This Week’s News Quiz: Maui Musicians & Criminal Justice Bills

Gov. Neil Abercrombie

  1. Last week Hawaii News Now reported that this summer a local Maui musician will start teaching a songwriting class at University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus. Who is the musician? A. George Kahumoku Jr. B. Willie K C. Paula Fuga D. Kanoa E. Tom Conway   2. Sundays are typically the biggest days of the week for daily newspapers. Which of these stories–all of which ran in The Maui News on Sunday, June … [Read more...]

Talking Story With Jill Engledow About Her New Novel ‘The Island Decides’ And What Maui Was Like During The Hippie Days


It’s hard to believe now, but 40-plus years ago Maui went to war over hippies. The long-haired idealists had been coming to the island since 1967 at least, but at first, locals had welcomed them. By 1970, this welcome had considerably soured. “These are parasites who deride our society, contribute nothing to it, but use the services provided by our ‘grubby’ tax dollars to further indolent, squalid existence,” The Maui News editorialized around … [Read more...]

‘Maui News’ Press Breaks On One Day You Should Read The Paper


That's right, kids: don't bother looking for your shiny new Friday editions of The Maui News on your porches, driveways or even rooftops today. According to a publisher's note posted on their website this morning, their press is broken and no papers are going out until this afternoon or, perhaps, Saturday. That's a shame because Wailuku attorney Ben Lowenthal, who writes the paper's State of Aloha column every other Friday, has a real keeper … [Read more...]

‘Maui News’ Fumbles Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling On Maui County Council Open Meeting Violation


Not sure if you’ve noticed, but on Aug. 1 The Maui News finally erected a paywall on its website ( From now on, visitors to the paper’s website will have to pay to read articles that, for the last dozen or so years, the paper has saw fit to give away to readers for free (and news organizations like this publication, and official County of Maui emailed notifications still offer for free). But don’t think the News isn’t … [Read more...]

Mysterious Maui News Reporter Covers Former Maui County Family Court Judge Mimi DesJardins’ Trial


So it looks like Maui has lost a judge to criminal activity. On Thursday, May 9, Maui Family Court judge Mimi DesJardins pleaded no contest to a single charge of tampering with a government record. The state Attorney General’s office originally charged her with 10 counts, but her plea deal brought it down to one. In fact, DesJardins went out of her way not to fight the case, resigning back on April 23, the day the AG first filed a criminal … [Read more...]

Publisher: @TheMauiNewsHI Preparing To Put Up Online Paywall


It isn’t every day (or decade) that the Maui Weekly reports an actual news story, but stranger things have happened. According to a story in that paper’s April 25 issue, Maui News Publisher Joe Bradley has decided to put up a new online paywall for the daily sometime in the next few months. “We have to charge or we will go out of business,” Bradley reportedly said at a Rotary Club meeting in Kihei about six weeks ago, according to the Maui … [Read more...]

What Did We Learn From Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Reversal On Recycling Center Closures?


When a friend of mine texted to tell me that Mayor Alan Arakawa was closing all the county recycling centers, I didn't believe her. I dismissed it, saying something like, "I don't think the mayor's that stupid." Recycling is one of those subjects that should bring people together. After all, what's controversial about asking people to be responsible when disposing of the waste they create? That we all live on an island with limited space and … [Read more...]

Maui News, Maui Now Commit ‘Press Release Plagiarism’ In Story On Grave Gathering

Walter Cronkite - the school of journalism at ASU that bears his name takes a dim view of "press release plagiarism"

In the world of writing, there is no more loaded word than “plagiarism.” It is a very heavy hammer, especially among journalists, and once it hits someone, it nearly always knocks him or her out of the game for good. Though plagiarism seems simple to define–something on the order of “Thou shalt not pass off someone's words and language as your own”–there are degrees to it, some of which are considered far more vile than others. For instance, … [Read more...]

Taking Issue With Recent Maui News Editorial On The Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz


There's no way I was the only person who thought The Maui News' denunciation of Aaron Swartz–an  internet activist who recently killed himself after getting a whole law library thrown at him by a United States Attorney for online hacking that led to him stealing millions of academic research papers–was odd and out of place, even for that paper. On Jan. 16 that great bastion of law and justice otherwise known as The Maui News editorial page puffed … [Read more...]

Honua’lua Says LUC Threatening Its Workforce Housing, Even Though There Are No Plans To Build Said Workforce Housing

Couldn't Honua'lua just build this?

We see increases in so much these days (gas prices, ice cap melting, jokes about unused furniture) that it's almost refreshing to see something stagnate. What isn't increasing these days is the number of homes affordable to people who don’t pull in $200,000 or more every year. So-called “workforce housing” has long been a demand of county residents who look askance at modestly sized homes carrying $500,000 price tags, but land developers are … [Read more...]