Hawaii’s ‘most unusual political candidate’ vying to be next congressman

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Kawika Crowley

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state’s most interesting politician in 2014.
The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, [...]

Read More →

Hawaii cannabis minister released from federal prison after extended stay

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Roger Christie

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Roger Christie, the Big Island minister imprisoned in Honolulu for years for selling marijuana as “sacrament” to his followers, has been released from Hawaii’s Federal Detention Center to a halfway house.
The 64-year-old preacher, who claims marijuana is a religious sacrament and openly sold cannabis in Hilo as part of his [...]

Read More →

Hawaii lawmakers may ease access to medical marijuana

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Hawaii, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Reason.com

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Hawaii residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on establishing a statewide system to dispense medical marijuana during a public hearing before the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force.
The final hearing will be held Sept. 24 at 5 pm. at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. A first public hearing was [...]

Read More →

Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii public schools

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Hi Rep. Bob McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state's public schools. Many parents complained the content is inappropriate and graphic for their children.

The Hawaii State Department of Education will reinstate the controversial “Pono Choices” sex education curriculum, but after pressure from some parents and lawmakers, the program for middle school students will include some key revisions.

Read More →

Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments


A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers.

Read More →

Honolulu project could run some small business owners out of town on a rail

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

RAILROADED: Small businesses along the planned Honolulu rail route are concerned the rail construction will put them out of business.

Cliff Garcia operates Toni’s Lamps & Shades on land his family has owned in the Kakaako district near downtown Honolulu for the past 70 years.

Read More →