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Keeping It Clean By Recycling, Volunteering

Dozens of old washing machines. Hundreds of defunct flat-screen TVs. And more rusty refrigerators than she can count. Liz May has seen her share of electronic waste over the years — and she’s doing her part to make sure it is properly disposed of and recycled. “When you see that ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My middle school daughter came home from school and said they had been taught the “BE FAST” technique for recognizing stroke symptoms. I’ve only heard of “FAST” — when and why did that change and what are the BE letters for? Dr. Cordia Wan, neurologist: It’s important to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Profanity. The word comes from the Latin profanus, which means “not sacred.” Originally used to describe disrespect for religion, it’s now synonymous with “swear words” or obscene or offensive language. I like the word “profanity;” it’s more elegant than “cussing” and less ...

Maui Connections

As Hawaiian cultural practitioners went to Haleakala to “assist the mountain” in the wake of the governmental shutdown trashing national parks across the country, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard threw her hat into the presidential ring, last week’s news brought reminders that ...

A border wall for $55

All this recent talk about walls got me thinking. History books and legends are full of examples of the need for and laborious building of walls around cities, countries and various structures. The Wall of Jericho was built thousands of years before Christ and kept the city population safe — ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Would it be possible to brighten the streetlights on Maui at night? I am 58 and while I do not have the greatest eyesight, I am still able to see well driving on Oahu. Thank you. A: Mahalo for the question and I’d like to ask all our residents and visitors to always drive safely, ...

The State of Aloha

The first non-Polynesians to reach these islands are usually acknowledged to be Capt. James Cook and his English sailors. Of course, they weren’t the first to reach the islands. They came and found a thriving culture and population of native inhabitants with a distinct language. Almost ...

We must be guided by community values

My first week as mayor was a whirlwind of activity. On Jan. 2, I was humbled to accept the honor of serving as Maui County’s chief executive. And, just four days later, I was in the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Kalana O Maui building, listening to emergency radio ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“You’d have to be a psychotic, narcissistic, masochistic idiot to be an actor.” — Terrence McNally, “It’s Only a Play” That line, delivered in McNally’s play by aging diva Virginia Noyes, could have been written by my late husband. Even though we both worked in radio, Barry ...

So, did you meet your goals this year? — um, we dunno

Although our Legislature hasn’t opened yet, legislators are at work already. The money committees, for example, have started quizzing the various executive departments on their budget requests for the upcoming biennium (2019-20). According to law, specifically HRS section 37-75, the ...

Maui Connections

As we rediscover what winter feels like on the Mainland, with temperatures sinking into the 20s overnight and snow putting white doilies on mountain peaks around our temporary home in Tucson, Ariz., friends keep emailing about the fun I’m missing as Maui enters the new year. Joel Katz sent ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: For years, I have watched children, including my own, walk and ride their bikes to and from school along the mauka side of Waiale Road below Iao Intermediate School. This section is pretty dangerous for kids who live too close to school to ride the bus. Is there something that can be done to ...

For The Love of Dance

As the saying goes, sometimes you just have to dance. But for Erin Kowalick and Dejah Padon, it’s more than a popular catchphrase — it’s a way of life. “The creative aspect of dance is why I love it so much. I feel so free when I am dancing, like nothing else matters,” Kowalick ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What are the most common types of trauma injuries you see on Maui? Dr. Arthur Chasen, surgeon: I’d estimate that out of around 4,500 trauma cases that we see each year, about 700 are severe enough that the patient is admitted to the hospital. Unlike a big city hospital, we don’t see ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column, the first “Sharing Mana‘o” of 2019, is my 417th offering in this space. Eight years of weekly musings and memories and mom stories; 291,200 words, give or take a few hundred. That’s an educated guesstimate; I didn’t actually count them all. Many of those words were ...

No, killing a special fund doesn’t kill people

Recently, the state auditor released Report No. 18-19, which reviewed special funds, trust funds and trust accounts of our Department of Land and Natural Resources. Under law, the auditor is supposed to review an agency’s special, revolving and trust funds every five years. The review is ...

Maui Connections

When it comes to the best movies of the year, there’s one key point to remember: There’s no such thing. I think it was the late film critic Gene Siskel who said the Oscars and award season in general were pretexts for studio executives to pretend they admire the art and science of great ...

Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

As we close out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage served daily, it’s worth noting that the primary sticking point isn’t an ideological split over border security, nor is it the recalcitrance of the president or ...

The State of Aloha

An informal survey of friends and family this season has produced a diverse group of favorite holiday movies. Some of us identify with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story,” which celebrate winter’s materialism. Others vigorously defend unorthodox films ...

Healthwise Maui

EDITOR'S NOTE: Physicians, providers and administrative staff who practice at Maui Health System hospitals and clinics answer questions from the public in Healthwise Maui, which will appear regularly on Thursdays. Maui Health System operates Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical ...