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. We couldn't make it, but have a copy of the speech and today's Maui News, which described the attending crowd as "standing room only." Speeches like this, whether they're given by mayors, governors or presidents, have three main points. The first is to make clear to the audience … [Read more...]

Hey Kids, It’s Maui County Community Budget Meeting Time!

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We know the county doesn't thrash out a new budget until May, but that's no reason why you can't start discussing spending and revenue priorities now. "Feedback from these meetings provides valuable direction to for us," said Mayor Alan Arakawa in an Aug. 22 press release. "I would invite and encourage all residents of Maui County to take some time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts on how we create a balanced budget that … [Read more...]

Earth To Maui Residents: County Council Members Have Long Hated The Sunshine Law

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So it looks like open meeting lawsuits against the Maui County Council are becoming a regular thing. On Aug. 19, according to this story (subscription required) in today's Maui News, some Ka'anapali timeshare owners associations filed suit against the county saying "a Sunshine Law violation occurred when council members considered property tax rates for fiscal 2014." As expected, this new lawsuit cites the Aug. 8 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling in … [Read more...]

County of Maui Unveils Red, White and Blue Sparkly Seats on New Double Decker Bus

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Remember back in March the County of Maui announced that it was adding a big new (used) $378,362 double decker bus to its public transportation fleet? Well, on Saturday, July 6, the bus finally went into service. And while the county had sent out numerous photos of the pastel white, green and blue flowery exterior of the bus back in March, they were clearly holding out on us. Because as the photo above clearly shows, the interior of the bus is … [Read more...]