Opinion

Kihei residents Molly Palmer (left) and Danielle Travis are the co-founders of “The Barrier Method,” a stylish, comfortable and germ-deflecting travel mask.

A breath of fresh air

Columns

Whether you’re on a plane, train or bus, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your attention: a wet, phlegmy cough erupting over your shoulder. It’s a sound that leaves many of us fumbling for a sleeve, shirt collar — anything — to shield against the invisible army of germs ...

Homeless resource agencies work with landlord and tenant

Columns

At a recent Homeless Alliance meeting, an agency shared how, since last March, it has placed over 200 people into homes, 11 of which were from the Kahului industrial area. Some of these people had been living on the street for 15 years! It is so encouraging to see how well Housing First is ...

Good reasons to be thankful

Editorial

Although this editorial is written a few days before Thanksgiving and, therefore, without the benefit of a stomach full of turkey and stuffing, one aspect of the holiday seems destined to have occurred: At some point on Thursday, all of us who live on Maui realized we have a cornucopia of ...

Future career choice is predicting eruptions

Letters to the Editor

I appreciate The Maui News’ continuing early-morning delivery. I thought I wanted to be reincarnated as a weatherman, particularly one who (mis)predicts hurricanes on Maui. But after reading your article regarding the possibility of Haleakala erupting, I have changed my future career choice ...

Gift shops offer another option for shoppers

Letters to the Editor

I applaud the strong efforts encouraging Maui shoppers to support local businesses this holiday season. The insert in the Nov. 19 paper provided a wealth of information on businesses and products to assist us. However, I would like to suggest another option that was somehow overlooked ...

OHA suing citizens over Mauna Loa mismanagement

Letters to the Editor

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is suing the State of Hawaii for mismanagement on Mauna Loa. So why not sue for all of the Hawaiians’ land which have been mismanaged for years? The state’s legal bills are paid for by the taxpayers. The people who live, work and sweat here just to eke out ...

Opening of bridge could coincide with school opening

Letters to the Editor

The Nov. 19 article detailing the eruption assessment of Haleakala was well written and illustrated. Kudos for an informative and interesting story. A rather intriguing anecdote in the piece explained that the weight of Maui volcanoes on the seafloor and the rising of sea levels could ...

Thanksgiving and charity

Editorial

Charity — call it aloha — played a crucial role in the first American Thanksgiving celebration. Although not unique to Western culture, thanksgiving or harvest festivals have been held in many countries for hundreds of years. In Hawaii, the Makahiki season, stretching over several months, ...

Most of community does not want community center

Letters to the Editor

In his Nov. 7 Viewpoint, Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii said the Maui budget crisis has begun. Why then has the Maui County Council decided to spend $1.5 million to build a community center in Lower Nahiku that most of the community does not want? The proposed center is a ...

‘In Trump We Trust’ could be slogan for the president

Letters to the Editor

There is the story of young George Washington and the cherry tree that praises the honesty of this great leader. There is the oft-referenced Abraham Lincoln moniker of “Honest Abe.” Currently we have a president off to a bad start with his personal integrity, which he believes may be due ...

We will have to overcome struggles to achieve cause

Letters to the Editor

Do you get as angry as I do trying to get something out of its plastic packaging? Whether I’m trying to get a new ink cartridge for my printer or a blade for my razor, do I really need to risk a hurtful cut and waste my time? I’ve cut myself even when I have used scissors or a knife. As ...

Why hassle people sleeping in car at public parking lot?

Letters to the Editor

On the night of Nov. 14, while sleeping in a car at Maalaea Harbor in the public parking lot across the road from the 76 station and Carl’s Jr., a Maui County police person shined his flashlight in and rapped on the driver’s side window with his baton. It was about midnight. We weren’t ...

SOS ad makes a complex issue too black and white

Letters to the Editor

Even when the costs have been much higher, I have shopped locally as much as I could for 40 years to support local businesses; however, there are still too many local businesses that seem to take advantage of our isolation, and/or who do not carry many products that are therefore purchased ...

Support newspaper and local merchants

Letters to the Editor

A big Mahalo to Joe Bradley and company for continuing our home delivery service of The Maui News. I know that the initial decision was a cost-saving measure, but I must commend Mr. Bradley for rescinding their decision to stop home delivery. Now we should all support this local paper and the ...

Hawaii continues to have financial, social problems

Letters to the Editor

The State of Hawaii, despite its so-called surpluses, continues to have a number of practical financial and social problems. The state’s pension fund, which includes about 10 percent of its population, remains underfunded. We are short a number of ambulances and probably a number of dialysis ...

Minimal coverage of event slights Vietnam veterans

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 11, a glorious event honoring Vietnam veterans took place at the Kahili Golf Course banquet room. Over 300 people attended (150 veterans) and another 100 were on a wait list! U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, our mayor and other dignitaries made heartfelt speeches to the gathering followed by a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Philanthropy, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means goodwill to fellow members of the human race. Dictionary.com defines it as altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property or work. Along with humility, compassion, ...

Foundation allowed to file brief in endless lawsuit case

Columns

Two weeks ago we wrote about a case now before the Hawaii Supreme Court in which the state audited and assessed the taxpayers, causing the taxpayers to spend millions of dollars on litigation that resulted in a court judgment. The state then audited and assessed more of the same taxes (general ...

Remembering John Kennedy

Editorial

Fifty-four years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. For those of us who lived through that tragic time, images of the days that followed the killing flicker through our minds, much like the famous Zapruder movie of the actual ...