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HATES THE TSA [Editor’s note: the following two letters concerned our Mar. 1, 2012 cover story “Airport Insecurity.”] We are living a Brave New World in 2012! Aldous Huxley knew exactly what he was talking about in 1931. Today is the last day we can renew our driver’s license without having to prove “legal presence.” The state says the new rules are in effect because of 9/11. After today you need to provide an original birth certificate and social security card and passport to renew your driver’s license in Hawaii. It will take two weeks to get your new license and it will have a gold star on it to indicate that you’re in compliance. Scary times we’re living in. -Sheeple, via MauiTime.com
The world has always been scary, always will be. It’s security theater and yet another bloated taxpayer funded agency. This whole mindset is, by design, to get you to submit. To allow a rent a cop to put his hands down your pants is repulsive. It is not keeping us safe from “terrorists.” It’s a clear violation but these goons do whatever the hell they want. Zero respect for people who perform these insane acts for a paycheck and don’t question the validity of what they are doing–damn sheep and KoolAid drinkers. What happened to the wand and the good old metal detectors? It’s a bad mindset, and I think what these agents are doing to the American public is horrible, stealing in my mind being the least of it. And for those who say, “Don’t like it? Don’t fly,” these morons will be feeling you up soon when you go the store. It’s a slippery slope and we are moving right along. Very UnAmerican. -Amazed, via MauiTime.com
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BY ANTHONY PIGNATARO
ET’S TALK for a moment about HB 2742. It’s a very short bill that exempted “legislative bodies of the counties of this State” from the Hawaii Sunshine Law, which mandates certain rules governing open meetings. In other words, if the bill passes, deliberative bodies like the Maui County Council would no longer have to maintain quorums of members before meeting or publish agendas and notices days in advance. Put simply, they would be able to meet with whoever they wanted and discuss whatever they wanted and decide on courses of action entirely in secret. The bill, introduced by Calvin Say (“by the request of another party,” according to the legislative website), immediately spurred furious reaction from citizens across the state. Their comments mostly ranged from straight opposition to revolutionary anger. On Feb. 21, the House Judiciary Committee very shrewdly voted to defer the measure, effectively banishing it to limbo for the rest of the legislative session. Of course, I said people “mostly” hate the bill. That’s because four lonely individuals stood up to say they thought the bill was a right, peachy idea. These individuals are Maui County Councilmembers Danny Mateo, Joseph Pontanilla, Bob Carroll and Mike White. “Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of this important measure,” Mateo wrote to the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Gil Keith-Agaran on Feb. 18 (Pontanilla, Carroll and White wrote much shorter letters, basically just referring to Mateo’s letter and saying something to the effect of “What he said”). Now the Maui County Council never voted on whether to support HB 2742.
