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Ask The Mayor

Q: There is an increase in recreational bike riders on our Maui roads. Oftentimes you’ll see groups of four or more riding along narrow roads such as Lower Kula Road. They will usually take up the entire lane riding side by side. Are they allowed to impede traffic? If they are so inclined, ...

Careful review of legislation done in committees

At the County Council’s organizational meeting on Jan. 2, three council members, Kelly King, Elle Cochran and Alika Atay, formally requested a public hearing on the council’s committee structure. In an ideal situation, the establishment of committees would have been settled on Jan. 2, ...

The State of Aloha

Never mind all-male revues at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center resulting in Liquor Control Commission hearings. Forget about sensationalizing crime and our judicial system. The top floor of the county building on High Street might be the best show in town these days. For a better ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Recent changes in my daily routine have opened the door to a dusty room deep within my memory bank. As I drive by Lihikai Elementary School at least once a day, my mind wanders to Dream City. While it sounds like a sweet metaphor or the scene of a fairy tale, kamaaina know that Dream City is ...

What’s next for marijuana tax?

Here in Hawaii, we have an initial group of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries getting ready to open shop, although none have opened to date. This has raised some tax issues before and some are likely to come up again. On Election Day 2016, voters in several states legalized marijuana ...

Maui Connections

Our happy return to Maui after more than three months away was saddened by news of the death of Eddie Kamae over the weekend. He was 89. The legendary musical artist and documentary filmmaker was literally a living treasure of Hawaii, one of the many honors bestowed on him over a career ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I utilize the county-funded MEO Human Services Transportation bus on a regular basis because I don’t drive anymore. The employees are very nice, but the system seems extremely inefficient, and on a number of occasions I have had to wait a long time for the bus (longer than 30 minutes past ...

New council organizes, invites public to legislative process

The 2017-19 term for the Maui County Council officially began on Jan. 2. Welcome to newly elected Council Members Alika Atay, Kelly King and Yuki Lei Sugimura. The council’s inauguration ceremony featured up-and-coming local band Na Wai Eha and keynote speaker Ronald Kouchi, president of ...

DJ Metzler (left) presents an official Kind Kids Recycling Club T-shirt to 7-year-old Peyton Butcher. Club members receive a T-shirt when they complete three “Pay it Forward” good deeds and three recycling runs.

Neighbors: Paying it Forward

On any given Saturday, you’ll find 12-year-old DJ Metzler hard at work collecting, sorting and bagging hundreds of aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic beverage containers. This weekend ritual isn’t on his list of household chores and it’s certainly not a punishment — to the ...

Ex-politicians bring value to staff

There was a study done by the University of Missouri to try to quantify what kind of value a politician brings to a company after leaving the political world for the private sector. They collected data from 1996 and 2011 and tracked 243 politicians including governors, members of Congress and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

So far, so good. Several days into 2017, I haven’t broken any New Year’s resolutions. As a matter of fact, I’ve never broken a single one. That’s because, as a teen, I resolved to never make any New Year’s resolutions. I’m proud to say I’ve abided by that decision ever ...

‘Surplus’ won’t be there to satisfy government’s needs

In almost every year that the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schulz has run, Lucy offers to hold a football for Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown comes running up to kick it, and then Lucy yanks the football away at the very last second. Psych! Charlie Brown flies into the air and crashes to ...

Maui Connections

Happy 2017. The segue from one year to the next is a time for compiling highlight reels before wiping the slate clean and starting over. Although many of us finished last year in a state of uncertainty that sort of rhymes with “funk,” this is the week we brush ourselves off and start ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Is it legal to set up camp and tents, etc., and live on the beach? I see people on the stretch of oceanfront from Papalaua campground to Launiupoko living in tents with no sanitary facilities whatsoever. Particularly at Mile Marker 14 in Olowalu. Also across from Olowalu recycling center. ...

Letter from a term-limited council member

In 10 years as a Maui County Council member, I’ve had the privilege of participating in many spirited deliberations on major environmental, economic and governmental policies. With my tenure coming to an end Monday at noon, because of the charter’s limit of five consecutive terms, this is ...

Sharon Suzuki (from left), Rian DuBach and Lisa Varde pose with baby Rhett-Louis DePonte in one of the new Panda Infant Warmers.

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: Maui Electric Co. and American Savings Bank presented Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation with a donation of $44,000 to purchase crucial safety equipment for the care of ...

The State of Aloha

Folks who visit or move to the islands often tell me and just about anyone who will listen that there are no seasons here. To many, the temperature is the same all year round: pleasant. The sun comes out, there’s a little bit of cloud cover and a passing shower. Now sure, we get heavy rain ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Xenophobia. Post-truth. Surreal. Democracy sausage. Ladies and gentlemen, these are your Words of the Year for 2016. Well, except for that last one, which is the Australian pick and, obviously, not a word, but a phrase. I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to use it, even though it ...

Can unions dodge the law?

A recent decision of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board has some people wondering if the United Public Workers, one of the government employee unions, has figured out how to ignore the law. Earlier this year, our lawmakers passed Act 25. It bans smoking on the premises of our state-owned ...

Maui Connections

Maui has festive options galore for ringing out a year that, many of us agree with Tony Novak-Clifford, can’t come to an end soon enough. Musical party animal Eric Gilliom is singing out 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s New Year’s Eve Countdown, which includes passed hors ...