The Initiative: Trying to understand Maui County’s GMO Ballot Measure


In the Haiku autumn dusk, a circle of farmers hand in hand stands to give thanks for the earth, food and the breath of life. In the sacred scene before a potluck of hand-grown and handmade foods, there are many hands, 120 heads, and waiting plates. At this September meeting of Maui Farmers United (a chapter of the National Farmers Union), local farmers gathered to discuss topics like photosynthesis, our relationship to the sun, recipes and soil. … [Read more...]

New UH Research Links Land-Based Pollution To Turtle Tumors

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It's not like a major revelation for environmentalists, but wastewater and agricultural pesticide residue that runoff into the ocean are indeed damaging near-shore coral reefs and infecting green sea turtles with chronic and sometimes lethal tumors, a new study from the University of Hawaii researchers just published in the journal PeerJ shows. “For years, local ocean lovers have known that our green turtles have had awful tumors on their … [Read more...]

QuizUnderstood: Four Maui PD Officers Did WHAT At The Lahaina Station?


1. On Sept. 5, the University of Hawaii sent out a news release saying that grad student Mohuhano “Mo” Tu‘ikolongahau had just won the 2014 Hawaii Woodshow’s Spirit of the Show Award for “the most creative use of underutilized Hawaii-grown non-native wood species.” What did Tu‘ikolongahau make that won him the award? A. Table B. Chair C. Lamp D. Desk E. Bookcase   2. A Sept. 5 Pacific Business News blog post quoted … [Read more...]

Nooo! Climate Change Might Ruin Future Hawaiian Vacations!


Every few months, it seems, some University of Hawaii scientist puts out a new report giving us more bad news about climate change. In October 2012, four UH researchers published a report saying the trade winds that make life so pleasant–and possible–in Hawaii are steadily decreasing. Four months later, UH researchers published a study showing that climate change would most likely doom the Haleakala Silversword. Then in August 2013, UH climate … [Read more...]

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

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  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...]