Columns

Final approval of Molokai Island Community Plan on Dec. 11 agenda

On Nov. 16, a public hearing, in conjunction with a full County Council meeting, was held at the Kaunakakai Elementary School, where the revisions to the Molokai Island Community Plan were approved. The meeting on Molokai gave residents another important opportunity to share testimony to ...

On a roll

They’re ready to rumble — and all for a good cause. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 16, the Azeka Shopping Center parking lot will become a sea of chrome, leather and red Santa hats. That’s when motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes will rev their engines and ride en masse from Kihei to ...

County workers recognized with awards for excellence

Throughout my time as Maui County mayor, I’ve tried to support our county departments as best I could. That’s because if you give our county workers the tools and resources they need, the community benefits from better services, programs and projects. Sometimes as a result, their work is ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas (apologies to Perry Como and songwriter Meredith Willson), everywhere I go. The scents of fresh Douglas fir and cinnamon never fail to bring smiles and sweet memories as I stroll through the mall or market. The first Christmas I can remember, and ...

Is county tax case in the right court?

In last week’s article we gave some background about a case working its way through the court system: Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million. The first issue for our deep dive is, “Are we in the right court?” In this state, if you have ...

Maui Connections

As though launching “Maui” (the movie formerly known as “Kuleana”) on the Mainland wasn’t enough, Brian Kohne has been busy in recent months shaping the exciting new creative media program at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Brian has been a regular fixture in this column as ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I wanted to know when are we going to start building more affordable housing? I’m a mother of five children who pays $1,576 a month on a fixed income who can’t afford to buy food, let alone qualify for food stamps. And I wanted to know what’s your next move for struggling families like ...

Council committee set to meet on liquor audit report

At its meeting on Monday, the Maui County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee, which I chair, will be hearing a presentation on a performance audit of the Department of Liquor Control. After several controversies relating to department staffing and changes in the ...

The State of Aloha

“The State of Aloha” will not appear today. Ben Lowenthal’s regular Friday column was published Thursday. The Maui News apologizes for the error.

The State of Aloha

An 80-year-old farmer from Northern California traveled to a park in San Jose, Calif., to hear the president of the United States speak. Four months after that, the president was at a theater in Buffalo, N.Y., when an anarchist and former steel worker pushed his way through the crowd with a ...

Beware of county’s ‘shiny new ball’

Maui County Council members this month voted to “go vertical” and move forward on financing a proposed $81.2 million Wailuku Civic Complex, but policymakers would be wise to focus less on the expected benefits and more on the guaranteed costs to local families. It’s easy to imagine the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

In my quest for the origin of the idiom “talking turkey” for last week’s column, I found myself wandering down side roads, distracted by other quaint figures of speech. You could say my search opened a can of worms. I was surprised to learn that, in the 1950s, fishermen on the Mainland ...

Long and hotly litigated property tax case on Maui

This week we begin a series on a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui. This case isn’t about wind turbines like we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This one involves timeshares. Some representa-tives of timeshare projects in Kaanapali were unhappy when Maui County enacted ...

Maui Connections

After the flags of Veterans Day, the historical revisions of Columbus Day, the masked revels of Halloween, the nerve-racking tensions of midterm Election Day, Thanksgiving marked the last turn before the homestretch of the holiday season. Here on the Mainland, the holidays come amid ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I know the elections are over but when is the switch officially happening? A: My administration is still in office and working until the end of the year. During that time, we will have some meetings with Mayor-elect Mike Victorino and members of his administration to ensure a smooth ...

Committee makes headway on affordable housing

Throughout this term, the County Council’s Land Use Committee, which I chair, reviewed several fast-track affordable housing projects proposed for Maui County. All told, the proposals considered were for 445 affordable units in Central Maui, Kihei, Hana and Lahaina. The state’s fast-track ...

Outstanding in her field

What happens to a broccoli plant if you sing to it? Cynthia Nazario-Leary knows. When she was in kindergarten, Nazario-Leary says a children’s story about a magical broccoli prompted her to serenade one of the stocky plants in her family’s vegetable garden. And the result? “It was a ...

What are you doing about the homeless?

Last week was National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. On Maui, the events of the week included Mayor Arakawa reading a proclamation, sign waving in both Kahului and Lahaina, a panel discussion, a candlelight vigil, a homeless resource fair and a statewide Homelessness Awareness ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Let’s talk turkey. As a child, the first time I heard that expression, I envisioned a pair of barrel-chested, scrawny-legged old men chattering unintelligibly (“gobble, gobble, gobble”), flapping their arms for emphasis. Later, when I learned that “talking turkey” referred to ...

Walden versus OHA’s LLCs

Earlier this year, we wrote about some limited liability companies formed by our Office of Hawaiian Affairs. These companies received cash and property, including 1,600-plus acres of land in Waimea Valley, from OHA. The question we raised at the time is whether the LLCs can credibly claim ...