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5 NEWS & VIEWS FEATURE STORY 12 DINING 14 THIS WEEK’S PICKS 17 20 DA KINE CALENDAR THE GRID 21 FILM CRITIQUE 26 FILM TIMES 27 KULA KID 28 HOROSCOPE 29 CLASSIFIED 30 31 MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
Wow–Maui gets another Foodland, another Longs Drugs, another McDonalds (Coconut Wireless, Nov. 3, 2011)? For sure that makes Maui extra special. A boost in tourism will surely follow–I can hardly wait to see another shopping center with vacant stores like the Maui Mall and The Shops at Wailea. It’s the epitome of the corporate sell-out of Maui.
-Silk Angel Maui, via Mauifeed.com
HATES LOSING SWINGING BRIDGES Excellent article, Anu (“Requiem for a Stream,” Sept. 22, 2011). I, too, lament that we have lost access to this favorite place! My youngest daughter, the brave one who actually jumps, is heartbroken. Shame to Wailuku Water Co. For shame! And for those would be lawsuits, whatever happened to days of selfresponsibility?
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HATES BRUTAL COPS Cops who are abusing the public should, if they do not lose their job, be obligated to pay damage compensation, or fine compensation equivalent or greater than
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the amount of money that went into training their asses to protect and serve the public, and to understand the laws that they so blatantly broke (“Mauitime Publisher Tommy Russo Assaulted by MPD,” April 14, 2011). And as one of the founding fathers ancestors I am disgusted with the fact the government is doing little to nothing about the police brutality cases that so frequently happen in our streets. It was ruled at the beginning of the year in federal court, that the filming of police officers is completely legal. And, more or less encouraged when engaged into a situation where one might be detained. Our soldiers are doing more right now to protect our public than our own police force. And I honestly cannot wait till the fed thinks they can start a fight with the armed civilian forces of this country. OCCUPY YOUR FREEDOM!
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Boycott The Maui Invitational! And the NCAA’s exploitation of students BY ANTHONY PIGNATARO
he Maui Invitational, the first big college basketball tournament of the season, runs though November at the Lahaina Civic Center. It’s a tradition around here dating back to 1982 in which 12 college teams battle for basketball glory. It’s also a product of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a 106-year old organization that, in the words of the eminent civil rights historian Taylor Branch, is “unjust” and carries the “unmistakable whiff of the plantation.” I do not offer this essay lightly (indeed, this essay represents my views alone, which are not necessarily shared by my colleagues at Mauitime). In a state that lacks Major League, NBA, NHL and NFL sports teams, collegiate sports–especially those played by the University of Hawaii–play a huge part in society here. What’s more, an event like the Maui Invitational promises to bring much to Maui in terms of visitor spending–a stimulus much needed in these dark economic times. But after much reflection, it has become my belief that the NCAA exploits students–the organization’s so-called amateur “student athletes”–taking much from their labor but returning no compensation. This deep and substantial exploitation, in my opinion, represents a greater harm to society than the loss of business associated with a two-week basketball tournament. I simply find it hard to ignore the findings and conclusions of Taylor Branch, whose exhaustive essay “The Shame of College Sports” appeared in the October 2011 issue of The Atlantic. The eminent sportswriter Frank Deford said Branch’s story “may well be the most important article ever written about college sports,” and it represents the foundation of much of my thinking on this subject. “Big-time college sports are fully commercialized,” Branch wrote. “Billions of dollars flow through them each year. The NCAA makes money, and enables universities and corporations to make money, from the unpaid
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labor of young athletes.” The NCAA’s response to Branch and other critics has been mixed. In late October the association passed "sweeping" reforms that included new scholarship money that amounted to stipends for players, but for the most part the NCAA has ignored the issues Branch raised. Mostly
