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.
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.
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?
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 / 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.
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).
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 / “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.
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.
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.
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.