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?
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
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
The turmoil at the Maui County Department of Liquor Control is crazier than ever. After two months of drama over the Liquor Commission's near-frantic appointment of Dana Souza–one of their own members and son of controversial former LC Director Joe Souza–to succeed retiring Director Frank Silva, the whole process will soon start again. That's because Souza has decided to … [Read more...] about BREAKING: Dana Souza Declines Maui Liquor Control Director Appointment!