EACP Committee Chair Shane Sinenci behind a collection of plastic waste from 30 days of Lahaina Intermediate School lunches A bill to prohibit the use and sale of disposable plastic foodware in Maui County passed the Council’s Environmental, Agricultural, and Cultural Preservation Committee by a vote of 5-1 on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura being the … [Read more...] about On County Single-Use Plastic Ban, Differences Emerge Regarding Sense of Urgency
Plastic pollution on Kaho‘olawe. Image courtesy Greenpeace If there’s one thing I took away from PBS NewsHour’s special feature, “The Plastic Problem,” (other than, Here’s yet another way we humans have screwed ourselves and our planet) it’s that plastics are everywhere, from the tops of mountains to the depths of ocean trenches. One scene in particular sticks out in my … [Read more...] about Honolulu Takes on the Plastic Problem: Will their leadership encourage Maui to do the same?
Sitting outside Council Chambers in the late afternoon, Councilmember Shane Sinenci expressed disappointment. It was a rare moment for the usually cheerful councilmember, who hours prior was hopeful of passing a resolution out of the Environmental, Agricultural, and Cultural Preservation Committee he chairs. The resolution, as currently written, would require Mayor Victorino’s … [Read more...] about Speaking of a Tourism ‘Tipping Point,’ Community Members Urge Action
It’s easy to make fun of tourists, but it's a lot harder to criticize the tourism industry. Tourists drive at a crawl over the Pali, rubbernecking at whales, while 10 cars tail them. Tourists crowd beaches and trails, then tell you to get out of “their” sunset. Tourists poke you with their selfie sticks as they strike poses for Instagram while crusted in reef-toxic … [Read more...] about ‘An Overworked Brothel’ – Maui County Council discusses visitor impacts to our environment and infrastructure
Maybe you’ve seen it on social media, on a car bumper, or stuck to some roadside guardrail, but wherever you saw it first, the words are everywhere this election season: huli. Huli means to turn or change, and who can blame citizens for wanting to flip course? Maui residents are facing monumental issues determining the future of our island, from high costs of living, to a … [Read more...] about Get Out and Vote! Our 2018 General Election Endorsement Guide