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?

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Conde Nast Traveler Says Maui Is NO LONGER Top Island In World

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After two consecutive decades of getting named Conde Nast Traveler‘s “Top Island In The World,” Maui has dropped to mere third in this year’s rankings. “Hawaii’s second-largest island boasts rugged terrain, volcanic beaches, and the towering Mt. Haleakala,” Conde Nast Traveler said about Maui this year. “It’s the place to be for snorkelers, hikers, and […]

Hunt Development Group To Build 68 ‘Luxury’ Homes In Kihei

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The photo above is in jest, but not by much. Just when you thought South Maui had all the “luxury” homes it needed, Hunt Development Group went and broke ground on a few dozen more. On Oct. 6, the company held a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at the site of their new Nu’u Aina development, which […]