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  • Re: Missing Man Last Seen Thursday Night in PukalaniPosted by Stand Alone on 9/26/2016 8:36am

    What's with the up country people going missing? Hope all is well......

  • Re: Maui Region Names Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim CEOPosted by Sam on 9/26/2016 5:28am

    I am sure Dr. Shitamoto is qualified in medicine world, but does he know anything about running a hospital in regards to the business senses? I feel that CEO of a hospital should be from the business world. That person has to know the $ and cents of an operation. How to deal with Unions, taxes and generating income, not diagnosing patients symptoms. The problem here is that there is more and more people to take care of, people are living longer and the government has issued more regulation on healthcare, insurance companies and pharma companies.
    My opinion is that 80 to 90% of dem. are not in the private sector, but are employed by Federal, State and local governments. They used to a guaranteed paycheck and don't know what is like to worry about paying taxes, private healthcare premiums and witholding taxes.
    With the legalization of MJ in a few states I would say most of those owners are dem.

  • Re: Maui Region Names Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim CEOPosted by Mauiday on 9/25/2016 7:54pm

    Nothing personal against Dr. Shitamoto, but I have issue with your statement that "Wes and his team have done a great job..."The hospital that was once the flag ship of HHSC, making a profit of $7.7 million a year in 2002, is now draining the state tax payers $43 million a year(2015 and maybe more in 2016) to stay afloat. Morale is low, services are threatened to be cut, staff are leaving, other calling in sick when not sick, recruiting is not keeping pace with need, there is reported high reliance on temp/traveling help, labor vs management relationship appear to be hostile, etc. Does not appear to me that the hospital is in a good condition.
    Again nothing personal, but you appear to be just a lame duck fill in till Kaiser takes over in July 2017 (when the union contracts expire) because Wes Lo bailed before the transition was completed.

  • Re: Lo to Resign from Maui Hospital, Next Job to Lead Hale MakuaPosted by Mauiday on 9/25/2016 7:26pm

    The once proud "ship" MMMC is stuck on the rocks between public and private governance. She is "leaking" fuel heavily. To the tune of $40+ MILLION (tax payers dollars) a year. Some of the crew are finding jobs elsewhere, other are taking their "sick" leave (even if not sick). Traveling temp workers are being called in to fill the vacancies. Morale can't be good in this unsure situation. Parts of the "ship" are scheduled to be closed off (services cut) to stem the financial leak. This can't be good for the people and visitors (of Maui) that may need care on this "ship".
    And now the "captain" is leaving the crippled and listing "ship", in the midst of this trying transition, to "capitalize on an exciting opportunity" (Hale Makua).

    So does the "captain" bear any responsible for the sorry state that MMMC is now in??? Does he have any moral obligation and responsibility to at least see the transition through??? He collected his six figure salary for years, can't he sacrifice a couple months to see the transition through.
    (Side note: A report on HHSC by Stroudwater Associates advised to begin planning process with HHSC unions for conversion to private non profit corporation in December 2009. SEVEN YEARS ago.!!! So not like those in power did not have ample warning.)

  • Re: Capobianco Trial: Mana Foods Manager Verifies Time CardPosted by Elsa Neff on 9/25/2016 3:28pm

    Aloha wendy .I have read every article you have written and from what is being shown to me is very disturbing.all this testimony and no direct evidence that shows steven guilty.i studied true crime over 40 years and dont understand how come you have written a few mistakes 1st fiona and praedra are not sister to charly scot half sisters would have to have one biological parent .even stepsisters would have had charly mother married to father neither one applies.just hanai sister ok.second you are alway stating the case about steven supposedly met with charly on feb9 etc over and over again on each report not only does that bothers me but points out a very already guilty picture.You want to do some investigating you should start out with fiona there you might find out the truth.if i was a juror i would have already been set in my vote and that would be not guilty. Reread your own reports and find out all the holes that are not filled.The i dont remember stuff is one place to start .Hope you will help solve this instead of judging it before the real truth is revealed . I can see it thru your articles can you ?

