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Friday, September 2, 2016
Hospital delay heightens vulnerability to Hurricanes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:47 PM :: 4964 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

At the very moment when they should be preparing for a possible hurricane, Maui is looking at cutting back health services....

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Thursday, September 1, 2016
Thanks to Union Stalling Tactics, Maui Hospital to Cut Beds, Services
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 6569 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The impact of the bed closures will mean a decreased capacity with critical services such as Stroke, Heart, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and other critical care needs requiring transport to Oahu....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kaiser: Union Stalling Pushes Maui Hospital Transfer Date to July 1, 2017
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 6325 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

With a new date of July 1, 2017, we will all avoid the perpetual raising and dashing of expectations as interim closing dates are repeatedly set and cancelled....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Molokai Ferry to Shut Down—Can’t Compete With Subsidized Airfares
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 5050 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

SLH’s water carrier service is regulated by the PUC....

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Rep. Kaniela Ing Pleads "Not Guilty"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 PM :: 9185 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police, Politicians

Maui State House Rep. Mark "Kaniela" Ing (D) was arraigned today ....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Maui: Zika May Have Spread to Local Mosquitoes
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 5190 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

"...we have been searching house to house the areas where the cases live and visited on Maui. We are looking for additional human cases and looking for mosquitoes and breeding sites....”

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Friday, August 12, 2016
Full Text: State, UPW Reach Maui Hospital Agreement
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 6199 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The Maui Region hospitals will be transferred from Hawai‘i Health System Corporation management to Kaiser not earlier than November 6, 2016....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Full Text: ERS Files Suit to Stop SB2077 ‘Catastrophe’
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 7127 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... contributions would be included in the employees’ income and taxed as normal wages when contributed. Further, the employees would be subject to federal income taxes on the portion of their benefits funded by the employer at the time that the benefits vest ....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
$188K Cesspools: EPA Fines State, Counties
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 6022 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Environment

EPA today announced separate agreements with the County of Hawai‘i, the County of Maui and the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to close illegal large-capacity cesspools....

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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Aftermath of the Maui Hospital Benefits Veto Override
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6230 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...what happens if a benefit plan does get disqualified? According to the IRS’ website, there are potentially severe consequences to the employer, the employees, and the plan itself....

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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Maui’s long waiting list for water
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:55 PM :: 3767 Views :: Maui County

...1,900 applicants have been waiting for years, often decades, to get hooked up to the county water system....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Maui County set to strangle Airbnb
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 4345 Views :: Maui County

Officials in Maui County are set to impose stringent standards upon short-term housing permitting while serving Airbnb hosts with harsh civil penalties....

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Friday, July 29, 2016
Rep Kaniela Ing Caught Lying About Arrest--Claims 'Conspiracy'
By News Release @ 10:30 AM :: 16103 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

...Ing claims a long-running conspiracy is out to get him....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Darby: Hawaii and Maui County Shelters Open
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 4979 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County

... Shelters are open now ....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 4388 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

In essence, the legislature just handed the Hawaii taxpayers a bill, and even they don't know how high it's going to be....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
TS Darby heading to Hawaii, tropical storm watch issued for Big Island, Maui Co
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 5283 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County

Darby will pass very close to, or over, Hawaii Island on Saturday....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 4967 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The bill jeopardizes the Employees Retirement System’s tax exempt status...."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 5944 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:04 PM :: 5413 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships...."

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA: Ige Preparing Reduced Hospital Severance Package
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 5625 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...In a Special Session, Legislators may amend the bill and take a vote - bill passes with a simple majority....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA Maui Endorsements Leaked
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 5804 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Politicians

...these endorsements are approved by Maui HGEA leaders but have not been officially ‘blessed’ by State HGEA HQ....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
$42 Million Bid May Stall Hospital Transition and Jeopardize Union Jobs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 4883 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...The new hospital public-private partnership is estimated to save the state $260 million in costs over the next decade....these savings could disappear if the costs for the transition is too great....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Full Text: Lawsuit Accuses Movie Mogul of Pressuring Maui Mayor to Fire Film Commissioner
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 AM :: 5061 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

"...the specs of the stages aren’t enough to shoot a porn...."

