The (Honolulu) Mayor- (Hawaii) Legislature relationship conundrum

On Tuesday morning (8-27) I happened to be flipping through the radio stations, driving to work. On Rick Hamada’s show on AM 830, I came upon the tail end of Rick’s interview with potential Honolulu Mayoral candidate Colleen Hanabusa. I say “potential” because, outside of outright declaring, she is looking very much like a candidate for Honolulu Mayor the way she talks. However, I digress. In one of the last ...
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Is this “Fire on the Mountain, Broken Trust II”?

As the standoff on Mauna Kea, between the Kia’i and the government continues, one has to wonder if this whole episode is reaching the level of what happened in the state the last time Hawaiian’s rose up and made a lot of noise about a matter. Star Advertiser, August 7, 1997, the "Broken Trust" article that eventually led to a change in the political DNA of Hawaii I’m talking about ...
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Ige and Gerald Ford

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as the President of the United States. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, took over the position of President, informing the people of the country that “our long national nightmare is over”. That next month, on September 8th, Ford provided a full and complete pardon of Nixon. It was that move that most likely killed his presidency, losing to Jimmy Carter in 1976. For ...
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Red Car/Blue Car & Flags – Big Island Observations Pt. 2

You get the sense that things are up on the Big Island the minute you get your rental car out on the roadway. That being the flags. I am not talking about any kind of flags, but two types, typically flying from the back of trucks throughout the island. On one side is the Hawaiian State Flag. The other side is the “Kanaka Maoli” flag, introduced in 2001 by Gene ...
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Upon my return from the Big Island – Part 1

I write this post just coming off the plane from Kona, Hawaii. I spent three days on the Big Island with my wife and my daughter touring around the island. While it was a visit to see sites (it was my daughters first time on the island), the big news of what was going on at Mauna Kea and the standoff between the Ki’I (“protectors”) and the State of Hawaii ...
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