ing events through NCAA On Demand. With the exception of college scholarships, not one penny of that money ever goes to the players. Indeed, a group of former players have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for such use, according to an Oct. 26, 2011 NPR story. What’s more, the National College Players Association, a small but increasingly vocal advocacy group for the athletes, recently presented the NCAA with a petition calling for scholarship increases and betSorry to harsh your mellow ter medical coverage. “Ninety percent of the NCAA revenue is produced by one percent of the athletes,” Sonny Vaccaro, a retired agent who negotiated millions of dollars worth of contracts between college sports and big corporations like Reebok, told Branch. “Go to the skills positions–ninety percent African Americans. Their organization is a fraud.” Of course, the NCAA doesn’t merely deny players straight financial compensation. After all, as Branch has written, the whole “student athlete” concept came for much darker reasons than as simply an excuse not to pay players. “The term is meant to conjure the nobility of amateurism, and the precedence of scholarship over athletic endeavor,” Branch wrote. “But the origins of the ‘studentathlete’ lie not in a disinterested ideal but in a sophistic formulation designed, as the sports economist Andrew Zimbalist has written, to help the NCAA in its ‘fight against workmen’s compensation insurance claims for injured football players.’” the organization insists it would be corrupting to sully It’s that simple. If a college player gets injured during the honorable amateur college players with financial paya game, the player can’t get any benefits from the school ments–indeed, the association ruthlessly targets players because the incident wasn’t “work-related.” accused of accepting secret payments from pro agents. Of course, the solution to this exploitation–paying colBut the NCAA’s argument ignores the fact that televi- lege players for their labor–is neither ideal nor particusion broadcasting deals for sporting events, be they big larly desirable. But given the precedent of U.S. Olympic tournaments like the Maui Invitational or Bowl Chamathletes–once forced to be amateurs, they’re now drawn pionship Series games or just a regular Saturday afterfrom the ranks of paid professionals–and the value our noon match-up between a couple PAC 10 schools bring market economy places on the rendering of services, extraordinary sums of money to America’s colleges there really is no other answer, save the dissolution of and the NCAA. There’s also the increasing use of playcollege sports as a whole. ■ ers’ names and likenesses on replica jerseys and video email@example.com + @apignataro games–the sales of which bring in even more money. The NCAA also recently began selling past games and sportTo share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1521n1
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Maui Land & Pineapple Co. recently reported a $1.3 million loss in its third quarter,
into 2012, at a pace that will lead to rapid improvement in economic conditions.” B. “Our forecast is for gains as we move into 2012, but not at a pace that will lead to rapid improvement in economic conditions.” C. “Our forecast is for no change whatsoever as we move into 2012.” D. “Our forecast is for losses as we move into 2012, at a pace that will lead to rapid decline in economic conditions.”
according to the Nov. 4 Maui News. With the loss, the company reported $3.371 million in operating revenue for the quarter, which means Maui Land is on track to do between $12 million and $16 million this year. According to the Maui News story, how high did its annual revenue get when it was the largest corporation on the island? A. $35 million B. $55 million C. $105 million D. $135 million E. $155 million
3. On Saturday, Nov. 5, a bunch of peo-
2. According to the Nov. 4 Maui News, how did University of Hawaii economists describe their economic forecast over the next year? A. “Our forecast is for gains as we move
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ple stood outside Bank of America Home Loans in Kahului holding signs. Who were they and what were they protesting? A. Occupy Maui members protesting bank bailouts. B. Maui Peace Action members doing a regular weekend protest against the war in Afghanistan. C. American Dream Movement members asking people to move their money to credit unions and community banks. D. TEA Party Maui members pretending to be Occupy Maui members to distract them from an actual protest that was to take place at Taco Bell.
See answers, page 29
Talk of the Island
BY ANTHONY PIGNATARO
DON GUZMAN ANNOUNCES! And here’s someone else you can vote for now, and then grumble over after he’s been in office for a few months, and finally denounce when he comes up for reelection: Ladies and gentlemen of Maui, meet Don Guzman. He wants to sit in Maui County Councilmember Joe Pontanilla’s seat representing Kahului when Pontanilla gets termed out next year. Guzman certainly has all the makings of a future county councilman. He’s a lawyer and former county deputy prosecuting attorney. He’s a loyal Democrat, having previously worked as Congresswoman Mazie
"Give me a seat!"
Hirono’s Maui field representative. He’s got awards (Asian Pacific American Law Association’s National Service Award), volunteer cred (member of the Maui Drug Court, March of Dimes and Lahaina Junior Golf Association boards) and is even in good standing with the church (lector at Christ the King Church). There’s not much on his website (donguzmanmaui.com) beyond a big photo of Guzman in his best banker aloha shirt and spots for you to give your email address and campaign contribution, but he’s got a free campaign kickoff coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 22 (5:30-8:30pm) at the Maui Tropical Plantation that will have lots of grinds and entertainment, so go to that if you want to know if he stands for anything.
