Sour Poi Awards 2012
Celebrating the best of the worst of 2011—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.
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Come for APEC, Stay for the Malos
A torch-lighter wearing a malo caused some unintended hilarity during the week of APEC in November when he ran behind Hilary Clinton at the Hilton Hawaiian Village as she posed for photographers. The sight of his traditional, but skimpy, malo flapping in the breeze sent the secretary of state into a fit of giggles, and became a YouTube sensation.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie had a rocky first year in office. His “New Day” reforms didn’t take hold in the way he had hoped: After asking for the voluntary resignations of 28 state board and commission members, only one person agreed to step down. In October, four of his top advisors resigned over the course of a week, each of them citing a need to spend more time with their families. By Fall, his approval ratings had dropped to 30 percent, making him the least popular governor in the U.S.
I’m out of order? This whole neighborhood is out of order!
Police officers responded to a November Waipahu Neighborhood Board meeting in which City Councilman Tom Berg reportedly became disruptive and confrontational. Berg later apologized to the board for his outspoken criticism of the city’s rail plans during the meeting, but chairman Rito Saniatan refused to accept the apology, saying, “As an elected public official, the general public expect them to behave with dignified matter and professionalism.”
Insult to Injury
In the wake of the deadly Waikele fireworks explosion in April that killed five, The Honolulu Fire Department had to apologize on behalf of one of its fire dispatchers who responded to a frantic 911 call reporting the disaster. In a recording of the call, the dispatcher is heard speaking in a blasé, condescending tone, and referring to the caller as a “fucking idiot.”