Today (Monday, Dec. 12, 2016) marks the final cane haul for the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) mill in Pu`unene, Hawaii News Now reported. With no more cane burns scheduled and the final harvest winding down–parent company Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) announced the mill’s closure back in January–many workers have already been let go. “A transition […]
This year, there are three people running for the Maui County Council seat representing Makawao, Haiku and Paia. Mike White, the current Chairperson of the County Council, is running for reelection, and he’s got two challengers: Alan Kaufman (click here to read his Know Your Candidate feature) and Trinette Furtado. A single mom, Furtado is an […]
1. On Mar. 25, the state Department of Health announced that they were fining Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar for violating their burn permit last summer. How much was the fine? A. $5,300 B. $6,300 C. $7,300 D. $8,300 E. $9,300 2. Though overshadowed by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, real estate developer Roque De La […]
Illustration: Andrew Miller
Like most reporters in Hawaii, in the hour or so after Alexander & Baldwin’s Jan. 6 announcement that they would shut down their Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) mill in Pu‘unene by the end of this year, I watched with growing fascination as my email inbox quickly filled with statements from public officials wanting to […]
Well, another year’s in the books. On the whole, 2015 wasn’t any more disastrous or violent than any other recent year, I suppose (we did get a new Star Wars film out of it), though at times it certainly seemed otherwise. Murder rates have risen in many large American cities, and a series of horrific […]
Dust can be a big hassle. Even a health hazard. Ask the good people at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S), which runs Pu`unene sugar mill–the last one in the state. State health officials recently busted the mill for producing too much dust in one of its fields. But a warning to those members of the […]
If it seems to you that the problems facing Maui today–more traffic, less affordable housing, stream flow politics, cane burning–seem overwhelming, it just means that you’re paying attention. Maintaining even our current quality of life on Maui isn’t easy, and making it better for the next generation can seem all but impossible. It’s not impossible, […]
There’s a lot going on in the world these days–shark attacks, celebrity attacks–and sometimes it seems tough just to keep your head above water. So we asked Drew Toonz to put it all in his rather unique perspective. Enjoy!
The other day we told you that Hawaii had opened its first-ever Environmental Court. Well, the organization Stop Cane Burning wasted no time filing the court’s first lawsuit in hopes of ending Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S)’s practice of burning sugarcane in the field during harvesting. “On July 1 Stop Cane Burning filed suit against […]
For those with iOS 8, this was today’s
For those with iOS 8, this was today’s morning weather report according to Apple’s Weather ap. And it was spot on. Click here to sign up for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) cane burning alerts. Click here to see the company’s upcoming burns.
Yes, yes, we all know (because Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar never misses an opportunity to remind us) that the burning of sugar cane in the fields of Central Maui from March to November every year is an old practice that has been on the island a long time and employs 800 people. That it causes […]
So there’s a new bill floating around the state Legislature dealing with air pollution “nuisances.” Introduced on Jan. 24 by Representative James Kunane Tokioka, D-Lihue, HB 754 “Requires a county to investigate and notify the Department of Health if a report is made about a possible nuisance involving air pollution.” It also “Gives the Director […]
So I’ve seen two news stories this month basically reporting the same thing: Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang really wants to get down and do some solid research on how the cane burning conducted by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (a subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.) actually affects Maui residents’ lungs, but he’s […]
This broke too late for us to include it in our cover story this week. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Karen Chun delivered a petition containing 8,730 signatures to Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar asking them to please stop burning sugar cane during harvest. Chun then met with HC&S GM Rick Volner and had what she described […]