Debunking the Mayor’s Recent Viewpoint on the Managing Director Proposal

~ by Mark Hyde   Many people on Maui are simply unhappy with the quality and performance of our local government.  Hundreds of reasons exist for this.   Some have been upset with appointment of people to head departments who lack the...

Small Farmers Say Vote YES to Maui County Department of Agriculture

October 12, 2020 by Autumn Ness Small Farmers and Local Food Advocates Support a Maui County Department of Agriculture A message to you from Maui’s small farmers:  Please VOTE YES on the charter amendment to create a Maui County Department of...

Mainland SuperPACs & Old Guard Try to Stop Important Charter Amendments

October 6, 2020 by Jon Woodhouse The Maui Independent Offshore money floods Maui to stoke fears and thwart people-powered Democracy Banners urging Vote NO on all Maui County Charter Amendments are proliferating around Maui, while an off-island Super...

Dark Money Distorting Charter Amendment Facts

Kelly King for Maui October 9   As a long-time Maui resident, community advocate and local business owner, I want to set the record straight. The negative information on the proposed Maui County Charter Amendments that has been blasted across our radio waves and...

Managing Director Charter Proposal Hits a Nerve with the Old Guard

By Mark Hyde   I’d like to share my thoughts and perspectives with you on where we are with the Managing Director Charter proposal.      It is apparent we have hit a nerve with the "old guard," although the identity of the funders of the opposition...

Heads Up! A SuperPac based in Nevada is attempting to take over the Maui County Council.

From Gary Hooser's Blog: ~ ACTION GUIDE AT END ~ Heads Up! This is important - regardless of whether you live on Maui, or not. Please read through until the end, and help if you can.  A new SuperPac based in Reno, Nevada has launched a $120,000 effort to elect a...

Vote for Carol Lee Kamekona if you love Maui

To the Editor, Maui County Council impacts our access to fresh water, affordable housing, and beach parking.  Pace of tourism growth and luxury development, food dependence and allowable toxic spraying are county decisions. A Hawaiian who loves the Aina...

Sinenci Seeks to Create County Department of Agriculture Through Charter Amendment

"East Maui Councilmember Shane M. Sinenci said today his proposed charter amendment to create a county Department of Agriculture will be heard on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Government Ethics and Transparency Committee. He said the proposal aims to promote food security,...

Reclaiming Democracy in Hawai’i

By Paul Deslauriers  6/11/2020 Since the 1950s, the Democratic Party has ruled Hawaii’s state politics. A system – for the most part – where big money interests sway party bosses, who in turn demand loyalty from the elected officials under their party’s wing. On a...

Tapping Community Power as Change Agent: Inspiration from the Past

The Elite know that by breaking this community connection they break the only true power that can defeat them. The breaking up of clans, local family farms, the neighbor hood stores, long-term jobs, busting the middle class all contribute to the breaking of community. We need to renew our willingness to go back to community based systems. Become involved in a community initiative.