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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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OPINION: The Divisive Debate

For Halloween I was a Monsanto field worker. I wore a full body hazmat suit with a breathing apparatus and safety goggles. I also carried a spray bottle filled with a mixed drink of Grey Goose and Poweraide. The result was a lesson of sorts. At one point I literally had to tell a man to leave me alone because …

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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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Maui United Way a nonpartisan organization

Maui United Way’s (MUW) mission is to empower our community through caring partnerships that enrich people’s lives. Over the last few days, I’ve reflected often on this mission as our organization has been under unfair scrutiny. I humbly take this opportunity to address the seemingly widespread confusion brought about by an article published last Sunday here in The Maui News. …

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EDITORIAL: Lipoa Point: The political point and invitation

Politicians from the County and State descended on the headquarters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on Lower Main Street in Wailuku to solidify the $19.5 million acquisition of Lipoa Point by the State of Hawaii. It was even proclaimed to be ‘Lipoa Point’ day. A momentous victory as the efforts started by the Save Honolua Coalition about …

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EDITORIAL: Superferry frustration: Can this boat float?

Is the Return of the Superferry possible? Will the Protesters Strike Back? Two mariner unions organized a town hall meeting yesterday on Oahu to explore just that, THE RETURN. The conference was for both pro and con ferry, and an attempt to hear all sides of the debate and why. The idea got back on everyone’s radar screens months ago …

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GRAFFITIWatch: Lahaina Anti-GMO Zealots?

As the morning sun rose over Lahaina town, residents were greeted with graffiti in various locations. The most prominent being on the side of the Lahaina Burger King with the letters GMO-symbol(Assuming the symbol means- Anarchy) sprayed on the windows. The message seems to be advocating in favor of the anti-gmo movement which is now a ballot initiative in the …

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SEPTEMBER11Watch and Remember

It is 13 years since that Sept. 11 morning when passenger planes roared out of the blue skies, flying bombs that shattered our sense of security. We will never forget when they said that they hate every American and anyone who lives in America. But it is sad that today people who live on this land are hating each other …

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The Quest for Chief results….

And the winner is…. Chief (we mean Captain) Tivoli Faaumu. He is currently commander of the Kihei Patrol District. He has 29 years with MPD and has served as head of Kihei patrol for three years. He has also served as a gambling investigator, narcotics investigator and sergeant in the Vice Division as a well as a detective in the …

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POLL: MPD’s Quest for the new CHIEF

CHIEFWatch: The Maui Police Commission today cut the list of candidates vying to be the new Chief of Police from 17 to 6 candidates. Of the dwindled down list, MAUIWatch presents our recommended slate of candidates of who we think will make the final cut. They are: Clayton Tom (current acting police chief, Maui Police Department) Victor Ramos (current assistant …

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