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No Ka Oi Health

EDITOR’S NOTE: No Ka Oi Health, produced by the state Department of Health, will be appearing on the fourth Thursday of each month. The column had been published on the fifth Saturday of every month in Community. Many of us decide to set a new health goal (to lose weight, eat better, etc.). ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Thursday morning, more than 700 Kihei Elementary School students will taste the thrill of live theater while learning a little about themselves and the world they will not just inherit, but help to shape. The annual Maui Academy of Performing Arts School Performance Tour aims to educate while ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: When is the county going to put up for sale the three lots it owns on Keoneloa Street in Wailuku as a result of the lawsuit about the 30-foot height restriction in the building code? A: Mahalo for your question on this matter. In the first few months of my administration, I transmitted a ...

Jan Dapitan’s dedication to public service can inspire a new generation

The passing of former parks director and longtime community advocate Jan Dapitan was a great loss for Maui County, but my hope is that Jan’s life of dedicated public service will inspire a new generation to do what is pono for our environment. Jan had a heart of gold, and she was able to ...

What really is a minimum wage?

Happy New Year! It’s now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage. Some say $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working ...

Maui tourism should be managed, not prohibited

On Maui, where the economy is largely driven by tourism, a balanced, responsible future requires development in areas intended to support tourism. Last November, The Maui News published a story, “Maui County vacation rentals, hotels top in state for October.” Thanks to in-depth studies by ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I know that certain types of cancer are hereditary. Is that the biggest factor in determining chances of getting cancer? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Memorial Outpatient Clinic:  There are several cancers that have genetic mutations associated with increased risk. Most ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column begins my 10th year of “Sharing Mana‘o” in The Maui News. In mid-July of this year, I will hit the 500-column mark. The old saw rings true, time really does fly when you’re having fun. Four-hundred-seventy-two columns, 330,400 words, give or take a few sentences. I ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What is the Maui County Code requiring American with Disabilities Act cutouts on sidewalks, please? Does it include gated communities too? A: Mahalo for your question. I directed my staff to research your question and asked for assistance from our Department of Public Works. From what I ...

Community advisory committees are a proposal worth considering

Hana has an advisory committee to the Maui Planning Commission, while Molokai and Lanai have their own planning commissions. The logic is sound. The remoteness of Hana, Lanai and Molokai requires special attention and additional review of planning matters. The isolation of these ...

The State of Aloha

It must have first arrived to the islands in the 19th century. Perhaps it came over with the workers and sailors from Mexico or even the Caribbean. Maybe it was brought over from India, the same place Europeans came across it. But we do know that it was available to folks in the Hawaiian ...

A much cheaper, efficient way to cool classrooms in Hawaii

It wasn’t long ago that, in response to numerous complaints of students sweltering in their classrooms, Gov. David Ige proclaimed that he would commit $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms. At the end of the 2016 legislative session, he signed Act 47 of 2016 appropriating the funds to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I love cats, always have. Over the years, I’ve raised a dozen of them, not counting the 50 or so feral cats I fed — and named — during the two years I lived on the North Shore. My current housing situation isn’t conducive to pets, so I get my furbaby fix by visiting pet-owning friends. ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: It was my understanding that dogs can be off leash at the beach as long as they are swimming and actively playing in the water. Is this true? A: I’m sorry, but this is not true. Maui County Code requires that dogs on property other than the owner’s must be secured on a leash of not more ...

Attainable housing units, infrastructure improvements among projects in 2020

Congratulations to new County Council Chairwoman Alice Lee. I’m encouraged to see her commitment to a collaborative style of leadership, and I look forward to working with all County Council members on shared goals and priorities in this new year. Chairwoman Lee and I are committed to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Duck! Here comes another year. — Ogden Nash (1902-1971) Obviously, Nash wasn’t referring to the transition between 2019 and 2020 when he wrote the poem “Good Riddance, But Now What?” Lately, though, those are the exact sentiments I’m seeing on Facebook and hearing in person. ...

Red flags found in OHA financial review

A recent, eagerly awaited independent financial review of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has been in the news lately. The review, conducted by the California-based accounting firm CliftonLarsen-Allen, made several observations and recommendations, including the flagging of 32 transactions, ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Can you please explain the new laws enacted concerning firework usage and who can be held responsible and the fines involved in the event fireworks are used illegally? A: Mahalo for your question, especially as we near New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations. I would be happy to help ...

Much has been accomplished during the past year

As the council embarks on a change in leadership, I would like to thank all who supported us this year. I am proud of my office and our focus on the vision outlined in the Countywide Policy Plan. We have led on issues, some bigger than our own county and even our state. This past year, the ...

The State of Aloha

The first time I saw them was in law school on campus. The temperature was in the upper 90s; the humidity felt like 100 percent. This was Lawrence, Kan., on a sweltering and wretched summer’s day. I was new to Kansas and everything was novel—even the heat. There were other novelties. A ...