Are the new Maui Police body cameras just a Trojan Horse for more surveillance?

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The Maui Police Department will soon equip at least some of its officers with body cameras, the department announced on Mar. 20. “The Plans, Training, Research and Development Section has scheduled a one month feasibility study on the use of body-worn cameras,” stated the department’s press release. “The study is scheduled to begin on Monday, […]

Federal judge rules U.S. Navy Pacific training harms too many marine mammals

In a 66-page ruling handed down today, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway in Honolulu ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Services should not have approved the U.S. Navy’s training activities in the Pacific Ocean a couple years ago because they harm too many marine mammals. “The Navy and Fisheries Service had concluded that, over […]

Sheraton Maui Resort names new public relations director

Alexis Eaton has been promoted to Director of Public Relations at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. In her new post, Eaton will lead communications efforts and media relations. She also will oversee the social media efforts for the resort and its five restaurants. Eaton began her career with Sheraton parent Starwood in 2012 as Public […]

New Maui County COMConnect app promises to connect residents to non-emergency services

In an effort to better connect residents with county services, the County of Maui is now offering a free mobile phone app that would allow people to alert officials to non-emergency problems and then monitor how officials correct those issues, according to a county news release sent out on Mar. 30. “Powered by SeeClickFix Inc. […]

NOAA proposes expanding size and scope of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

After nearly five years of work, 10 public hearings throughout Hawaii and the submission of 12,375 pieces of testimony, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to expand the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, both in terms of geographic size and mission. “This proposal is the result of a multi-year collaborative […]

Maui hospital region to undergo major budgetary surgery

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. In our Nov. 13, 2014 and Jan. 29, 2015 cover stories, we reported that the financial situation at Maui Memorial Medical Center, and the rest of the Maui hospital region as a whole, was pretty grim. According to Wesley Lo, the Maui region CEO for the Hawaii Health Systems […]

Saturday, April 4: 12th Annual Menehune Mayhem

Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem returns for the 12th year for another shred sesh this Saturday at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Maui’s Junior Surfers (17 and under) compete during a day-long bout. Awards will also be given for out-of-the-water achievements, including highest GPA for boys and girls as well as memorial awards honoring surfing legends Andy Irons, […]

Drew Toonz: Save da turtles, save da Hawaiians!

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Quizunderstood: How well do you know the @MauiArtsCulture Center?

1. On Mar. 19, the state House of Representatives press office announced that the state budget, which had just passed the House, contained “about $165 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across Maui County.” Of those, the largest single item was a $38 million project. What’s it for? A. Construction of […]

NOTW: Pee-back time, reptile rescues and $3 billion ‘small businesses’

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WITNESS PROTECTION Even dangerous felons sometimes serve short sentences, but Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58–guilty of nothing–has been locked up for nearly 900 days (as of early March) as a “material witness” in a Washington County, Oregon, murder case. The prosecutor is convinced that Vasquez-Hernandez saw his own son, Eloy, murder a woman in 2012, and the […]