Columns

The State of Aloha

Last month my friends were coming home after living on the Mainland for what seemed like years. My wife and I went to their homecoming party with flower lei, but I had to dart off to the kitchen and make sure that one of them was cut. You see, one of my friends is expecting. As I found myself ...

Purchase of water company would be a good investment

Every year the United States loses 1.7 trillion gallons of drinking water to faulty, aging or leaky pipes, according to the U.S. Water Alliance, a nonprofit conglomeration of utilities, businesses and environmental organizations dedicated toward educating the public about the need for ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Facebook asked, “Without saying your age, what is something you remember from your childhood that a younger person would not understand?” The answers were a bit startling. The pleasant surprise was realizing that I’m not the oldest person on Facebook, by far. But it was disconcerting to ...

Incentives needed for retirement savings

During the past few months, the Tax Review Commission, a group provided for in our state constitution that is supposed to meet once every five years, has been busy at work. The commission is tasked with recommending changes to our tax laws, and its consultant has recommended limiting the ...

Maui Connections

When I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in front of 3,000 people at his Maui Film Festival Celestial Cinema tribute last June, we covered lots of ground. The charismatic Irishman talked about the transformative effect of acting, the range of roles he has played, and about the blurry line between ...

Russian attempts in U.S. at mind control continue

It is high time we accept the fact that the Russian government is engaged in a massive propaganda campaign aimed at getting Americans to fight with one another. It’s been going on for a long time. You might have thought the Russians would back off their social-media misinformation campaign ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: When is Waiehu Beach Park going to reopen? I read the announcement that the road was closed due to hazardous trees, but the kupuna really miss going down to the beach park for their exercise and social time. How much longer? A: The tree assessment and removal is actually being coordinated ...

Audit lays groundwork for bright energy future

Maui County residents are fortunate to enjoy the use of public recreational facilities such as pools, tennis courts and ballfields at relatively no cost. It has been the position of county government to recognize these facilities as a critical piece of the well-being of our community by ...

Warren Blum is living his dream as a dive instructor for Mike Severns Diving and a ride-share driver for Uber and Lyft.

A sense of direction

It’s quite evident that Warren Blum has a talent for explaining things. And it’s a skill that certainly comes in handy: As a scuba instructor and ride-share driver, Blum routinely fields questions about marine life, island life — and his life, too. In fact, Blum says it’s not ...

Congress steps up to control court-ordered guardianships

Finally, Washington is taking steps to protect older Americans who have fallen into an exploitation trap set for them by state courts. Federal officials should soon be empowered to go into states to investigate — and prosecute — unscrupulous court-appointed guardians and conservators who ...

U.S. creates industry to clean up massacres

America woke up Oct. 2 to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this story stand out. It was the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

With the exception of this weekly column, most of my writing is intended to be heard rather than read. Storytelling and speechmaking are the usual objectives. Recently, though, I have received a varied spate of writing assignments, from adapting a classic fairytale into a children’s play, to ...

If you’re still paying ‘use tax’ on Amazon purchases stop

Most of us know that when we purchase a good or service in Hawaii, we must pay tax. It’s called the general excise tax, or GET, and it seems to show up in the price of everything we buy. This tax, unlike most sales taxes, is imposed on the merchant selling the goods or services to us, but ...

Maui Connections

Whether being called the next economic gold rush or proclaimed as a miracle medical cure, marijuana is all over the news these days. It brings a whole new meaning to the concept of “buzz.” A majority of states have now legalized the use of cannabis — either medically, recreationally or ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When will south Kihei’s lower road be repaved? After rainstorms, potholes are only patched. Nothing done after construction projects. It’s ruining my tires. A: A resurfacing project will begin ...

Counties cannot cover more state functions

This past week, the County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee recommended approval of an amended agreement with the State of Hawaii to continue county lifeguard services at Makena State Park through Sept. 30. Makena and other state beaches come under the jurisdiction of the state, but ...

The State of Aloha

Like most little boys on the island, my excitement grew as September started to wind down. First you’d see the wooden shacks pop up on the soccer field by the road across the street from the police station. That was the rows and rows of food booths. Then the large scaffolding and folded-up ...

Maui needs farmers and to grow what we have the capacity to grow

According to the state Department of Agriculture’s “Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline” study, released back in 2015, prior to the sugar cane industry shutting down Maui had 44,360 acres in total area of crops being grown. This included seed production, commercial forestry, sugar ...

Democrats should not blame the voters who are not racist

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

Sharing Mana‘o

All my (nine) children have love marriage. I think that better than matchmake kind like us. — Ushii Nakasone, quoted in “Picture Bride Stories” by Barbara F. Kawakami Over 20,000 issei (first-generation Japanese) women immigrated to Hawaii between 1885 and 1924 to marry strangers, men ...