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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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OPINION: A Slow, Yet Steady Fall from Grace

Voters have made it abundantly clear that they desire a change from the current backdoor-dealing, ‘establishment’ politics that have always existed here in Maui County; to a more lawful, transparent, inclusive way of doing things. When questioned about this inexplicable decision last Friday (specifically: the wasting of unnecessary money, energy and time by moving the three new incoming member’s offices …

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POLL: Capobianco Murder Trial Verdict

The murder trial for Steven Capobianco is coming to a close as the jury indicating a divide in its deliberation yesterday. Take our POLL: Disclaimer: MAUIWatch.com online polls are not intended to be a scientific sample of local or national opinion. Instead, they are a way for readers to share their views on the news with MAUIWatch reporters and editors …

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Community Voices: Plantation Worker Pride and Perspective

The plantation era is over in Hawaii, and a new generation of leaders will determine what comes next. Like many of my friends, I am a product of our plantation history, stemming from seven generations of mixed-race workers here on Maui. My first job was picking pineapples at 14 years old to help my widowed mother with family bills. My …

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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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Letters: Maui, Ignorance Will Be Your Demise

To the Mayor, County Council, and citizens of Maui: As a time-share owner on Maui, I thought you might be interested in the ramifications of Maui’s war on time-shares, how this impacts me and what effect it will have on YOUR future. I purchased my ownership on Ka’anapali Beach, north of Black Rock in Jan. 2003. At this time, time-share …

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2016 County Charter Voter’s Guide

Provided by the Landsberg Law Office On November 8th the Nation will elect its next President. Four years ago CNN called Hawaii for the democrats BEFORE THE POLLS OPENED – they did not do that for any other state. Whether you vote for Clinton or Trump or another candidate, where your votes truly count are at the bottom of the …

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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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Community Voices: Hawaii crime goes down, police spending goes up

Almost every morning, Hawaii residents wake up to news stories of violent crime in local papers, from road rage stabbings to burglaries. Most people in the islands might assume crime is getting worse, but surprise: crime in Hawaii is actually falling. Over the past two decades, crime in Hawaii has fallen by over 40 percent. This is during a time …

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