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More details from Civil Beat poll that found David Ige holding a narrow lead

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Did you catch Civil Beat’s story on their latest poll results in the race for governor (“Civil Beat Poll: Democrat Ige Leads Republican Aiona By 4 Percent“)?

Basically, their poll found Ige holding a slight 43%-39% lead over Aiona statewide, due in large part to greater support on the neighbor islands. On Oahu, the two leading candidates are neck and neck in the part of the island that makes up the 1st Congressional District, while Aiona leads in the windward and leeward parts of the island that are in the 2nd Congressional District.

Mufi Hannemann, running as an independent, and Libertarian Jeff Davis, were both down in single digits, Civil Beat reported. Hannemann was supported by just 8% of those polled, while Davis came in at 2%.

The poll comes as Aiona has had quite a few television ads running, Hannemann has had a few. I don’t recall seeing any Ige advertising of late.

You can download a summary of the poll results, including cross tabulations, using a link at the bottom of the story.

There are some interesting tidbits revealed there.

The 10% of all respondents who said they would vote for Hannemann or Davis were then asked who they would support if they had to choose between Ige and Aiona.

A third of them said they would support Aiona, while 29% said they would vote for Ige. “Neither” was the choice of 11% of the Hannemann/Davis voters, while 27% remained undecided.

Looking back at the primary election, 72% of those who responded to this survey said they voted in the Democratic primary, while only 15% chose the Republican ballot.

But when asked about their party preference, only 55% identified as Democrats, 23% as Republicans, and 19% said they were independent.

I suppose that if all the self-described independent voters chose the Democratic ballot in the primary, it would account for the primary vote without Republican crossovers.

The two largest ethnic blocks of voters split between the top candidates. Caucasians narrowly favored Aiona over Ige (43%-41%), while Japanese voters went heavily for Ige (60%-24%).

As expected, liberal voters favored Ige over Aiona (70%-11%), as did moderates (48%-34%), while conservatives were overwhelmingly supporting Aiona over Ige (78%-11%).

Although Hannemann’s Hawaii Independent Party is headed by former Maui mayor Charmaine Tavares, and Maui realtor Michelle del Rosario, only 4% of Maui voters surveyed said they would vote for Mufi, while 60% said they back Ige.

Here’s one finding that could pose some problems for Aiona. Voters who said they intended to vote early favored Ige over Aiona (46%-39%), while those who said they would vote on election day split evenly, 39%-39%. Aiona led Ige among those who weren’t sure when they would vote (30%-17%), but the “not sure” could translate into fewer of these voters actually getting to the polls.

So, the takeaway? It’s a close election among the Republican and Democratic candidates, but it looks like Mufi’s third party gambit is heading for failure.

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Maui County beefs up its online presence

September 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Maui county has launched a new website. Check it out at Mauicounty.us

From their press release:

WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Office of Council Services has launched an online news and information website, mauicounty.us, to keep the public informed about news and events of the Maui County Council, Council Chair Gladys Baisa announced today.

“We continue to explore innovative ways to communicate to members of the public to let them know what happens in and beyond the Council Chamber,” Baisa said. “The council’s work means little if residents do not know about it.”

The website includes press releases issued by council members, blog posts on recent council activity and other content provided by the nine council members about their legislative work.

Mauicounty.us features a responsive layout to allow users to view the website on a variety of mobile devices. The website is also user-friendly, which offers ease and convenience to all visitors, including those with disabilities.

The website is intended to encourage public discussion about council business. Social media buttons allow users to easily share posts with their friends and followers.

The council’s new web presence at mauicounty.us is intended to complement content already provided by the council on Facebook, Twitter and the administration-maintained mauicounty.gov website. The new website’s goal is to bring timely, accurate and factual information to constituents about county business.

Wander through the site and share your assessment and comments!

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Day Two without computer

September 22nd, 2014 · 9 Comments

I’m trying to get by with an iPad and iPhone. It’s frustrating, since my MacBook Pro is set up just the way I want it, and I’m used to my work flow when using it.

While I can get by with my temporary setup, I find that it isn’t up to more complex tasks. Or, put another way, I’m just not accustomed to using the iPad for more serious things. So perhaps this is a good experience for me.

The tale of computer woe is pretty simple. Back in 2011, we bought a safe. this was our response to an earlier burglary. When we leave the house, laptops go into the safe. Cameras that aren’t the choice of the day live in the safe as well, along with some jewelry and important papers.

Yesterday morning I went to get my laptop and…the safe wouldn’t open. It has an electronic lock, and I assumed it needed a new battery. Swapped out the old battery for a new one we had handy. Keypad was still non responsive. The it was off to the 7-11 for a brand new battery. I was full of hope, but it proved to be short lived.

Then I called the dealer and left a message. I guess they don’t check these cries for help on Sunday.

Meda’s laptop is locked in there as well, along with my “travel” computer, an older 11″ MacBook Air. So this is the definition of frustration.

Hopefully I’ll be able to summon help dealing with the balky lock sometime today. In the meantime, I’m slowly finding iPad workarounds for common tasks like writing this post. And I’ll probably have to read some actual paper copies of things and mark them up with a pen. Those aren’t locked in the safe.

**Update: At about 8:15 a.m., I was on the phone to Senetics, the local company where we bought the safe back in 2011. By 10:45 a.m., one of their techs had made it to Kaaawa, checked out the problem, replaced the electronic keypad, and declared the safe and its locking (and unlocking) mechanism good to go. That’s pretty quick service! I was lucky that they had another call out in Kahuku, so a stop here in Kaaawa on the way back was easy to do.

Thanks, Senetics!

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Woe is me…Sunday without a computer

September 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

We’ll, I’m stuck this morning without access to my computer and most of my data….so a full blog post isn’t going to happen.

It’s a story that I may tell after I get the problem solved, but that won’t be until tomorrow sometime, at best.

In the meantime, today is the 2014 Na Wahine O Ke Kai, the women’s canoe race from Molokai to Oahu.

For the occasion, here’s a link to a previous post containing my dad’s recollections of the first Molokai-Oahu race back in the early 1950’s.

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Another Kaaawa morning (photos)

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Saturday morning at dawn. Kaaawa, Hawaii.


Click on either picture to see a larger version.

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