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?
Though Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–HI, talks a lot about the Syrian Civil War these days–stopping U.S. involvement in the war, passing her Stop Arming Terrorists Act (HR 608), etc.–it's not all she's up to. In fact, on Feb. 27, she co-sponsored a new bill–HR 1227–that goes by the unassuming name of Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. "If passed, this bill would take … [Read more...] about Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard co-sponsors ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017’
And now for something fun: Steven Greenhut, a very intelligent and conscientious writer–and one of my former editors from my time in California–will be on Maui this weekend to do a talk for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii about public employee unions and pensions. “County public employees in the state of Hawaii make among the highest wages in the nation, even after … [Read more...] about Libertarian author Steven Greenhut will talk public employee pensions at Maui County Club
If you're curious about what newly minted Maui PD Chief Tivoli Faaumu thinks about law enforcement, then you might want to tune into Akaku Channel 55 tonight at 5pm (you can also see it on Akaku.org and hear it on K-AKU 88.5 on your FM dial). Shaggy Jenkins will interview Faaumu live. Worried that Faaumu won't talk about the department's trend toward militarization? Concerned … [Read more...] about TONIGHT: New Maui PD Chief Tivoli Faaumu Appearing Live On Akaku
After just five years as Maui County Police Chief, Gary Yabuta is moving to Oahu to take over as director of a federal anti-drug program. There is, of course, great irony in the fact that Yabuta’s leaving to head some drug war office–What, Maui County’s part in the endless War on Drugs isn’t going so hot?–but the Maui Police Department will have none of that. “On 05/16/14, … [Read more...] about Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta Resigns To Head Hawaii Drug Office No One Ever Heard Of