  • Re: Hawaiʻi Mermaid Adventures Transforms Guests into Mythical CreaturesPosted by Stand Alone on 9/25/2016 3:21pm


  • Re: Wailuku Wayfinding Signs Inspire ExplorationPosted by John Sundance on 9/25/2016 9:50am

    Blue zone? how about blighted area? Really hidden treasures like the insane asylums, half-way house, bale bond, the boarded up junk stores, vacant speculator lots, collapsing buildings on North Street, second house on Market St. after Mill, burnt out Abes Restaurant. Thy keep putting lipstick on a pig instead of doing the things that need to be done to what should be the Crown Gem of the planet.

  • Re: Labor of Love Brings $62K in Improvements to Maui’s Wailuku ElementaryPosted by nomakelidat on 9/25/2016 9:28am

    A big MAHALO to all of you involved in this wonderful gesture.

  • Re: Quarantine Order Issued on Maui for Little Fire Ant InfestationPosted by Keneke Manoa on 9/25/2016 4:54am

    These fakas wouldn't let the HDOA on the property to gid rid of these pests. My aunties property next door had the fire ants but she let them come treat the ground an now they stay gone.

  • Re: Lo to Resign from Maui Hospital, Next Job to Lead Hale MakuaPosted by Joan Mokuahi on 9/24/2016 5:44am

    Wish him the best. He is a good man. Hard working for a State system

  • Re: Maui Region Names Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim CEOPosted by Joan Mokuahi on 9/24/2016 5:43am

    Good choice!

  • Re: Celebrate National Coffee Day, Local StylePosted by Sam on 9/23/2016 11:36am

    Bruddah...I don't own the plantation or a hotel. How abt. the hotels contributing 5 or 10% for a day or a week of their profits to the Natives etc., or treat them a hotel for a week.
    After all, we gave them the rights and sold a land to them to build these beautiful places.

  • Re: Maui Region Names Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim CEOPosted by Sharlee on 9/23/2016 11:07am

    Great choice! He is a smart seasoned and knowledgeable man.

  • Re: Governor Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration for ʻĪao Flood DamagePosted by Sam on 9/23/2016 5:44am

    Don't worry Governor, you are a dem. Our President is a dem. Sounds like a done deal.
    Hopefully, the monies that you get, will go to the families that lost everything.
    I am very sorry for their losses.

  • Re: Celebrate National Coffee Day, Local StylePosted by Sam on 9/22/2016 11:55pm

    One percent is better than nothing, but can it be more than that since its going to the Native Hawaiian culture and ecology etc.,
    Here's an idea, why doesn't the council bring up the suggestion of all hotel chain on our wonderful islands to donate the percentage of their profits to this cause.
    After all these hotel chains invested millions to build these beautiful resorts with the permission and grants from both past and present politicians representing the local Natives.

  • Re: PUC Approves Tariff for Interim Time-of-Use RatesPosted by John Sundance on 9/21/2016 8:58am

    Every thing I read wants people to save on electric except these scam organizations like the Waiehu Terrace Association. They fine you for using a solar coating that reduces the temperature in your house by 15% saving $1000 a year in AC. Bills and thousands on roofing bills. If every one used the white solar coating instead of sweet box black it would save millions every year.

  • Re: Ask the Mayor: What’s With the Increase in Abandoned Vehicles?Posted by Timmy Hogan on 9/20/2016 7:15pm

    Used to be that you could have your vehicle towed for free or even get paid for it. Now, it's the opposite. Seems like that's partly the reason. If someone can't afford to keep it registered (and those fees have doubled in less than 6 years), how can they afford to have it towed for scrap?

    All you "personal responsibility" zealots must be the lucky baby boomers who bought land here in the 70's.

    What I want to know is what's the deal with the car burning cult that seems to burn every broken down vehicle within 48 hours. Kinda weird.

