Cover Story

Kauai’s Hydro Battle

Farmer Jerry Ornellas bristled when he read in the local newspaper that Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) was looking to develop a hydroelectric project on the Wailua reservoir. It was the first he’d heard of it, and that rankled, considering he was president of a water users cooperative whose system includes the reservoir.


Cover Story

Eminent Domain or Imminent Domain?

Turtle Bay, Neil Abercrombie

Turtle Bay, Neil Abercrombie / Three years ago, Hawaii’s then-Gov. Linda Lingle proclaimed her vision of a “fundamental transformation of our economy,” which would move away from the current one based, as she claimed, “too narrowly on land development.” The first Republican governor since Bill Quinn, Lingle uttered the heresy in her 2008 State of the State address.


Food & Drink 2011

Believe it or not, Honolulu is a foodie destination. There are rumblings in the culinary community that more change is on the way.


Big Wave, Big Picture

Yellowstone National Park’s “supervolcano” is 20,000 years past due for a major eruption, at least that’s what alarmists will say. In 2003, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred just nine miles southeast of the entrance to the park, and Marshall Masters, publisher for [YowUSA.com], a science-fiction based website, speculates, “Simply put, anyone living within 600 miles of Yellowstone could be sitting in a modern-day Pompeii.” So what do these crazy theories have to do with us?


Going the Distance

Eight hundred miles north of Anchorage, in a place where caribou outnumber people, a rich Hawaiian history exists. The small Eskimo village of Barrow is home to a number of Native Hawaiians; Anchorage is home to a few thousand Native Hawaiians.


Get Ready, Here It Comes! Tsunami Trash, Plastic Soup, Rising Seas

In the era of endless news loops and aggregation, it’s hard to get a rise when mentioning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plastic-coated beaches or endangered Hawaiian monk seals ensnared in rafts of trash. Everybody feels they’ve been there, seen that.


Summer Books 2011

Summer Books 2011

Summer Books 2011

Summer Books 2011 / Admit it: Books, in any myriad of form can, and probably have, influenced (or even changed) your life. This summer, the Weekly celebrates Hawaii-based scribes such as poets Nou Revilla and Jaimie Gusman, mystery writer Douglas Corleone, recent Cades Award-winner Alexei Melnick, non-fiction writer Sarah Vowell and, possibly the most well-respected travel writer of our time, Paul Theroux.


Civics

Post-Gay Hawaii?

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Civics / In a step beyond the notion of equal rights, discussion has turned toward human rights and what it means to enter the post-gay era in Hawaii. While clubs continue to host “Lesbian Nights” and gay circuit parties like the upcoming Paradise Festival, one can’t overlook the fact that gay parties rarely take place at such unexpected venues as Kualoa Ranch, Trump Tower, Aloha Tower and the Marriot, until now.


Drug Kingpin or Political Prisoner?

Rev. Roger Christie

Rev. Roger Christie / “We are fed, we are loved and we have a roof over our heads.” This mantra is a favorite espoused by the charismatic and popular Rev. Roger Christie, founder of The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry based in Hilo.


The Foreclosure Fiasco

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Some of Hawaii’s homeless say living on the beach is their preferred lifestyle, choosing to call themselves “houseless” rather than “homeless.” But for many of the 52,000 local Bank of America mortgage holders who have lost–or could lose–their houses due to the bank’s nationwide frenzy of mortgage foreclosures, the possibility of being houseless is terrifying. Criticism is also directed at a handful of other large mainland banks, but in Hawaii, more than 30 percent of the mortgage foreclosure complaints target Bank of America (BofA), America’s largest bank, according to a report by Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE).


Sustainability Guide 2011

Doing the Right Thing

Sustainability Guide 2011

Sustainability Guide 2011 / What is our capacity to endure? That’s the question that living sustainably asks of us.


Books

Maya and the Moon

Ladder to the Moon
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Ladder to the Moon / From a place of bittersweet longing, Maya Soetoro-Ng writes an introspective children’s book that inspires all ages. What we find in Ladder to the Moon are epic images and inescapable stories that connect us through inevitable loss and spiritual understanding.