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Judge Finds No Evidence to Support So-Called ‘Whistleblower’ Lawsuit Against Maui County
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 5437 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

An investigation showed that he had physically threatened his fellow employees, been insubordinate, attempted to use his position as a Liquor Control Officer to obtain special treatment from a licensed liquor establishment....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Ige Signs HB2501: A&B Keeps E Maui Water
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 5825 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

...HB2501 provides time to transition to a process that ensures water is distributed fairly in accordance with the public trust doctrine....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Maui: Half of Overtime Goes to 376 Police Officers
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 6970 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police

“We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015"

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Court Lifts Stay—Allows Maui Hospital Privatization to Proceed
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 5447 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...negotiations continue and the order still prevents the parties from actually closing the transaction....

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Sunday, June 5, 2016
What Will We Do Next for Maui Hospital Workers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5185 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"All patients of all ages will be negatively impacted by service cuts, so please support privatization.”

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
With HC&S Closing Anyway, A&B Settles Cane Burning Lawsuit
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 4986 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

...the lawsuit was meritless and the plaintiffs' post-settlement claims are inaccurate....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Temporary Injunction Blocks Maui Hospital Privatization
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 5744 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Today’s order lasts only until September 30, 2016, unless sooner terminated by the Court. The Court also ordered the parties to the lawsuit to file a joint status report on or before June 30, 2016....

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Kaiser Names New Leadership for Privatized Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 10:27 AM :: 4476 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...Maui Health System will manage operations at each of the hospitals effective July 1, 2016....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Maui Dancing Law Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:15 PM :: 3658 Views :: Maui County

...Jiva Jive of the Maui Dance Advocates speaks with Joe Kent to discuss the dancing laws on Maui....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Grassroot Institute Event Highlights Need to Support Maui Agriculture
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:36 PM :: 4327 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

A large crowd attended and listened as Mayor Alan Arakawa, Councilwoman Elle Cochran, and Grassroot President Keli'i Akina, Ph.D. discussed the future of farming on Maui....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
9th Circuit Judges Consider Blocking Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 6049 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A federal judge refused the unions' request for an emergency stay in February, leading to Wednesday showdown in the Ninth Circuit....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Judges Lobby to Pause Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 4251 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit lobbied hard Wednesday for Hawaii to pause its plan to privatize money-pit hospitals on Maui and Lanai....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Future of Farming on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 4576 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

...Mayor Alan Arakawa, Councilmember Ellie Cochran, Grassroot Institute President Kelii Akina....

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Maui Budget: Mayor Arakawa Says No Property Tax Rate Increase Necessary
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 4967 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

Citing higher property tax valuations this year....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Maui Council Rejects 300% Agriculture Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 PM :: 6196 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Taxes

Combined with a regulatory scheme that allows the county to intrude on property rights by requiring approval of the "economic feasibility" of a farmer's planned use for his or her land....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Maui: Auditor Undervalues our Garbage
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 3244 Views :: Maui County

The county values each "hypothetical future landfill cell" at $30 a ton ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Bureaucracy on Maui Leading to Water Shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:31 PM :: 5495 Views :: Maui County, Development
“Show Me the Water”
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Monday, February 22, 2016
Grassroot Salutes Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 5248 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Incumbents Challenged on Day One--Candidates Begin Filing on Maui, Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 12:56 PM :: 7205 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Politicians

First in line after the 7:45 a.m. office opening in Hilo was state Rep. Joy San Buenaventura....

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Maui County Report: Co-op Should Buy MECO Transmission Grid
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 4789 Views :: Maui County, Energy

There would be little physical infrastructure that would need to change hands, and as such the capital costs for this approach are relatively low....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Full Text: Ige Signs Agreement Privatizing Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 5825 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...transferring the operation and management of the HHSC Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente....

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Hana Pier to be Removed due to Public Opposition to Repairing it
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 3631 Views :: Maui County

The estimated cost of the removal is $3.5 million. The additional $16.5 million assigned to the project will be returned to the Harbors Division for use in other improvement projects....

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
A&B to Shutter State’s Last Cane Plantation
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 7195 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

...“We are happy" -- Burning Anti-Cane Activists ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Maui Homeless Initiative: 'Rapid Deployable Emergency Shelters'
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 4871 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

...this includes the acquisition of rapid deployable emergency shelters....

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Monday, November 23, 2015
DHHL Approves NextEra Windfarm on Maui
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 6036 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Energy

...500 acres of land on the southern flank of Haleakala for wind power generation....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
New Tracking System for Maui Bus Implemented
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 3606 Views :: Maui County

...the ability to track their bus in real-time....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Grassroot Institute Launches Maui Radio Program
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:09 AM :: 3720 Views :: Maui County

Grassroot Institute President Keli'i Akina launches a one-hour program on Maui's 1110AM KAOI....

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