Haleakala Looking For College Interns

Haleakala National Park is now accepting applications for its 2015 Imi I ka Lama Collegiate Internship Program. Students interested in natural resources careers are encouraged to apply for eight available positions in the fields of Endangered Wildlife Management, Facilities Management, Interpretation, the Kipahulu District and Visitor/Resources Protection. One Team Leader will also be chosen. Candidates […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Wailea resort room rates?

1. On Nov. 20, the Hawaii Tourism Authority announced that Ronald Williams is the organization’s new interim president and CEO (Gov-elect David Ige recently named HTA president Mike McCartney his chief of staff). Which Hawaii activity company does Williams currently run? A. Skyline Eco Adventures B. Trilogy C. Atlantis Adventures D. UFO Parasailing E. Blue […]

NOTW: Weird Patriotism, Offensive Apologies and High Class Ice

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WEIRD PATRIOTISM November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreude” … “opening the door for a media frenzy of gossip, boasting and […]

Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz Calls For ‘Emergency Rule’ On Commercial Drones

With commercial drones reportedly buzzing around a few of the nation’s busier airports this past week, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D–Hawaii, today called for the Federal Aviation Administration to issue “emergency” rules and regulations governing the use of these remotely piloted aircraft. Here’s the text of Schatz’s letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, which Schatz’s office also […]

Who Wants Yet Another Maui GMO Initiative Lawsuit? We Do!

When a hyper-controversial measure like Maui’s GMO Initiative passes by a hair (50.2 percent to 47.9 percent), you can expect immediate litigation. But three lawsuits? Sure, why not. First out of the gate was the suit filed by the SHAKA Movement–the initiative’s backers–against the County of Maui (apparently to secure a seat at the table […]

County Of Maui Wants You To Volunteer For Boards And Commissions

The County of Maui would like you to volunteer to be a member of one of their many boards and commissions. Yes, you. “Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years,” states a Nov. 18 county news release. “While no monetary compensation is provided for […]

UH Researchers Study Tiger Shark Movements Around Maui and Oahu

Despite the minuscule numbers of people killed every year by sharks (and massive numbers of sharks killed by humans each year), there’s something about the creatures that terrifies many visitors to Hawaii. For Hawaii’s native kanaka maoli, this is unfortunate, given that to them sharks are ‘aumakua, the reborn spirits of deceased ancestors who serve now as […]

Hawaii Congressional Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Sponsors Bill To Arm Kurdish Peshmerga ‘Directly’

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, opposed arming Syrian rebels in the war against the terrorist group ISIL (also known as ISIS or the Islamic State), but today she said she’s sponsoring bi-partisan legislation to “directly arm” the Kurdish army–known as the Peshmerga–in Iraq. Here’s how Gabbard put it in a Nov. 20 news release from her […]