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 […]

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 […]

Time to get your nominations in for the 2015 Maui County Women of Excellence Awards

Do you know an excellent woman? The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is now accepting nominations for its “Women of Excellence” awards program. This year’s program celebrates “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” in conjunction with this year’s national theme observing Women’s History Month. Maui County women will be honored in five categories: […]

We look at what state and local government is doing to alleviate their employee parking in Wailuku Town

We’ve received a couple letters to the editor from residents lately in response on our recent coverage of the Wailuku Town parking enforcement and proposed parking meters. The writers asked us what was up with state and county government seeing to their own employees’ parking needs–especially considering that commercial businesses in Wailuku Town are under […]

Maui Police begin parking enforcement again in Wailuku Town

Emails started flying around town yesterday that new parking enforcement in Wailuku Town was imminent, and it looks like the stories were true. As you can see from these photos, which were taken on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Maui PD is once again chalking cars and enforcing Wailuku two-hour parking restrictions. Since MPD Officer Keith […]