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Q. Do you know what’s happening with the Lahaina Bypass project? A. Yes, grading on the newest phase of the Lahaina Bypass is expected to begin in late February. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. has been awarded the contract, and the design process on this state project is being ...

State wants to keep TAT at expense of counties

On Tuesday, the state House Committee on Tourism advanced House Bill 1586, which phases out the counties' share of the transient accommodations tax, also known as the TAT or hotel tax. County officials were present and expressed strong opposition to the measure, yet the state still wants to ...

Manakai Swimwear owners Kelley Chapman (left) and Anna Lieding dared to dream big. Today, their hard work is paying off — in the most fashionable way possible.

Swim TEAM

There’s a story behind every successful partnership. This one began with a well-timed phone call. Two years ago, Anna Lieding and Kelley Chapman were at a career crossroads. “We were both ready for a change,” Lieding said. “Neither of us knew that the other was in the same boat.” ...

Public safety projects jeopardized

The Boy Scouts of America has a motto, it’s called, “Be Prepared.” It’s a good motto for everyone, because when you take the time to be prepared you show respect for others that you do business with, who will appreciate you not wasting their time. Council Members Elle Cochran and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Along with more than 1,000 fans, I had the immense pleasure of hearing Jake Shimabukuro perform with the Maui Pops Orchestra last weekend. Though I’ve seen Jake in concert at least half-a-dozen times, this was my first opportunity to enjoy his musical mastery with full orchestra backing. Not ...

UHERO slams the skim

On Feb. 2, an interesting report was released by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, also known as UHERO. It examined the “administrative fee” of 10 percent that is now being skimmed off the general excise tax surcharge for Honolulu rail. The report concluded ...

Maui Connections

Words are just approximations of truths known by our hearts. That was the message from Bill Porter — aka Red Pine — Friday night to an attentive McCoy Studio Theater audience as the Merwin Conservancy presented its 13th Green Room literary salon at the Maui Arts & Cultural ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Am I allowed to shoot down a drone if it’s flying over my property? Some of these things have cameras and I swear there’s one in the neighborhood that likes to fly over our backyards and look into windows. Sorry to be so blunt but next time it flies, it dies. A: Obviously you are ...

Saving lives on our beaches, healthy living with greenways

The County Council’s Parks, Recreation, Energy, and Legal Affairs Committee, which I chair, recommended adoption of a three-year agreement between the county and the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea to stage rescue tube stations at county beach parks on Maui. Rescue tubes are personal flotation ...

The State of Aloha

One week after he was sworn in at the steps of the Capitol, our president signed his 13th executive order. It was a doozy. The order halts the entry of anyone — be it a green card holder or some other kind of lawful visa — from seven countries in Africa and the Middle East: Iran, Iraq, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Tuesday would have been my father’s 85th birthday. As a child, I thought it was fitting that his special day was exactly a week before Valentine’s Day; after all, he was the first love of my life. Before I was old enough to attend school, Daddy would take me to work with him. In ...

Unfunded pensions — tip of the iceberg?

“The shortfall in Hawaii’s public employees’ pension fund mushroomed to $12.44 billion in fiscal 2016, setting the stage for more finger-pointing in the Legislature and dealing a financial blow to taxpayers who will have to dig deep to pay for it,” according to a recent news article. ...

Maui Connections

A TV ad I saw recently made me laugh. It begins with the words “Real people, not actors.” It shows some excited car customers who can’t believe it’s a Chevy. In an era when crimes against language are being committed on a daily basis, this one at least provided some comic relief. What ...

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q. I was down at the Maui Mall DMV to renew my registration recently and didn’t understand why I had to wait in two different lines. I walked in, pulled a number and waited to be called. The first ...

Council committee to consider permits for Lanai developments

The Maui County Council’s Land Use Committee will conduct its meeting at the Lanai Senior Center on Friday at 2 p.m. to consider developments on the island requiring change in zoning and conditional permits. On the agenda is the Lanai Avenue Residential Homes project’s application for a ...

Since she joined the Maui Police Department 10 years ago, officer Christina Bonacorsi has earned a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding law enforcement officer — and she’s shattered a few glass ceilings along the way, too.

Badge of Honor

For Maui police officer Christina Bonacorsi, “to protect and serve” is more than a catchphrase — it’s a guiding principle. “This job is all about helping people,” she said. “That’s what I want people to know, that we are here to help.” The Maui High School graduate ...

County employees do job for community

My wife, Ann, and I were in Washington, D.C., last month to attend the 85th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, of which there are about 1,408 such cities in the U.S., ...

For Democrats, it’s about the turnout

Many Democrats hope the massive demonstrations against Donald Trump will evolve into a Democratic Tea Party. Sloppy rollouts of incoherent policy dressed in malevolence can rile people up. But Democrats must first understand what made the Tea Party powerful. Its great success came not from ...

Sharing Mana‘o

At 91, my mother no longer keeps a bucket list. She’s already checked off every item on that agenda. Mom compiled a short but impressive list of desired activities eight years ago. The first item checked off was a tattoo, on her 83rd birthday. Since then, she has parasailed over West Maui ...

Peek-a-boo! I see your tax return

Some lawmakers recently proposed a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their five most recent tax returns to the public as a condition of being allowed on the ballot. The measure apparently is in response to President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax ...