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 is 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 […]

Reader Feedback: Enough with that Keith Regan photo already!

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HATES KEITH REGAN PHOTO In the July 16, 2015 Coconut Wireless, I see that you printed the same big photo of Keith Regan as you did in the June 11, 2015 issue. The same photo with the bright green aloha shirt and treacly jack-o-lantern grin. In the June 11 issue, the caption read, “Would you […]

Maui County Council General Membership Meeting

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Keith Regan, Maui County’s Managing Director and Past Distinguished Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis Division 22, will be the guest speaker at its upcoming general membership meeting. He will talk about his intention to run for the Maui County Council – Wailuku District seat. The luncheon meeting is open to the general public

Quizunderstood: How much do you know about bills Gov. David Ige signed into law?

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1. On June 8, Governor David Ige signed four bills into law. One of them, HB 623, mandates “100 percent renewable energy portfolio standards by 2045.” One of the other bills Ige signed was HB 1509. What does that bill do? A. Requires the University of Hawaii to establish the collective goal of becoming net-zero […]

County Managing Director Keith Regan announces 2016 run for Maui County Council

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It should surprise no one that County of Maui Managing Director Keith Regan is running for office. On Friday, June 5, Regan’s wife Lynn Araki-Regan sent out a press release stating that next year her husband would run for the Wailuku County Council seat. That seat’s currently held by Mike Victorino, but term limits bar […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know cane burn complaints from a Maui County Council member?

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1. An HC&S cane burn on Wednesday, May 27 sent bad smoke over South Maui, prompting one Maui County Council member to write a letter of complaint to the company. According to the May 30 Maui News, who was the council member? A. Elle Cochran B. Stacy Crivello C. Mike White D. Don Couch E. […]

County of Maui issues RFP for possible municipal electric utility

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Looks like the County of Maui really is serious about possibly setting up a municipal electric utility–especially given the possible merger between Hawaiian Electric Industries and NextEra that’s pending before the state Public Utilities Commission. How that merger will affect Maui Electric Co. (MECO) is still a matter of conjecture. So on May 6, the […]

Maui County Council, Maui Prosecuting Attorney in hot water yet again

Great news, kids! The circus otherwise known as the Mar. 3 Maui County Council hearing is still in town! In fact, it’s bigger than ever! On that day, the Maui County Council finally confirmed J.D. Kim for another term as Prosecuting Attorney, though it did so in one of the most ham-fisted manners possible. The […]

To prepare for tonight’s State of the County Address, we analyzed Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s last 3 speeches

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 […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know who wants to replace Maui Rep. Mele Carroll?

1. According to a Feb. 8 Maui News story, 13 people are in the running to replace House Rep. Mele Carroll, who recently resigned because of her health. Which of the following is NOT one of those 13? A. Riki Hokama, Maui County Councilman B. Barbara Haliniak, who ran against Carroll in 2014 C. Rob […]

Maui News Editorial blasts County Council for doing business in private

Yesterday I told you about a pretty weak front page story in The Maui News. Well, today the paper redeemed itself with a strong editorial blasting the Maui County Council for its addiction to discussing business in secret “executive” session: “In no case does any Sunshine Law REQUIRE a public body to go into executive […]

Will 2015 Be The Year Wailuku Town Gets Parking Meters?

When the great history of Maui in the 21st century is written, the year 2015 will go down as the beginning of the Post-Taguma era. Residents–especially those who live and work in Wailuku Town–have been celebrating the retirement of Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma for weeks now. Each year for the past three decades, Taguma’s […]

Mike White Takes Over Maui County Council

The new year brought entirely new Maui County Council leadership–exactly what was predicted shortly after the November 2014 election. Mike White is the new Council Chairman and Don Guzman is the new Vice Chairman. “I look forward to working with a great team in crafting quality legislation for the next two years,” said White at […]

Stream Down: The drama found on Akaku, Maui’s public access cable station, is nothing compared to what’s going on behind the cameras

For the people who provide public access cable television in Maui County, their whole reason for being is speaking out. “Empowering the community’s voice through access to media”–that’s the motto of Akaku, which runs local cable channels 53, 54 and 55 for the community. That means the station airs programming that’s often at odds with […]

Friends Of Maui County Council Coup Plotters Deny Coup Was Coup

Here’s a riddle for you: when is a coup not a coup? When friends of the coup plotters say it isn’t! On Nov. 11, The Maui News quoted Gladys Baisa, who had been Maui County Council Chairwoman until the day before, as saying that the circumstances of her removal from power constituted a “coup.” “Of […]