Chef Bev Gannon sits in the dark closed Hali'imaile General Store Restaurant with the chairs and tables piled up , Photo by Dan Collins Chef Beverly Gannon is stunned. Like many in Hawaii’s tourist-dependent hospitality industry, the celebrated chef, caterer, and owner of two renowned Maui restaurants was not prepared for a global pandemic, or a sudden forced … [Read more...] about Chef Bev Gannon on What it Will Take for Maui Restaurants to Survive the Pandemic
Attention all drinkers, drink vendors, dancers, bar goers, bar owners, merkin (look it up) wearers and fans of government accountability: An open forum will be held on Tuesday, Jun. 26 as part of a performance audit of the County of Maui Department of Liquor Control. Liquor licensees and interested members of the public are invited to attend and provide comments on the … [Read more...] about Help control Maui’s Liquor Control
1. The Maui County Charter states that the Liquor Commission should evaluate the performance of the Liquor Control Director every year, but on Jan. 11 The Maui News reported that the commission had finally finished its first evaluation of Director Glenn Mukai, who first took over in June 2016. According to the story, when was the last year the Commission performed an evaluation … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: What do you know about the Maui County Liquor Commission’s charter obligations?
Those of you outraged at the Maui County Liquor Commission's recent rule changes that remove the cap on hostess bars and legalize 24-hour liquor sales at stores will get a yet another chance to give them hell: the panel will hold a public hearing on revoking those rule changes on Wednesday, July 12. The rule changes, originally passed in secret early this year, are now the … [Read more...] about Maui County Liquor Commission to hold public hearing on controversial rule changes
On June 14, the Maui County Auditor released a new report on the county's use of procurement cards (so-called pCards)–a credit card that county officials can use to buy goods and services. The Auditor decided to take a look at Maui pCard use after a plethora of news reports made clear that former Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was using his county pCard to patronize hostess … [Read more...] about Auditor scrutinizes Maui County procurement cards