Brad’s tattoos. That’s the first thing I saw when I walked into the MauiTime office on North Main Street in the spring of 2008. I was fresh off a run as staff reporter at an alt weekly in tony Marin County and looking for a new challenge. Something completely different, but sort of the same. I’d heard about an editor opening at this newspaper in Hawaii, which sounded … [Read more...] about Jacob Shafer reflects on MauiTime’s 20th Anniversary
If you’re a dog owner and this isn’t your worst nightmare, that’s only because you haven’t considered the possibility: your pet, your beloved companion, stolen, slaughtered, cooked and eaten. Like a piece of meat. It happened on Oahu in 2007, to Frank Manuma and his wife Debbie. The couple’s dog, an eight-month-old German shepherd-Lab mix named Caddy, was stolen from the … [Read more...] about Pet Food: No one has publicly opposed a law that would ban dog meat in Hawaii. So what’s the holdup?
By Jacob Shafer They come out of nowhere. Every shark bite story is unique but that’s the thread that connects them all, like a trail of blood in the water. One second you’re surfing, swimming, paddling, whatever, and the next you’re staring down the wrong end of one of nature’s most voracious killers. Some get lucky, escaping with a few gnarly scars and the mother of all … [Read more...] about Shark Attacks: How worried should we be about recent bites and fatalities on Maui?
The Hawaiian bobtail squid is less than two inches long. It’s mud brown, feeds at night and is sometimes used as bait. In other words, the very definition of unassuming. But this tiny Sepiolidae could also change the way we think about, and treat, our bodies. To understand why, you first have to understand circadian rhythms, the biological patterns that affect our sleep, … [Read more...] about How The Unassuming Hawaiian Bobtail Squid May Help Us Understand Human Health
The moment was so perfect it was almost surreal. St. Paul, Minnesota, September 2008. The Republican National Convention. A giant American flag projected on the wall dissolves into a sea of red. Deep, blood red. A woman, dressed in a dark gray pantsuit and the hint of a pink shirt, strides to the lectern and flashes a confident, knowing smile. The assembled crowd roars. Sarah … [Read more...] about Former Republican Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle Strikes Back In Campaign For US Senate