  • Re: 55 New Pedestrian Wayfinding Signs in Wailuku TownPosted by Sam on 9/20/2016 6:59am

    Follow the trail of who makes the flags, how much and who ordered it. Sounds like some elected official profited...
    Were they on the council?

  • Re: Couch Seeks 60-Day Halt on Honoapi’ilani Seawall ConstructionPosted by Sam on 9/19/2016 11:09pm

    It seems very ironic with election time coming up that you now bring the topic of the seawall and its environmental effects up to the public. You've been on the council for 6 yrs. Why didn't you do this 2 yrs ago or even a year ago? Sounds to me like this is just a play for political gain. If you truly care about people of Hawaii, start utilizing your open door policy more often and the position you hold. Hear what the people are saying and act faster, not just when its election time. Waiting 60 days to after the election will be just swept under the rug or sit on someone's desk and collect the dust.

  • Re: Couch Seeks 60-Day Halt on Honoapi’ilani Seawall ConstructionPosted by payasyougo on 9/19/2016 1:35pm

    Some blame the county, but this is a state highway. And the state and county don't seem to talk to each other much. So good luck to those who live or work on the Westside.

    And it's no big deal if we lose some beaches, coral, waves or the only road. Just stay at home and watch some old Travel Channel reruns featuring "Maui."

  • Re: 55 New Pedestrian Wayfinding Signs in Wailuku TownPosted by PaodeQueijo on 9/19/2016 1:10pm

    Walking in Wailuku? Are you kidding? You can get a workout jumping over the passed out homeless druggies and drunks in your way.

  • Re: 55 New Pedestrian Wayfinding Signs in Wailuku TownPosted by John Sundance on 9/19/2016 12:35pm

    Notorious over crowed ghost town is the word for Wailuku with 20 vacant lots vacant lots owned by speculators, Termite infested wooden death trap stores which has lead to at least 14 arson fires from the catholic church to Mc Donalds. One could recite all day on crimes like The Gome's boy's taking a woman from the Vineyard Tavern into the cane field and murder. Then there were the lighter knots like when the Iao Theater was busted for showing Deep Throat. The crown Gem of the world has been turned into a non-profit slum so if you are off your meds need bale money, or are homeless just follow the new signs.

  • Re: Couch Seeks 60-Day Halt on Honoapi’ilani Seawall ConstructionPosted by Brad on 9/19/2016 11:08am

    I agree with the criticisms of the ongoing band-aid shoreline fixes by the DOT.
    But let’s be fair and put a little effort into recalling important discussions from the past, shall we?

    If memory serves me, the DOT approached the community 6 or 7 years ago (maybe more), and suggested that perhaps steps should be taken to begin the long and arduous process of....wait for it....moving the highway inland. They presented evidence that, lo and behold, erosion was taking its toll, and this would only worsen. Anyone recall what happened next? Some “Kupuna” spoke freely (Kupuna was the local media’s description, not mine). They called the State’s dire assessment of the erosion taking place shibai, and said it was all a ploy to move the highway inland so that greedy developers could take advantage of the newly formed oceanfront properties.

    And here we are, years later, wagging our fingers at the DOT, wasting MORE taxpayer money. I don’t know about you, but I clearly remember shaking my head at the wisdom of those Kupuna the day I read that bit of “news”.

  • Re: Runner Collapses at Finish Line of Maui MarathonPosted by Don'tJudgeUDontKnow on 9/19/2016 4:45am

    I hope he is doing well. Amazing athlete, beat my time and I'm 22 years younger.

  • Re: Rep. McKelvey Seeks Temporary Suspension of Honoapiʻilani Seawall ProjectPosted by Stand Alone on 9/18/2016 10:14am

    The main concerns I think is parking and access to the beaches and coastline to enjoy. And all of the studies and passed records is nothing to these state and county planners they is just too stupid to do the right decisions and think about the near and far future. By disrupting the shape or any thing of the coastline it will make it worse. By adding a seawall or rocks it will only create another area of the coast to erode faster and create another problem Sadly we will still suffer with these idiots in our planning office.

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