During the dinner break of the Maui County Council's organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 2, I spotted Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong standing outside the Kalana O Maui building. Walking up to him, I asked for an update on his high stakes Las Vegas gambling hobby. Watch the video for his response. As we reported in our June 17, 2015 cover story “Maui County Corporation … [Read more...] about Maui County Corporation Counsel Pat ‘The Gambler’ Wong Confronted about Las Vegas Gambling
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
It would seem like Maui County Corporation Counsel Patrick “The Gambler” Wong’s luck has turned, and not for the better. On Saturday, May 14, The Maui News reported that Wong’s latest financial disclosure statement reports that he only won “between $1,000 and $9,999” in Las Vegas last year. For most people, this would be wonderful news. But for Wong, who enjoys playing … [Read more...] about Did MauiTime jinx Maui County Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong?
We have more than a year to go before the 2016 elections get here, but County of Maui Managing Director Keith Regan isn't wasting any time. Regan, who's running for the Maui County Council seat currently held by Mike Victorino (who's prevented from running again in 2016 because of term limits), recently filed papers announcing a big fundraiser next week. According to this … [Read more...] about Keith Regan holding fundraiser at Maui County Corp Counsel Pat Wong’s house
In the late 1990s, urban writer and activist Mike Davis described Las Vegas as “hypergrowth without counterpart social spending” and a city built on “slavish dependence on cheap water and energy.” The famous Las Vegas “miracle,” Davis noted, “demonstrates the fanatical persistence of an environmentally and socially bankrupt system of human settlement and confirms Edward Abbey’s … [Read more...] about Maui County Corporation Counsel Pat Wong loves gambling in Las Vegas. And he wins a lot, too.