Harvesting Hawaii’s Aquarium Fish

More than 150 years ago, Hawaii had some of the most well-managed fisheries in the Pacific. Portions of each island were divided into separate ahupuaa, which in turn were watched over by the konohiki, who managed natural resources and made sure that they were used sustainably.


Legal

How much is your daughter worth?

Legal
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Legal / Young girls in Hawaii are bought and sold as easily as pizza. They are ordered online, delivered to hostess bars, massage parlors and strip clubs and are even found wrapped up in gift boxes to be delivered to men as mail-order brides–“satisfaction guaranteed.” It sounds like sensationalism, but it isn’t.


Green Travel 2011

Get ready…Get set…Go green!

Green Travel 2011

Green Travel 2011 / “Green travel,” ecotourism and sustainable tourism are trendy phrases that focus on protecting the natural and cultural environment of the places you visit. Green travel doesn’t mean you have to explore the jungles of Borneo or forego the daily human comforts of a shower or healthy food.


Culture

Pounding the Issue

Legalize Pa‘i ‘ai

Legalize Pa‘i ‘ai / Redefining our relationship with the ‘aina and with food is becoming a mass movement in Hawaii. And for increasing numbers of people, the movement’s soundtrack is the steady beat of stone striking wood in the traditional rhythm of kui ‘ai, or pounding taro into poi.


Environment

Keeping the Country Country

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Environment / In late June 2007, longtime Windward Oahu community leaders Creighton and Cathy Mattoon of Punalu’u received invitations from the city and county of Honolulu to join a committee that would execute a legally mandated five-year review of the Koolau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan. The KSCP was formulated in 1999 as part of former Mayor Jeremy Harris’ effort to devolve some of O’ahu’s governance back to the island’s traditional districts.


Civics

A Marriage of Convenience

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Civics / One year into earning his bachelor’s degree at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), John Foster longed for more structure and direction in his life. In 2003, he joined the US Navy and began a career as a linguist.


Film

The Sundance Kid

Ty Sanga
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Ty Sanga / Ty Sanga looks like any other local kid about to do a study session at Borders: A backpack over his shoulder, a baseball cap on his head, a wisp of scruff under his lower lip and a distressed blue Obey T-shirt as his fashion statement. Nobody else in the the bookstore realizes that a week ago, this unassuming 29-year-old was hobnobbing with the stars to introduce his short film–the first all-Hawaiian-language film to screen at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.


Environment

Get growing

Environment

Environment / Seed sales are up, and gardens are sprouting everywhere: from lanais to backyards, from roofs to walls. Perhaps it’s because of the current DIY zeitgeist, or maybe it’s an urge to have some measure of control over one’s own food supply.


The Blame Game

It was a breezy, blue-sky summer day in early 2000, and Geri Marullo, her husband, Bob Grossmann, and their young daughter, Maya, were enjoying a day of snorkeling and swimming at one of their favorite public beaches–Paradise Cove Beach–near Ko Olina Resort On Oahu’s Leeward Coast. “We love to swim and hang out at that little park,” recalls Marullo, former deputy director of the state Department of Health (DOH) who has a doctorate in public health.


Construction

Aging Aloha Stadium in Urgent Need of a Make-Over

Aloha Stadium

Aloha Stadium / After more than three decades running Hawaii’s largest sports complex, Aloha Stadium officials are running out of options to solve their most vexing problem: reversing years of decline at the facility that will take center stage this weekend (Jan. 30) for the NFL Pro Bowl.


Environment

Electric Cars Could Be in the Fast Lane for Hawaii

Environment
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Environment / If you haven’t noticed, we’re in a full-tilt transformation away from conventional cars. Automakers still produce them, and are hurriedly adding on wonderful new efficiencies and technologies to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.


Spring Arts 2011

Brrr… It’s sooo cold. Of course, mainlanders will say, “This is nothing.


Community

Off Target

Target

Target / Remember Mufi Hannemann’s now infamous “Compare-and-Decide” mailer? It became a turning point in the primary race for governor and a “what not to do” case study in public outreach.


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