May 15, 2013Anthony PignataroLIPOA POINT SAVED (AGAIN)!
Looks like Maui County really scored during the recent state legislative session. "Maui legislators secured almost $300 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island," stated a May 10, 2013 press release from the state House of Representatives's media office. "The largest single item by far was $130 million over the next two years for construction of the new Kihei High School. Construction is expected to begin in 2015, and the full funding will allow bidding on the whole project, saving the State millions of dollars."
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October 24, 2012Anthony PignataroMs. Bottom,
You’ve been running the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Honolulu Division for five months now, which I can only imagine is quite a change from your previous postings in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. But I see from the May 21 FBI press release announcing your new assignment that your most recent job was chief of the Public Corruption/Civil Rights Section at the FBI’s Washington, DC headquarters, and that, more than anything, is why I’m writing you this open letter.
You see, the County of Maui Department of Liquor Control is out ...MoreLC WATCH 1
May 15, 2013Anthony PignataroBack in January, we reported that new research from the United States Geological Survey and UH Manoa was showing that climate change may, in fact, doom the beautiful but endangered silversword plants that are endemic to the highest elevations of Haleakala. News like this obviously concerns the good people at Haleakala National Park, who are conducting their own research on how climate change is affecting the rare plants. In fact, they need help to do it.
"Haleakala National Park and Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation have joined together to create a unique internship opportunity for a local college ...MoreUpfront News
May 15, 2013Anthony PignataroNot sure if you’ve noticed, but there are four new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations going in at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center parking lot near the Ka’ahumanu Ave. entrance (fronting Koho, but much closer to the road). The chargers, according to a recent news release from Nishikawa & Associates, which handles public relations for the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), are part of the new JUMPSmartMaui "demonstration project" that will use electric vehicles, smart grid tech and renewable energy:
"Set to begin in July, JUMPSmartMaui is funded by Japan’s largest ...MoreUpfront News
May 15, 2013Anthony PignataroIt’s always nice to read that news in South Korea isn’t completely dominated by the threat of nuclear war. Sometimes, news there concerns nothing more than delicate flowers.
As part of its effort to attract ever more visitors to our islands, the county and the Maui Visitors Bureau set up a booth at this year’s International Flower Festival in Goyang, a city located just north of Seoul in South Korea. What’s more, a group of flower experts and members of the Goyang Flower Foundation awarded the county the Mayor’s Choice Award for Best Booth.
"Our halau and musicians ...MoreUpfront News
June 16, 2011Jacob Shafer29 percent
Portion by which hotel-room tax collections have increased in Hawaii in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, compared to last year
Portion by which individual income ...MoreBy the Numbers
Coconut WirelessMay 08, 2013HANA-BASED KOA BOOKS WINS AWARD
For readers, these are strange times. Computer technology and the Internet have combined to produce more books than ever, More...
News of the WeirdMay 08, 2013WELL-EARNED RETIREMENT
In March, twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens, 70, announced their joint retirement after more than 50 years each on the job More...
Upfront NewsMay 01, 2013Need something to do with the keiki this summer? Check out crazy comprehensive list below! More...
Coconut WirelessMay 01, 2013It isn’t every day (or decade) that the Maui Weekly reports an actual news story, but stranger things have happened. According to a story in that More...
News of the WeirdMay 01, 2013SMARTY PANTS
A University of Kansas professor and two co-authors, in research for a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Finance, found that children age More...
Upfront NewsApril 24, 2013This Saturday marked a sad 4/20 for tokers and hemp fans across Hawaii. Well, sad probably isn’t the word (tears won’t be the reason eyes More... 2
Coconut WirelessApril 24, 2013CRAZY WEEK
That was some fun we had last week. First the Boston Marathon got bombed, which killed three and wounded more than a hundred. Then a fertilizer More...
Upfront News 2April 24, 2013After five months of being stuck in nomination filibuster limbo, Derrick Kahala Watson is finally going to be a judge in the District Court for the District More...
Upfront News 3April 24, 2013Earth Day marks a special day to give back to our home planet, and this year even companies are getting into the spirit. This April, the Fairmont Kea More...
News of the WeirdApril 24, 2013ELECTRIC CHASTITY BELT
To counter the now-well-publicized culture of rape in India, three engineers in Chennai said in March that they are about to send More...
Upfront NewsApril 17, 2013Perhaps because we live in a remote archipelago, surrounded by millions of square miles of ocean, we’re more sensitive to the changes that climate More...
Upfront News 2April 17, 2013Summer on Maui means mangoes and, inevitably, scraping up those rotting, fallen fruits off the ground. But as you’re doing yard work this season, More...
Coconut WirelessApril 17, 2013GABBARD RATCHETS UP NORTH KOREA RHETORIC
There’s nothing like a just-before-going-to-sleep screening of the 1965 Sidney Poitier/Richard Widmark More... 1
Upfront News 3April 17, 2013Hawaii burned 11.3 million barrels of petroleum last year to make electricity. Consider it Hawaii's contribution to global warming and climate change. More...
News of the WeirdApril 17, 2013POLICE BLOTTO
In some jurisdictions, a driver can be presumed impaired with a blood alcohol reading as low as .07 (and suggestively impaired at a reading More...
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