Hawaii US Senator Brian Schatz weighs in on US-China carbon emissions deal


Today, the U.S. and China have agreed to an historic cap-and-trade deal on carbon emissions. It’s yet another foreign policy victory for President Barack Obama, and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D–Hawaii, wasted no time patting him on the back with this statement his office sent out today: “The momentum is palpable. People, governments, companies, and […]

Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz

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This Thursday, Aug. 20, Maui residents can talk story with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz at a Town Hall Meeting at Pomaikai Elementary School. A former Lieutenant Governor and CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, Schatz was appointed to the Senate after the death of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, then won election to the seat in his own right in 2014. Schatz will […]

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court rules that Constitution protects same-sex marriage


Same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in the U.S., now and forever. That’s according to the U.S. Supreme Court, which handed down its historic 5-4 ruling this morning in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D–Hawaii, was pleased, to say the least, in this statement emailed out by his press office early this morning: […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Carleton Ching’s failed DLNR nomination?

1. On Mar. 13, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s office announced that Maui activist Lance Holter had just gotten himself named to a federal panel. What’s the panel? A. Federal Acquisition Advisory Panel B. Pacific Fishery Management Council C. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation D. Forestry Research Advisory Council E. National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board […]

Hawaii Congressional delegation secures $47 million in federal funding for local schools

The Hawaii Congressional Delegation has announced that the U.S. Department of Education will allocate more than $47 million in Title I, Part A Grants to local educational agencies in Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui counties for the 2015-2016 school year. Title I Grants to LEAs provide financial assistance to school districts for services that improve […]

The U.S. Army is preparing to leave Hawaii, but few besides Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing seem happy to see them go

The U.S. military and Hawaii have a long and complex history. The 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom happened in part because U.S. Marines came ashore to assist the white coup leaders. Hawaii eventually became a U.S. territory during the Spanish-American War because of Pearl Harbor’s value to the U.S. Navy as a coaling station. […]

US Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii wants more from NFL Commish Roger Goodell on domestic violence & sexual assault

As if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t have a enough bad news to deal with (concussions leading to serious brain damage, sexual assault and domestic violence by players, not paying cheerleaders proper wages), now he has to deal with criticism from Hawaii’s own Democratic US Senator Brian Schatz. “You should consider using all tools at […]

Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz Calls For ‘Emergency Rule’ On Commercial Drones

With commercial drones reportedly buzzing around a few of the nation’s busier airports this past week, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D–Hawaii, today called for the Federal Aviation Administration to issue “emergency” rules and regulations governing the use of these remotely piloted aircraft. Here’s the text of Schatz’s letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, which Schatz’s office also […]

UH Manoa: Ocean Warming Accelerates To Warmest Temps On Record

Some day, reporters like me will be able to write about the latest (usually bad) research into climate change without having to mention that some of the most powerful officials in the U.S. government believe the whole scientific effort is hogwash. But that day is not today. On Nov. 12, President Barack Obama announced a […]

Wailuku Town: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


By Susan Halas As a Wailuku resident for more than 30 years and a property owner for going on 15, I’m always surprised how much I like the area and continuously dismayed that such a charming town is treated as such a step-child by local officials for decades on end. Wailuku has the nicest people, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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


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 […]

Sexism And The Senate–Why The Recent Daniel Inouye Revelation Was A Red Herring


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently released a new book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, “a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA.” I haven’t read it, but I understand it’s both a call to action for women and a personal […]

Sexism And The Senate


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently released a new book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World,

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz: Let’s Remember 9/11 By Starting Yet Another War In Iraq


Before Sept. 11, 2001, the darkest and arguably most important reason anyone would remember that particular date is because on Sept. 11, 1973, a coup toppled Salvador Allende’s democratic government in Chile. The CIA–at the behest of President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger–had spent three years destabilizing the Chilean economy, creating exactly […]