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Maui Connections

When the column scoops you were counting on for the week dry up all at once, it’s fortuitous to have a family of kudamonday cross your path. Also known as ring-tailed coatimundi, these critters are related to raccoons. But with their long, vertical tails like question marks, they look like ...

Coral reef problems linked to bioerosion, wastewater wells

Several local news outlets recently reported on a scientific publication titled “Vulnerability of Coral Reefs to Bioerosion From Land-Based Sources of Pollution.” Bioerosion describes the erosion (gradual destruction or disintegration) of hard ocean substrates such as coral reefs by living ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: The road near Rice Park in Kula is very bumpy. Any chance it will be repaved anytime in the near future? A: Our Public Works Department says the project to resurface Lower Kula Road was bid out ...

Council is considering banning certain sunscreens

The Maui County Council heard from over 90 testifiers on a wide variety of agenda items at its Dec. 1 meeting. Due the volume of testimony, decision-making was recessed until this past Monday when all matters were considered. One of the agenda items of interest included action on a ...

Chef, restaurateur and Hawaii Regional Cuisine champion Peter Merriman has an appetite for giving back. Charla Photography photo

The Giving Chef

Long before he became one of Hawaii’s culinary all-stars, Peter Merriman was voted MVP of the kitchen by his high school football team. Throughout the season, Merriman’s teammates would gather in his family’s kitchen and watch with anticipation as he whipped up dishes like Steak Diane, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Love it or hate it, ’tis the season for Christmas music. A report by Soundtrack Your Brand, a company that provides background music for businesses, claims that 25 percent of retail employees say that listening to holiday melodies nonstop makes them less festive. The report, based on a ...

Tax Administration has a slush fund

In early November 2017, the state auditor issued Report 17-10, which reviewed special, revolving and trust funds administered by the Department of Taxation. One of them is the Tax Administration Special Fund, which, although not an area of concern for the auditor, is becoming an all-purpose ...

Maui Connections

Continuing to write about Maui from the Mainland where we’re staying through the end of the month feels like zeroing in on your home on Google Maps. It’s as familiar as the back of your hand, yet you’re seeing it through a telescope, way out of reach. You can’t look out the window or ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I kindly ask your help in dealing with the homeless invasion we have been experiencing at the Salvation Army, Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool and Kahului Union Church area. I do know that they ...

Maximizing affordable housing requires creativity

This past Friday, the Maui County Council adopted a resolution urging the state Legislature and governor to keep Front Street Apartments in Lahaina affordable. Front Street Apartments is home to almost 300 low-income tenants who could be priced out of their homes if no action is taken to keep ...

The State of Aloha

The National Football League is the best melodrama on television geared toward American men. Every year, the NFL — or rather the coverage of the NFL — manages to create a lot drama and get a lot of folks talking (and ranting) at work, around the dinner table and especially on social media. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Every cloud has a silver lining. That was one of the first adages my mother explained to me, and one that she truly believed. By example, Mom raised me to be positive, yet practical. My late husband, on the other hand, was fond of saying, “Beware of silver linings; there’s a dark cloud ...

Are motor vehicle rentals ‘tourism-related services’?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing the Hawaii Tax Foundation’s involvement in litigation involving online travel companies and the state’s attempts to wrest more general excise taxes out of them. The foundation has limited its involvement with the case to the “res judicata” ...

Maui Connections

Among other things to love about the holidays is that they herald film award season. Award season is one of the two times in the year — Maui Film Festival each June is the other one — when this column goes to the movies. Provided, of course, that they have some sort of Maui ...

Maui loses a friend, Sammy Hagar

It was sad to see Sammy Hagar making the news on Maui for selling his house here. For all that he has done for people under the radar on Maui, it should have been front-page newsworthy or a community news story instead of real estate news (Maui Now, Nov. 8). Sammy, very quietly, has helped ...

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: The area in Kula above the Ali‘i Kula Lavender farm on Waipoli Road is a beautiful, parklike area for walking and hiking. However, it is increasingly being used for parties. And in spite of the ...

Support local businesses when shopping for holidays

Thanksgiving is always an enjoyable time of year as we pause to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. I hope you ate a lot of delicious food and spent quality time with family and friends. A new tradition that has now become synonymous with the Thanksgiving season is the hunt for ...

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

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

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 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

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, ...