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 […]

Moku`ula by Moonlight

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The Friends of Moku‘ula are presenting Moku‘ula by Moonlight this Wednesday, July 1 at the Hale Halawai in Kamehameha Iki Beach Park. The evening will include mo‘olelo (storytelling) by lineal descendants of Moku‘ula and live musical entertainment from Ata Damasco. Limited seating will be provided for kupuna; blankets, mats and low-lying beach chairs are welcome. Free. 6:30pm. Hale Halawai […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know the new smoking ban in all Hawaii state beaches?

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1. According to the 2014 state Department of Human Services Point in Time (PIT) report, there 959 homeless people, sheltered and unsheltered, living on Maui in that year. According to the latest PIT report, which came out last week, how many homeless people are living on Maui this year? A. 791 B. 874 C. 1,003 […]

David MacIlwraith appointed general manager of Travaasa Hana

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David MacIlwraith has recently been named general manager of Travaasa Hana resort. MacIlwraith comes to his new position from the historic Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park near Hilo, where he oversaw lodging, dining, retail operations, campgrounds and cabins. Prior to his work on the Big Island, MacIlwraith was general manager at Death Valley National […]

New Jucker Hawaii Skateboard benefits Save Honolua

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Maui-based Jucker Hawaii introduced a new longboard skateboard to support the Save Honolua Coalition. Since the purchase of Lipoa Point by the State of Hawaii, many people think Honolua has been saved, said company co-founder Mike Jucker. That’s a misconception, according to Tamara Paltin, president of Save Honolua Coalition. “This is just the beginning, now […]

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono honors the late Rep. Patsy Mink on Title IX anniversary

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Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Title IX–the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity Education Act. Named in 2002 for the Maui-born legislator who fought gender discrimination in school and had helped get Title IX passed during her years in Congress. Here’s the text of a statement U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono released today in her honor: “Forty-three […]

Three Information Sessions for immigrants in Maui County coming soon

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the County of Maui’s Immigrant Services Division will be hosting three “Information Sessions” later this week for immigrants. The workshops will cover “employment eligibility, green cards, naturalization, petition for relatives and other issues,” according to a June 22 news release from the county. Here’s the schedule: Thursday, June 25, 2015 […]