Here are 40 reasons to oppose the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra Energy merger

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In Hawaii, a chain of islands in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth, the vulnerability of our power generation couldn’t be more apparent. Shipping in fossil fuels isn’t a mere luxury–it’s a potential disaster. Cut off the oil, and in no time at all our state returns to the 19th century. It’s a […]

Drew Toonz: Is the Monsanto Monster taking over the County of Maui?

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Hawaii Consumer Advocate denounces proposed Hawaiian Electric/NextEra merger

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Hawaii Governor David Ige isn’t a fan. Neither is Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. Same with Sierra Club Hawaii Director Marti Townshend. And now we know that state Consumer Advocate Jeffrey Ono isn’t on board, either. I’m talking about the proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and Florida-based NextEra Energy, which (if approved) would be worth […]

Maui County Mayor Arakawa appoints Monsanto lobbyist Carol Reimann to administration

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In a move that’s sure to keep the county’s anti-Monsanto/GMO activists buzzing for months (but perfectly illustrates the very tight bonds that connect local government with big business), Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa has appointed Carol Reimann to be the new Housing and Human Concerns Director. Reimann, as you might have known, has spent the […]

Gov. Ige, Mayor Arakawa and environmentalists oppose NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger

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In early December 2014, Florida-based NextEra Energy announced that Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) had agreed to merge with it. A joint statement put out by the companies contained repeated assertions that the merger–valued at $4.3 billion–would be outstanding for everyone concerned. It would help modernize Hawaii’s grid, increase the use of renewable energy resources, decrease […]

Maui News gives huge gift to Keith Regan’s 2016 Maui County Council campaign

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A lot of people got awards from the nonprofit organization African Americans on Maui at their June 30 ceremony in Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley. The ceremony was to (finally) commemorate the historical accomplishments of African-Americans in Hawaii history in the park that already honors other ethnic groups’ culture and traditions in Maui history. Mayor […]

Maui County finally honors its African-American history

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For better or worse, we all live in historic times. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is every bit as protected by the Constitution as hetero marriage. The flying of Confederate battle flags at state capitols across the South–an act begun in the mid-20th century in response to the Civil Rights movement–may […]

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, […]

County of Maui produces new Ocean Safety Guide, video

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A new, comprehensive Ocean Safety Guide for Maui County is now available online, thanks to a collaborative effort by county, state and federal officials. The safety guide can be easily read, downloaded or printed at the Maui County website. “The beaches of Maui County are beautiful but not without dangers, as with any natural habitat,” […]

County Managing Director Keith Regan announces 2016 run for Maui County Council

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It should surprise no one that County of Maui Managing Director Keith Regan is running for office. On Friday, June 5, Regan’s wife Lynn Araki-Regan sent out a press release stating that next year her husband would run for the Wailuku County Council seat. That seat’s currently held by Mike Victorino, but term limits bar […]

Quizunderstood: Maui Mayor Arakawa called 2 councilmembers what?

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1. On May 15, the local venture capital fund mbloom announced that a Chinese investor (whose identity mbloom is keeping quiet) has invested in the fund. How much did this investor give the fund? A. $1 million B. $5 million C. $10 million D. $15 million E. $20 million 2. On May 15, Pacific Business […]

County of Maui issues RFP for possible municipal electric utility

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Looks like the County of Maui really is serious about possibly setting up a municipal electric utility–especially given the possible merger between Hawaiian Electric Industries and NextEra that’s pending before the state Public Utilities Commission. How that merger will affect Maui Electric Co. (MECO) is still a matter of conjecture. So on May 6, the […]

County of Maui secures special ferry package for this month’s 5th Friday Town Party on Lanai

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  The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has teamed up with Expeditions Maui-Lanai Ferry and the Lanai Chamber of Commerce to urge Maui residents and visitors to support Lanai businesses. The group has set up round-trip ferry and ground transportation between Maui and Lanai—including a special late-night ferry that leaves Manele Harbor at 9:30pm–as an […]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa calls Councilmembers White, Hokama ‘snollygosters’

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While our publication doesn’t usually publish op-ed pieces from local elected officials, we’ll make an exception for the following opinion piece on county budget politics, which was written by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and emailed to us and other local news organizations on May 7. It is, as you’ll see, rather pointed–especially towards Maui County Councilmembers […]

Saber-rattling over future of Maui’s hospitals getting scary

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The saber-rattling between Maui County’s hospitals and their many friends in the county and state Legislature on one hand and Governor David Ige and the powerful Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) that backs him on the other is getting serious. The future of Maui’s hospitals–most predominantly, Maui Memorial Medical Center–has been hanging over this legislative […]

Talking story about sustainable energy with Maui consultant Doug McLeod

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Doug McLeod spent four years as Maui County Energy Commissioner. He was a strong advocate on several key energy topics, and has brought critical analysis to many complex issues, including the proposed Oahu-Maui undersea cable. He also procured contracts for renewable energy installations at 23 County of Maui facilities, with cost-savings estimated at $10 million […]