We were hiking La Perouse yesterday and saw some folks walking out with blankets, camping gear, etc. We smelled some campfire smoke going in and made a note. Then when we came back after a soak 3 hours later... still smelled the smoke! Investigated to see if the fire was close and noticed some red hot coals and a smoldering end of a big log close to all the kiawe trees. Super … [Read more...] about Eh Brah! Don’t be stupid! Put out your campfire!
And now for a subject that I’m sure is near and dear to your heart: public employee pensions and health benefits. I know, I know–there’s nothing sexier than pouring over actuarial tables on how we actually pay for the benefits for the state’s 120,000 or so public employees, but someone’s gotta do it, right? For the few of you out there who don’t find such subjects fascinating, … [Read more...] about Hawaii Legislature has fun with unfunded liabilities
1. On Sunday, Oct. 23, an early morning fire in the kitchen of Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei caused no injuries but forced the restaurant to close. According to a news release sent out by the owners that night, how long should it take to get the restaurant back open? A. One week B. Two weeks C. Three weeks D. Four weeks E. Five weeks 2. This Friday, Oct. 28, a new … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: Do you know when Maui restaurant Three’s Bar & Grill will reopen?
So that was some fire we had on the Pali this weekend (at press time, it’s still only about 70 percent contained, according to today's Maui News). The cause remains under investigation, though fire officials have mentioned a downed power line was apparently involved. The threat of a wildfire on the Pali in the summer–when it’s covered with plenty of brown brush–is always a … [Read more...] about Will this weekend’s Pali fire lead to a new road to West Maui?
It's with a heavy heart that we report that on June 29, the Maui County Council voted 5-4 to shelve the proposal to change to a county manager form of government. That proposal will not appear on the November ballot. "[County Councilmember Mike] Victorino said members of the Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee expressed discomfort in rushing out a proposal that … [Read more...] about Know Your 2016 Maui County Election Candidate: Joseph Blackburn