Opinion

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

If you grew up on Maui, the Fourth of July is inextricably linked to the Makawao Rodeo and Parade. The holiday and rodeo weekend are still a couple of weeks away, but if you’d like to participate in the 54th annual Makawao Parade, you have only a few days left to apply. This summer marks ...

Maui Connections

Columns

“Maui Connections” will not appear today. Columnist Rick Chatenever and “Maui Connections” are on hiatus until further notice.

Watergate’s anniversary

Editorial

A noted anniversary quietly passed Monday. Forty-seven years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C. That was the beginning of a two-year nightmare that ended on Aug., 9, ...

Motorists, pedestrians get green light at same time

Letters to the Editor

The other day I witnessed an accident about to happen. The traffic light turned green, allowing vehicles to turn both right from Makawao Avenue and left onto Old Haleakala Highway. At the same time the pedestrians were given the green light to cross. A very young family was crossing: mother, ...

Not free, proud or brave; we are divided and falling fast

Letters to the Editor

A June 11 letter writer thinks we should honor veterans this July 4. I think we should put down the fireworks and pick up a copy of the Patriot Act and have a good read. As far as our veterans and active military, we need to ask then why they do not defend us from domestic enemies as we are not ...

Tourism marketing budget needs to be dropped to zero

Letters to the Editor

In an online publication, a Haiku writer offers the most compelling argument I’ve seen for curtailing tourism. She says, “I’ve watched this place change rapidly in as little as three years through a detrimental wave of overtourism that has completely overtaken us to transform this ...

County Council proposes biggest budget in history

Letters to the Editor

Hey, Mister Mayor, it’s not the biggest yearly Maui County budget “lately.” It’s the biggest yearly Maui County budget ever. And where, my county councilors, will all those $850 million dollars come from? Oh yeah, you are raising taxes and fees on us again to pay for all your ...

Observations shared after reading entire Mueller report

Letters to the Editor

I have just finished reading the Mueller report in its entirety. It wasn’t easy and it’s obvious the vast majority won’t read it. Written for and to the Justice Department, not for the general public, but it should be released to us and to Congress in its unredacted form with all the ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Would you please address the closing of the Kulanihakoi Street exit off Piilani Highway since March? I believe the completion date was originally slated for April. A: Unfortunately, the contractor for this state Department of Education project has encountered multiple issues for the ...

The lucky guy’s day

Editorial

Fathers are the luckiest people on Earth. Thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, we get to help create little creatures who love us unconditionally. Oh, they soon get over that unconditional stuff. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Tips to keep hikers from getting lost

Letters to the Editor

Recently I spent two days searching for Amanda Eller and felt personally engaged with the many people in the Maui community who pulled together looking for her. We are greatly relieved that she has been rescued and will recover. As an aftermath of her rescue, many ideas have been put forth ...

Longtime AYSO referee will be missed

Letters to the Editor

I write to share a few words about a wonderful man who recently passed away, Mike Beyersdorf. Years ago, when I first became Kihei AYSO’s referee administrator, I asked Mike if he would consider volunteering to referee some games for us. He asked me, “What time are the games?” I ...

Unknown costs make dorm rehab a bad idea

Letters to the Editor

The June 8th Maui News article shows the folly of leaping before looking; all in the name of appearing to do something. The need for affordable housing on Maui is extreme and I very much applaud both the council and administration for making it a priority. But that doesn’t justify spending ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Every year, the famous statue of Kamehameha standing between Ali‘iolani Hale, the stately building that houses our Supreme Court and the head of our judicial branch, and ‘Iolani Palace and the state Legislature gets royal treatment. Thousands of plumeria and other flowers are strung ...

Leaks in HI-5 bottle bill program not being fixed

Columns

Just three months ago, the Hawaii State Auditor released the latest in a series of reports over the years on the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container Program, known as HI-5. That report, No. 19-08, basically said, “Look, we’ve issued four audit reports on the program, every two years beginning ...

Today is Flag Day

Editorial

There will be a lot of red, white and blue on display today as Maui residents show off their patriotism on Flag Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 of that year as Flag Day. Thirty-three years later, Congress resolved that every June 14 would be observed as “Flag ...

Writer’s troubles a direct result and gift of 9/11

Letters to the Editor

I had a chuckle at the June 2 letter about a woman renewing her driver’s license and how “it’s not very funny” and she felt sorry for anyone having to “go through this.” Well, letter writer, your troubles are a direct result and gift of 9/11, and to be on the receiving end of the ...

A means for persons lost to find their way home

Letters to the Editor

As stated in The Maui News article of June 2, there is an interest by the family in providing cameras for dangerous areas of the forest where Amanda Eller got lost. I would want to suggest perhaps a more cost-effective solution of placing monuments indicating where you are, and east, west, ...