It’s a violation of county liquor law for a performer to curse on stage in a bar or restaurant. Good thing that rule doesn’t apply to the Liquor Commission hearing room.
It’s Dec. 12, 2007, and one of the first matters of the day deals with the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea. They’ve got a big New Years party scheduled for Dec. 31—like they do every year—and attorney Craig Nakamura is asking the commissioners to let the hotel allow minors “to remain and dance within the premises.” The hotel did the same thing last year, Nakamura says, and you approved it.
“Was this approved last year?” Commission chairwoman Frances Meshulam asked a few minutes later.
“Yes,” said Nakamura, who has appeared many times before the commission and must be one of the most patient attorneys on the island.
But Nakamura also wants the commissioners to approve the event in perpetuity—make it so the Fairmont doesn’t have to keep coming here every year with their hat in hand. Approve it now, and every year they’ll do the same thing at New Years.
It’s the same deal as we approved for Manele Bay last month? asked Commissioner Ron McComber.
Yes, Nakamura said.
Commissioner Ken Yokouchi makes a motion to approve. McComber seconds the motion. They’re about to vote when Commission Merlyn Winters asks if everyone’s cool with the automatic approvals for following years.
“Wait, we’re voting on them getting this automatically every year?” McComber—who earlier seemed to be on the same page as everyone else, suddenly asks. “Nuh uh. Wait—we didn’t vote the Manele on an annual basis, did we?”
Yes, a few commissioners say.
“Awww, shit,” McComber says in a nice, loud voice, then withdraws his second. “I don’t mind giving you an okay this year, but you have to come back. Even the Manele one—I’m sorry we let that one get away.”
But in the end, the commissioners came around and let the Fairmont have their New Years party in perpetuity—unless they get busted by the LC, in which case the deal’s off.