The Sour Poi Awards 2012

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2012—the dumb, the deranged and the indefensible.


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For six months, UH West Oahu officials gave out the wrong address for their newly opened campus—91-1000 Farrington Highway instead of the real address, 91-1001 Farrington. Apparently they had gotten the incorrect number from the city Department of Planning and Permitting. The fallout for the school was apparently minimal—about $1,000 worth of brochures that needed to be reprinted. “We don’t have letterhead, we didn’t order business cards yet. There are some good things about being a government agency and moving slowly,” spokesperson Kalowena Komeiji told the paper.


After Hawaii County clerk Jamae Kawauchi bungled the primary elections on the Big Island, with 13 out of 40 polling places opening late, the state Office of Elections took over the county’s general election operations. “This has never been done before. But this is something we decided … gives us the best opportunity to conduct a successful general election,” said chief election officer Scott Nago. Come election day, though, the state Election Office had egg on its own face: At least 70 Oahu polling places ran short of paper ballots, creating huge lines that frustrated many voters.


Hawai‘i residents got criticized this past election season—by CNN, no less. The news organization created a Tumblr blog to draw attention to Hawaii’s voter turnout rate being the lowest in the nation, interviewing residents to find out why they don’t vote, and exhorting CNN readers to change their minds by tweeting at them.


It’s not your imagination—Hawaii really has been getting voggier and less breezy. In October, UH scientists released a study showing that trade wind frequency in the state has been declining for the past four decades. In 2009, for example, Honolulu saw 210 days of cooling trade winds—81 fewer than in 1973.

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