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  • Maui County Plans to Post List of Lobbyists Online

    · By Nathan Eagle

    In June, Madge Schaefer wanted to know who was registered to lobby government officials on Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

    She scoured the county Board of Ethics website but struck out, which was somewhat of a surprise given that Honolulu and the state both post their lists of registered lobbyists online.

    Schaefer gave Maui’s Corporation Counsel a call and was told the list could be emailed to her. When she didn’t receive it by the next business day, she filed a formal records request under Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act. She received the list 10 minutes later.

    Maui County Council Chair Mike White is questioning the administration’s enforcement of the lobbyist registration law.

    County of Maui

    The list identifies the people being paid by private companies and nonprofits to persuade elected officials and others in local government to take certain actions. (Think land development, GMO regulations and plastic bag bans.)

    Thanks to Schaefer’s effort, which County Council Chair Mike White brought to light in a column in the Maui News last month (albeit without naming names), the public can soon expect to have a much easier time finding out who is a registered lobbyist in Maui County.

    The Board of Ethics voted unanimously last week to post the list on its website. It’s unclear when that will start.

    “Understanding who a testifier represents can help to determine how a piece of testimony is evaluated,” White said in his testimony before the Board of Ethics. “The

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    · By Michael Levine

    Electricity-hungry Honolulu backs proposal most strongly.

  • Maui Police Department Signs Onto Facebook, Twitter

    · By The Civil Beat Staff

    Maui PD is first of four Hawaii county police departments to join social media sites.

  • Journalist Alleges Assault by Maui Police and ‘Dog’ Chapman Security Guard

    · By The Civil Beat Staff

    MauiTime publisher says he was hit in face by officer who didn’t want to be filmed.

  • NYT: Company Wants Big Wind on Maui, not Molokai

    · By The Civil Beat Staff

    First Wind seeking new site for Hawaii’s interisland energy project.

  • Looking for Cracks in East Maui’s Ditch System

    · By Michael Levine

    Now that some water must be left in the streams, irrigation comes under scrutiny.

  • State OKs Maui Solar Telescope, Hawaiian Opponents Feel Burned

    · By Michael Levine

    Hawaii Land Board approves University of Hawaii’s plan for 100-foot-tall, $175 million telescope atop Haleakala despite major adverse cultural impacts.

  • Share Your Own Stories of Aloha for Thanksgiving

    · By John Temple

    Thankful to live in Hawaii? As the nation celebrates holiday, we thought it would be a good time to publish stories of aloha from readers.