It was recently brought to our attention that the LC has a Wikipedia page. Well, sort of. It’s a stub, really, brief enough to be re-printed in its entirety here: “The Department of Liquor Control is a Maui County agency which regulates and enforces state and county laws regarding the manufacture, importation, sale and consumption of intoxicating liquors.”
Not inaccurate, but certainly incomplete. Ah, but that’s the beauty of Wikipedia—there’s always opportunity for expansion. And anyone can do it; so democratic.
If one were so inclined, one could add a few details to the LC’s entry about, say, board members getting popped for DUI, or First Amendment-straining dancing rules, or hostess bars, or merkins (look it up). Many of those details could be gleaned, with proper citation of course, from this very column, which has been keeping tabs on the department for years, or from Kate Bradshaw’s recent cover feature, “No Can Dance.” (Incidentally, the archives at mauitime.com are very searchable.)
All one would have to do is visit www.wikipedia.org , sign up for an account and follow the relatively simple editing steps. With a modicum of effort, a wider audience could be exposed to the follies and foibles of Maui’s liquor code enforcers. Probably wouldn’t take more than an hour, two tops.