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Healthwise Maui

Q: Do you have any job openings for nonmedical type positions? What is the best way to apply? Tara Cole, human resources director, Maui Health System: Maui Health System currently has many career opportunities available in administrative or other nonclinical departments at our hospitals and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“One thing you can count on old futs for is lots of stories.” That observation by one of my Baldwin High schoolmates arrived in my inbox amid a flurry of responses to last week’s column about Makawao’s Iwaishi Store. An Iwaishi cousin, Lester Iwamasa, shared some delightful memories, ...

Maui Connections

His words are more mystifying, haunting and radiant now, ever since we learned of the death of W.S. Merwin last Friday. The nation’s poet laureate in 2010, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes among countless other literary honors, the self-taught botanist and environmental crusader was 91 when he ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What is being done about cyberbullying in Hawaii? A: Mahalo for this question because I take bullying very seriously, but I know it is a community issue that we must all work together to solve. First off, families can talk with their children about respecting others, even those different ...

Lets urge lawmakers to modernize voting system

As an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee, I feel a particular obligation to understand and respond to the plight of the thousands of Native Hawaiian families who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE. Nearly half of all Hawaii households are ALICE and struggling. There are ...

Eyesight is related to cognitive health

Are you curious about new and emerging research on health and aging? The National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging hosts an excellent webpage (www.nia.nih.gov/news/featured-research) that highlights cutting edge research in brief, easy to understand articles. A recent ...

Cooking … with a lot of heart

It’s 9:14 on an overcast Wednesday morning and Jennifer Middleton’s 5th-grade class is gathered outside of the King Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria. A minute later, the students file inside, laughing and chatting animatedly. There’s a palpable surge of excitement when they ...

Distracted driving has become a growing problem

A 2-ton vehicle travels down a highway at 50 mph. Its driver takes two seconds to check a text message. How far has that vehicle gone with the driver’s eyes were off the road? In two seconds, the vehicle has traveled 146.5 feet, nearly half the length of a football field. This is not ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What’s the best diet to stay healthy? It’s so confusing because so many diets are touted to be the best. Dr. Nicole Apoliona, medical director, Kula Hospital: A healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated. As the writer Michael Pollan put it simply: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Nearly all my friends are bemoaning the recent closure of Makawao Steak House, wistfully recalling memories of special occasions spent there, or their favorite dish. I’ll miss the small-but-mighty salad bar and the calamari steak, but my fondest memories of the place predate the Steak House. ...

Maui Connections

After being dazzled watching Brie Larson save the galaxy in the weekend’s blockbuster “Captain Marvel,” I revisited the interview I did with the actress at the 2013 Maui Film Festival. Considering that Brie is currently the most powerful superhero on the planet — and a jet-propelled ...

Why we need Medicare for All

How can someone come out of the Maui hospital emergency room with a bill for $5,000? It is because we have allowed medical care in this country to become a very profitable enterprise. We have 30 million people without any health insurance and, as is the case for the person in the Feb. 17 Maui ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Several years ago, I read that hotels were prohibited from placing lounges and umbrellas on the public beaches for their guests to use until the guests were actually present and requesting that service. All of the Wailea hotels seem to be following this policy except for one. I took a photo ...

The State of Aloha

Hundreds of years ago, England faced a problem with overcrowding prisons. There were too many criminals for the country’s jails and prisons. The aging hulks of defunct warships anchored in the Thames River were also overcrowded with inmates. The solution was called the presciently Orwellian ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I am a firm believer in the importance of self-care and I know it is somewhat of a trend right now in the adult health care industry. But what about children? We tell them to eat their vegetables, exercise and study hard in school but not specifically about taking care of their emotional and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” — Dr. Karl Menninger I was blessed to have more than a few great teachers throughout my public school years; none more influential than longtime Baldwin High School instructors Sue Ann Loudon and Lance Jo. Miss Loudon put the ...

Maui Connections

I could almost hear the Uptown Funk all the way to here in Arizona as I read Melissa Tanji‘s terrific Maui News write-up of Bruno Mars’ concert in Wailea Wednesday. The Hawaiian-born superstar was playing for a corporate convention at the Grand Wailea, and more than a thousand local folks ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: How do I make a complaint for excessive dog barking coming from a house in my neighborhood? A: I truly love dogs, but I do know how frustrating it can be when owners neglect their dogs and allow them to bark nonstop outside their home. All of us should take ownership of our pets and ...

Saying yes to the dress

Prom season is just around the corner, and right now, preparations are underway for the big night: There are corsages to order, limos to rent and dance moves to master. And then there’s the matter of finding the perfect dress. For some teens, this can be a sticking point. A prom dress can ...

Family values guide us as we move county forward

The Hawaiian word ‘ohana brings to mind fond memories of family vacations, of mom and kids talking story around the dinner table. Lessons shared and learned. We hear the word ‘ohana used in various ways in our daily lives. In Disney’s 2002 animated movie, “Lilo and Stitch,” Stitch ...