This story shouldn’t exist. I shouldn’t have to write it, and you certainly shouldn’t need to read it. But if you believe in democracy and open, honest government, then nothing about the political state of affairs in this country, state or county is even close to optimal. Which is why I’m writing this story, which you should most definitely read. There’s a war going on here in … [Read more...] about Will the public lose in the war between Hawaii’s Office of Information Practices and the Civil Beat Law Center?
Office of Information Practices
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?
1. On Monday, Jan. 2, the new Maui County Councilmembers were sworn in. Who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony? A. Governor David Ige B. House Speaker Joe Souki C. Senate President Ronald Kouchi D. Senator J. Kalani English E. Mayor Alan Arakawa 2. How many requests for assistance did the state Office of Information Practices, which oversees Hawaii’s open … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How much do you know about the upcoming HC&S equipment auction?
Watch out, because the state Legislature is actually on track to doing the right thing in regards to making public the names of bad cops. There have been so many fruitless attempts to undo the disaster that was the 1995 state law exempting police officers from the state's Uniform Information Practices Act that I'm hesitant to write about this latest move. But given some … [Read more...] about Will the Hawaii Legislature finally allow the public to see the names of bad cops?
We know that the Maui County Liquor Commission’s Oct. 7 selection of Dana “Son of former LC Director Joe” Souza to be the new Liquor Control Director was fast, but was it too fast? Did it, in fact, violate the state’s Sunshine Law? At least one local public official thinks so. “It was a railroad job,” said the official, who requested anonymity. “I have concerns as to how it … [Read more...] about Did the Maui County Liquor Commission violate the Sunshine Law when selecting a new LC Director?