Quizunderstood: Maui Mayor Arakawa called 2 councilmembers what?


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


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

Lanai 5th Friday_Street Scene

  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’


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


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 […]