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


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


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 […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Maui County’s unemployment rate?


1. According to data released by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on Mar. 25, Hawaii’s unemployment rate in February was 4.1 percent. What was Maui County’s unemployment rate that same month? A. 3.7 percent B. 4.1 percent C. 4.4 percent D. 4.8 percent E. 5.3 percent 2. On Mar. 24, the County […]

Maui County offering new COMConnect mobile phone app 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. […]

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 […]

Drew Toonz: Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa plays political tennis with Monsanto exec Carol Reimann

Illustration by Andrew Miller

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 […]

2014 Maui Year In Review

This was a year of great storms, both political and climatic. It’s the year we got the new governor that apparently everyone wanted, and the year some of Maui’s most powerful and infamous police officers decided to hang up their badges (some more willing than others). This was the year Kimo Apana attempted to make […]

Unsuccessful County Council Candidate Ka’ala Buenconsejo Takes Over Maui County Parks Department

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Ka‘ala Buenconsejo became the new County of Maui Parks Department Director, according to an inter-office email sent out by the department’s interim director. “This is to let you know all know there has been an appointment to the Director of Parks and Recreation position,” interim Parks chief Brianne Savage said in the Dec. […]