Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa ‘excited’ about water, land and park projects in 2015 State of the County Address

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa characterized the state of the County of Maui as “STRONG” in his 2015 State of the County Address, which he delivered on Mar. 10 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. “If you look at our private sector, our tourism industry has had recordsetting years as far as visitor numbers and […]

County of Maui announces 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Award winners

Maui County’s small business were honored on Feb. 26 at the 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, held at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. The awards dinner was held in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce president Pamela Tumpap and Mayor Alan Arakawa presented honors in six categories including a Lifetime Achievement […]

In anticipation of tonight’s State of the County Address, here’s some data analysis of Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s last three addresses

If you haven’t heard, Maui Mayor Alan is giving his annual State of the County Address tonight. Mostly for nerdy fun, we did some quasi-scientific data analysis of Arakawa’s last three State of the County speeches (the only ones we could find on the County of Maui’s website). This consisted of running the speech texts through the free […]

Maui County Council votes to approve Prosecutor J.D. Kim after bizarre hearing

Four years ago, when I was investigating various salacious lawsuits filed against the County of Maui, alleging all manner of mismanagement at the county Prosecuting Attorney’s office, I asked a number of local defense attorneys for context and insight. Unanimously, they said that the lawsuits–which alleged misconduct under the administration of former Prosecutor Benjamin Acob–were […]

UPDATED: Maui Representative Mele Carroll Passes Away

[Ed. note: We updated this post on Feb. 19 to include more tributes to Carroll from various public officials] State Representative Diana “Mele” Carroll has passed away. The Democrat who’s represented East Maui, Lanai, Kaho’olawe and Molokai had recently been elected to her sixth term. Citing unspecified health issues, Carroll resigned her seat in January. […]

Curbside recycling is still dead, but county says Maui Meadows residents can keep their bins!

Good news everyone! Well, by “good,” I mean “not horrible,” and by “everyone,” I mean Maui Meadows residents. Anyway, it turns out that Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa has decided that maybe his decision to ask 1,750 residents there (and in other parts of South Maui) who took part in the county’s “3-Can” curbside recycling test […]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa urges Hawaii Legislature to appropriate Kaho’olawe funds

It looks like the agency in charge of protecting and restoring Kahoolawe is all but bankrupt. Around for about 21 years now, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) was tasked to get the island of Kaho’olawe–largely wrecked by decades of U.S. Navy bombing and test detonations–back into some sort of sustainable shape. While KIRC and other […]

County of Maui commissions broadband study on our crappy Internet speeds

Acknowledging that Maui County residents are dealing with substandard internet browsing speeds, the County of Maui has hired Joel Ogren of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii to “evaluate, develop and recommend a preliminary telecommunications strategy for Maui County,” according to a Feb. 2 county news release. “We see broadband access […]

Recycling Has Really Taken A Beating Lately, But Will The County Of Maui’s Proposed Waste Conversion Facility Really Keep Most Garbage Out Of The Landfills?

When you live on a small island located more than 2,500 miles from a major land mass, trash is everything. That’s why it’s not surprising that the word “recycling” appears repeatedly in the County of Maui’s General Plan–the 100 or so page document that will supposedly guide the county through the year 2030. Under “Key […]