APEC OPENS WITH VIOLENCE AND HOOKERS Well, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit has finally started over on Oahu. This is where the leaders of 21 Asia Pacific nations–including our own President Barack Obama!–get together to talk story over jobs and trade and other serious matters of state. And what an auspicious opening it got: the fatal shooting of local Kollin Elderts, 23, by State Department Diplomatic Security Service Agent
Christopher Deedy, 27, in front of a Waikiki McDonald’s at 3am on Saturday, Nov. 5. “The [expletive deleted] haole wen’ kill Kollin,” one man at the scene said in the Nov. 6 Honolulu Star-Advertiser. As expected, the State Department refused to comment on the shooting, though reporters did eventually confirm that Deedy was in town as part of APEC. He’s been charged with second-degree murder, and though police also found a knife at the scene, its possible connection to the shooting remains unknown at press time. But APEC isn’t just about an armed federal agent killing a local–it’s about serious issues like getting people of all walks of life in the region back to work. It’s about stimulating the global economy, as well as the local market. It’s about, well, boosting local trades like, ahem, hookers. “[I]t’s not just security that’s increased in Honolulu,” reported the Associated Press on Nov. 5. “An advocacy group for survivors of human trafficking says it is seeing increased signs of prostitution on the streets of Waikiki.” But don’t worry: Honolulu PD has increased the number of cops–and surveillance cameras–on the street to deal with this. “It’s definitely something we want to think about,” Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle told the AP. “You don’t want an embarrassing situation to happen.” The killing of a local by a federal agent– that the city can apparently handle. But an APEC diplomat caught with a Waikiki hooker? Now that would be too much.
NEIL WANTS TO MAKE IT RAIN And now to be serious for a moment, Governor Neil Abercrombie wants to make it rain more in Hawaii. To bring this about, he believes the state needs more forests. It’s about time. “Studies have shown that since 1990, statewide winter rainfall has been 12 per-
Let's make it rain.
cent lower and continues to decline,” stated a Nov. 3 press release from the Governor’s Office. That fact is used to justify Abercrombie’s new “The Rain Follows the Forests” initiative, which aims to restore native forests statewide. “These goals aim to double the amount of protected watershed areas in 10 years,” the release continued. “It will require approximately $11 million per year and would provide for over 150 new natural
Overheard “I said, ‘You love me, I love you, now shut the fuck up.’” -Woman at the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, Nov. 4
resource careers.” A variant of this is going on right now on Kahoolawe. There, volunteers planting native vegetation are trying to restore the “cloud bridge” that once stretched from Haleakala to the island, drenching it with rain. “Temperatures are steadily rising, while cloud cover lessens–meaning more water is evaporating,” University of Hawaii Professor of Geology Tom Giambelluca said in the governor’s press release. “On the ground, this means lower stream flows and less ground water recharge. Forests are a major part of the water equation because they intercept water from the clouds and reduce direct runoff.” But protecting Hawaii’s forests goes beyond giving us all more water to feed our towns, golf courses and astonishingly thirsty sugar cane crops (it takes five hundred gallons of water to produce one pound of sugar). “As a fisherman, I know that mauka and makai are connected,” state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson William Aila, Jr. said in the news release. “Without forests to hold the soil, heavy rains will cause erosion that pollutes our beaches, reefs, and fisheries. Everything is affected downstream.” ■ firstname.lastname@example.org + @apignataro To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1521n2
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WE LOVE HAPPY BABIES, RIGHT? If it weren’t for the University of Hawaii Maui College Dental Assisting Program’s Baby Dental Packet Project, many new parents might not know anything about dental care.
Mary Hew, Joyce Yamada, and Dr. David Ulin want to see some smiles
The UH Maui College Dental Assisting Program is an accredited two-semester program that provides students with the skills needed to work in the dental profession. Students are taught in the classroom, while receiving hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and at private practice dental offices on Maui. Accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA), the program accepts 18 qualified applicants each Fall. “Pediatricians are pleased to have a dental packet to distribute to their families at child visits,” said Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician Felicitas Livaudais. “The lack of fluoridated water, baby bottle tooth decay and compliance with families providing fluoride to their child all present challenges. This packet will be an important tool to help educate families on good oral hygiene early on.” Pediatric offices and community clinics interested in acquiring the UHMC baby dental packets for their patients may contact the Dental Assisting Program at 984-3663 or by email at email@example.com.
