The Sour Poi Awards 2012
Celebrating the best of the worst of 2012—the dumb, the deranged and the indefensible.
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THE KICKER? THE GUY LECTURES ON LABOR RELATIONS.
Hawai‘i Reporter journalist Jim Dooley went undercover in January to report on an escort service being run out of the Waikīkī apartment of a UH Mānoa professor. Dooley booked an appointment with one of the nine women listed on the Volcano Girls escort website, and met her at the apartment. Lawrence Boyd Jr., a doctor of economics, denied any knowledge of escort activity, saying a tenant of his might be responsible.
CLOSE CALL, KAILUA
In April, the City and County of Honolulu announced a ranked list of potential sites for a new landfill, naming Kailua as the No. 1 pick. Alarmed Kailuans were relieved the next week, though, when the research firm that assembled the list said it had mixed up the ranking, and that Kahuku was the actual No. 1 recommended site. The firm blamed data entry errors for the mistake, and said the switch had nothing to do with political pressure.
HAVE YOURSELF A SLUGGY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.
Half of Hawaii’s annual shipment of Christmas trees was delayed after inspectors discovered that the batches were widely infested with slugs, wasps and other invasive species.
THE INFINITE PROVACATIONS OF GENSHIRO KAWAMOTO
Real estate billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto continued to be a thorn in the side of Kāhala residents, letting many of his roughly 20 properties in the neighborhood lie vacant, neglected and overgrown for yet another year. At other lots, though, he has begun to take a more active interest—turning five adjacent lots into a garden that features marble and bronze statues sprinkled throughout its grounds, and transforming the old Hemmeter estate into a Japanese tea garden of sorts. Richard Turbin, who lives next to the Hemmeter estate, was quoted as saying, “It’s something a child would design. It’s not tasteful. It’s not elegant … It’s a mess.”
A SOUR NOTE
In August, police arrested a 58-year-old man for beating his 56-year-old roommate with an ‘ukulele.