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Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Mayor Victorino opposes Maui Council Charter Amendments Creating New Departments
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 233 Views :: Maui County

...which would inflate the cost of government while Maui’s economy has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID vs Sunshine: Supreme Court Order Opens Planning Commission Meeting
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 377 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

..."Without the intervention of the Hawaii Supreme Court, this case would have continued in the darkness of closed proceedings. We look forward to a formal announcement on how the public may observe the conduct of these proceedings." said attorney Lance D. Collins....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Mayor Victorino returns budget to Maui Council without signature
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 536 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, COVID-19

...Victorino said his proposed property tax rates would have provided relief for hotels, resorts and short-term rentals from the economic downturn....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Maui Planning Commission sneaks Hawaiian burial group’s motion onto agenda
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 902 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

... The Maui Planning Commission appears to have violated both the Sunshine Law and its own rules by failing to give the public required notice of a hearing item ....

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Saturday, June 06, 2020
Hawai'i Supreme Court Orders Maui Planning Commission To Answer Petition on Media Access
By News Release @ 5:07 AM :: 705 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

... Pandemic no excuse for government hostility to sunshine laws ....

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Thursday, June 04, 2020
Sierra Club: Maui Mayor Exploits Corona Emergency Powers to Fast-Track Shoreline Development
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 817 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

... On May 30, Mayor Victorino issued a directive indicating certain shoreline development approval requests will be reviewed within fifteen days or be automatically approved ....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor Victorino announces broad reopening of businesses and services on June 1 in Maui County
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 706 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

...The County’s proposed rules and reopening date have been sent to the Governor and Attorney General’s Office for review and approval....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
Pandemic no excuse for government hostility to sunshine laws
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 1356 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, COVID-19

..."This time of emergency does not justify government secrecy. The Resort is certainly not entitled to have their permits fast-tracked behind closed doors while public gatherings are banned and also excluding the press."....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Feeding Molokai - Malama Meals Brings Hope Amidst Coronavirus
By Video @ 2:33 PM :: 639 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

...Mālama Meals, a new group formed by Da Spot and other partners, currently provides more than 10,000 meals a day to kupuna and others in need....

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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
COVID Wipes Out 69% of Jobs on Maui
By UHERO @ 9:45 PM :: 1775 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...total job reductions between January and April in Honolulu county were 34% of full-time jobs and 41% of part-time. These numbers were much higher on Hawaii (50% and 67%), Maui (69% and 68%), and Kauai (56% and 62%)....

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Monday, May 04, 2020
Supreme Livestream: Maui Water Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:09 PM :: 648 Views :: Maui County, Greenmail, Judiciary, OHA

...Hawaii Supreme Court Livestream Oral Argument In Water Rights, Admin Law Case (Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 10am HT)....

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Sunday, May 03, 2020
Do Our Laws Still Apply?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1018 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...the governor has suspended many laws....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Wall Street Journal Denounces Maui Liquor Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1138 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

...Wiser regulators than those in Maui would avoid bloody-minded enforcement that deters voluntary civic action to help the public in a crisis....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Lahaina Injection Wells: Ad hoc rules and non-exhaustive lists of "factors"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:57 AM :: 814 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...the usual result is going to be that you run a big risk if you don't get a permit....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Another Maui COVID Coverup: Three Cases, 65 Exposed at Merrimans Restaurant
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1802 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, COVID-19

...When asked why the cases tied to the restaurant had not been disclosed earlier, Hauptman said that the incident had proven not to warrant public concern....

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Maui Injection Wells: Supreme Court Overturns 9th Circuit, Creates New Test
By Court House News @ 1:30 PM :: 885 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...a 6-3 majority found that the Ninth Circuit’s ruling went too far. At the same time, however, the court declined to adopt the reading of the law advanced by the county....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Judge Orders Habitat Protection for 14 Hawaii Species
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 850 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Environment

...The rare species, which are now required to receive protection no later than Feb. 29, 2024, include 12 plants, one anchialine pool shrimp and a picture-wing fly....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Maui Hospital COVID Cluster Spreads to Nursing Home
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 628 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

...six of our nursing home residents were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during their stay at MMMC prior to being admitted to Hale Makua.  One of them has tested positive....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Maui Hospital Coverup? COVID-19 Cluster Developing Since Mid-March
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 3626 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, COVID-19

...Health officials say the outbreak started in mid-March.  But HNN learned top members within the emergency command weren’t privy to the information until Wednesday morning....

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Tuesday, April 07, 2020
COVID Crackdown? "Online registration required to leave the home"
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2663 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

"...Only one family member should be allowed to leave the home at any time...."

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Monday, April 06, 2020
Attorney: Emergency Declaration Did Not Suspend Transparency Requirements of County Charter
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 810 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, COVID-19

...As recently as several months ago, the governor was enjoined by the First Circuit Court from using his emergency powers to infringe upon the constitutionally protected traditional and customary practices of Native Hawaiian practitioners at Mauna Kea....

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Friday, April 03, 2020
COVID Reaches Hana: Tourists Blockaded, but Local Resident is Source
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 847 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

...we have met the enemy and he is us....

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Monday, March 30, 2020
Maui Companies to Begin Assembling Ventilators
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 777 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

...The ventilators are based on an emergency design developed at the University of Texas at Austin, which is being used nationwide....

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Maui Budget: Property Tax Cut Proposed
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 669 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...Mayor Victorino presents administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal....

