Editorial

EDITORIAL: The ‘Hope’ that never came.

Maui had two fireworks shows to kick off 2017. The first was a traditional fireworks display filling the air with lighted spectacle. When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, Central Maui did its thing. (See our video coverage HERE.) The second was an epic organizational meeting for the new Maui County Council which began at 2 pm the next …

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EDITORIAL: Maui County Council’s ‘Rogue One’

Note: Star Wars references abound within. Use the Force to continue reading. Mike White’s transformation to the dark side was solidified this week after spreading his version of Holiday Cheer to those around him at the Office of Council Services where White holds the title of Chief Administrative Officer which happens when you are also the Council’s Chairman. The Maui …

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EDITORIAL: They “Huli’ed” the system- small kine.

It took me awhile to digest the local election results of this 2016 General Election. Partly because of the first surprise that happened on the national stage: Donald Trump? Yes, the first signs of a national shift in politics but with the electoral college in place, a vote for president in Hawaii is regardless a vote for a Democrat. In …

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EDITORIAL: Are We Ready for the Big One?

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the sun had just set when a wall of water surged down Iao Valley River taking out county and state parking lots, gutting homes, and threatening subdivisions and human life. It’s estimated that nearly 3 billion gallons of water flowed down the river, moving boulders as if they were pebbles, cutting through embankments, and tearing through …

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EDITORIAL: Politics prevail over Health at the Capitol

Governor Ige has just announced that he has requested that bill HB1075, which would allow partnership to infuse money and resources into Maui’s healthcare system, be sent to conference instead of being voted on – and possibly passed – today. This delay will inevitably force what could be very large cuts to services and staff, eliminating critical medical services and …

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EDITORIAL: Confirmation Cakewalk?

JD Kim’s goal when originally confirmed was to reduce the amount of backlogged cases in his office. Currently that amount has INCREASED by 45%. If this was a corporate job he’d be at the State building next door applying for benefits right now. The County Council at a special meeting on March 3rd decided the fate of Prosecuting Attorney John …

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EDITORIAL: No confidence, No Kim.

The Council meeting on February 18, 2015 attempted to fulfill the obligations of the County Charter; approve the mayor’s appointment for Prosecuting Attorney. That isn’t quite what happened. John D. (JD) Kim weathered his first confirmation storm in committee when issues of favoritism and mismanagement first surfaced. Now, JD sits in council confirmation purgatory. Neither in nor out due to …

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EDITORIAL: Time to rescue Ocean Safety

In the 2012 election the people of Maui County voted to approve a charter amendment that would move Ocean Safety from Parks & Recreation to Fire & Public Safety. The timeline for the transfer is to be determined by the Fire Chief, Jeff Murray. In March of 2014, Colin Yamamoto was promoted to become the Battalion Chief of Ocean Safety …

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EDITORIAL: Elections have consequences

The Maui News recently reported that the change in the Maui County Council’s leadership was a “coup”. Council insiders however, have suggested that this was not the case at all. “If you asked the members at the primary election, they probably would have supported the current leadership, but through the actions within the last few months, especially as the election …

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EDITORIAL: The Super PAC Attack – The PAC and the common man

We hear Super PAC’s (Political Action Committees) on the news, and in the past we associate them with mainland politics affecting mainly mainland races. During the 2012 election PRP aka Pacific Resource Partnership injected the power of the PAC in the governor’s race against anti-rail candidate Ben Cayetano. It ended up being a dirty display of politics which PRP later …

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