Peter Merriman. Image courtesy Merriman's Hawaii As awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic began to grow in Hawaiʻi, chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman, owner of 10 Merriman’s and Monkeypod restaurants throughout the state, wrote to Hawaiʻi Lieutenant Gov. Josh Green. “I said, ‘I don’t know what we can do to help, but we’re here if you need help,’” he told MauiTime in … [Read more...] about Peter Merriman: ‘An Extremely Confusing Situation’
Pictured: Three grams of cannabis flower, the maximum amount decriminalized. Quarter shown for scale. Last year, Hawai‘i joined the league of states that have enacted laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana for recreational use. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), that makes us the 26th state (including the District of … [Read more...] about Decriminalization! What you need to know
It’s tempting to say we won the war. My feet are resting on a mulch-covered, old Central Maui sugarcane field in the process of conversion from barren, chemical-pumped dirt to nutrient-rich community farmland. I’m listening to presentations about the opportunities of hemp, and the speakers make the case for victory all the more seductive. Doug Fine, a best-selling author and … [Read more...] about Hemp Revolution: Growers across the state are ready. What’s holding them back?
More than three weeks have passed since Governor David Ige made the announcement that the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was “set to start construction,” and yet no equipment has made the ascent up Maunakea. Instead, at Mauna Kea Access Road, kia‘i, or protectors, have set up camp. Through non-violent action and kapu aloha, bound by culture and identity, and grounded in arguments … [Read more...] about ‘Unacceptable and Irresponsible’: Councilmember Tamara Paltin writes to UH president David Lassner regarding TMT
Two weeks after the state’s arrest of 38 kupuna for obstructing Mauna Kea Access Road, Governor David Ige continues to find himself with few options in the standoff over the construction of the contentious Thirty Meter Telescope. Force, an early choice that resulted in the arrests of the 38 elderly and non-violent Kanaka Maoli, proved to further stoke the fire of activists’ … [Read more...] about Kia‘i Claim Victory: Gov. David Ige rescinds Maunakea emergency proclamation and state extends timeline for Thirty Meter Telescope