Hunt Development Group To Build 68 ‘Luxury’ Homes In Kihei


The photo above is in jest, but not by much. Just when you thought South Maui had all the "luxury" homes it needed, Hunt Development Group went and broke ground on a few dozen more. On Oct. 6, the company held a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at the site of their new Nu'u Aina development, which is located mauka of Pi'ilani Highway near the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei. "The project will offer 68 luxury residences … [Read more...]

On Keoua Kuahu’ula, Neil Abercrombie And The Art Of Going Out With Honor


So this weekend I got a chance to spend a few days relaxing over on the Big Island. And me being the history nerd that I am, I insisted on visiting the imposing and extremely well preserved Pu‘ukohola Heiau, site of perhaps the second most important death in Hawaii in the last couple of centuries (the most important being the killing of Captain James Cook at Kealakekua Bay a few dozen miles away). It’s an impressive site. It was clear the day … [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...]

Why Gov. Neil Abercrombie Lost & Other Things We Learned From The Hawaii Primary Election


There were about a dozen people in the room when it happened. They were seated around tables, watching two televisions. Patriotic bunting and white signs bearing the name “Abercrombie” hung around the windows that faced Main Street in Wailuku. There was a stack of pizzas off to the side, as well as a few cakes, plates of ahi sashimi, bowls of noodles and rice and a cooler full of bottled water. These were Governor Neil Abercrombie’s most … [Read more...]

An Early Look At Hawaii Primary Election 1st Printout


Maui County polls closed at 6pm or so in the Hawaii Primary Election, but the treasured 1st Printout–representing a little over 104,000 votes, didn't get released until shortly before 7pm. Here are some early looks at a few key races. By now, most everyone in the state knows that incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie is careening towards an historic upset defeat. I was sitting in his campaign's Wailuku headquarters when the 1st Printout came … [Read more...]

Today: Hawaii Primary Election


The polls are open across Maui County and won't close until 6pm tonight. Just two polling places are closed on the Big Island due to Hurricane Iselle. Given the relative calm weather out there, we should have our normally poor turnout, rather than the abysmal numbers political analysts were forecasting. You'd think that since Hawaii votes on Saturday rather than a workday, we'd have better turnout rates (the 2012 Primary turnout was 42.3 … [Read more...]

Hawaii Officials Assessing Hurricane Iselle Damage

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For residents either still taking refuge from now-Tropical Storm Iselle or waiting for it to hit, Governor Neil Abercrombie's repeated use of the cliche "keep calm and carry on" during a press conference earlier today was the best indicator that the storm wasn't nearly as destructive as residents had feared. At current time, Abercrombie said, there have been no "major injury" or casualty reports across the state. He added that state officials are … [Read more...]

2014 Hawaii Primary Election Endorsements


For us political junkies, the late summer of an even-numbered year is a magical time. Our airwaves, email and inboxes get jammed with misleading, often shameless propaganda. Battalions of volunteers line roadsides to wave colorful but still bland signs at passing motorists. And, for the true believers, forums pop up at community centers around the island, where earnest residents can sit on metal folding chairs while someone at the front of the … [Read more...]

Hawaii Democratic Party’s GLBT Caucus Hands Out Primary Endorsements


With the Hawaii Primary Election just a couple weeks away, we're neck-deep in political endorsements. Here's a batch from the Hawaii Democratic Party's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Caucus. "The GLBT Caucus used a combination of surveys, candidate forums, and voting records to compile the list of supportive candidates," state's the caucus' July 18 news release on the endorsements. "Due to the number of supportive candidates the … [Read more...]

Super Unique MauiTime News Quiz!


Did everyone study for this week's MauiTime News Quiz? No? Good–that makes it more fun! 1. On July 7, state Senator and Democratic Governor candidate David Ige appeared at a campaign fundraiser at Binhi at Ani Maui in Kahului. According to a July 6 press release from Ige’s campaign, which former Hawaii governor was scheduled to appear with him? A. Linda Lingle B. George Ariyoshi C. Ben Cayetano D. John Waihee E. All of the … [Read more...]