Opinion

The State of Aloha

Columns

For as long as there have been people willing to travel vast distances over the sea, Hawaii has hosted adventurous folks. You could argue that the first to be taken up with Hawaii’s adventurous spirit were the pioneering Polynesians thousands of years ago. Statehood turned our industries ...

Mayor plans to continue parking, infrastructure work in Wailuku

Columns

In an ancient parable, a group of blind men came across an elephant. One felt its giant leg. “It’s a tree,” he said. Another bumped into its side and said, “No, it’s a wall!” The elephant poked another sightless man with his tusk and said, “Ouch, it’s a spear!” Then, ...

Important day in two religions

Editorial

Today is an incredibly important day in the calendars of two major religions. Good Friday marks the day in Holy Week when Jesus Christ suffered and died on the Cross at Golgotha (Calvary). Christians worldwide believe that Christ died to atone for the sins of mortals. According to Christian ...

Performing arts center new crown prince of Upcountry

Letters to the Editor

Among the good things that make Upcountry Maui a great place to live is the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center, which stands out as the new crown prince of Maui’s dramatic arts. Beyond being an outstanding facility, the heart and soul of this new venue are the members of the King ...

Elected officials need to stop wasting money

Letters to the Editor

As someone who was born and raised on Maui and who recently retired (after 41 years) as an attorney, arbitrator and mediator, I respectfully offer the following advice to the County Council members who recently voted “to recommend approval of a resolution to employ special counsel.” ...

Confidence, courage urged to heal crisis in Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

Crisis in Hawaii concerns the criminal justice system, the judicial system and the Department of Public Safety. Corrections back four, 10, 20 and 30 years is the fact that incarceration itself is a complete failure! Criminologists and correctional professionals have recognized we have ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: Have there been more cases of pneumonia than usual this flu season? I know so many people who were ill for many weeks with pneumonia both here and on the Mainland. My second question is about the pneumonia vaccine, which involves two shots a year apart. Is this shot only for older people or ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A search for the origin of the Easter Bunny sent me tumbling down the rabbit hole, and I may not emerge before Sunday. The origin of the rabbit hole metaphor is much easier to trace. Since 1865, when Lewis Carroll first enchanted readers with his fanciful tale of young Alice entering ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Maui’s art scene was alive and well last weekend with two art receptions in Kahului, according to Cynthia Conrad and Jerry Labb, who filled me in on all the details. The 17th annual Art of Trash opened Friday at the Maui Mall, continuing daily through May 4. Hosted by Malama Maui Nui, it ...

Individual tax reform simple

Editorial

Monday was April 15 — the dreaded “tax day.” Congress passed what it called “tax reform” in 2017. But it did nothing about simplification — creating a tax filing the average citizen can understand. Here’s what we think true income tax reform would look like: Thousands of pages ...

This year do something amazing to celebrate Easter

Letters to the Editor

Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the previous day. He willingly shed his blood for us so we could have our sins forgiven and have eternal life. On the Monday following Easter Sunday, the Blood Bank of Hawaii will be ...

Maui County needs a professional manager

Letters to the Editor

Why waste money hiring lawyers to litigate who has the authority to appoint or approve department heads? Why not put on the ballot the issue of a professional manager who would hire professionals to run our county departments? We have outgrown our quaint form of government and need ...

Aging population presents challenge for countries

Letters to the Editor

For the first time in history, the Earth has more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 5. In another two decades, population experts predict, the ratio will be 2-to-1. Aging is not only a challenge for those aging, but it’s also a challenge for the countries where most of the ...

Despite testing, no action yet on ocean water quality

Letters to the Editor

A sterling Matthew Thayer visual captioned “Kihei’s Cove Park and surf spots off Kalama Park’s breakwall are packed with novice surfers and surf schools Thursday morning” drew my eyes (The Maui News, April 6). The article was another monthly report, more visitors, more revenue, but the ...

Crime Victims Rights week not observed in Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

The week of April 7 through 13 was National Crime Victims Rights week, the purpose being to give voice to innocent victims of homicide and violent crime. The week is a teachable moment; an educational tool to ensure the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) 1984 is given light and access to the public, ...

The best political system will borrow from others

Letters to the Editor

In the opening days of the 20th century, Eugene Debs asked: “What is socialism?” His often quoted answer was: “Merely Christianity in action. It recognizes the equality in men.” Of course, those of wealth and power have never stopped frightening the lightly informed with the specter of ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Why are the speed limits on Hana Highway past Paia mostly 30 or 35 mph? The speed limit for a highway shouldn’t be the same as Kaahumanu Avenue. That seems to be a ridiculously slow speed for a ...

Courageous leadership

Editorial

Effective leadership and courage go hand in hand. Sometimes that courage takes the form of the leader revealing something personal about his or her life that can comfort others who have suffered similar experiences. Last week, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino revealed that he had been the ...

‘Vision Zero’ polices create safer communities

Letters to the Editor

Each year, more than 40,000 people are killed in the United States in vehicle crashes. Last year, a record number of 43 pedestrian fatalities were documented in Hawaii, reflecting a dramatic increase from 15 in 2017. In 2018, there were 17 traffic fatalities in Maui County. This year, Maui ...