Nonetheless, Mateo was sufficiently moved to write his letter of support to Keith-Agaran anyway, noting that “I am providing this testimony in my capacity as an individual member of the Maui County Council.” Mateo started off by contrasting a lawmaking body like the County Council with an appointed board. His conclusion was that the Sunshine Law needed to govern appointed boards because they “have little accountability to the public once appointed and a narrow scope of responsibilities.” But Mateo said an elected body should be treated differently. “[W]hen applied to an elected board like a county council, who has direct accountability to the electorate and a broad range of responsibilities, these same [Sunshine Law] interpretations unjustifiably interfere with the important legislative work of the County Council,” Mateo wrote. For that reason, Mateo added, “the State Legislature was wise to exempt itself from the Sunshine Law, and should give the same consideration to the county councils.” The idea that the state Legislature was “wise” to exempt itself from open meeting requirements is hardly a universally held view. “The city council must not be exempted from sunshine laws,” wrote Choon James of Country Talk Story on Feb. 20. “Otherwise, it would disintegrate into what the House and Senate is like today.” But Mateo pushed further with the view that getting elected provided a level of accountability that transcended the need for public meetings. “[E]lected officials are directly accountable to the constituencies that elected them,” Mateo wrote. “If an elected official is conducting back-room deals, out of the eye of the public, then the official will not be re-elected.” As to how the public would learn of secret back-room meetings in the absence of Sunshine Law protections, Mateo didn’t
say. But no matter–Mateo waited until the very end of his letter before giving his real reason for supporting HB 2742. “With the strict regulations of the Sunshine Law on prohibited interactions, council members have little or no opportunity to communicate outside of meetings to find areas of agreement and avoid misunderstandings,” he wrote. Bingo! Mateo wants council members to be able to meet in secret, without quorums or properly noticed agendas and away from public scrutiny because it’s just more convenient for them. Debating issues in front of citizens and television cameras is, to be honest, rather messy. There’s great danger that hidden agendas and secret lobbying will be exposed. And
we all know how ugly disagreements between council members can get. You know what? Too bad. Democracy is at its messiest when it’s practiced openly and honestly. Secret meetings attract secret kickbacks, bribes and payoffs. More government, not less, needs to fall under the state’s open meetings requirements. Of course, if the potential for public embarrassment and hard work is too much for Mateo, Pontanilla, Carroll and White, they’re more than free to find what would undoubtedly be far more lucrative employment in the private sector. ■ email@example.com + @apignataro To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1538n1
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BY ANTHONY PIGNATARO to prevent corruption in government,” Maruoka, testified. “Every step forward in protecting against corruption helps improve public confidence in government... We want all those who participate in the formulation of public policy, laws and rules to be held to a high standard.” Given the support HB 2175 has gotten so far, it seems the legislators have a different view of the term “high standard.”
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WILL THE LEGISLATURE EXEMPT TASK FORCES FROM ETHICS CODE? Investigative Reporter Ian Lind published a couple great blog posts on Mar. 5 listing a bunch of state bills that have passed their third readings. Making the list was HB 2175, a dandy of a bill introduced by 14 representatives. The bill’s quite simple, really: it exempts individuals (except those who are already state employees) who get named to special Task Forces by the governor or the Legislature from having to comply with the state Code of Ethics. Hot damn! And it’s apparently a very popular idea with our own state Attorney General David Louie. According to the written testimony submitted by Louie on Feb. 15 to the House Committee on Legislative Management, the bill is pragmatic and necessary. “[T]his bill recognizes two realities,” states the testimony. “[F]irst, that with increasing frequency, state officials and agencies need to deal with issues and situations that require technical or experiential information that government does not have and cannot readily obtain; and second, that individuals capable of providing state decision-makers with this knowledge and expertise often have acquired that information and experience by owning or working for businesses or other undertakings that deal with the very issues or situations with which government needs to deal.” In other words, because smart people are increasingly staying in private industry and away from government in all its forms (a very novel argument indeed for a government official to make), government needs to extend every courtesy and bend every rule possible to make sure the smart people help out government whenever possible. And if that means looking the other way when these smart people might in some way benefit in some small, personal, financial way by the recommendations they report as part of a special task force, then so be it. If I sound a bit cynical, note that I’m not
alone. In fact, JoAnn Maruoka, the Legislative Committee Member for the League of Women Voters of Hawaii, testified to the same committee and on the same day as the Attorney General’s office on the bill, but took a radically different view. According to Maruoka, HB 2175 is a travesty. “While we understand the need for and certainly encourage participation by citizens in such task forces and working groups, there is no sound reason for such an exemption,” Maruoka said. “We are gravely concerned about the inherent risks of actual or at the least the perception of conflict of interest, including undue influence and use of public office for personal gain. In fact, from a citizen’s perspective, this proposed exemption flies in the face of good sense and simply does not pass the smell test. It would not only set a bad tone, it could well start things down a slippery slope. In these times of badly-eroded public trust in government, it does not make sense to build in loopholes that are counter to openness and transparency.” And just to make sure the good legislators on the committee understood her point, Maruoka made it as pointed as possible. “The purpose in having a Code of Ethics is
Should anyone disagree with the notion that Lind is still the best investigative reporter in Hawaii, he also nailed the truth about Hawaii Five-O actor Alex O’Laughlin’s problem with prescription drugs. “The headline on the Star-Advertiser story today: “‘Five-0 star taking time off for health,’” Lind blogged on Mar. 3 “Like he’s just overworked and needs a rest. Then there’s a guarded reference to ‘problems with pain medication,’ sounding like perhaps there are problems prescribing the correct dosage or something.” The problem stemmed from the original statement released by O’Laughlin’s publicist: “Alex is taking a short break from Hawaii Five-0 to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent
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shoulder injury.” Ah, the old shoulder injury line. Sounds pretty harmless. Except that, as Lind (and Hawaii News Now’s Ben Gutierrez) reported, O’Laughlin’s problems stem from “addiction to prescription drugs.” The AG wants to loosen up the state’s Code of Ethics, and now a popular actor who plays a Honolulu cop on TV is in rehab. And people think nothing happens in Hawaii.
