Quizunderstood: How well do you upcoming Maui Capital Improvement Projects?

1. On Mar. 19, the state House of Representatives press office announced that the state budget, which had just passed the House, contained “about $165 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across Maui County.” Of those, the largest single item was a $38 million project. What’s it for? A. Construction of […]

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 […]

Of The 4 Men Running For Hawaii Governor, Just Aiona & Ige Have Traction


Large business associations like the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce rarely write good comedy, but earlier this month, when the organization promoted its upcoming Sept. 23 Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, it did exactly that. “Save the date!” the organization tweeted on Sept. 2. “Hear from all 3 leading candidates on initiatives to shape HI’s biz climate.” The “3 leading […]

This Monday, Sept. 22: HPR Hosts Live Hawaii Governor Candidates Forum


Does the four-way race to be the next Hawaii Governor have you flummoxed? Are you having trouble placing Democratic candidate David Ige? Or understanding why Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann and Republican James “Duke” Aiona are running again? Or remembering the name of Libertarian candidate Jeff Davis? Well, now you have some help. This Monday night, Hawaii Public Radio will […]

This Saturday, Sept. 13: Democratic Candidates David Ige, Shan Tsutsui Will Appear At Grand Opening Of Their New Maui HQ


If you have no idea how the four-way Hawaii Governor’s race is going to shake out, join the crowd. Republican James “Duke” Aiona has run before and lost badly, Democrat David Ige may have smashed incumbent Neil Abercrombie but he’s largely unknown to most voters, Independent Mufi Hannemann is probably too well known to the […]

Coast Guard Helps Relocate Endangered Laysan Ducks From Midway To Kure Atoll


Yesterday I wrote about how the U.S. Coast Guard–with the help of the Navy–had done something bad in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (specifically, bury a bunch of PCB and lead-filled junk in the sand at Tern Island during and after World War II). Today, I’m going to describe something good the Coast Guard did in the […]

On Keoua Kuahu’ula, Neil Abercrombie And The Art Of Going Out With Honor


So this weekend I got a chance to spend a few days relaxing over on the Big Island. And me being the history nerd that I am, I insisted on visiting the imposing and extremely well preserved Pu‘ukohola Heiau, site of perhaps the second most important death in Hawaii in the last couple of centuries […]

Why Gov. Neil Abercrombie Lost & Other Things We Learned From The Hawaii Primary Election


There were about a dozen people in the room when it happened. They were seated around tables, watching two televisions. Patriotic bunting and white signs bearing the name “Abercrombie” hung around the windows that faced Main Street in Wailuku. There was a stack of pizzas off to the side, as well as a few cakes, […]

SNAP Recipients Can Get Reimbursements For Food Lost During Hurricane Iselle


It looks like most, if not all, Maui County residents who lost power during Hurricane Iselle have gotten back online, though thousands of people across the state remain in the dark (and heat) even now. We forget sometimes that losing power in the tropics causes more trouble than simply forcing us to cope with high […]

Hawaii To Get Tiny Share Of Tiny Pfizer Prescription Drug Settlement


So the state Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) recently announced that Hawaii–along with 41 other states–really put the screws to drug maker Pfizer and managed to squeeze a $35 million settlement out of the company over its immunosuppressive drug Rapamune. The states’ complaints were that Pfizer had misrepresented the uses and benefits of Rapamune, which […]