Even without the election of Republican Donald Trump to be President of the United States, this was a monstrous year. We’ve had to deal with job losses, outrageous giveaways to big business and just a general slide away from democratic protections and open government assurances. We like to think of Hawaii (and Maui especially) as existing outside the world’s troubles, but it’s … [Read more...] about MauiTime 2016 Year In Review
If I were a kid in Maui County right now, you know who would be my hero? Who would be the person I looked up to, even idolized? Kyle Ginoza. I'm serious. There are many examples of people who've passed through that old revolving door, transforming their otherwise dull careers in municipal bureaucracy into far more lucrative jobs in the private sector, but Ginoza has … [Read more...] about Hawaii Gas manager Kyle Ginoza is a Maui County superstar
And now on to an issue near and dear to all of our hearts–power utility operation! Most of Maui Electric Company’s (MECO’s) 70,000 or so customers probably don’t give the utility much thought (except maybe when the bill arrives), but the County of Maui itself is very interested in the matter right now. So much so that it spent $70,000 commissioning the Oklahoma City-based … [Read more...] about New report from Guernsey recommends County of Maui seek an independent electric utility operator
Sometime around 2017, assuming current projections hold true, Maui will get its very own waste-to-energy facility, courtesy of California-based Anaergia Services. Such a plant would convert raw garbage into various fuel products, which we could either use here or sell elsewhere. The lure of such a facility is that it would both take a lot of pressure off our landfills and … [Read more...] about Making sense of the arguments for and against the County of Maui’s proposed waste-to-energy facility
When you live on a small island located more than 2,500 miles from a major land mass, trash is everything. That’s why it’s not surprising that the word “recycling” appears repeatedly in the County of Maui’s General Plan–the 100 or so page document that will supposedly guide the county through the year 2030. Under “Key Strategies,” the document calls on the county to “Improve … [Read more...] about Recycling Has Really Taken A Beating Lately, But Will The County Of Maui’s Proposed Waste Conversion Facility Really Keep Most Garbage Out Of The Landfills?