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Maui Lani Fairways lots hold promise

The 50 residential Maui Lani Fairways lots in Kahului have a long history of contention and debate that began in 2005 when thousands of tons of dirt were trucked in, converting a ravine into a hill and raising the elevation of the 13.5-acre property above some rooftops of the neighboring older ...

The State of Aloha

The Pacific Ocean is enormous. Its size is so big that it’s almost beyond human comprehension. The same waters lapping the shores of Canada, California and Mexico are part of the same ocean surrounding Japan, the Chinese coast and Australia. It covers 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, and ...

So what really is a resort fee?

It’s July 2019, and already we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect. One of these laws concerns “resort fees” that hotels both here and in other states and countries have been charging their guests. A resort fee is supposed to be a payment for amenities ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I love the beach and spend a lot of time in the sun. What’s the best way to protect against skin cancer? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Health System: Many people wear sunscreen to protect their skin, but several studies have shown increased rates of skin cancer in people ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column must begin with an apology. I’ve been so obsessed with my son’s 42nd birthday and my mother’s impending 94th, I completely forgot about two other special celebrants. I don’t usually miss my BBB (Best Boy Buddy) Brian’s birthday, as it’s the day before my son’s, ...

Not planning for hurricane season is planning to fail

The West Maui Taxpayers Association planning team met with the mayor and asked him to be sure to let us work together with the Maui Emergency Management Agency and to use the WMTA and our plan as a resource as we examine an “After Action Report” on the recent fires and flooding issues. ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Are there plans for a sidewalk extension on the Old Haleakala Highway in Pukalani between Makawao Avenue and the Pukalani Terrace Center? If so, what might be a timetable for a project to be considered or is it in the works? There is a lot of pedestrian usage on this part of the highway, ...

Leading the way

Over the past three decades, great strides have been made in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus and the disease it causes, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. But the battle isn’t over. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.1 million ...

Maui County finding ways to protect the environment

Maui County continues to be ahead of the curve in finding ways to protect the environment of our island home. Last year, Maui County was the first county in the state to ban polystyrene foam containers, including those that commonly been used for plate lunches. The Big Island followed, and a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I have dark-complexioned skin. Do I still have to worry about skin cancer? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Health System: There are several types of skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell cancer and melanoma. Melanoma is typically considered the more ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Dear Jimmy, I really should be writing my Maui News column instead of this letter, but I haven’t been able to focus on anything other than your birthday and the fact that I now have a (gasp, choke, sigh) middle-aged son. Oh, I know I’ve often repeated the old saws: age is just a state ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Could you please clarify whether or not the new rental car facility at Kahului Airport actually added any additional rental cars that weren’t already available at separate rental car facilities? I see a lot of comments from people who believe there are hundreds, if not thousands, more ...

The State of Aloha

You’d think we would have left the Middle Ages behind us by now. And yet, out of this odd time came a principle that still haunts our courts of law. Courts in 11th-century England held that when a severe crime like murder or other killings were committed, not only would the perpetrator of the ...

What Hawaii can learn from Singapore and Hong Kong

There are many interesting takeaways to share from the 40-person delegation of state lawmakers, economists and business people that visited Singapore and Hong Kong last month looking for outside-the-box solutions for housing and transportation solutions for our growing communities. First and ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How often should you get a physical if you’re in general good health? Dr. Linda M. Tetor, family practice, Kihei Wailea Medical Center: It used to be a common practice for people to get a checkup every year, even if they were healthy. But in the past few years, researchers have found ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Each time I see my son, whether here on Maui or at his current home in Michigan, it gets harder to say goodbye. Over three weeks have passed since our most recent visit, and I’ve still got the post-parting blues, intensified by Jimmy’s impending birthday and the realization that we’ve now ...

Mayor still waiting for critical budget information from council

Mayor Michael Victorino’s administration supports transparency and collaboration in working with the Maui County Council and our community. To that end, Mayor Victorino submitted a proposed fiscal 2020 budget that clearly laid out estimated income and proposed expenditures. The County ...

Launiupoko projects to provide affordable housing to local families

This morning, two West Maui affordable housing projects will be decided upon by the Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee. If approved, the projects will bring online 100 affordable homes and 61 1-acre lots, all in Launiupoko. About 80 of the affordable homes will be sold to ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: With the affordable housing shortage and all of these 2-acre parcels only allowed to have one main house and an ohana, can we consider allowing another ohana on each property, where at least one of the two is required for long-term rental? I realize septic systems would need to be updated, ...