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 […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know future Waikapu development?


1. The 2016 Primary Election is still 16 months away, but last week which Democratic Maui legislator held a $1,000/person fundraiser at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Waikiki? A. Senator J. Kalani English B. Senator Roz Baker C. Speaker Joe Souki D. Representative Justin Woodson E. Representative Lynn DeCoite 2. On Apr. 23, the County of Maui […]

UPDATED: County of Maui ‘surveying’ residents on 3-Can curbside recycling


Looks like the County of Maui has been quietly “surveying” about Maui residents on whether they’d like to see the 3-Can curbside recycling project expanded island-wide. I put “surveying” in quotes because the actual survey (a copy of which I obtained from a resident) more closely resembles crude propaganda than any sincere effort to poll […]

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 […]

What awaits Maui Tomorrow when executive director Irene Bowie leaves next month?


In a way it’s fitting that Irene Bowie has decided to step down as executive director of Maui Tomorrow and return to the West Coast. When she took on the job as the Maui County’s most preeminent slow growth activist, the biggest issue facing the state was the proposed Hawaii Superferry. Maui Tomorrow under Bowie’s […]

First auditor report criticizes County of Maui investment policies

It’s not often you see the results of an audit splashed on the front page of The Maui News, but that’s exactly what happened on Friday, Apr. 3. “County audit: $21 million lost,” read the sensation headline. The words imply drastic negligence, perhaps even a crime. Too bad the report’s actual finding was far less […]

This Friday, April 10: Art of Trash

Mālama Maui Nui, the County of Maui, the Department of Environmental Management and SharingAloha Maui present the 13th annual Art of Trash Exhibit, which opens this Friday at the Maui Mall. The exhibit challenges artists to reuse items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. A Trashion Show will kick off the exhibit on Friday (6pm) […]

Are the new Maui Police body cameras just a Trojan Horse for more surveillance?


The Maui Police Department will soon equip at least some of its officers with body cameras, the department announced on Mar. 20. “The Plans, Training, Research and Development Section has scheduled a one month feasibility study on the use of body-worn cameras,” stated the department’s press release. “The study is scheduled to begin on Monday, […]

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. […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know this Monsanto official’s new County of Maui appointment?

1. On Mar. 6, the Hawaii House of Representatives’ Majority Office announced that more than a hundred bills had so far passed the House and would head to the state Senate. One of those bills was HB 133 HD1–what does this bill seek to do? A. Appropriates money for “micro apartment housing units.” B. Establishes […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘I am here to address a travesty’ – Here’s what Deputy Prosecutor Richard Minatoya tried to say at the Mar. 3 Maui County Council hearing

If you read my Mar. 3 story on yesterday’s crazy County Council hearing on the reappointment of county Prosecutor John D. Kim, then you know that the big takeaways were (1) What was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Richard Minatoya (who supported Kim) going to say about County Councilman Don Guzman (who opposed Kim) before Council Chairman Mike […]

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

Starting Saturday, Feb. 28, Maui Bus Upcountry routes will change

Starting Saturday, Feb. 28, there will be some changes to the Maui Bus Upcountry Islander and Kula Villager routes, according to a County of Maui news release that went out yesterday: The bus connection between the Upcountry Islander and the Kula Villager will be relocated to the Kulamalu Town Center, near Longs Drug Store. Kulamalu Town Center has been […]