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The Sour Poi Awards 2012

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


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In the space of about a month, A Big Island man was arrested twice for having sex in public, each time with a different woman. The first time, Dylan Trask Wheldon was apprehended with a woman on the sidewalk in front of a Kona business; the second, he was caught in flagrante delicto on a soccer field extension near downtown Hilo. They weren’t the only Big Islanders getting freaky out of doors. In October, another couple was arrested and charged for open lewdness for having sex in front of a homeless shelter on Pawai Place.



Debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan began to show up on Hawai‘i shores this past fall. First sighted: a blue plastic bin encrusted with barnacles, and then a fiberglass fishing skiff. Then, in October, a large yellow metal container more than 10 feet tall washed up on the Big Island. Officials said it might cost as much as $100,000 to remove the container, more than twice the total amount of federal aid the state received to clean up tsunami debris.  It’s estimated that there are 1.5 million tons of debris floating in the North Pacific, and, while Hawaii is expected to escape the main path of the garbage stream, scientists predict more stuff will be hitting our shores in 2013.



A Waikīkī man became an unexpected—and temporary—millionaire in November, after a First Hawaiian bank teller mistakenly entered a deposit of $17,346 as $1,734,600. “It adds a little sparkle to your day when your accountant calls you up and says you have an extra $1.5 million you weren’t expecting,” said John Wollstein. Sadly for Wollstein, the bank caught the error that same day.


In May, it was reported that Kapiolani Community College was as much as five months overdue in paying some of its Continuing Education instructors, with amounts of as much as several thousand dollars. The administration blamed the delays on personnel turnover and misfiled and unprocessed employment documents. After continued media exposure, the school finally cut checks for 16 of the instructors in October.

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