Quizunderstood: How well do you know Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s time in the Boy Scouts?


  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 […]

We look at the legal firestorm that is Maui Environmental Court’s new cane burning lawsuit


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 […]

Hella messed up: a brief note on America’s cultural appropriation of ‘aloha’


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 […]

What it means that Hawaii will soon raise the legal smoking age to 21


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 […]

Wet Naturalist

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Join a Wet Naturalist presentation at Maui Ocean Center’s Discovery Pool and/or Tide Pool for an exciting hands-on presentation about Hawaii’s marine invertebrates, or animals that lack a backbone. Along with learning all about sea cucumbers, sea stars and urchins, guests will have the chance to touch a few of the live spineless creatures

Hawaii ethics watchdog Les Kondo gets to keep his job


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 […]

Heritage Film: “Moving Home”

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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.

Burn’n Love

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!

Drew Toonz imagines NBC’s Brian Williams in Hawaii

Illustration: Andrew Miller

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Hawaii labor strikes?

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. […]

14 in ’14: MauiTime Fashion Profiles 14 Local Hawaii Style Makers and Maui Designers You Need To Know

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 […]

Hawaii Governor-Elect David Ige Makes Tourism Industry Boss His New Chief Of Staff

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 […]

Is Hawaii Missing Out On Big Weed Money?


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 […]

Even Thoughtful, Sensitive ‘Cultural Heritage Tourism’ In Hawaii Can Bring Big Bucks


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 […]

In Rare Show Of Opinion, Maui News Editorializes That Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’–And Racist TR Himself–Are ‘Wonderful’


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 […]

In Rare Show Of Opinion, Maui News Editorializes That Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’


Ah, Theodore Roosevelt. Is there any American president so revered? His mug is even