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They call her “the canoe.” The word is spoken with reverence, as though referring to a living ancestor with great respect. Six crew members of Hokule‘a — Kalepa Baybayan, Billy Richards, Penny Rawlins Martin, Pomai Bertelmann, Kala Baybayan and Kaniela Anakalea-Buckley — came to ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Why is the county approving short-term rentals when we have such a shortage of rentals for our workers? We should shut down applications for short-term rentals until we get a solution for our residents to have homes to rent. A: While we cannot “shut down” applications on a whim as you ...

As the program coordinator for Imua Family Services’ Dream Imua, Rainelle Lushina brings dreams to life.

Fairy Godmother for Maui children in crisis

When Rainelle Lushina joined the staff of Imua Family Services nearly two years ago, it didn’t take long for her to realize she’d landed the job of her dreams. “It’s a perfect fit for me,” she said. “I really love what I do.” And it’s a dream job in every sense of the term: ...

Interact with county by using app

We live in a mobile world. With new research indicating that smartphone users outnumber basic phone users and millions of Americans rely on iPhone, Android, or a Samsung to power their day, it’s no surprise that more local government entities are heeding the call of mobile tools. In 2015, ...

Stop the mining and preserve the Central Maui sand dunes

Maui’s Environmental Court recently reaffirmed its order stopping all sand mining and other activities that disturb the natural dune systems in a section of the Maui Lani Project District. Sierra Club Maui and many other concerned residents have long advocated to preserve the unique natural ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Thirty-three years and one month ago, I met the man who would become my partner in broadcasting and in life. Barry Shannon and I had each returned to Maui after living off-island for several years. I had come home to heal after a painful divorce and got a job with Encantada Broadcasting. When ...

Exemptions pose dangers

Last week we began a discussion about the 5 percent charge that is assessed against the “special funds” in Hawaii government, which we called the “Central Services Skim.” For the last few fiscal years, the skim has redirected about $45 million a year from the special funds to the state ...

Maui Connections

Turtle Rick got back into action on Thursday. It was many years ago — decades now — that I first claimed that title. It wasn’t long after we moved to Maui. We still lived in Kihei and got lots of visitors from the Mainland whom I’d take out snorkeling. In those days, I was one of ...

A new missile crisis unfolds with a president ill-equipped to deal with it

WASHINGTON — More than half a century ago, America faced its first nuclear weapons crisis in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy avoided the threat of a Soviet missile attack then in a nail-biting confrontation with Kremlin strongman Nikita Khrushchev. Relying more on a naval blockade and other ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I was interested in finding the map of hotel-designated condos in the Wailea area of Maui. Can you direct me to the link? A: Since you didn’t specify why this information would be useful for you, it’s a little difficult to know how best to help you. I can tell you that in Kihei and ...

Neighbor Islands should not pay for rail in Honolulu

The issue of funding Honolulu’s controversial rail project is on the verge of boiling over to the Neighbor Islands and residents should be concerned. As mentioned in my July 17 “Chair’s 3 Minutes,” the state Legislature has scheduled a special session starting on Aug. 28 to determine a ...

The State of Aloha

William Brooke O’Shaughnessy was a brilliant young man from the small city of Limerick in the midwestern region of Ireland. There was little opportunity on the Emerald Isle so he did what many promising students did: he moved. O’Shaughnessy was lucky and smart enough to transfer to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The kids in my neighborhood were greeted with rain as they returned to school Monday, prompting me to wonder about the several hundred Lahainaluna, Baldwin, and Iao students affected by the school bus driver shortage. According to Maui News articles over the past week, new bus vendor Ground ...

Grand skim of things regarding state ‘special funds’ explained

We have often spoken in this space about funding government with “special funds.” Special funds are pots of money dedicated to a specified purpose. Money in the fund can be spent for the specified purpose without going through the general appropriation process at the Legislature. ...

Maui Connections

Like icing on the cake of a fun-filled family vacation in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Santa Cruz Film Festival accepted “Kuleana” while we were still in town. The festival runs Oct. 11 to 15 in the Tannery Arts Center; “Kuleana’s” specific time and date on the program have yet to be ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Upcountry residents are under water restrictions again this summer, and I am wondering where all of the millions of gallons of fresh water per day that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. used to use is going. Why can’t the county purchase any of that water for Upcountry use? A: The ...

Meeting Maui County housing needs is a top priority

In late June, county and state departments, local nonprofits, developers and many other community stakeholders gathered for the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit. It was an important meeting of the minds, but it also underscored the importance of moving forward with creating additional ...

For singer, actress and vocal instructor Danielle Mealani Delaunay, it’s all about the music. KASEY KERBOX photo

Striking a chord

Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time — and for the right reason. Just ask Danielle Mealani Delaunay, whose unexpected brush with fame at the age of 5 unleashed a reservoir of talent. That year, Delaunay accompanied her family to Honolulu so her older sister could ...

Online appointment system available at DMVL at Maui Mall

Many of you will be happy to know that at the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing we have begun using an online appointment system. Until a few months ago, those going to the DMVL to conduct business had to take a number and physically sit and wait to be served. Our personnel there do ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A recent family reunion drew nearly all of the surviving descendants of Matsuzo and Umeto Yogi to Las Vegas. The last time we all gathered in Vegas was in 2005, celebrating my grandmother’s 100th birthday. My father, having predeceased his mother, did not make it to either party. Daddy ...