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The State of Aloha

It was a summer’s day when Pan American’s first commercial Boeing 707 jetliner landed at the Honolulu International Airport on Aug. 24, 1959 — a little more than a week after Hawaii became a state. The jet plane’s doors opened to let out a strange, new, phenomenon to the islands that is ...

Diversion Program focuses on the homeless who want to be helped

In December’s column, I wrote about changes on Maui regarding homelessness, and specifically about “Housing First.” The Housing First model has been effective in many states but requires necessary systematic changes that are mandated by federal and state government. Some of these changes ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The setting sun every day Is like a picture parade With clouds that dance in the sky . . . —From “My Hometown” by Willie K Willie K’s musical tribute to Lahaina town has been echoing in my head, alternating with childhood memories of the west side. I’m looking forward to ...

Genie will be out of bottle if education amendment passes

Last week we spoke of a bill in the Legislature that, if passed by the Legislature and approved by the voters in the 2018 general election, would authorize a substantial surcharge on real property to fund education. Proponents of the bill will be strongly arguing to the Legislature to let ...

Maui Connections

One of the unexpected perks of finally beginning to act my age is becoming a fan of the Maui Pops Orchestra. It took a while. But thanks to efforts of board President Bob Dant guiding the organization, and the persuasiveness of board members and supporters Lorne Direnfeld, Jimmy Mac (aka Jim ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I ride my bike all over West Maui and often put in 30 to 45 miles per day. Other than the occasional inattentive driver, the worst safety problem is other bicyclists riding the wrong way in the bike lanes. Many times this forces me to move into the vehicle traffic lane to avoid them, which ...

Not only is Zumba Fitness a lot of fun, it’s also a metabolism booster. Keoni Manuel says a one-hour class can burn up to 900 calories. DONNA HO photo

Always on the move

Spend any time with Keoni Manuel and there’s a good chance you’ll walk away with a little more bounce — and quite possibly, a shimmy and a shake — in your step. “I’ve always had a lot of energy,” he said. “It’s a good fit for what I do.” For nearly two decades, the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last Monday, I had the pleasure of participating in a reading of “Harold and Maude” at the Historic Iao Theater. Isaac Rauch and Barbara Sedano (who also directed) played the title roles perfectly, as charming as Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon were in the 1971 film, a quirky cult classic about ...

Constitutional amendment offered by teachers’ union for education wars

A bill in the Legislature championed by the Hawaii State Teachers Association would propose a new way of raising additional money for education. It would authorize a substantial surcharge on real property to fund education. The bill would require an amendment to the Hawaii Constitution to be ...

Maui Connections

Everyone knows Matt Thayer. The Maui News’ photographer has been the face of the paper for decades. He’s out there in the community more than anyone else on the staff, cameras over his shoulder, reporter’s notebook in hand. Chances are you’ve had your photo taken by him, or your kids ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Our roads are packed up. Going from Upcountry to Lahaina takes 1.5 hours in a morning with low traffic flow, so why you are not building new roads with bicycle and scooter paths as they do anywhere else? It is obvious we need more roads if we are accommodating more people; what is your ...

Council prepares for fiscal year ’18 budget session

As spring approaches, it also marks the start of the County of Maui’s budgeting season. Pursuant to the charter, the mayor is required to submit a budget proposal to the County Council by March 25. Since this year the date falls on a Saturday, the fiscal year 2018 proposal will likely be ...

The State of Aloha

It’s hard to think of Hawaii’s old, nearly forgotten industries. Yes, before tourism and the military blighted the islands, before sugar cane forever altered our politics, social norms and, of course, the land itself, there was a homegrown trade that proved to be so mismanaged and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The Force was strong last Sunday at the annual Women Helping Women fundraiser, held at the King Kamehameha Clubhouse. Because the Maui nonprofit organization and the “Star Wars” movie franchise are both celebrating their 40th anniversaries this year, this year’s event was titled “A Jedi ...

One integrated approach to tax fairness?

One of the bills percolating in the legislative miasma this session is House Bill 1586, which is a multi-faceted bill that seeks to change some of the characteristics of our tax system. We recently had a chance to speak with the bill’s authors, so this week we are taking a closer look at that ...

Maui Connections

In her first-ever Maui concert Saturday, performing in the SEVA Foundation’s “Sing Out for Sight” benefit at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, ’60s folk music archangel Joan Baez dazzled a sold-out Castle Theater audience that had come of age on her music. Wearing a black T-shirt ...

Ask the Mayor

Q:If neighbors have stacks of very large tires on their property, is there anything anyone will do about it? And, what’s the procedure? I’m concerned because these tire stacks are a safety issue creating a breeding haven for mosquitoes. A: Whenever there are concerns for public health and ...

Off-site requirements impediment to affordable housing

Chairing the County Council’s Temporary Investigative Group on Increasing Housing Inventory last year has given me more clarity about steps needed toward solving our housing crisis. Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee, which I also chair, will ...