EMILY SMACKS LINDA OVER ROY Ok, I’m going to run really quick through some extremely divisive social politics. First, Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri tried to kill the Obama Administration’s controversial rule requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of contraception (this is the socalled Blunt Amendment, which failed). Then Honolulu Civil Beat reported that former Republican Governor Linda Lingle, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Daniel Akaka, would have Blunt appear as a “Special Guest” at a fundraiser for her on Mar. 6 in Washington, D.C. Then EMILY’s List, the powerful pro-choice political action committee, sent out this press release the day of the fundraiser, smacking Lingle upside the head: “Linda Lingle’s days of pretending to be a moderate are over,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She may still be dodging questions about whether she supports right-wing Senator Blunt’s infamous proposal to give your boss control of your health care coverage, but she’s telling Hawai’i everything they need to know by highlighting Blunt’s support for her campaign at a Washington DC fundraiser. Let me be clear–in their zeal to deny women access to birth control, Republicans have threatened the health care of every man, woman, and child in Hawai’i by literally placing your medical decisions in the hands of your boss. If your boss thought childhood vaccinations were wrong, he would not have to cover them under Blunt’s proposal. If your boss thought unmarried women shouldn’t have babies, he could deny their maternity care coverage. It’s nothing short of stunning for Linda Lingle to publicly embrace Roy Blunt just days after his radical amendment was defeated in the Senate. And Hawai’i is definitely watching.” As for how all this turns out, stay tuned for the November elections.■ firstname.lastname@example.org + @apignataro To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1538n2
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growing up among 20 kids in the Kilbride and O’Connor families in Miami inspired him to help those in need. “The built-in personal drive I have to help and to serve has been part of me for years,” says Kilbride. “Because I was blessed with Living Angels along the way when I was growing up quite poor and often hungry in Miami in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Living Angels were there for me when I was in need and even helped lead me to where I am today.” Kilbride also attributes his ability to make a difference to his wife Linda Morgan, president of Linda Morgan & Associate, Inc., his daughter Katie and Title Guarantee. “TG makes it easy for us to find ways to support people all over the state by affording us the time and the funds for us to do our good works,” says Kilbride. “That, combined with my endless supply of energy and my passion to serve Maui’s families, makes it very easy for me to make a difference.” Backpack Buddies of Kamalii School helps hungry children by providing nutritional meals and snacks to youth whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria. The organization gives these children backpacks with food items to sustain them until returning to school for a meal. Hospice Maui helps terminally ill patients on Maui with in-home care, grief support and counseling. Sign up for the gold tournament by calling Mulligan’s at 874-1131. To sign up for extreme bocce, contact Kilbride at 264-4289 or by email at email@example.com. You can also get registration forms at hospicemaui.org/sharing.html.