SAYING NO TO TEACHER ATTRITION The Hawaii State Department of Education is stepping into a new three-year induction program that gives new teachers an automatic mentorship with a veteran educator in an effort to battle the state’s extreme attrition rate with new hires. The Hawaii Teacher Induction Program Standards are part of the state’s Race to the Top Plan. The goal for Hawaii’s comprehensive program is to accelerate teacher effectiveness and student learning. The program will also build collaborative learning communities for all educators and provide excellent teachers the opportunity to develop into real leaders. Currently, 33 percent of Hawaii’s teacher workforce (approximately 3,600 teachers) are novices with zero to three years in the profession. For many, the learning curve is steep. “Teachers are the single most important factor in determining student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our goal is to have every beginning teacher working with a highly skilled instructional mentor to improve their craft. This critical investment in induction will help us to retain quality teachers and offer leadership roles to veteran teachers.” According to the DOE Office of Human Resources, 56 p percent of Hawaii’ss public school teachers sion within w left the profestheir first five years of teaching. This te
Kathryn Matayoshi Hawaii State Department of Education Superintendent
Babies aren’t born with teeth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start with good dental habits from the get go. costs the state every year between $4 million and $29 milHawaii currently ranks dead last among the 50 states lion. The state DOE manages 12,500 total teachers; as of when it comes to children’s dental health. We tied with Nov. 7, it had hired 937 teachers in the 2011-12 school year, Florida and New Jersey in getting F scores for two consecuup from 565 in the previous year. tive years in the PEW Center 2011 report that looks at eight Keri Shimomoto, an education specialist at DOE, says benchmarks in dental health for kids. these expense figures include costs of termination, recruitThe UH Maui College (UHMC) Dental Assisting Proment, hiring, substitutes, learning losses and training. “One gram has been creating and distributing a “Baby Dental of the outcomes of high quality induction programs is imPacket” since 2009 – one to every parent of a newborn at proved retention of high quality teachers,” she said. “The Maui Memorial Medical Center. That comes out to approxinew plan includes pairing each beginning teacher with a mately 1,900 packets. trained instructional mentor. This gives excellent veteran The packet contains a brochure designed by UHMC Denteachers an opportunity to develop as teacher leaders and tal Assisting Program Coordinator Joyce Yamada called remain in the profession in a leadership capacity.” “Keep Your Baby Smiling” and a brochure from the National Until recently, all 15 complex area superintendents have Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, plus a finger been responsible for developing and running induction and cot brush and toothbrush. Now a new grant from Kaiser Permentoring programs. A 2008 University of California at Sanmanente Hawaii will allow the school to offer 2,000 packets ta Cruz study by Dr. Lisa Johnson titled, Teacher Induction in to pediatric offices and community clinics around Maui. the State of Hawaii: Current Efforts, Best Practices and Future The good folks at Women Infant Children (WIC) FamSteps, concluded that “there is a patchwork of programs and ily Health Services Section of the Maui District Health Ofefforts, some better conceived and some more effective than fice of the State of Hawaii Department of Health have been others” in Hawaii’s public school system. As part of its Race measuring the efficacy of these packets with their clients. to the Top plan, the new induction standards represent the “Their survey findings report 47 percent reportDOE’s effort to replicate the best components of ed that the only infant dental information they current complex area programs and establish received was from the Baby Dental packets a common, high bar for quality. and of those who had some dental knowl“The selection of highly skilled mentors is edge previous to receiving the Baby Packets, essential to successful induction programs,” 91 percent said they learned half of their densaid Shimomoto. “Mentor selection criteria tal knowledge from our Baby Packets,” said include a range of characteristics that indicate Yamada. “These clients reported that the mentoring potential. Mentor candidates must packet information changed their awareness also provide evidence of successfully working of baby dental health needs.” with Hawaii’s diverse student population, inThis spurred Yamada and the Dental Ascluding under-performing subgroups.” sisting Program to get a grant from Kaiser According to one Farrington-Kaiser-KaPermanente Hawaii to provide their informalani complex area induction program partion to pediatric offices and community clinticipant, “[t]he most beneficial aspect was ics targeting other patients to improve oral having a senior teacher meet with me every care and reduce the state’s tooth decay rates. week face-to-face to discuss the challenges The students at UHMC Dental Assisting I’d been having and getting immediate and Program and Seabury Hall compile the packquick feedback from her. I really appreciated ets, while money from the MMMC Foundation, the times she was able to come in to observe MMMC, Maui County Dental Society memme and give me feedback about how my lesbers, Maui County Dental Hygienists’ Associa-@GilKAOGG (Maui Representative Gil Keith-Agaran, D-9th District), Nov. 8 son went.” ■ firstname.lastname@example.org + @jenrusso tion, Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation, Dr. Shaun Wright and now Kaiser PermaTo share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1521n3 nente Hawaii make their creation possible.
