The Sour Poi Awards 2012

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


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An out-of-control city bus smashed into the stone wall fronting Kawaiaha‘o Church in April, creating a dramatic pile of rubble right across the street from Honolulu Hale. (Mayor Carlisle was seen standing on the sidewalk, shaking his head.) And yet the wall sat broken for more than four months, while Oahu Transit Services, the city and the church’s insurance company figured out who was going to pay for the repairs.


The Big Island is now home to axis deer, an invasive species that has long overrun Maui. The invasion turns out to be the fault of Big Island hunter Daniel Rocha and helicopter pilot Thomas Leroy Hauptman. In August, Hauptman pleaded guilty to flying several deer from Maui to the Big Island, where Rocha released them into the wild. On his return trip, Hauptmen delivered 14 mouflon rams—also considered an invasive species—to a Maui rancher.


The 2012 mayoral campaign between Kirk Caldwell and Ben Cayetano was a heated one. Even Caldwell’s 18-year-old daughter Maya couldn’t resist getting in on the action. Photos posted on Instagram showed her and a friend setting fire to a Cayetano campaign sign and then trying to smoke it with a bong. Caldwell apologized on Maya’s behalf, and said he planned to have a serious father/daughter talk with her.


Both the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Civil Beat ran stories this past year on the uniformly horrible conditions of the city’s beach park bathrooms. Common problems included bathrooms with no soap or paper supplies, broken and overflowing toilets, stalls with no doors, broken sinks and really really bad smells.  The city Department of Parks and Recreation oversees 282 parks across the island, but has only about 190 groundskeepers to clean them, meaning many park bathrooms just don’t get the attention they need.

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