MAUI ORAL HEALTH CENTER GETS NEW DENTAL CHAIRS! Somebody bought a lot of smiles this year to the Maui Oral Health Center (MOHC). The center provides affordable and accessible oral/dental health care to the underserved, low-income, uninsured families of Maui. The MOHC opened in 2002 with
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the charitable donation of used equipment from local dentists. The age of the equipment and the variations in models made maintenance and repair expensive and sometimes impossible. But a local foundation that wishes to remain anonymous recently donated $100,000 to the center so it could acquire new dental chairs this year. The new chairs are key to the center so it can continue to provide oral/ dental health care services.
“Everyone on the UHMC Dental Program faculty, the staff and patients for the Maui Oral Health Center would like to express their MAHALO to the donor for this extremely valuable gift,” said Nancy Johnson, UH Maui College’s Allied Health Department Chair. The Maui Oral Health Center is a collaborative project sponsored by the members of the Maui County Dental Health Alliance, University of Hawaii Maui College, the County of Maui, Hui No Ke Ola Pono and the Maui District Health Office. On average, the center serves 800 to 1,000 Maui County residents each month. The MOHC is scheduled to move to a new site on the UH Maui College campus once the new science building has completed construction. The entire dental program will move into the renovated space, bringing the new dental chairs with them.
OPERATION SANDTASTIC RAISES $13,000 During the Annual Business Summit which took place Feb. 9-12, The Elite Hearing Network, one of the largest affiliations of independent hearing care providers in the U.S., held a fundraiser for the Maui National Guard and raised $13,000 with Operation Sandtastic. The event was a sand sculpting competition open only to the 900 attendees and vendor partners at the conference. “The fact that our network members and our vendors chose to spend some of their free time in fabulous Maui to come together and support our military speaks to how important these Guard members are to all of us,” said Paul Harkness, Vice President, Elite Hearing Network. “It was really a thrill to present the check to Melanie Cook of the Friends & Family organization, and Lt. Matthew Driggers from the National Guard. ” Nearly 200 network members participated and a total of $13,000 was donated to Family & Friends of Na Koa E Kapili, which relies entirely on community donations to support deployed soldiers, including the Maui National Guard. Riki Inzano from Art By Riki, a local professional sand sculptor, instructed participants on sand sculpting technique. Finished sculptures were judged by members of the National Guard, Amplifon President Heinz Ruch and Michele Fusco, Amplifon’s senior vice president for medical business operations. “We are so proud of our members and vendor partners who showed their sincere appreciation for the National Guard,” said Ruch. “It’s all too easy to take for granted the sacrifices these soldiers and their families make on our behalf, and giving back to them any way we can is the least we can do.” ■ firstname.lastname@example.org + @jenrusso To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1538n3
NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY CHUCK SHEPARD
TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE: ONE CANNIBAL, ONE VAMPIRE Newspapers in Sweden reported in January that two of the country’s most heinous murderers apparently fell in love with each other behind the locked doors of their psychiatric institution and, following a 26-day Internet-chat “courtship,” have decided to marry. Mr. Isakin Jonsson (“the Skara Cannibal”) was convicted of killing, decapitating and eating his girlfriend, and Michelle Gustafsson (“the Vampire Woman”) was convicted of killing a father of four and drinking his blood. Said the love-struck Jonsson to the newspaper Expressen, “I have never met anyone like [Michelle].” The pair will almost certainly remain locked up forever, but Gustafsson, on the Internet, wrote that she hopes they will be released, to live together and “have dogs and pursue our hobbies, piercing and tattoos.”
COMPELLING EXPLANATIONS In December, music teacher Kevin Gausepohl, 37, was charged in Tacoma, Wash., Municipal Court with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, allegedly convincing a 17-yearold female student that she could sing better if she tried it naked. Gausepohl later told an investigator of his excitement about experimenting at the “human participant level” to determine how sexual arousal affects vocal range. The girl complied with “some of” Gausepohl’s requests, but finally balked and turned him in.
