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Sour Poi Awards 2012

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2011—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.


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Talk about Making ‘A’

Two Aiea High School students were suspended in May after one of the students posted a picture onto Facebook of his rear end, which had been signed with his friend’s signatures while they were in math class. Said the cheeky student: “It was just for memories and stuff, just between me and my friends on Facebook.”


Next up: chewing gum and walking at the same time.

Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi introduced a bill in 2011 that would have outlawed the use of cellphones or iPads while crossing the street as a pedestrian. The measure was referred to committee.

It’s a Jungle Out There

Hawaii has long been proud of its lack of snakes, but don’t get too relaxed. Seized by authorities on Oahu in 2011: a 9-foot-3-inch boa constrictor in Waiawa Gulch, a 7-foot albino Burmese python from a West Loch home, and a 5-foot boa constrictor from an Alewa Heights home. Makes us almost calm about the piranhas, skink and bearded dragon lizard that were also found.


Thank You for Your Service

A McCully man found a naked sailor in his apartment in June, lying on his bed. He called the police, but didn’t press charges, because the sailor had just returned from deployment.

Book ’em!

Tim Perry, a former UH student who was busted in 2010 for recording himself in UH Manoa classrooms masturbating and posing in speedos (see last year’s Sour Poi awards), got into trouble again in 2011. This time, it was for allegedly stealing and trying to sell 218 rare books from UH’s Hamilton Library, worth between $50,000 and $100,000. A book collector in California sounded the first alarm, after noticing that the books Perry had sent him for inspection were stamped as property of UH and still sported library bar codes.


photo: courtesy shane sato

Aloha Oe

The Grammy Awards yanked its Hawaiian music category in April, ending seven years of huhu and humbug over the winners. (Many felt the voting for the category unfairly favored slack key and celebrity names.) Daniel Ho, the winning-est beneficiary of the Hawaiian Grammy, said, “I’m hoping the craziness will go away. Every year I get beat up.”


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