Hawaii Girls Court Explores Haleakala Wilderness

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Hawaii Girls Court aspires to keep young women in the juvenile system from returning to trouble’s door. With this in mind, on June 16 the court recently flew eight girls and four court officials from Oahu to Maui for a three-day, two-night hike in the Haleakala crater. Plunking the group down in one of the […]

Keiki flights half-off on Mokulele Airlines in July

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Mokulele Airlines is making family travel a little easier this summer by offering a special half-off fair for keiki under the age of 12 during the month of July. The half-price discount is good at all nine airports Mokulele serves across the state; four-legged family-members of any age will continue to fly free. “We are […]

State Energy Office trumpets solar power after Solar Impulse 2 reaches Hawaii

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The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed at Kalaeloa Airport on Oahu on Friday, July 2. The flight carried it from Japan to Hawaii–the longest leg of a round-the-world journey undertaken entirely on solar power. André Borschberg piloted the Swiss plane for 117 hours and 52 minutes over a distance of more than 7,200 kilometers. It […]

South Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing calls for studies on cane burning

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News that the organization Stop Cane Burning filed a lawsuit in the state’s new Environmental Court against the state Department of Health over–you guessed it–cane burning has moved at least one legislator to offer some proposals for weaning Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) off of the dirty, archaic method of harvesting sugar. And I wasn’t surprised […]

Native Hawaiian Business Development Empowerment Workshops

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The organization Native Hawaiian Veterans, along with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), is presenting a series of Native Hawaiian Business Development Empowerment Workshops this Saturday, July 11 at the Grand Wailea. The workshops aim to identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls, help with business planning and more. Entrepreneurs are welcome […]

How To Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

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Since we live in a time when someone can capture your personal information with the swipe of a card, the Maui County Business Resource Center will host a workshop on protecting yourself against identity theft. It (the workshop, not (we hope) the identity theft) takes place this Friday, July 10. Sally Iwamoto will offer information on income and asset protection through […]

NOTW: Tourist exploitation, historic kidney stones and drug dealer rewards cards

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THAT NEW YORK ATTITUDE Gregory Reddick, 54, and his employer, SJQ Sightseeing Tours, filed a lawsuit in June against New York City for “harass[ing]” them and hampering their ability to rip off tourists, specifically, interfering with their “right” to sell tickets for $200 or more for trips on the Staten Island Ferry–which is actually free […]

Drew Toonz: New Haleakala solar telescope is sad!

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Stop Cane Burning files first Hawaii Environmental Court lawsuit

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The other day we told you that Hawaii had opened its first-ever Environmental Court. Well, the organization Stop Cane Burning wasted no time filing the court’s first lawsuit in hopes of ending Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S)’s practice of burning sugarcane in the field during harvesting. “On July 1 Stop Cane Burning filed suit against […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Maui Police Officer John Salomon’s latest arrest?

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1. On June 27, Maui Police Officer John Salomon–who was recently arrested for driving under the influence–was arrested again, this time for being “drunk in public” in Southern California. In which city was Salomon just arrested? A. Manhattan Beach B. Redondo Beach C. Hermosa Beach D. Newport Beach E. Huntington Beach 2. This week the […]

UPDATED: Federal Judge Strikes Down Maui County GMO Moratorium

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Civil Beat in Honolulu is reporting that federal Judge Susan Mollway has struck down Maui County’s controversial anti-GMO ballot measure, saying simply that because state and federal law preempts it, the bill is “invalid and unenforceable.” “The court recognizes the importance of questions about whether GE activities and GMOs pose risks to human health, the environment, […]

All Hail Hawaii’s New Environmental Court!

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A person may drive past the beach and encounter a truly awful odor–aerosol sunscreen. This writer has been angry at the inventor of the product for a long time and now there may be a way to end it. For the air, the reefs and Hawaii, there’s a little hope. On July 1, Hawaii will […]

Akaku Introduction to Public Access TV

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at Akaku Public Access TV this Monday, July 6. Curious minds will learn about the station’s policies and procedures while getting a glimpse of both field and studio production. Learn more about Akaku and the role they play in Maui County. The class is a stepping stone to certification in any of Akaku’s other […]

Hawaii goes to war over telescopes

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Watching the battle over the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea and now the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) on Haleakala has reached nearly comical proportions. Especially over on the Big Island, where native Hawaiian discontent over the big scope–they say it is an unwarranted desecration of the sacred Mauna […]

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court rules that Constitution protects same-sex marriage

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Same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in the U.S., now and forever. That’s according to the U.S. Supreme Court, which handed down its historic 5-4 ruling this morning in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D–Hawaii, was pleased, to say the least, in this statement emailed out by his press office early this morning: […]

NOTW: Cannibal teachers, turkey baster insemination law and tattooed eyeballs

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WHAT CANNIBALS CAN TEACH US Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported in a June journal article that they have identified the specific “prion” resistance gene that appears to offer complete protection against mad cow disease and perhaps other neurodegenerative conditions such as dementias and Parkinson’s. The tribe customarily dined on […]