2008 Sour Poi Awards
Celebrating the best of the worst of 2008—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.
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A golfer at the Moanalua Golf Club got a rude surprise when he discovered that Caddy, the pet dog he had left tied up near the club house, was missing. Witnesses reported seeing two golf course maintenance workers loading the dog into their car and leaving with it, and the two workers later confessed to killing the dog and eating it.
Probably shouldn’t have asked for a “kabillion” dollars
When a dog-sitting service refused to give him a full refund, unhappy UH professor Eric Youn made up a fake lawyer, judge and legal firm to scare the company into paying. After sending repeated threatening letters from the nonexistent law firm Harper Test and Wu, Youn set up a nonexistent court date in front of the nonexistent Hon. Ronald Shigawa. The dog sitter responded by hiring the very real Kobayashi Sugita and Goda.
In the end, Youn agreed to pay out $22,930 to settle the case.
Smells fishy to us
Hawaii beaches suffered a rash of weird and dangerous littering incidents this past year. Among the dumped material: dozens of IV needles on Ewa Beach, a 500-foot stretch of broken glass along Kahala Beach, and 40 dead koi found on Kuliouou Beach.
Turns out it is a crime to look this good
2008 also saw some weird thefts in Hawaii: A burglar in Kailua-Kona boosted more than 1,000 pounds of green coffee beans. Two women in Pearl City were arrested in the act of trying to steal a light pole. And a man was arrested in Waikiki for stealing 35 boxes of Magic Kiss lipstick.
The end of the world as we know it? Eh, I feel fine
In September, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed in Hawaii by a pair of men who had charged that the Large Hadron Collider, a giant particle accelerator outside of Geneva, could potentially create a black hole that would doom the entire earth.
Watts up with that?
In October it was revealed that, more than two years after the earthquakes that rocked Hawaii and left Oahu without electricity for the better part of a day, HECO had yet to pay more than 1,400 customers still waiting for checks from claims they had made for damaged electronic equipment and spoiled food.