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Sharing Mana‘o

My first bicycle was a Schwinn Stingray, electric blue, with the high-rise handlebars and a metallic white banana seat. No basket, because it was a boys’ bike, and no newfangled hand brake or gear shift. My bike had only one speed and that was fine with me; one speed was all I needed to ...

Tax casualty? Maui Memorial Medical Center

This week our series of tax news returns to Maui, where we have an update on the efforts to help with Maui Memorial Medical Center workers and other employees of our state health system. As we have written before, our state-run hospitals in Maui County, including Maui Memorial Medical ...

Maui Connections

One benefit of living in a blue state is that a lot of us are actually happy to see our congressional representatives when they come home from Washington, D.C., and hold town hall meetings. Judging by cordial enthusiasm that greeted Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from a crowded Castle Theater at the Maui ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: When you were mayor in 2006 and your administration requisitioned the Maui Inland Sand Resource Quantification Study, you responded with genuine concern for this precious resource and suggested a moratorium, or at least a halt of all sand mining until further assessment. However, 11 years ...

Lack of transparency cause of missteps with post office demolition

On Tuesday, an audit of the Old Wailuku Post Office Rehabilitation Project was released by the county auditor who noted “clearly, something went wrong.” The 56-page report highlighted how the administration made many missteps and managed the project with the least amount of public input ...

The State of Aloha

Pictures of King David Kalakaua depict a handsome, stately man, in an illustrious uniform modeled after European-style royalty or militaries of the 19th century not unlike Italian dukes or Greek princes. He will go down in history as the ruler who loved a good party, favored pomp and ...

Preventing rat lungworm disease

Angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease, is a very clear and present danger here, specifically in East Maui. So far, the state Department of Health confirms six people infected by rat lungworm, with three cases still under investigation. The disease stems from a parasitic worm, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Warning: this column contains explicit language and a little bit of attitude. Now that I have your attention, let me clarify: I mean “explicit” as in “fully and clearly expressed; unequivocal; outspoken,” not as in “clearly depicting sexual acts or nudity.” There’s nothing here ...

Maui County Carnival a tax casualty?

The second annual Maui County Carnival, scheduled for April 6-9, has been canceled. Skyrocketing state government fees have been blamed as one reason for the cancellation. In April 2016, E.K. Fernandez Shows brought the carnival to Maui for four days at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku. ...

Maui Connections

For Hawaiians of old, thank-you wasn’t something you said. It was something you did. It wasn’t until folks from elsewhere arrived on island shores that the Hawaiians learned a word for it. That was one of the lessons from kumu hula Hokulani Holt at last weekend’s Celebration of the Arts ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: We live directly below the new Kualono subdivision in Pukalani. Are they allowed to do work at night? We hear trucks and earth-moving equipment as late as 8 to 9 p.m. Sometimes, the work starts before 6 in the morning. I get up at 5 a.m. every day to go to work and just need to relax at ...

Input encouraged on financial plan

The County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, chaired by Council Member Riki Hokama, is anticipated to wrap up discussions with departments this week on the mayor’s proposed $720 million budget. Hokama is expected to present a proposal on April 24 based on input from departmental ...

Kristi Scott has big plans for the ProArts Playhouse, including creating more opportunities for local playwrights and adding more classes and workshops for kids and adults. “I’ve always loved this theater,” she said. “I’m very passionate about this place and I want to see it thrive.” Scott is the new executive director of ProArts Inc.

Drama queen: As executive director, Kristi Scott has big plans for ProArts

Every actor has to start somewhere, and for Kristi Scott it was in the cafetorium of her California elementary school. That’s where a 6-year-old Scott made her stage debut after landing her first supporting role: the rear end of a cow. “I was a really good rear end of a cow,” she ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Now that I’m back in commercial radio and lending my voice to recorded advertisements, my internal soundtrack — the background stuff I hear continuously inside my head — has shifted a bit. With Easter right around the corner, this little ditty keeps popping up. Here comes Peter ...

‘CreditAbles’ are among tax credits being bandied about at Legislature

This year’s legislative session, as in many others, considers many and varied forms of tax relief. Terms being bandied about include exemptions, deductions and tax credits, and among tax credits there are the “CreditAbles” — refundable, nonrefundable and assignable credits. Let’s take ...

Maui Connections

Wahi Mahalo. It means “a universal thank you.” It’s this year’s theme of the Celebration of the Arts, marking its 25th anniversary Friday through Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and I can’t think of better words to express my own personal appreciation for this unique ...

MEO strives to move families, individuals to self-sufficiency

In 1963, President John Kennedy’s economic advisers drew up proposals to address the problem of American poverty. President Lyndon Johnson took up this charge after he succeeded Kennedy as president. He expanded and revised the proposals and developed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: The reports about rat lungworm disease are very scary because the parasite-based disease can cause permanent damage. Since there are a lot of rats near where I live, I wanted to know: Is it possible to contract the disease through contact with rat feces? A: Thank you for asking this ...

Unreasonable actions at Legislature could hurt county

An important deadline is approaching at the state Legislature on Thursday called the second crossover of bills. Both the House and Senate must conclude reviewing bills from the opposite chamber and agree or disagree with any amendments. Differences head to conference committee for further ...

The State of Aloha

When I lived in Kansas, folks often asked me about “Hawaiian music” — real Hawaiian music. Sure, there are silky and polished tunes with steel guitars and sweetly serenading vocalists. There are also the more contemporary reggae-infused tracks. But that wasn’t the kind of music that ...