Commonly called by their initials, the LC enjoys a great deal of power and authority over the county’s service industry. No one sells booze without their say-so, and that doesn’t come easy. And not just booze, either: LC inspectors also regulate the noise that emanates from a licensee, the use of obscenities during live entertainment and whether any patrons are dancing outside of specially marked dancing zones. I could get specific and talk about the LC’s attempt a few months ago to cut off all live entertainment in the popular Kihei Kalama Village (the “Barmuda Triangle”) after 10pm, but our readers were clear: the LC itself is a political scandal, and it’s tough to disagree.
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