GHOSTS IN THE NEWS Michael West, 41, of Fond du Lac, Wis., at first said his wife hurt herself by falling, but finally acknowledged that she was attacked–but by ghosts, not by him. (He was charged, anyway, in January.) And Anthony Spicer, 29, was sentenced in January in Cincinnati after being discovered at an abandoned school among copper pipes that had been cut. He denied prosecutors’ assertions that he was collecting scrap metal–because he said he was actually looking for ghosts, since the school “is supposed to be haunted.”
IRONY Equity Lifestyle Properties of Chicago fired receptionist Sharon Smiley after 10 years’ service because she violated company policy by declining to stop working during her lunch hour. (The company’s strict policy is apparently based on avoiding liability for overtime pay, but Smiley had in fact clocked out for lunch while remaining at her desk.) Smiley subsequently applied for unemployment benefits, but the administrator denied them because the firing was for insubordination. However, in January, a state appeals court granted the benefits.
RACE RELATIONS A South Carolina circuit court ruled in December that the sales contract on a former theater in downtown Laurens, S.C., was binding and that the rightful owner is the African-American-head-
ed New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church– even though the property’s only current tenant is the Redneck Shop, which features Confederacy and Ku Klux Klan merchandise. New Beginnings purchased the church in 1997 from a Klan member who was unloading it because of a personal riff with the head klansman and who wanted it back after they reconciled.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Rock Dagenais, 26, pleaded guilty recently to weapons charges after creating a siege by bringing a knife, a sawed-off rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition to a Quebec elementary school. He eventually surrendered peacefully and said he was only trying to send the kids a message not to disrespect each other by bullying. And Daniel Whitaker has been hospitalized in Indianapolis ever since November when he drove up the steps of the Indiana War Memorial with a gun, gasoline and an American flag and set the steps on fire. In an interview in December, he told WRTV that he was only trying to get everyone’s attention so they would think of Jesus Christ and “love each other.”
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o the county crew that ﬁxed the sign that some jerk ran over at Iao Valley road by the fork, good job! And good job of leaving all the rubbish from the old sign lying on the side of the road, plastic, metal pieces all over. Would have taken 2 minutes to sweep up. Is there a different county crew for this simple job? A week or so later the trash is still there. This is why Oahu workers take so many local jobs. Take pride in your work and your communities, PLEASE ■
LATEST HUMAN RIGHTS Librarians typically can shush patrons whose conversation disturbs others, but, at least in Washington state, librarians are powerless to prevent another “disturbance”–when a pornography user’s computer screen disgusts other library patrons who inadvertently glimpse it. A visitor to the Seattle Public Library complained in February that the librarian said she was bound by a 2010 state supreme court decision upholding the right of consumers of otherwise-legal pornography not to be censored.
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LEAST COMPETENT SPIES The embarrassing disclosure in November by the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, of the CIA’s major clandestine operations in Beirut, likely resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen anti-Hezbollah CIA “assets,” according to ABC News reports. Among the details made public by Hezbollah was that it learned of the agents’ meetings with the potential “assets” (which took place at a Beirut Pizza Hut restaurant) by intercepting agents’ email messages that used the sly, stealthy “code” word “PIZZA.”
