Keith Regan holding fundraiser at Maui County Corp Counsel Pat Wong’s house

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We have more than a year to go before the 2016 elections get here, but County of Maui Managing Director Keith Regan isn’t wasting any time. Regan, who’s running for the Maui County Council seat currently held by Mike Victorino (who’s prevented from running again in 2016 because of term limits), recently filed papers announcing […]

Petition Launched To Save Cute Dog Mural In Kula

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Who knew innocent images of dogs and sunflowers might have ulterior motives? Paintings of such are now being treated as illegal advertising for a residence in Kula. Officials with the County of Maui have asked homeowner Lisa Giesick to cover up the mural which runs along her fence, saying that the artwork is just a “sign” […]

The Day The Fire Hydrant Broke In Wailuku Town

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In case you were wondering why images of water cascading 80-plus feet into the Wailuku sky were filling your social media timelines this morning, it’s sadly not because the county just installed a Vegas-like water fountain on Market Street. Apparently, this morning a car drove over a fire hydrant in front of the Market Street […]

State Water Commission to vote on Jeffrey Pearson appt. this Wednesday

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Jeffrey Pearson, an engineer and water official with the County of Maui, got a big boost to his resume last week when Governor David Ige announced that he’d soon take over as deputy to the chairperson of the state Commission on Water Resource Management as well as chief executive officer to the Commission. “Jeff Pearson […]

Three Information Sessions for immigrants in Maui County coming soon

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the County of Maui’s Immigrant Services Division will be hosting three “Information Sessions” later this week for immigrants. The workshops will cover “employment eligibility, green cards, naturalization, petition for relatives and other issues,” according to a June 22 news release from the county. Here’s the schedule: Thursday, June 25, 2015 […]

Maui County Corporation Counsel Pat Wong loves gambling in Las Vegas. And he wins a lot, too.

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In the late 1990s, urban writer and activist Mike Davis described Las Vegas as “hypergrowth without counterpart social spending” and a city built on “slavish dependence on cheap water and energy.” The famous Las Vegas “miracle,” Davis noted, “demonstrates the fanatical persistence of an environmentally and socially bankrupt system of human settlement and confirms Edward […]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa calls Councilmembers White, Hokama ‘snollygosters’

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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 rejected Maui Police grant proposals?

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Auditor Lance Taguchi says County of Maui missed out on $21 million

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 […]

The annual Art of Trash exhibits opens this Friday at the Maui Mall

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?

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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 bills passed out of the Hawaii House of Representatives?

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 […]