Opinion

New media, old biases

Editorial

As one surfs the massive waves of the internet ocean, one thing becomes abundantly clear: The World Wide Web is not a place for objectivity. In fact, if one wishes to see anything close to what used to be called journalism, one has to visit a website that is a spinoff from one of the old, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Without much hoopla, Barbie turned 58 this month, having survived decades of controversy over her unrealistic body proportions. Even before Mattel Inc. introduced her on March 9, 1959, Barbie’s bombshell figure was criticized by mothers in a test market study. In fact, the iconic fashion ...

Closing golf course would be a shame

Letters to the Editor

After reading the March 22 letter on Waiehu Golf Course, I thought I would add my two cents. The writer is spot on. Our county parks do not pay for themselves nor do our county pools and beaches. I think we would be hard pressed to find many parks such as these anywhere in the U.S. which pay ...

Yes, Toto, tourists pay property tax

Columns

On March 8, the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism released a study on Hawaii real property taxes. It may be unusual for a state agency to do a study on a county tax. But this study appeared to be an outgrowth of a move by the Hawaii State Teachers ...

Bill would not help women’s health

Letters to the Editor

SB501 is making its way through the legislative process; it just passed out of the House Committee on Health by a 4-3 vote. If passed, it would force Hawaii Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to provide information regarding an abortion option. This bill does not require abortion clinics to ...

Getting runaround from ‘Meals on Wheels’

Letters to the Editor

Getting runaround from ‘Meals on Wheels’ Have you ever tried to subscribe to “Meals on Wheels” to have one of their hot specials delivered to your home? If you have, you will understand disappointment in the people hired to render this service. The government offers services and ...

What are mayor’s plans for Waiehu Golf Course?

Letters to the Editor

The first thing I would do before any thoughts of closing Waiehu Golf Course is to find out what plans our mayor has for that land. He cannot see a plot of land without thinking about what can be built there. Can’t we figure out how to raise the revenue to keep this beautiful area just ...

Inspiring students

Editorial

A Gallup poll of 30,000 college graduates several years ago found that “name-brand” schools don’t produce happier lives or more success than good old generic ones. So, while we may marvel at stories like the one about the New York teenager who was accepted at all eight Ivy League ...

Maui Connections

Columns

“Man, this is a great way to play outdoors,” said Bonnie Raitt after taking the A&B Amphitheater stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Friday. The balmy night air and happy expectations of the crowd of thousands helped set the scene. She didn’t disappoint. With those ...

Scientists have reliable facts at their disposal

Letters to the Editor

A climate-change-denying letter on March 21, whose premise was based on conspiracy theory rather than facts, concluded with the claim “One need not be a scientist to sort truth from fiction.” That’s analogous to the following statement: One need not be a professional golfer to hit a golf ...

Join in dialogue of open minds, generous hearts

Columns

A group calling itself Maui’s Moral Majority has asked local Christian pastors to encourage church members to join in “spiritual warfare” against those who do not support the policies and actions of President Donald Trump — people they label as “the enemy.” The members of Hui Aloha ...

Ancient consciousness has lesson for today’s leaders

Letters to the Editor

In ancient Hawaii (before white people) everything in nature was sacred with spirits — trees, birds, fish, pohaku (rocks), etc. etc. Ancient Hawaiians believed like many other ancient cultures (Shintoism in Japan for example) that we should live with nature and her creatures instead of ...

Begin day in prayer for young people and others

Letters to the Editor

Shalom, peace be in our world today! Be anxious for nothing! Let’s be honest. Begin our day in prayer for our young people and all others sincerely trusting in our Almighty Lord. Feel the joy as we overcome past hurts and are deeply forgiven to endure our daily challenges. Peace be with ...

Loose dogs compromise enjoyment of beach

Letters to the Editor

Baldwin Beach can be a wonderful place to take a walk in the morning. I go for the beach, the views, and nature. I don’t go to be rushed, jumped on or barked at by dogs who are unleashed and which have not been trained to obey commands. People who do not leash their canines (as the law ...

Golf course an important part of the community

Letters to the Editor

Although I am not a golfer I feel strongly that the means should be found to keep the county course open. Our annual budgets now approach $700 million. The deficit for the course is about $3 million. Surely, if the golfers would be willing to pay somewhat higher fees, the county could find ...

Contestant displayed integrity and humility

Letters to the Editor

Spring break gives me a chance to chip away at my to-do list. First item, thank Maui chef Sheldon Simeon for the poise and grace he has shown during the reality TV show “Top Chef.” Sheldon competed twice and each time made it into the semifinals with amazing cooking. What impressed me ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: When is Waiale Road from Main Street to just past the jail going to be improved? I see schoolchildren and handicapped people forced to walk in the street because there are no sidewalks from Kaohu Street and Waiale Road in either direction for several blocks. Putting in a crosswalk at Waiale ...

Kuhio was the Citizen Prince

Editorial

While today is the 146th birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole, the state holiday will be celebrated Monday. It honors a man who went from being the adopted son of a king to a counterrevolutionary to Hawaii’s voice in the U.S. Congress. Prince Kuhio was born March 26, 1871, the ...

Transportation, housing, counties initiatives advance

Columns

The county Department of Transportation presented the Maui Short Range Transit Plan to the County Council’s Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee, which I chair, to provide an overview of its operations and services. A copy of the plan is available on mauicounty.us/hht. The ...