BRIGHT IDEAS South Korea’s Customs Service arrested eight men in January for a 2010 scheme to smuggle gold into Japan without paying import fees. The smugglers allegedly broke down gold bars into small beads and brought them in in their rectums. And in an advertising campaign in December for a new line of extreme push-up bras, the Dutch department store Hema hired as its fashion model the androgynous (but flatchested) superstar Andrej Pejic. ■ email@example.com To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1538n4
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ikhail Tassi is sitting at his own bar, the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Kihei, talking about what has become the hottest conversation topic in town. “I ran the numbers, and about 40 percent of our nightly revenue comes after 10pm,” he said. It’s a significant percentage. Tiki Lounge is a popular bar and restaurant that features live music at sunset and dancing to DJs every night. It’s just one of nine establishments that hold liquor licenses at the Kihei Kalama Village (KKV), a complex of bars, restaurants and shops colloquially known as the Barmuda Triangle. But the days of the Triangle being one of the premier nightclub destinations on the island may be rapidly coming to a close. On March 14, the Maui County Liquor Commission will hold a public hearing on whether it should prohibit all nightly entertainment past 10pm in the Triangle. This wouldn’t be a mere supplemental restriction added to liquor licenses based in the Triangle–the Liquor Commission is considering writing the restriction into the actual county liquor laws. The new restriction appears on page 36 of the 82-page package of new liquor rule language the Liquor Commission is considering. Much of that language deals with regulations governing things like “condotels” (condo-like vacation rentals), which didn’t really exist a decade ago.
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“Most of it is statutory,” said LC Director Franklyn Silva of the proposed language. “We’re just now catching up and putting it in the rules.” The Triangle portion is part of Section 08-101-27 dealing with various permits licensees would need if they want to have trade shows, outside warehousing, etc. If this passes, the rule governing dance permits would now read as follows (new language is italicized): “Area(s) for music, entertainment, and dancing[;] , provided that no food, beverages, or empty service containers shall be allowed on the approved areas for dancing; and provided further that all music, dancing, and entertainment shall cease not later than 10 p.m. for licensees located in the Kihei Kalama Village complex identified by TMK No. (2) 3-9- 003-007-0000;” Silva said this is happening because of complaints from people who live around the Triangle. “We’ve had lots of complaints from the surrounding neighbors,” said Silva. “The police complained, too, about assaults in the parking lot.” On Mar. 2, I emailed Lt. Wayne Ibarra, the Maui Police Department’s spokesman, asking for more details on the MPD’s concerns over the Triangle. That day he forwarded my request for comment to Captain Tivoli Faaumu, the Kihei Commander, but I didn’t received a response by press time. According to LC Chief Enforcement Officer Bill Pacheco, the department has received nine noise complaints from near-
by residents against licensees at the Triangle since July 2010 (older complaints, Pacheco explained, were purged for housekeeping reasons). Pacheco added that no citations resulted from the complaints, though he said he couldn’t say where exactly the complaints came from. “It’s a very tight, geographically small area,” Pacheco said. “Any one night, there’s always more than one licensee going off at any time. There are many factors when you measure sound– we don’t want to measure [background] traffic and attribute it to the licensee. Because of that, we’re not able to pinpoint any one licensee. Sometimes it’s even hard for the complaintant to pinpoint where the noise is coming from. We can’t measure it [the noise]. So we have to find other ways to address it.” Silva also said that the commission may or may not make a final decision on the Triangle at the March 14 hearing. However, if they do vote for the 10pm restriction, it wouldn’t become county law unless approved by Mayor Alan Arakawa. And Arakawa hasn’t been shy about saying that he sides with the LC. During an interview on K-Rock 97.3 FM’s “The A-Train” show on March 2, Arakawa said the whole problem with the Triangle is occurring because of individuals who cannot “behave themselves” and just need to “grow up.” Needless to say, establishment owners in the Triangle are terrified of what might happen if the commission approves the 10pm restriction. “We’ll go out of business,” Ambrosia owner Candice Seti told
