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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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Barack Obama receiving his diploma from Punahou— “not a school for the improverished,” said Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Photo: Courtesy of Obama for America

Way to go, plantation heritage

Sen. Daniel Inouye apologized to Barack Obama early in the election season after making a crack about Obama’s Island roots. “He went to school in Hawaii, but he went to Punahou,” Inouye had said, “and that was not a school for the impoverished.” Obama responded by pointing out that he had attended Punahou on a scholarship.

Is there someone we can throw the book at?

The University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library continued to leak in 2008. Heavy rains in October damaged more than 800 books, and library staff were forced to use trash cans and buckets to catch the water leaking from the ceiling.

But the injections were free!

A Kalihi home that had been turned into a rickety slum for more than 50 renters collapsed in October after heavy rains. The place boasted only two bathrooms and one stove among the dozens of residents, and the landlord had reportedly pressured tenants to let him give them injections of his own home-brew medicine. Rents at the property ranged from $250 to $750 a month.


Music has charms …

A karaoke night turned violent in November after a woman inadvertently began singing a song ordered by another, younger woman. The younger woman grabbed the microphone out of her hands and when, later that evening, the older women went over with a plate of food to apologize, the younger woman grabbed the plate and whacked the unfortunate song stealer over the head with it.



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