Opinion

The State of Aloha

Columns

In case you didn’t see it yourself, I’m sure someone told you about it. And yes, there are social media posts galore. In case you haven’t read the paper, watched the news, checked your Facebook account, or in case you haven’t looked up, there was snow here on Maui — for days on ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: I am seven months pregnant with my second child and will be giving birth at Maui Memorial. I just moved here from Oahu so I’m unfamiliar with the services available to expecting moms at the hospital. Is there a tour or a class that I can attend to prepare myself? Malia Joyo-Bui, nurse ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

As reported recently in The Maui News, the local pidgin word “hammajang” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED lists “hammajang” as an adjective meaning “in a disorderly or shambolic state; messed up.” I’m still sorting through mixed feelings about this. On ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Mark Twain usually gets the credit for saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Turns out there’s some debate about whether he or his good friend, Hartford, Conn., newspaper editor Charles Dudley Warner, was the first to make the observation. No ...

Death in the dark

Editorial

Quite a few news organizations have slogans that are intended to reflect their goals or missions. Some, like ours, are fairly innocuous — “Maui’s Newspaper Since 1900.” Pretty simple, we focus mainly on life here on Maui. Others are more ambitious. The New York Times — “All The ...

Mainland politics has firmly landed on Maui

Letters to the Editor

It appears that Mainland politics has firmly landed on Maui. After reading The Maui News’ informative article on Michele McLean’s five-hour (plus two hours of executive session) ordeal in front of the Maui County Council’s Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee, I could only shake ...

Think-tank specializes in the creation of crisis

Letters to the Editor

The origin of the environmental movement began in 1968 when the Club Of Rome was formed. The Club Of Rome has been described as a crisis think-tank which specializes in crisis creation. The main purpose of this think-tank was to formulate a crisis that would unite the world and condition us to ...

Most cattle raised here are shipped elsewhere

Letters to the Editor

Most of the cattle raised on Maui go back to the Mainland when ready or are shipped to outer islands. Having a slaughterhouse? We had a big slaughterhouse here in the center of Maui. It’s just you complainers weren’t here yet. Why do you think Dairy Road was called Dairy Road? Now there is ...

Aloha has little or no meaning anymore

Letters to the Editor

Beautiful Maui is being transformed faster then newcomers can say the word aloha. The culture is being washed down the drain slowly but surely replaced by Mainland antics. Upcountry is now riddled with traffic, gated communities going up, tourists everywhere. Now our new residents even fight ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Why are there so many vehicles on the road with expired registrations and inspections? Safety reasons aside, it is not fair to those who pay to keep their vehicles properly compliant with county and state regulations. Can one expect the new administration to be more vigilant with all ...

Presidents Day 2019

Editorial

Monday is Presidents Day. The Presidents Day holiday has taken on a peculiar kind of piquancy, particularly if your taste runs to passionate politics. Presidents Day came about because two U.S. presidents who raised passions for different reasons had birthdates close together. George ...

Ban all fireworks in neighborhoods, period

Letters to the Editor

A recent post got it right when it described Maui’s illegal fireworks displays on July 4th and New Year’s Eve as nothing less than bombs. I nearly lost my home to errant fireworks last 4th of July. Two bare concrete slabs adjacent to me used to be family homes that were totally destroyed in ...

Why would a traffic light cost more than $2 million?

Letters to the Editor

In the Feb. 8 report in The Maui News on the traffic mess at the Waiale-Waiinu intersection, Nolly Yagin, a public works traffic engineer, stated the cost for a traffic signal at that location would cost between $2.2 million and $2.4 million. Could someone please explain why a traffic light ...

Water rights key to successful ag operation

Letters to the Editor

Water is the new oil — it is an extremely valuable commodity these days due to high demand and unpredictable weather conditions in many parts of the world. My guess is that what brought Mahi Pono to Maui was as much about the water rights that Mahi Pono received as it was about the land. ...

We must move through grief and hardship

Letters to the Editor

Today, as I was sitting in my office waiting to have our printer-machine repaired, I felt fortunate to be alive and healed after three years of medical attention. I thank the many volunteers who minister and mentor in the correctional facilities in Hawaii. I was able to update and pass the ...

Preserving the past

Columns

When Sissy Lake-Farm took the helm as executive director of Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House five years ago, she says it felt like she was coming home. And in a way, she was: The mission home-turned-museum in Wailuku was built on what was once the royal compound of Kahekili, Maui’s ...

Storm experience a reminder of need to prepare for emergencies

Columns

Mother Nature showed who’s boss this past weekend. A severe winter storm made its way down the island chain, bringing snow to the summit of Haleakala as low as 7,500 feet. The storm whipped up high surf, heavy winds and rains. It flooded our roads and parks, triggered widespread power outages ...

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Editorial

For 88 years the term St. Valentine’s Day Massacre referred to the murder of seven gang members during Prohibition in a fight over control of organized crime in Chicago. On Feb. 14, 1929, hoodlums working for Al Capone killed the seven members of a rival gang. It was considered a bloody, ...

Hirono an embarrassment to the State of Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

I just finished watching the State of the Union speech and was totally embarrassed with the actions (and inactions) of our Sen. Mazie Hirono. Even when the rest of the Democratic representatives and senators stood and applauded the World War II veterans, the Holocaust survivor, the police ...

Notice of intention to boycott SB 720

Letters to the Editor

Well they did it, the professional victims have outlawed free speech in the USA. SB 720 (Israel Anti-Boycott Act) has passed and I would like to reassure the Maui Police Department and any other law enforcement agency I will be violating this boycott, divestment and sanctions law with all my ...