All Non-Emergency Departments Of County Of Maui Shut Down Thursday At Noon


Looks like the county is closing up shop on just about everything it does tomorrow because of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio: "In preparation for Tropical Storm Iselle, all non-emergency County personnel will be sent home at noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 7) with the possible exception of County elections employees," stated a county news release sent out earlier today. "Determinations regarding County elections employees and walk-in voting … [Read more...]

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Kicks And Screams As He Lets Financial Disclosure Bill Become Law


So yesterday Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that he was rescinding his earlier intention to veto SB 2682–which adds to the list of public officials whose Financial Disclosure Statements are considered public documents–and will let the bill become law without his signature (the bill unaminously passed the Legislature). Abercrombie had earlier told Honolulu Civil Beat that the disclosure of those forms would be detrimental to women, but this … [Read more...]

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...]

Is The Spearpoint Trevor Carter And Bryan Axtell Found In Haleakala National Park Evidence That Pre-Contact Hawaiians Visited South America?


The story you’re about to read exists because a small, green-gold chunk of obsidian exists. And because that piece of obsidian–chipped and shaped by hands unknown into a beautiful, elegant arrowhead shape–exists, a young man Upcountry now gets nervous when the phone rings. He does so, he says, because agents with the National Park Service who work at Haleakala National Park have taken to behaving like the U.S. Government at the end of Raiders of … [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Maui’s State Legislators Asking Them To Stop Exempting Bad Cops From The State Public Records Law


Dear Senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran and Representatives Mele Carroll, Kaniela Ing, Angus McKelvey, Joe Souki, Justin Woodson and Kyle Yamashita: Wow, Opening Day comes around fast. Seems like it was only yesterday that you adjourned for the summer. But here we are: on Jan. 15–just a few days from now–you guys go back into regular session. And while I know you’ve probably got all sorts of important issues (and … [Read more...]

University of Hawaii Launches New Boat Drone To Protect Harbors From Spills, Tsunamis and Us


Hawaii stands at the forefront of a new technological revolution in the field of boat drones, states an Oct. 16 press release from the University of Hawaii. The release came emailed with plenty of full-color photos of a new experimental boat drone (sorry–"robotic platform") that the university hopes will "support maritime missions in harbor and port environments." To be honest, our first thought upon seeing the above photo and reading the … [Read more...]

Frontline Eviscerates NFL On Players’ Brain Injuries – Long Live Football!


Football is a major part of life in America, and especially here in Hawaii. Our state lacks pro teams in any of the major leagues, so the University of Hawaii provides sports/entertainment uniting threads that help bind our islands together. Here on Maui, high school football carries the same near-mythic importance as that of just about all the other small towns on the Mainland. That's why it was especially jarring to see Frontline's latest … [Read more...]

Big Scientific Space Surveillance Conference Happening On Maui! Right Now!


First, a note about the headline: by "space surveillance," I mean the act of looking out at space, not the placing of satellites in space to look at us (though, as anyone who reads the papers knows, there's plenty of that going on). And by "space," I mean Earth orbit, because apparently that's just a gigantic junkyard. There are, currently, an estimated half a million manmade objects in Earth orbit. That figure comes to me from a press release … [Read more...]

Should The ‘Exciting’ New UH Research About Mercury Levels In Fish Caught in Hawaiian Waters Concern You?


It’s not everyday that we get a press release that contains the words “exciting” and “mercury” in the same sentence. But that’s what happened a couple weeks ago, and we have the University of Hawaii public information office to thank for it. “Mercury–a common industrial toxin–is carried through the atmosphere before settling on the ocean and entering the marine food web,” stated the Aug. 26 press release. “Now, exciting new research from the … [Read more...]

Hawaii Digital Newspaper Projects Archives Old Pacific Commercial Advertiser


Even before the so-called digital revolution, newspapers were curious things. Because they were chronicling “news”–which is, by definition, a fleeting, temporary thing–they came printed on very cheap, very temporary paper. If properly cared for, paper can last for centuries, but newspapers were always meant to get tossed after a day or so. Far from an insult, the term “yesterday’s news” is a cold reality in the journalism business. Maybe that’s … [Read more...]