Last week, the Maui County Council convened for what was supposed to be the conclusion of the confirmation process for Mayor Mike Victorino’s first round of nominees to head county departments. After almost 70 testifiers showed up in Council Chambers to testify on Feb. 15, time ran out for the councilmembers to cast their final votes on Victorino’s nominees, delaying decision … [Read more...] about Community Divisions Displayed at Last Week’s Anticlimactic County Council Meeting
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
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!
1. On Mar. 29, which Maui legislator denounced the recent sale of Hawaiian artifacts in Paris as “irresponsible, unprofessional, and disrespectful to our culture?” A. Sen. J. Kalani English B. Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran C. Rep. Joe Souki D. Rep. Lynn DeCoite E. Rep. Kaniela Ing 2. The Maui News reported on Mar. 30 that former Special Committee on County Government member Madge … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: Do you know why E.K. Fernandez cancelled the Maui Carnival?
It's been well reported that in early May, the County of Maui's Special Committee on County Governance approved a recommendation that Maui County move to a "county manager" form of government. We would still have an elected mayor, but the power to hire and fire department heads would move to a county manager, who in turn would answer to the Maui County Council. "Though … [Read more...] about Here’s the complete Special Committee Minority Report that opposes a county manager government in Maui County