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SADDAM HUSSEIN RETURNS! Mohamed Bishr, an Egyptian man bearing a remarkable resemblance to the late Iraqi dictator, claimed in October that he had been briefly kidnapped after spurning an offer to portray Saddam in a porn video. Bishr’s adult sons told the al-Ahram newspaper in Alexandria that their father had been offered the equivalent of $330,000. In 2002, according to the Washington Post, the CIA briefly contemplated using a Saddam impersonator in a porn video as a tool to publicly embarrass Saddam into relinquishing power prior to the U.S. invasion. And in October, former British soldier Nigel Ely offered at auction in Derby, England a two-footsquare piece of metal that he said came from the iconic Baghdad statue of Saddam toppled by U.S. Marines in April 2003. Ely said he had grabbed the piece indiscriminately, but remembers that it was a portion of Saddam’s buttocks.
CAN’T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Apparently, officials at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport felt the need for professional guidance on rebranding their facility to “carry it into the modern era,” and so hired the creative talents of Big Communications of Birmingham, Ala., to help. Big’s suggested name for the airport, announced to great fanfare in September: “Chattanooga Airport.”
JUSTICE! NOW! Elsie Pawlow, a senior citizen of Edmonton, Alberta, filed a $100,000 lawsuit in September against Kraft Canada Inc., parent company of the makers of Stride Gum, which brags that it is “ridiculously long-lasting.” Pawlow complained that she had to scrub down her dentures after using Stride, to “dig out” specks of gum–a condition that caused her to experience “depression for approximately 10 minutes.” And Colleen O’Neal filed a lawsuit recently against United/ Continental airlines over the “post traumatic stress disorder” she said she has suffered since a 20-minute flight in October 2009–in which, during turbulent weather, the plane “banked” from side to side and lost altitude.
NAMES IN THE NEWS The man stabbed to death in Calgary, Alberta, in August: the 29-year-old Mr. Brent Stabbed Last. Among the family members of Jared Loughner (the man charged with shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January) who were interviewed by authorities regarding mental illnesses in the Loughner family: Loughner’s distant cousin Judy Wackt. Passed away in May in Fredericksburg, Va.: retired Army Sgt. Harry Palm. Charged with murder in Decatur, Ill., in September: a (predictably underrespected) 15-year-old boy named Shitavious Cook.
THE BREAST OF INTENTIONS The British recreation firm UK Paintball announced in August that a female customer had been injured after a paintball shot hit her in the chest, causing her silicone breast implant to “explode.” The company recommended that paintball facilities supply better chest protection for women with implants. And the Moscow, Russia newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets reported
in October that a local woman’s life had been saved by her “state-of-the-art” silicone breast implant. Her husband had stabbed her repeatedly in the chest during a domestic argument, but the implant’s gel supposedly deflected the blade.
ULTIMATE CATFIGHTING In Charlotte, N.C., in October, a female motorist was arrested for ramming another woman’s car after that woman said “Good morning” to the motorist’s boyfriend as the women dropped kids off at school. Over in Arbutus, Md., in October, a woman was arrested for throwing bleach and disinfectant at another woman in a Walmart (an incident in which at least 19 bystanders sought medical assistance). Police learned that the arrestee’s child’s father had become the boyfriend of the bleach-targeted woman. And in a hospital in Upland, Pa., in October, two pregnant women (ages 21 and 22) were arrested after injuring a woman, 36, and a girl, 15, in a brawl inside a patient’s room.
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ou like to call yourself a yoga teacher and act like you are some deeply spiritual man but the truth is that you are a violent thieving punk and everyone in your community knows it. Your ratty dreadlocks aren’t fooling anyone, you rasta-poser douche. Next time you attack someone unprovoked from behind your karma is gonna run over your dogma and your “luck” will run out. And I will be there, laughing my ass off the whole time. I feel so sorry for anyone who tries to learn a spiritual practice from you. But as they say, karma is a bitch, and so are you.■
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT The North Koreans called it a “cruise ship” and tried to establish a business model to attract wealthy tourists from China, but to the New York Times reporter on board in September, the 40-year-old boat was more like a “tramp steamer” on which “vacationers” paid the equivalent of $470 to “enjoy” five days and nights at sea. More than 200 people boarded the “dim” and “musty” vessel, “sometimes eight to a room with floor mattresses” and iffy bathrooms. The onboard “entertainment” consisted not of shuffleboard but of “decks of cards” and karaoke. Dinner “resembled a mess hall at an American Army base,” but with leftovers thrown overboard (even though some of it was blown back on deck). The trip was capped, wrote the Times, by the boat’s crashing into the pier as it docked, knocking a corner of the structure “into a pile of rubble.”
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COLLEGE CRIMES Boise State University’s highly rated football team suspended three players for several games at the beginning of the season for violating eligibility rules by receiving impermissible financial benefits. According to an October news release by the school, the most prominent player sanctioned was Geraldo Boldewijn, the team’s fastest wide receiver, who had improperly received the use of a car. In his defense, it was a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles on it.