s... s e n i s bu f o t ur u o o f o o g t .” “We’ll -ﬁve percen after 10pm Eighty ss happens er n w o e a i ros b busin m A , eti S e c i d -Can me. “Eighty-five percent of our business happens after 10pm.” Ambrosia, which is a bar only, is in an especially dire position. As for Tiki Lounge, which is also a restaurant, Tassi estimates that he’d have to cut 18 employees if the restriction went into effect, as well as a dozen musicians. But even shops in the Triangle that have nothing to do with live music or alcohol are scared. And outraged. “This is huge, huge,” said Lila Sherman, the owner of the Love Shack, an adult store in the heart of the Triangle. “Nobody will come here anymore. Nothing starts until 10, and the Liquor Commission knows that. If you do this for one bar, you do it for all. You don’t use your power to wipe out just some people.” According to Seti, who has talked over the issue extensively with other Triangle bar and restaurant owners, there is huge money and tons of jobs at stake. “Millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs would be lost,” she said, if the LC bans live entertainment after 10pm. Jeff Gerard, the vice president of MW Group, which manages the Triangle, confirmed that the 10pm restriction would cost the bars and restaurants there tremendously. According to numbers he ran, Lulu’s, Kahale’s, Three’s, Tiki Lounge, Ambrosia, Life’s a Beach and Dog & Duck would collectively suffer the loss of 105 jobs (including musicians), $1,522,694 in lost pay to employees and musicians and $3,047,750 in lost annual sales revenue. Seti also helped circulate an online petition that collected signatures from people opposed to the proposed rule change. “A lot of people who’ve signed the petition are frequent tourists,” she said. “They chose to come to Kihei because of the tropical beach feel, but also because of the nightlife. If there’s no nightlife, they said, they’ll vacation elsewhere.” At least one Triangle bar owner, who asked that we not use his name, has dealt with the LC over noise complaints before.
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“We had complaints,” the owner said. “The inspector came out with a decibel meter, but we had one of our own. We went outside one night when the band was playing and the inspector looked at the meter and said, ‘See? You’re too loud.’ But then the band stopped playing, and the meter stayed where it was. It turned out the compressors on the roof of Foodland were causing the noise the meter was picking up. Nobody said anything to me after that.” It’s very important to recognize here that the Triangle ultimately became “the Triangle”–the island’s most densely packed
n missio m o C r uo nty Liq Mar. 14, 9am u o C i Mau sday, Wedne 5 Kaohu St., u 214 uk 5, Wail re info 0 1 m o Ro for mo 3 5 7 7 3 Call 24 night club destination–because the LC let it happen. Every time a liquor license applicant goes before the commission, a staff member will read a report into the record stating exactly how many similar licenses are already nearby, as well as the presence of any churches or schools within a 500-foot radius. For years, Liquor Commissioners slept through these reports, paying little attention to location data. Coming back now, suddenly incensed that so many bars are packed into such a tight area, and start writing special license restrictions that penalize licensees because of their TMK number, is the
height of hypocrisy. This is also not the first time the Triangle as a whole has been on the Liquor Commission’s radar screen. Back in the summer of 2007, the Commission contemplated requiring a midnight closure for all liquor licensees at the Triangle. “That’s a bad area,” Silva told the commission at the time. “That’s Indian Country.” Then, as now, the Maui Police said a crime wave was plaguing the Triangle and “draining” their available resources. The problem, MPD officers told the Commission, was that “there are too many bars in a small area.” The commissioners bristled at the implied dig at them, replying that maybe the cops should just lobby the mayor for more money. In the end, the Triangle’s owners and management hired a private security firm (which is still active there today) and calmed down the crime situation, though the commission still placed some restrictions on Lulu’s–“because [the building is] kind of open,” Silva said. What happens at the LC hearing on Mar. 14, though, is anyone’s guess. Seti and Tassi told me they were rounding up people to attend the hearing, and it’s certainly possible they’ll pack the hearing chamber with owners, employees, musicians and patrons (it’s similarly likely that residents from nearby homes and apartment complexes will show up, too). As far as the Triangle bar owner who requested anonymity is concerned, he’s not sure what he’ll do. “It would definitely hurt our business, but I don’t know what choice we have,” he said. “I don’t particularly like it, but what choice do we have?” ■ firstname.lastname@example.org + apignataro To share or save this article, type: mt.hy.pr/1538L
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