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Council works together to address budget priorities

The Maui County Council is completing the budget process and I am proud of the council members’ success at working together as a team to address county priorities. Our deliberations focused on providing additional support for affordable housing, environmental protection, agriculture and ...

Investing in the future

Did you know the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently designated UH-Maui College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in cyberdefense education for its four-year applied business and information technology program? And did you know the college’s ...

Data shows that housing is available for Maui’s unsheltered

It was only a few years ago when the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns (DHHC), alongside the Maui Homeless Alliance, started the training process for the implementation of Housing First. Housing First was innovative and new to us. Heading in this direction required a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Should all men be screened for prostate cancer, and is PSA screening enough? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Health System: Men’s health is something that we’ve struggled with nationally, as many men avoid seeing the doctor unless there is a traumatic or life-threatening ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As the nation prepares for Memorial Day weekend, those of us lucky enough to be on Maui can participate in perhaps the sweetest and most unique observance of the occasion. Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to help string some 3,000 lei to be placed at each gravesite at the Maui ...

Maui Connections

On the brink of its 20th anniversary return to Wailea Resort and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center June 12-16, Maui Film Festival has assembled a galaxy of honorees — one of its strongest ever — and many are bringing their new films with them to the Celestial Cinema. This morning’s ...

‘Gut-and-replace’ bills raise question of fairness

This week we’ll discuss a couple of examples from this legislative session of the controversial but commonly used technique called “gut and replace” where a bill is amended so much that it looks nothing like its former self. Senate Bill (SB) 162, as originally introduced, would have ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The playground at Keokea Park is currently fenced off. Any estimates as to when the play structure will reopen? A: Thank you for your question and interest in our county parks. Our Department of Parks and Recreation notified my staff that surfacing of the playground requires repair ...

The State of Aloha

Last Wednesday, just before dawn, the quiet and empty streets of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island held a dignified procession. They quietly walked through the town in the darkness. The procession ended at the Ahu‘ena Heiau, a temple at the waters of Kailua Bay across from the pier. They had ...

Emergency housing may be possible with agreement

A collaborative effort led by Maui County cleared and cleaned out a homeless encampment last week on Kane Street property next to the Family Life Center in Kahului. Complaints about alleged illegal activity and trash at homeless “hot spots” are obviously a public health and safety ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I get leg cramps when I walk. What could be causing this? Dr. Robert Connaughton, vascular surgeon, Maui Health System: Claudication is a condition that causes pain and weakness in the legs during exercise. It’s caused by blockages in the arteries that bring blood to your legs. When the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Graduation season is here, and even those of us who aren’t directly involved with the Class of 2019 can sense the excitement in the air. In the next few weeks, we’ll see congratulatory messages scrawled on car windows as each of the local high schools hold commencement exercises. I’ve ...

Maui Connections

Amid all the film festival buzz of late, a couple of Maui filmmakers have emailed to proudly announce that their works have been selected to screen at the Big Island’s second Made In Hawaii Film Festival, coming to the Hilo Palace Theater June 1 and 2, and Kona’s Aloha Theatre June ...

Council takes action to assist in securing affordable housing

During the recent review of the County of Maui fiscal year 2020 budget, the Maui County Council stepped up its support for the creation of affordable housing. The council’s current proposal increases the FY 2020 affordable housing budget over $6 million above the proposal that was submitted ...

Growing Roots

If you think a trip to the principal’s office is a dread-inducing prospect for every student, you haven’t been to Roots School or met its head of school, Melita Charan. In fact, students routinely knock on Charan’s office-slash-conference room door, eager to share something they just ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is aneurysm screening and who should get it? Dr. Robert Connaughton, vascular surgeon, Maui Health System: Aneurysm screening is a procedure to check whether the aorta is dilated or stretched out. The test is an ultrasound scan, which is a painless procedure. In an aneurysm, the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Melissa Tanji’s front-page article in Tuesday’s Maui News was a fitting tribute to the life and legacy of William D. “Bill” Tavares, who passed away May 2 at the age of 97. Quoting Gladys Baisa, Peggy Sanches, John Blumer-Buell and the Tavares family, Melissa painted a detailed portrait ...

Maui Connections

Opening-nighters are going to get “Stuffed” at the Maui Film Festival at Wailea. The festival announced that it will show Erin Durham’s documentary about the art of taxidermy as its second feature at the Celestial Cinema June 12, following the documentary “Fantastic Fungi: Magic ...

Law Day 2019: ‘Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society’

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are foundational to a free society, but these rights are rarely clear, simple and unconditional. At the intersection of any two or more freedoms or rights, there is often a seeming conflict of important social values requiring careful balancing. ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Could the county please consider new bus stop structures on the lower blocks of West Papa Avenue? A: Mahalo for your question and thank you for using our Maui Bus system. Unfortunately, the bus stops on the lower blocks of West Papa Avenue in Kahului do not meet or exceed 25 boardings per ...