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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

ACLU Hawaii Sues State Of Hawaii Over Special Puna Election

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When I was talking with political analysts immediately following the Aug. 9 Hawaii Primary Election, I kept hearing the same thing: the situation down in Puna on the Big Island was a mess and it would be weeks before we got closure on the very tight U.S. Senate race, which they day after the election […]

Brian Schatz Wins Democratic U.S. Senate Primary, We Think

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It’s hard to know for sure, but we think that U.S. Senator Brian Schatz has won his Democratic Primary race against challenger Colleen Hanabusa. That’s what all the papers were reporting after the Aug. 15 special election in hurricane-ravaged Puna, but they were also reporting that the state Office of Elections suddenly found 800 ballots […]