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. […]

This Wednesday, Dec. 3: Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Will Discuss 2015 Plans on Akaku Channel 54

If you find yourself in front of a television screen Wednesday night–say, around 7pm–you might want to tune into Akaku Channel 54. If you do, you’ll see Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s regular one-hour show Your County With Mayor Arakawa, but this episode will be be a bit different. According to a Dec. 2 news release, […]

Friends Of Maui County Council Coup Plotters Deny Coup Was Coup

Here’s a riddle for you: when is a coup not a coup? When friends of the coup plotters say it isn’t! On Nov. 11, The Maui News quoted Gladys Baisa, who had been Maui County Council Chairwoman until the day before, as saying that the circumstances of her removal from power constituted a “coup.” “Of […]

How Do We Save Maui Memorial Medical Center?

It was nearly two hours into the hearing on the future of Maui’s largest and most important hospital before Dr. Peter Galpin was able to roll his wheelchair up to the lectern. Galpin spoke for a couple minutes–one of dozens who’d packed themselves into the Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria to testify–but I only wrote […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Hawaii lawmaker conflicts of interest?

18.21.Quiz photo-courtesy County of Maui_WEB

1. On Nov. 3, The Maui News reported that Craig Hill, owner of Maui Concierge Services, had recently bought the Lahaina Sugar Cane Train, and that he would invest in “extensive renovations.” According to the story, how long did the tourist attraction train operate before it closed on Aug. 1? A. 25 years B. 30 […]

Maui GMO Initiative Aside, County Voters Embrace Status Quo


Given the strong mobilization of voters for the GMO Initiative, you’d expect more of an impact on the rest of the couple dozen local races on the ballot. But no. In fact, no Maui County incumbent lost on election night. The pro-GMO Initiative people even put together a slate of candidates–with the exception of incumbent […]

QuizUnderstood: How Well Do Know Linda Lingle’s Current Employer?


1. According to an Oct. 24 Maui News story, all of the following staffers and assistants to Maui Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa make at least $67,000 a year except one–and that one makes just a little over $49,000 per year. Which one makes the lower salary figure? A. Executive Assistant Mike Molina B. Executive Assistant […]

Don’t Know How To Vote In The Upcoming Election? We Can Help!

Oh, joy, it’s time for another General Election. In Hawaii, this is a special kind of treat. Voters only got to see a new campaign finance report this week, after what seemed like months of candidate and political action committee (PAC) spending and fund-raising without any reporting whatsoever. Voters also have to contend with a […]