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2008 Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2008—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.


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Illustration: Matt Mignanelli


A Honolulu city bus driver was suspended in September after a passenger videotaped him playing a portable video game while driving his route. It was the second case of scary bus driving in a month—bus driver Searle Pestana was suspended in August after it was discovered that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.


Oh, crap

In August, U.S. District Judge David Ezra ruled that the City and County of Honolulu was liable for 297 violations of the federal Clean Water Act, which resulted in millions of gallons of spilled sewage throughout the city over the course of nine years.

Don’t anyone tell them about laulau!

Animal rights organization PETA hassled Maui-born Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino for his love of Spam musubi in October, after he said in an interview that it was one of his favorite foods. PETA asked Victorino to “abandon the Spam,” citing alleged animal abuse by the food company’s pork suppliers.

Photo by: David Croxford


Details, details

State chief election officer Kevin Cronin drew flack in July when it was revealed that he had not registered to vote in Hawaii, almost six months after taking the position, even though it was a requirement of the job. “This was one of several personal items which remained on my to-do list and that … kept getting moved to the next day,” Cronin said in a statement.

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Mellow: harshed

The state Department of Public Safety mistakenly sent a database of 4,200 medical marijuana users to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in June, complete with names, addresses, plant locations and prescribing doctors. The paper opted not to publish any of the names, but as an official from the Public Safety Department said, “Nobody here was a very happy camper.”

Their new campaign: Stop Chinatown Now

In October, anti-rail group Stop Rail Now drove a truck through Chinatown with a loudspeaker simulating the predicted 79-decibal noise of a proposed steel-on-steel train system. The stunt reportedly drew little notice, because the loudspeaker was drowned out by the sounds of city buses, music and First Friday crowds.


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