MIXED EVIDENCE ON SMOKING A 44-year-old woman was hospitalized with a head injury and a broken clavicle in September after she inadvertently walked into a still-moving train at the Needham Center station near Boston. Her attention had been diverted because she was trying to light her cigarette as she walked. A 51-year-old woman told police she fought off an attempted street robbery in Pennsville Township, N.J., in October by burning the age-20-something assailant with her lit cigarette. She said the man yelled “Ouch” and ran away. ■ email@example.com To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1520n4
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For Veterans Day, we talk story with three ex-sailors about life in the service By Anthony Pignataro
That’s the length of a rack–just a section of canvas stretched between metal bars–on a warship in the United States Navy. The sailor’s height is irrelevant–a six-foot rack is all he or she gets for sleeping. Supposedly, it’s less space than that required to house inmates in American prisons. I learned this back in June 2008 when I toured the battleship USS Missouri, which is moored in Pearl Harbor next to the USS S Arizona Memorial. I also learned that though the ship was
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decommissioned in 1991, her austere interior looked much as it did in 1945 when World War II ended on her deck. But most disturbing of all, I learned that during the Gulf War–the last fight the ship took part in–none of the sailors on board (including the captain) knew what kind of warheads their guided Tomahawk cruise missiles carried, or where they were headed after being fired. For all the crew knew, they could have been armed with armor piercing, high explosive or even nucleartipped warheads. But it wasn’t their job to know, or even precisely who they were shooting at. The missiles were installed on the ship before deployment already encased in their launch boxes. All the captain knew was that he had to get the ship to a certain place at a certain time before he could launch the missiles. “If the crew wants to see what
they hit, they go below and turn on CNN,” the tour guide told us. The mentality of the men (and now women) who lived in such conditions and fired such missiles has always fascinated me. So in honor of Veterans Day, I sat down recently with three U.S. Navy vets: Darrel Smith, the owner of Maui Reef Encounters; Terry Richardson, general manager of the South Shore Tiki Lounge (which is where we met); and Ron Pitts, an artist, maintenance superintendent at the Maui Sunset and MauiTime’s own Eh Brah cartoonist. Though none of the men knew each other in the service and each had vastly different experiences (Smith was so happy to get out of the service he got a tattoo of a sailor holding his DD-214 Certificate of Separation, the official document declaring him once again a civilian), all three learned very sim ssimilar ilar lessons aboutt life.
MAUITIME: So Terry, since you’re here first, why don’t you tell me when you joined up and why. TERRY RICHARDSON: It was March 1973 and I was 17 and living in Davenport, Iowa. I had no job, no car, and I was hanging with the wrong people. My sister worked in the federal building, and one day I got a call from a navy recruiter. And I thought, why not, so I met him. If I hadn’t done that, I’m sure I would have ended up in a cell. It was the best thing I ever did. The navy put me through college. And a VA [Veterans Adminstration] loan just bought a house for me. RON PITTS: Now I went in in August 1973. Both Terry and I were at the same Great Lakes boot camp. I joined because in 1959 it was determined that both my brother and I would follow in our father’s footsteps and join the U.S. Navy. DARREL SMITH: I joined in March 1991 because of Desert Storm. It sounds silly, but it was like 9/11. I felt a twinge of patriotism I’d never felt before. And I wasn’t doing well. I’d dropped out of school and got fired from a job. I thought the navy would be something better. My dad was a marine, and at first I wanted to join the marines. But the door to the recruiting office was closed, so I went to the navy office, which was open. MAUITIME: So what jobs did you guys end up doing? RICHARDSON: I got my orders for the USS Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier then off the coast of Vietnam. The war was winding down, but still. That first month was all kind of a blur to me. Now I had really high test scores in administration. Because I was able to get on board the ship as soon as I arrived, I got a job as a legal man in the JAG [Judge Advocate General] office. I spent two years there. A lot of what I did was work on marriages of men to Philippine nationals. You have all these 18, 19 and 20 year old kids meeting these really beautiful Philippine women, and they often fell in love. There was a lot of red tape, and I was part of that red tape. PITTS: I qualified as a machinist’s mate. On the entrance test they had these questions showing gears meshing together, and little arrows pointing this way and that and you had to say which way one gear was turning if this gear over here was turning. I did well on that. So I went to nuke [nuclear engineering] school. SMITH: Now I was a liberal arts guy in school. I didn’t get past geometry in high school, but on