After Decade-Long Legal Fight, State Of Hawaii Restores Na Wai ‘Eha Stream Flows

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It's hard to believe, but the legal machinations and lawsuits over the diversion of water from the Iao, Waihee, Waiehu and Waikapu Streams (collectively known as the "Na Wai 'Eha," the "Four Great Waters") has ended. On Apr. 21, the state Commission on Water Resource Management announced that all parties in the fight over the water–Hui O Na Wai 'Eha, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, … [Read more...]

Hawaii Won’t Be Able To Pray At The NFL’s Pro Bowl Altar Until 2016

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Woe is us–the NFL just announced that they'll play the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona. They also said that the game would return to Hawaii's Aloha Stadium in 2016, but that hasn't stopped our state's official boosters from genuflecting before Father Football. "We are pleased that the NFL Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii in 2016 and look forward to welcoming the fans, players and their families back to our Hawaiian Islands," stated the Hawaii Tourism … [Read more...]

Easter Seals Maui Campus Receives Grant Funds

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Easter Seals Hawaii will soon be able to complete its Maui Campus for disability services in Kahului. Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the release of $950,000 in capital improvement grant funds to the nonprofit organization to finish building its Maui Campus. The project includes additional space and facilities that will enable Easter Seals Hawaii to expand the adult and youth activities to help support the 2,500 adult population and more … [Read more...]

New State Funding Means More Native Woods, Less Grout In Kahului Airport Restrooms

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Today, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that his office is releasing $96.6 million in Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for the state's airports. Of that, about $8.5 million is coming to our own Kahului Airport. That's roughly split between two line items: • Terminal Fire Protection System Replacement gets $3,680,000 • Restroom Renovation (Phase 2) gets $4,789,771 There are obviously more renovation projects for other airports … [Read more...]

Special MauiTime News Quiz!

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1. Early in February, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii announced its endorsements for the 2014 election. Which of the following Maui legislators was NOT on the caucus list of endorsements? A. Representative Joe Souki B. Senator J. Kalani English C. Senator Roz Baker D. Representative Kaniela Ing E. Representative Angus McKelvey   2. On Feb. 15, The Maui News reported that … [Read more...]

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Nominates Michael D. Wilson To Supreme Court

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Liberal Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Simeon Acoba is leaving the bench next month because he hit the state's mandatory retirement age of 70, so Gov. Neil Abercrombie told everyone today that he wants liberal Judge Michael D. Wilson to take Acoba's spot. “Both on and off the bench, Judge Wilson is a well-respected leader,” Abercrombie said in a Feb. 18 press release. “He brings a wealth of experience, having served as an attorney and … [Read more...]

Hawaii Legislature Considering Adding Gift Shop To State Capitol

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This new Honolulu Civil Beat post tells us of HB 1122, a bill proposed by Maui's own Representative Angus McKelvey, D–West Maui, that would add an official gift shop to the Hawaii state Capitol. "The Legislature finds that establishing and operating a gift shop in the state Capitol would be financially beneficial," states the bill. "Nearly every national park has a gift shop promoting various sites and the state Capitol’s distinct … [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 Gov. Neil Abercrombie Appoints A&B VP Grant Chun To Board of Ed.

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So Governor Neil Abercrombie has decided to replace outgoing Board of Education member Wesley Lo with Grant Chun. In October, Maui Memorial Medical Center CEO Lo resigned from the board eight months before his term ended, citing work constraints. In choosing Chun, vice president of the Alexander & Baldwin Company, as Lo's replacement, Abercrombie has gone with one of Maui's most powerful individuals. Here's how the governor's press … [Read more...]

Hawai Gov. Neil Abercrombie Appoints Jeff Portnoy To UH Regents

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So Jeffrey Portnoy–a longtime friend of us reporters in Hawaii–just got himself appointed to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. The appointment, while not nearly as shocking as, say, Family Guy’s killing off Brian the dog, was also certainly more substantial as, say, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s recent Memorandum of Understanding with Monsanto over their disclosing restricted-use pesticides (which are already regulated by the State of … [Read more...]