Protests Planned For TPP Trade Talks At Westin Maui Resort

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A group of anti-corporate and pro-labor and environment organizations are planning a series of demonstrations against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks taking place this week at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Ka`anapali, says Sierra Club Hawaii Director Marti Townshend in a July 27 news release. “TPP negotiators cannot escape public scrutiny in […]

Will Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks conclude on Maui this month?

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Out here on Maui, it’s relatively easy for big international news stories like the ongoing negotiations over the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade zone to get lost. Between locals just trying to find out why the Pali is backed up and visitors more concerned about scheduling their luau, few people out here want […]

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court rules that Constitution protects same-sex marriage

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Same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in the U.S., now and forever. That’s according to the U.S. Supreme Court, which handed down its historic 5-4 ruling this morning in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D–Hawaii, was pleased, to say the least, in this statement emailed out by his press office early this morning: […]

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard votes against USA Freedom Act

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So last week, we reported that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, was really steamed about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records (which was also recently declared to be “illegal” in an Appeals Court ruling). In a May 7 statement, Gabbard said that she’d “authored and cosponsored several measures to overhaul U.S. surveillance law.” She […]

Hawaii Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard rips National Security Agency

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For such an infamous spy program cloaked in a massive shroud of lies and official ambiguity, it’s potential undoing at the hands of our legal system is pretty clear. “A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to […]

Hawaii Congressional delegation secures $47 million in federal funding for local schools

The Hawaii Congressional Delegation has announced that the U.S. Department of Education will allocate more than $47 million in Title I, Part A Grants to local educational agencies in Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui counties for the 2015-2016 school year. Title I Grants to LEAs provide financial assistance to school districts for services that improve […]

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard getting married to Hawaii cinematographer

Last week two email messages from the office of Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, fell into my already bursting inbox. The first wasn’t surprising at all: “Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today applauded President Obama for signing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act into law,” the Feb. 12 email stated. “As an Army […]

The U.S. Army is preparing to leave Hawaii, but few besides Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing seem happy to see them go

The U.S. military and Hawaii have a long and complex history. The 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom happened in part because U.S. Marines came ashore to assist the white coup leaders. Hawaii eventually became a U.S. territory during the Spanish-American War because of Pearl Harbor’s value to the U.S. Navy as a coaling station. […]

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Wants Student Artists For National Competition

Hawaii’s young artists have an opportunity for their work to be displayed in both Hawaii and Washington D.C. by entering a nationwide competition hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is now accepting submissions from high school students for the 2nd Congressional District for the 2015 Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition. “Every […]

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Helps Pass ‘Hire More Heroes Act’ in House

It may not seem like much, but when you’re in the minority party, I suppose even the tiniest legislative victory is something to celebrate in a press release. Which may explain why on Jan. 12, the office of Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, sent out a news release titled “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Passes Bill to Support Hiring More […]

2014 Maui Year In Review

This was a year of great storms, both political and climatic. It’s the year we got the new governor that apparently everyone wanted, and the year some of Maui’s most powerful and infamous police officers decided to hang up their badges (some more willing than others). This was the year Kimo Apana attempted to make […]

Maui News Editorial Condemns Youth, Says Future Leaders ‘In Hiding’

If young people still read newspapers, they might be insulted by today’s staff editorial in The Maui News (click here for the editorial, but a subscription is required to read it). “There are not many times we feel sorry for the young,” the editorial, titled “The search for leaders,” begins. After a lazy start slobbering over the […]

Hawaii Congressional Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Sponsors Bill To Arm Kurdish Peshmerga ‘Directly’

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, opposed arming Syrian rebels in the war against the terrorist group ISIL (also known as ISIS or the Islamic State), but today she said she’s sponsoring bi-partisan legislation to “directly arm” the Kurdish army–known as the Peshmerga–in Iraq. Here’s how Gabbard put it in a Nov. 20 news release from her […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military

1. On Nov. 7, The Maui News reported that Alexander & Baldwin’s agricultural portion posted a $7.3 million operating loss during the third quarter. According to the story, how does the company as a whole project it will look at the end of the year? A. $9 million profit B. $4 million profit C. Break […]

Maui GMO Initiative Aside, County Voters Embrace Status Quo

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Given the strong mobilization of voters for the GMO Initiative, you’d expect more of an impact on the rest of the couple dozen local races on the ballot. But no. In fact, no Maui County incumbent lost on election night. The pro-GMO Initiative people even put together a slate of candidates–with the exception of incumbent […]

Don’t Know How To Vote In The Upcoming Election? We Can Help!

Oh, joy, it’s time for another General Election. In Hawaii, this is a special kind of treat. Voters only got to see a new campaign finance report this week, after what seemed like months of candidate and political action committee (PAC) spending and fund-raising without any reporting whatsoever. Voters also have to contend with a […]