Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Wants To ‘Destroy’ ISIL, But Not By Arming Syrian Rebels


Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, is walking a foreign policy tightrope in regards to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The congresswoman, who's also a captain in the Hawaii National Guard and a veteran of two combat tours in the Middle East, wants very much for the U.S. to "destroy" ISIL (or as some call it, ISIS). This isn't a simple suggestion. Indeed, MSNBC just reported that U.S. military leaders are saying … [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...]

Super Timely MauiTime Happy News Quiz!


1. The U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 1771, co-sponsored by Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, on July 28. The bill levies sanctions on which nation? A. Russia B. Iran C. Syria D. North Korea E. All of the above   2. On July 27, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser handed out its endorsement for Hawaii Governor. Who did the paper endorse? A. Democrat Neil Abercrombie B. Democrat David Ige C. Republican … [Read more...]

Super Relevant MauiTime News Quiz!


1. On May 28, the Maui Humane Society (MHS) announced that Sandra Shelby would take over as their new executive director on July 15. But just 16 days later, on June 13, the MHS said that Shelby decided not to take the new job, and instead current MHS Development Director Jerleen Bryant would become exec director. According to the June 14 Maui News, how many people applied to be MHS exec director? A. “more than 50” B. “more than 70” C. … [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...]

This Thursday, June 5: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard To Ask Maui Vets What They Need


Just a couple hours after embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amidst bipartisan calls that he step down, Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced that she would host a "Veterans Listening Tour" throughout the state to find out what veterans need. On Thursday, that tour will stop on Maui. "The listening sessions are open to the public," stated a May 30 press release sent out by Gabbard's office. "Veterans, … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Hawaii Congress Members Weigh In On VA Chief Shinseki’s Resignation


[The following post has been updated to include a statement from Senator Mazie Hirono, which arrived after it was first published] Normally I don't publish items on national stories, but given my recent cover story on my friend who killed himself six months after his discharge from the U.S. Army, I'll gladly make an exception. My story dealt with the large numbers of veterans who kill themselves every year–which is in excess of the civilian … [Read more...]

A&B Announces $1.3 Million In Donations, Somehow Forgets To Mention Campaign Contributions

A&B's Honolulu headquarters

Leave it to Alexander & Baldwin to tell us what wonderful, charitable souls they are. On Apr. 29, the company sent out a news release saying that from July 2012 (when the company divested itself from Matson Navigation) to the end of 2013, their Kokua Giving Program had donated $1.3 million to various organizations dealing with health, education, culture and the arts. The news release quotes Meredith Ching, A&B's senior VP for … [Read more...]

How Rich Are Hawaii’s Congressional Representatives?


Yesterday the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington published a big online package about the personal financial status of all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Their findings were pretty clear: "Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates. The median net worth for the 530 … [Read more...]