Sour Poi Awards 2012
Celebrating the best of the worst of 2011—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.
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Now That’s a Wake-up Call!
The Waikiki Edition hotel became the The Modern Honolulu in late 2011, when its owners ousted management company Marriott, claiming it had done a lousy job. There was an inevitable legal tussle involving New York lawsuits and bankruptcy filings, but the new guys, Modern Management Services, took charge decisively, changing the locks and signage throughout the hotel in a dramatic 2 a.m. coup on a Sunday night.
A Spirited Defense
During a contested case hearing over the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii Island, hearings officer Paul Aoki ruled that Mooinanea, a guardian spirit of Mauna Kea, had no standing to testify in the case. A couple petitioning to stop construction had insisted that Mooinanea be included in hearings, even though she “resonates at a different vibration” and is therefore invisible, because she would be affected by the telescope. The couple also argued unsuccessfully for a waiver of the required $100 filing fee for testifying, saying the spirit was unemployed.
Ew. Never going outside again.
2011 got off to a disgusting start, as medical waste and other debris washed up on beaches along the Leeward Coast in January, including syringes and vials apparently filled with blood and urine. The debris had been washed down from the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill after heavy rains. Although the landfill operator said that all the waste was sterilized and not considered infectious, many beaches were closed as a precaution, since stray needles posed a puncture risk.
Kramer He’s Not
In January, police arrested an Ewa Beach man who allegedly walked into his neighbor’s kitchen at 4 a.m. and took a six-pack of beer.
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