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Maui Connections

Columns

Being off-island for the last four Decembers reminds us there’s no place like Maui for the holidays. For folks who think movies are the best presents of all, Maui Film Festival presents its 20th anniversary FirstLight series, showing six of 2018’s best films and likeliest awards ...

Putting bad examples to use

Editorial

It may well be true that everyone has to make his own mistakes, but one would hope that tragic examples of drug use by celebrities would have some impact on young people tempted to try them. A few years ago, the world lost Whitney Houston. She was a victim of her excesses. The last tragic ...

Democratic machine has not learned from its 2016 defeat

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mazie Hirono speaks the truth that the Democratic Party has not represented the workers since the Clinton administration. He was the really first Democrat to abandon the worker and take money from corporate America and start to be “Republican-Lite.” Now, here is something you should ...

Organization helps struggling students

Letters to the Editor

In this season of celebration and giving, I would like to let our community know about a wonderful and benevolent student organization, Hu‘i Haumana, that for the last 2¢ years has been helping struggling students attending a Maui college through the distribution of both food bags and ...

No reefs, no parrotfish, no parrotfish, no sand

Letters to the Editor

Recently I read that some 70 percent of sand is produced by parrotfish. Apparently they live by eating coral. One parrotfish apparently produces almost a ton of sand in its lifetime. No reefs, no parrotfish, no parrotfish, no sand. We were recently notified we have passed the point of the ...

Ige’s address reflects poor understanding of the U.S.A.

Letters to the Editor

After listening to Gov. David Ige’s second inaugural address, it seems clear that he has a very poor understanding of our nation being a nation of immigrants. He asked: “When did it become OK to tear-gas women and children for wanting a better future for themselves?” First of all, where ...

Happy holidays and best wishes from council chair

Columns

As we near the end of the 2017–19 County Council term, I reflect on the legislative accomplishments of the council, the four years I have served as council chair, and my tenure as a council member. During this term, the council made significant improvements in the efficiency of county ...

The birth of a nation

Editorial

On Dec. 16, 1773, a bunch of American colonists staged a “tea party” in Boston Harbor to protest an act by the British Parliament that would have given a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in North America to the East India Co. According to history.com, the value of the tea dumped into ...

Post office ‘holiday’ sign was a mystery to customers

Letters to the Editor

Apparently, someone on the staff at the Kahului Post Office has a warped sense of humor, or no awareness of what is going on in the world around them. In the middle of the afternoon on Dec. 5, I went in to do some business. Several other citizens were there at the same time. We were puzzled ...

Making Maui a real paradise with a smaller government

Letters to the Editor

Are you ready for a new beginning? Can you imagine someone running for mayor who wants to drastically cut the size of our county government? Sandy Springs in Georgia got private industry and volunteers to make a miracle happen, by outsourcing many government functions. This city of 90,000 ...

A few small errors in Dec. 13 editorial

Letters to the Editor

I couldn’t resist noticing a few small errors in the Dec. 13 editorial. Sorry for nitpicking. In the beginning of the piece, you correctly said that the Soviet Union ended 27 years ago. At the end it became 26 years. In the fourth paragraph you mention that Soviet Leader Mikhail ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Hanukkah came to a close earlier this week. The Festival of Lights is arguably the most recognizable Jewish holiday among non-Jewish people. Jews lit menorahs, ate traditional foods and had gatherings and parties around the candles for eight nights — even here. Maui indeed has a vibrant and ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

Editorial

It is hard to believe that Monday is the sixth anniversary of the passing of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. As we’ve written previously, Inouye’s death marked the closing of the most important chapter of Hawaii’s life as a state to date. His quiet leadership built modern Hawaii. The war ...

‘Business as usual’ has reached a new low

Letters to the Editor

Our president has told us that selling weapons that kill people is more important to America than standing up for truth, justice and the morals of the world. A U.S. journalist is killed and apparently cut up into carry-on baggage size pieces. The CIA concludes Saudi Arabia’s king ordered the ...

Mueller investigation an outrageous abuse of power

Letters to the Editor

Take this letter with an open mind and think of how banana republic the Mueller investigation is. For one, hush money isn’t illegal — people and corporations do it all the time. Two, the Obama campaign had over $2 million in campaign finance violations, all they got was a fine. Third, there ...

Why enforce 40 mph speed limit on Piilani Highway?

Letters to the Editor

Seriously? MPD is going to target the enforcement of the 40 mph speed limit on Piilani Highway? MPD’s officers themselves don’t adhere to that low speed limit — which is only set that low because the “powers that be” refused to erect a sound barrier fence when the roadway was widened ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

EDITOR'S NOTE: Physicians, providers and administrative staff who practice at Maui Health System hospitals and clinics answer questions from the public in Healthwise Maui, which will appear regularly on Thursdays. Maui Health System operates Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical ...

The end of the Soviet Union

Editorial

It is interesting to note with all the discussion about Russian interference in our elections and the concern about its continued aggression toward the Ukraine, the communist juggernaut it descended from vanished almost three decades ago. In a quite unlikely scenario, the country dubbed the ...

Bush recognized Maui agency as one of the points of light

Letters to the Editor

George H.W. Bush was not one of my favorite political heroes — but he was a decent, smart and honorable man and leader and public servant. I’m honored that he recognized our little Hawaii Volunteer Action Community Work Day Program as one of the Thousand Points of Light. He met three of ...

Food for thought at the Leis Family Class Act restaurant

Letters to the Editor

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the annual end-of-semester food and wine pairing at the Culinary Arts’ Leis Family Class Act restaurant at University of Hawaii Maui College. For me, it was a great way to kick off the holiday season in this festive environment with impeccable table ...