Elmer Cravalho was a rare individual who made a mark on both Maui and Hawaii history. A man of considerable intelligence and energy, he wielded tremendous power on state and county stages for 25 years. But in the days following his death on June 27 at the age of 90, the obituaries for Cravalho that appeared in The Maui News and Honolulu Star-Advertiser amounted to thin … [Read more...] about Using newly declassified documents, we examine the legacy of Elmer Cravalho, Maui County’s most important political leader.
James "Kimo" Apana
Maui County Councilmember Gladys Baisa can't run for reelection because of term limits, which means there's a lot of interest in succeeding her. Of the four candidates running, one of them–Yuki Lei Sugimura–has extensive experience with the Maui Democratic Party. Her campaign website doesn't have a lot of information on her political views, but we managed to pin her down with a … [Read more...] about Know your 2016 Maui County election candidate: Yuki Lei Sugimura
There were about a dozen people in the room when it happened. They were seated around tables, watching two televisions. Patriotic bunting and white signs bearing the name “Abercrombie” hung around the windows that faced Main Street in Wailuku. There was a stack of pizzas off to the side, as well as a few cakes, plates of ahi sashimi, bowls of noodles and rice and a cooler full … [Read more...] about Why Gov. Neil Abercrombie Lost & Other Things We Learned From The Hawaii Primary Election
The polls are open across Maui County and won't close until 6pm tonight. Just two polling places are closed on the Big Island due to Hurricane Iselle. Given the relative calm weather out there, we should have our normally poor turnout, rather than the abysmal numbers political analysts were forecasting. You'd think that since Hawaii votes on Saturday rather than a workday, we'd … [Read more...] about Today: Hawaii Primary Election
For us political junkies, the late summer of an even-numbered year is a magical time. Our airwaves, email and inboxes get jammed with misleading, often shameless propaganda. Battalions of volunteers line roadsides to wave colorful but still bland signs at passing motorists. And, for the true believers, forums pop up at community centers around the island, where earnest … [Read more...] about 2014 Hawaii Primary Election Endorsements