the test I was able to use questions that appeared later to answer previous questions about atomic structure. But I wasn’t really good. I had to do my first school over again. From that point on I was designated a “dummy.” I graduated fourth from the bottom in power [nuke] school. I always thought that if I could find those three guys who did worse than me, that I could be their leader. PITTS: I graduated fourth out of 113 in power school. SMITH: See? He was the guy I always hated in school. PITTS: Yeah. Then I went to submarine school, and then I served on the USS Whale. Then after I got kicked out of the sub service because investigators found my name and address in an apartment where they also found marijuana, they put me on the frigate USS Doris Miller, which was a terrible ship. We ended up selling it to Iran. I was also on the USS Seattle. It wasn’t like the big ships. It had race problems. SMITH: I served on the USS George Washington, a carrier. I knew a guy who jumped off the ship, literally. See, when you’re on a ship, it’s like a big metal jail. Whatever they do to you, you have to take it. Well, this guy couldn’t take it, so he told us he was just going to jump. Lots of guys said that, but he did. Well, they did Man Overboard and sent out the rescue swimmers. But at the Captain’s Mast [disciplinary hearing] the swimmers
said he was doing the back stroke away from them. He got a huge fine. MAUITIME: That’s all pretty rough. Do any of you miss the service? SMITH: I miss the camaraderie. RICHARDSON: You know, I was thinking the other day that if I’d stayed in, right now I’d be on a Master Chief’s salary, fishing. You know what an E3 [a low enlisted rank] made in 1973? $307 a month! SMITH: Did you know Navy stands for “Never Again Volunteer Yourself?” Seriously, I wrote my ticket when I got out. If I could get through that, I could learn anything. I had some knowledge I wasn’t aware of when I joined. PITTS: Here’s what you get out of the service: accountability. I was a chief on tugboats after I got out of the navy. When I moved here, there were no tugboats for me, but I applied myself. MAUITIME: Sounds like the service could be good–at times. RICHARDSON: The food was good. We had lobster for Christmas. SMITH: Yeah! Once the captain announced, “Tonight we’re having king crab legs for dinner–oh, and we’re going to be out here another six weeks. Sorry.” Click. Actually, my ship was one of the first to have women on board. There were 200 women out of 5,000 guys. We also had ATMs on the ship–we used to joke the marines were there just to guard the money. RICHARDSON: Still, we worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s a long time. PITTS: We had a 16-hour day, when underway. SMITH: We had a big-screen TV in the berthing area. But we slept right over the screw, so it wasn’t that great. And the chaplain’s office and library were right under the flight deck, so it was kind of hard to concentrate. Also, people steal. PITTS: Yeah, they do. SMITH: I had an unlocked footlocker, which was my fault. They always tell you to lock it. Well, someone stole my locket containing my father’s ashes. I found the guy and got it back, but then it got stolen again. RICHARSON: We were six months in, six months out. There was mail, but it was tough. SMITH: Yeah, now they have email.
would share sleeping racks, each using it when the other was on duty]? PITTS: Yeah. SMITH: You had 18 inches of space on the racks. There wasn’t enough space to turn on your side. For privacy, you had a curtain you could draw. And you learned never to open someone else’s curtain if it was closed. MAUITIME: Did you do six years like Pitts? SMITH: They discharged me early. PITTS: They kicked your ass out! But I would like to have served with you. You know why? Because you are good people. SMITH: It was kind of serious, but I got a general discharge. RICHARDSON: Have you used your VA loan yet? SMITH: No, I haven’t. RICHARDSON: Well, if you can use your VA loan, you can get a home just like that. SMITH: That’s good. You know, even though I didn’t really enjoy the navy, it was still good. It made possible things I would never have been able to do by myself. PITTS: That’s another thing I cherish. I visited places no one ever goes. Having access to the reactor compartment made me feel special. SMITH: Still, it’s hard to imagine, but they can still put you in the brig and give you bread and water for three days [for disciplinary purposes]. They can shave your head and parade you around. The Master at Arms would stand over you while you were scrubbing stairs with a toothbrush. PITTS: Once I had a problem with one of my wisdom teeth, so the doctor sent me over to one of the carriers. They have real doctors there. Anyway, the dentist put me under, and when I awoke he shoved some pills in my hand and told me to take some to prevent dry sockets. And I said, “Sockets? Sockets?”
“ They did Man Overboard and sent out the rescue swimmers. But...the swimmers
said he was doing the back
stroke away from them.”
PITTS: In the subs we had Familygrams. They were three lines, six lines, I forget which. It was for everyone who wanted to send a message home. You went to the office and they took down what you wanted to write. It was like texting. We would trail an antenna behind us and transmit them whenever the opportunity came.
