Let’s just get right to it: Maui County Liquor Control Director Glenn Mukai must go. He can resign if he must, but if not the Liquor Commission should remove him. In the year he’s had the job, he’s proven himself to be ignorant, condescending, excessively secretive, patronizing, cruel and astonishingly deaf to the concerns of the general public. He runs the department like a … [Read more...] about Maui County Liquor Control Director Glenn Mukai Must Go!
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
LC Director Glenn Mukai, Bet you never thought we’d say this, but we’re actually missing Frank Silva right now. Sure, there was definitely a gangster vibe about how your predecessor ran the Maui County Department of Liquor Control (a job he held for 22 years), but he also had a sense of class about him. Make no mistake–Silva was a tough guy. He sent his investigators after … [Read more...] about ‘Drunk With Power’ – An open letter to new Maui County Liquor Control Director Glenn Mukai
For the last seven months, Traci Fujita Villarosa has been both the Deputy Director and the acting Director of the Maui County Department of Liquor Control. The Liquor Commission’s numerous attempts to replace former Director Frank Silva has been a “circus,” one former member of the LC told me recently. On May 24, the circus tent finally came down when the Liquor Commission … [Read more...] about Maui Liquor Commission appoints Glenn Mukai to be new LC Director
Serious question: is there a more useless group of people on Maui besides the Maui County Liquor Commission? For months now the star chamber that approves liquor licenses and supposedly oversees the LC Director has been unusually feckless. And now the panel's difficulty in finding a new director to replace longtime boss Frank Silva, who retired back in the fall, is threatening … [Read more...] about Maui County Liquor Commission fails again to appoint new LC Director