In other new law news, effective Jan. 1, “anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations in the state” now has to provide “open captioning during at least two showings per week of each motion picture that is produced with open movie captioning,” according to a Dec. 30, 2015 press release […]
Yesterday the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) reminded me just how different travel writing was from that I’ve practiced during my career. They meant nothing personal, of course, but after reading their Oct. 26 press release on its big 2016 “Mahalo Month” promotion for travel professionals and writers, I couldn’t help but sigh. “Mahalo Month is an annual industry-wide opportunity […]
1. The Maui County Council’s Land Use Committee is currently considering a fast-track affordable housing project in North Kihei known as the Kenolio Apartments, from Idaho-based Pacific West Communities. How many units are in the project? A. 74 B. 120 C. 152 D. 186 E. 201 2. In October, the Maui County Council of […]
I: The Environmental Court and Judge Joseph Cardoza If you’ve lived on Maui for more than a year, you’ve most likely not only heard the arguments pro and con on cane burning by Hawaii Commercial & Sugar (HC&S), but have also formed your own opinion. No longer just tinder to ignite public debates over Maui’s […]
Let me start off by saying I love Slate.com. Their political, scientific and cultural commentary and analysis is usually smart and readable. Usually. I discovered a notable exception this morning. Titled “United Slang of America,” the piece offers up what author Matthew J. X. Malady believes is the “official word” or preeminent “unique word” of […]
The 21st birthday milestone will soon evolve for Hawaii residents. It will not only mark the day they’re legally allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages, but tobacco products as well. On June 19, Gov. David Ige signed Act 122, making Hawaii the first state to prohibit the sale, purchase, possession and consumption of cigarettes, other tobacco […]
And it seems one of the more surreal controversies in state politics is now at an end. After months of speculation, backbiting, teeth-gnashing and a little hand-wringing now and then, the state Ethics Commission has decided that Les Kondo can keep his job as the commission’s executive director. “The head of the State Ethics Commission […]
A visually poignant documentary on the life of Korean dancer and teacher Halla Pai Huhm (1922-1994), produced and written by Billie Lee. “Moving Home” captures the tenacious spirit of a dancer whose life was shaped by the turbulent tides between Korea, Japan, and Hawai’i during the early half of the 20th century.
Maui Theatre’s Burn’n Love brings back the golden era of Elvis in Hawaii. Starring Darren Lee, relive the days of Blue Hawaii with the best Elvis impersonator in the world!
Illustration: Andrew Miller
1. Nearly 2,000 workers for a big company in Hawaii walked off the job on Feb. 2, starting a strike that’s scheduled to run until midnight on Feb. 7. They’re objecting to a lower than expected wage increase and a plan to eliminate guaranteed pensions for new employees. Which company do they work for? A. […]
Credits: Photographer: Bo Montalvo; Makeup artist/hairstylist: Ry-n Shimabuku; Model: Brittney Baker; Dress and jacket: Kojo couture by Koa Johnson Maui’s hyperlocal fashion scene is hip, hot and hands-on. Here, being stylish doesn’t mean buying at chain stores. Rather, it’s an art form expressed through the work of local designers, your own DIY-cut shirts and shorts to the […]
After giving current Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie an historic plastering in the 2014 Democratic Primary Election, and then cruising to an easy victory over two far-better known rivals earlier this month, Governor-elect David Ige’s rise to power has been revolutionary in every sense of the term. This is fascinating, because Ige himself is as status-quo […]
Unless you’re following Libertarian Jeff Davis, you’re probably not hearing a lot about legalizing marijuana in all the Hawaii Governor’s race commercials and forums. Davis, like a good Libertarian, is for it. “If I’m elected, we’re gonna legalize marijuana and treat it like wine,” the website Motherboard quoted Davis as saying back in August. “You’ll […]
Given that Hawaii’s economy continues to live and die on the fortunes of tourism, Pacific Business News last week gave us a brief primer on the virtues of “cultural heritage tourism.” On Sept. 24, in anticipation of the Hawaii Heritage & Hospitality Forum in Honolulu at the end of October, Pacific Business News posted a […]
Ah, Theodore Roosevelt. Is there any American president so revered? His mug is even chiseled into the side of Mount Rushmore. We call him a “progressive” today for supporting for things like land preservation and not supporting guys working in unsafe sausage factories that got ground up into said sausage, and to be fair, these are indeed progressive […]