This is regarding you [Anthony Pignataro] ultimately being responsible for what gets printed and released in Maui Time Weekly. Years ago, when the publication first hit the stands, and Mark [D’Antonio] was involved, it was a refreshing and essential addition to Maui’s entertainment scene, as well it contained valuable information for anyone—tourists and residents alike. Maui has always been known in my perspective for being a sort of “small-town” version of anything it attempts to emanate from the mainland. There are many sad attempts, in my opinion, at accomplishing many of these efforts to copy a hip mainland scene, and in the beginning, Maui Time did a better than most job at coming across aware and cool, and adding a flare of a clue to this local and often lame scene.
It has been a while since I regularly read this magazine, though I still do pick it up from time to time, and though it should theoretically improve with age, it has in some ways, yet has not in others in my opinion. I will try not to be rude, for that is not my purpose here, but I must admit that it is somewhat nauseatingly unprofessional, when the very job you and others in your organization get paid to do is simply not getting done—but frequently. It’s not like these are once-in-a-great-while occurrences, and it is not like you guys do not have the means to attain whatever correct information is out there—it is available to you, and I know for a fact you have the equipment and the resources to do so.
I’m sure you are wondering when I’m going to give you examples. Okay, I only have two, mainly because I have many things to do today, but also because both recent times I picked up the paper to read it, I saw one mistake each time. It’s also not like I’m reading cover to cover—these things are practically jumping out at me.
The first example is “The Ed’s.” I play in a band called “The Edge.” This band has performed on Maui for over a decade. I have personally performed with them for about four years now. We were booked at Henry’s a couple of weeks ago, and whomever is in charge of “The Grid” (or is it “The Fridge”? “The Bib”? “The Bread”?) obviously didn’t merely allow this blunder, yet without checking to make sure he/she heard it right (is it Jessica? That’s who it lists in the front as being in charge of the calendar...) she printed what she apparently thought she heard. I have never worked for a publication, but that is simply common sense. We try to make a living playing music and mistakes like that do not help bring in people who want to come see us perform.
The second example, which I am sure you have already heard about more than once, and is nothing short of absolutely and humorously lame—in the recent “2007 Best Of Maui” issue, Mana‘o (notice the spelling) Radio 91.5 FM (notice the frequency modulation) won best radio station (again), and all you guys had to do was check out a back issue, go online to the website, turn on the radio while in Kahului, call Kathy Collins or ANYONE at Mana‘o (244-2032), etc. to get the correct information - not only on the name itself, but on the location on the FM dial. You guys spelled it “Mano‘a,” and listed the FM location as 90.7. All I could think was, “What the hell are those guys doing over there?!?!?!?”
So, that’s pretty much all for now. Please know that I do appreciate the publication, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have taken my Monday morning to write this. I happen to know Tommy [Russo]. I have lived on Maui for 10 and a 1/2 years. I am literate. I am forgiving, and I understand and make plenty of mistakes myself. However, in my opinion, it is time for you guys to lay off the weed a bit while at work, and even if you don’t, at least double-check your facts and spelling before going to print.
-Josh Greenbaum Maui Drummer/Musician and Mana‘o Radio DeeJay, via email