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Monday, March 23, 2020
Shelter-In-Place ordered for Honolulu and Maui through April 30; Curfew for Kaua‘i through May 3
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 1037 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Hawaii County is still going its own way....

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Monday, March 23, 2020
UPDATE: Maui County Stay-Home Order: Tourists Blocked from Road to Hana
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 1124 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Mayor Victorino announces Public Health Emergency Rules for Maui County....

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Finalists for two UH Board of Regents positions announced
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 941 Views :: Maui County, Higher Education

...one Maui County seat for a 5-year appointment and one student seat for a 2-year appointment....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
After Decade Long Crime Spree State Gives 1 Year in Jail--Then the Feds Step In
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 1341 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

...responsible for committing 81 offenses, resulting in 185 charges....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
​Maui County Council Vote For Climate Litigation Is Misguided
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 958 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... the climate litigation campaign has proven unsuccessful and is counterproductive .... 

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Gap Between Buying & Renting Narrows on Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 1111 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii County's median listing price decreased by 10%....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Senators Vote to Give Maui County One More Chance to Raise GE Tax
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 874 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...SB2140 relating to taxation, extending the period in which a county may adopt a surcharge on state GE Tax ... to June 30, 2021....

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Maui Telescope Begins Making Observations--Thanks to Mayor Arakawa and Maui PD
By Video @ 2:23 AM :: 1800 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...here's what happens when the police are allowed to enforce the law....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Doing the Job the State Won't Do: Feds Sentence MCCC Escapee to 46 Months in a Real Prison
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 1135 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

...Maui burglar sentenced to 46 months of prison after pleading guilty to possession of stolen firearms....

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Monday, January 06, 2020
Larry Ellison in Talks to Buy HECO's Lanai Grid
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1291 Views :: Maui County, Energy

...Maui Electric purchased the assets of the Lanai City power plant in 1988....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Maui on $10K per day: New Vacation Rental Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 1400 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...a civil fine of $20,000 plus $10,000 per day for each day the unlawful operation persists....

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Friday, December 06, 2019
Two Judicial Vacancies on Maui
By News Release @ 7:17 PM :: 1168 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...District Family Judge, Second Circuit and District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
An Interesting Agreement
By Selected News Articles @ 10:43 PM :: 1836 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, OHA

...On an idle Wednesday this last week, a thunderclap of a bulletin came across the 5:00 p.m. local news....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Maui Windfarm: BLNR Approves Plan to Kill 345% More Bats, 147% More Nene
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 1832 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

...Kaheawa Wind Power II increases incidental take for the Hawaiian hoary bat from 11 to 38 adults (345% increase), and for the Hawaiian goose from 30 to 44 adults (147% increase) during the remaining 20-year permit....

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Friday, November 22, 2019
Monsanto Fined $10 Million in Plea Deal Over Use of Banned Pesticide
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 AM :: 1626 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, GMOs

...the government agreed to dismiss two felony charges for unlawfully transporting and storing hazardous waste at locations on Maui and Moloka’i....

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Sunday, November 10, 2019
An Expensive Charter Crisis on Maui
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1490 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...Who’s going to pay all these attorneys? They don’t work for free....

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
Hot Take On The Maui Clean Water Act Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 PM :: 1786 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism

...It all turns on the language of the Clean Water Act, and what does the term "from" mean....

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
Maui Sewage Case Makes a Supreme Court Splash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:53 PM :: 1773 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism

“...There are more than 500,000 similar underground injection wells in the country and nearly 6,000 in Hawaii alone....”

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
OHA premieres new Maui water rights film
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 1863 Views :: Maui County, Greenmail, Land Use, OHA

...The community event, called E Ola I Ka Wai: Elevating Advocacy to Protect Our Precious Waters, is a partnership between OHA and the Waiwai Collective....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Full Text: Maui Injection Wells Case Oral Arguments Before Supreme Court
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 1843 Views :: Maui County, Environment

..."Their questions were insightful, and I felt that they truly understood the complexity of the issues in this case and the potential effects of the expansion of the Clean Water Act on governmental entities and private properties.”....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019
UPDATE: Activists Sabotage Wailuku River Diversion Gates, Responsible for Fish Kill
By News Release @ 8:44 AM :: 3571 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment

...Chumbley said vandalism has occurred on Wailuku Water Co. land before, typically during “periods of high emotions and reactions"....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
With Help from Maui Council, Convicted Sovereignty Scammer Keanu Sai Launches ‘Hawaiian Kingdom’ Bond Sales
By Andrew Walden @ 5:16 AM :: 3386 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

...there’s only one problem, the bonds have already expired.... 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Maui Enviros Sue in State Court to Yank Case Away from US Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 4:06 AM :: 1923 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Judiciary

... If this were federal court with its Article III case and controversy standing requirements, we'd bet the court might have a difficult time finding standing. But this is a Hawaii court applying Hawaii law, and anyone who might be able to allege even "butterfly effect" linkage to the desired outcome has a very good argument for standing ....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Sue Big Oil? Of Course it is Maui that Falls for Debunked Litigation Scheme
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2052 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

...Mayor Victorino Announces Planned Lawsuit....

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Monday, October 14, 2019
SCOTUS: Who is in charge at the County Of Maui?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:38 AM :: 2147 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...SCOTUS Oral Argument Hinges On Internal Dispute Over Who Can Settle....

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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Why Flushing the "Clean Water Rule" Was the Right Thing to Do
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:44 PM :: 2123 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

...The Trump administration announced that it had finalized its repeal of President Barack Obama’s infamous 2015 Clean Water Rule....

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