Of The 4 Men Running For Hawaii Governor, Just Aiona & Ige Have Traction


Large business associations like the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce rarely write good comedy, but earlier this month, when the organization promoted its upcoming Sept. 23 Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, it did exactly that. "Save the date!" the organization tweeted on Sept. 2. "Hear from all 3 leading candidates on initiatives to shape HI's biz climate." The "3 leading candidates" were, of course, Republican James "Duke" Aiona, Democrat David Ige … [Read more...]

This Monday, Sept. 22: HPR Hosts Live Hawaii Governor Candidates Forum


Does the four-way race to be the next Hawaii Governor have you flummoxed? Are you having trouble placing Democratic candidate David Ige? Or understanding why Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann and Republican James "Duke" Aiona are running again? Or remembering the name of Libertarian candidate Jeff Davis? Well, now you have some help. This Monday night, Hawaii Public Radio will host a live candidate's forum. The forum takes place 7-8pm and … [Read more...]

This Saturday, Sept. 13: Democratic Candidates David Ige, Shan Tsutsui Will Appear At Grand Opening Of Their New Maui HQ


If you have no idea how the four-way Hawaii Governor's race is going to shake out, join the crowd. Republican James "Duke" Aiona has run before and lost badly, Democrat David Ige may have smashed incumbent Neil Abercrombie but he's largely unknown to most voters, Independent Mufi Hannemann is probably too well known to the electorate and Libertarian Jeff Davis is, well, a Libertarian (no offense!). In fact, today Honolulu Civil Beat quoted … [Read more...]

Quizunderstood: Who Wants To Be Maui Police Chief?


1. On Aug. 18, The Maui News reported that “nearly 20 people” had applied to be the new Maui Police Chief, though the newspaper said it could only confirm eight names. Which of the following was NOT among those eight the paper said want to be the next Maui Chief? A. Deputy Chief Clayton Tom B. Captain Charles Hirata (retired) C. Lieutenant Bobby Hill (retired) D. Mary Wagner (County of Maui business community plan manager) E. Lieutenant … [Read more...]

NOAA: ‘Opihi Could Be Saving Itself From Climate Change


With political candidates like Mufi Hannemann vowing to bring about inter-island high-speed ferry service should he get elected governor, it's fashionable to look back at the opposition to the Hawaii Superferry five or six years ago and deride it as nothing more than a bunch of pesky environmentalists. In fact, a lot of local residents on Maui opposed the auto ferry for reasons that had nothing to do with whether there had been enough … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa Endorses Mufi Hannemann For Hawaii Governor


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...]

The Evil Of Three Lessers: The 2014 Hawaii Governors’ Race


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...]

Breaking: U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye Passes Away


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...]

Some Thoughts on 1st Batch of Hawaii Primary Election Results #HIvote

Is this Mazie Hirono's night?

The state Elections Office released the first batch of election results in the Hawaii Primary Election at a little after 8pm. Here are some random thoughts: In the most important race facing Maui County - the bid to replace retiring Democratic US Senator Daniel Akaka, all the action tonight is in the Democratic side (former Republican Governor Linda Lingle is the odds-on favorite to win her party's nomination). On the Democratic side, the … [Read more...]

Hot Maui Primary Election Action!


Time to vote, folks! Hard to believe that Saturday–THIS SATURDAY–is the Hawaii state Primary Election. Finally, after months of political ads clogging our radio and television airwaves, we get to find out who wins the big popularity contest we call Democracy. Well, half-wins–this is just a Primary, so we'll meet back here in November and finally settle (well, at least for two years...) So after you vote on Saturday, you'll probably want to … [Read more...]