Maui Time Weekly

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Maui Time
Maui Time Weekly (front page).jpg
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Tommy Russo
Publisher Tommy Russo
Editor Anthony Pignataro
Founded 1997
Headquarters 33 N. Market St.
Wailuku, Hawaii, HI 96793
 United States
Circulation 18,000 [1]
Website mauitime.com

Maui Time Weekly (also known as Maui Time Magazine, Maui Time, and the Maui Times) is a free alternative newspaper published weekly in the county of Maui, state of Hawaii. The paper is owned mostly by its publisher, Tommy Russo.

Maui Time Weekly was launched in 1997. It serves all of Maui, and is distributed every Thursday. The paper has remained independently owned and operated throughout its existence.

History[edit]

Offices of Maui Time Weekly at 33 North Market Street.

Begun as a free bi-weekly newsprint magazine, Maui Time offered a combination of music, sports, arts and community features, as well as Maui's first true entertainment calendar. The paper was born out of necessity and opportunity by Tommy Russo and Mark D'Antonio.

Russo noted the lack of a strong community-based publication while travelling on Maui. At the time he was completing degree studies at Chico State University building a strong sales background in print media during his employment with a local paper in Chico, California. He teamed up with classmate D'Antonio after D'Antonio's music group, Sunset Red concluded two tours of Lahaina in 1996. Within a year, the two Chico, California transplants moved to Maui to start an independent community publication. Maui Time established a free and independent voice to represent the wide variety of views, opinions, lifestyles, and rich host culture that Maui offers.

Publisher Tommy Russo grew Maui Time into a weekly publication with Maui news, community features, arts and entertainment as its focus. Maui Time gained admission into the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in 2004.

After four years as Editor-in-Chief and Art Director, Mark D'Antonio left the publication to return to a career in music and design.

Regular features[edit]

The paper runs a number of regular columns, most with an opinionated slant, that examine aspects of local government and politics. Maui Time also offers coverage of the local music scene, and carries Chuck Shepherd's syndicated column News of the Weird.

LC Watch keeps tabs on the Maui County Department of Liquor Control, while Rob Report, written by one-time Maui Mayoral candidate Rob Parsons, focuses on environmental issues. Coconut Wireless offers a roundup of the week's events with a satirical, sardonic tone.

Staff[edit]

Anthony Pignataro - Editor in Chief, June 2011 current. Pignataro came on board as Editor in Aug 2003 and left June 2008 to pursue book writing and freelancing. He returned in June 2011. Author, Remember the Technicolor Dreamboat

Former staff[edit]

Chris Skiles - 2009-2011 Art Director. Now at Houstonia Magazine as Design Director. Houstonia Magazine in Houston, TX

Samantha Campos - 2002-2007 Arts and Entertainment Editor & Columnist, "Holoholo Girl," also former staff reporter for the Pacific Sun (newspaper) in Marin County, California.

References[edit]

1. "Celebrating 10 Years of Independence". Maui Time Weekly. http://www.mauitime.com/Articles-i-2007-06-28-174065.112113_Celebrating_10_Years_of_Independence.html[2]
2. "Maui Time Weekly". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/ViewCompany?oid=oid%3A8413[3]

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