They had pulled all four of my wisdom teeth. MAUITIME: Why did they do that? PITTS: Because they own you. ■ firstname.lastname@example.org + @apignataro
RICHARSON: We got cassette tapes. Eight-tracks. PITTS: Remember, there was a lot we couldn’t do. We couldn’t use spray deodorant, for instance.
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‘We Just Do It!’ Douglas and Belia Paul turned a truck into My Office BY JEN RUSSO week. My Office is nested in the back of the parking lot that wraps around the Park Plaza building. The kitchen inside is gorgeous. The Pauls tell me that it’s eight feet by 20 feet, but with all of the commercial kitchen accoutrements it looks smaller when you are standing inside. Food Truckers: Belia and Douglas Paul But you don’t need a huge space to create food; you just need quality ingredients, and that is exactly what they have. 1300 N. Holopono St. The truck offers a stunning view of (Park Plaza Building), Kihei Ulupalakua. The morning I show up it’s 280-9201 blazing hot – so much so that I almost didn’t order a hot coffee. Stiff county perOpen Mon.-Fri., 7:30ammits and regulations for food truck estab4:30pm. Breakfast served all lishments mean these guys can’t build a seating area or even a shade tent; they day; lunch begins at 11am know it’s hot, but they just can’t do any’ve always had this foodie thing about it. Their food is strictly to go. fantasy about owning my Since they serve the 500 or so folks that own food truck. I would are in the tech park, where most people consummate my steamy eat in courtyards or their own offices, it’s love affair with food by crenot a problem. ating gourmand meals in a “So far the breakfast burritos and spam tight space, but I also know musubis have been our popular morning full well that it would basically be a hot items,” Douglas told me. “Our soups are mess. The chefs who do actually get beflying out the door. For lunch, the ‘Big hind the wheel of Maui’s food trucks are Maloney – a barbecue pork sandwich that damn near saints as they slave over a was named after a dear friend that passed tiny, boxed-in kitchen to bring the hunaway – has been very popular. He is the gry gourmet grinds at a reasonable price. one who encouraged us to get a food place Maui’s newest food truck, called “My Ofgoing up here. He worked for Pacific Rim fice” and run by Douglas and Belia Paul, Land Company.” now serves home style breakfast and The breakfast burritos start at $3.75 and contain eggs, potatoes, cheese and salsa. If you want additional protein like bacon, Ofﬁce Work Chorizo or Portuguese sausage, your burrito’s cost will rise to a still very reasonable $5.75. The Chorizo burrito I sampled was fantastic. Everything from the potatoes to the scrambled eggs were freshly made and you can’t beat the flavor. The Pauls know they are up against Subway and other fast food grabs for breakfast and lunch and have priced their offerlunch from their spot in the parking lot at ings accordingly. But the fast food joints the Park Plaza in Kihei’s Tech Park. cannot compete with the taste and quality While you and I leisurely live out our of ingredients offered at My Office. Sundays, Belia and Douglas are up in their For lunch, the lure of lox was great – truck, roasting chickens, making soup and glossy salty smoked salmon is such a treat. figuring out their specials for the coming The lox and bagel sandwich was scrump-
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tious, with the sprouts and cucumber adding a nice touch of delicate greens that enhanced the salt and bread standard. The sandwich cost less than $6. The quiche is baked in the truck and by
the horizon the Pauls plan to offer takehome dinners so you can grab something healthy on your way home. Douglas was a pastry chef at Spago and knows his baking chops. Now he’s turned
The chefs that do actually get behind the wheel of Maui’s food trucks are damn near saints... Thursday morning they were already out. The Office always has a vegetarian soup as well as a meat soup on the menu, and they are amazing. You might just want to start with the 24oz helping so you can take some home. The lunch menu includes a nice list of sandwiches and wraps. There’s the Italian sub, turkey, chicken salad, turkey or beef burger, with fries or salad for a side. The salad list is epicurean, with chicken couscous with pine nuts, watercress with tofu and bow tie pasta with feta and artichoke hearts. These are the kind of dishes I want to bring for lunch but don’t want to spend so many hours preparing. There’s always a daily plate lunch special as well with the protein, salad and starch combo. My Office is also well stocked with fresh baked cookies, hummus, veggies and fruits for snacks. On
Great place, lousy seating
that into his own business. “Being your own boss is such an uplifting thing,” he said. “If someone wants a half sandwich, no problem. If someone wants a different kind of salad with their sandwich, no problem. It may cost them extra or less but I don’t have to check with the owner or go beg the cook to do this for me just this once. We just do it!” ■ email@example.com + @jenrusso
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