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Ask The Mayor

Q: What are the laws regarding noise pollution coming from loud vehicles on our increasingly crowded island? Our once-quiet neighborhood is bombarded all day, all night, every day with jacked-up trucks, some with oversized tires (monster trucks), cars, motorcycles and other types of vehicles ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Making vs. implementing policy: What the council does

As County Council members, our jobs don't end at the pound of the gavel.Our schedules include community meetings, educational seminars and other events to help us gather information from policy experts, each of our residency districts and the whole Maui Nui community. We spend a lot of time ...

The State of Aloha

Hollywood loves using Hawaii. Although producers, our government and most of public opinion welcome the brief economic surge accompanying the filming and production of major motion pictures, the movies themselves are pretty bad. "Battleship," for example, is a forgettable action flick based on ...

Maui Nei

The Nancy Lane self-portrait is both haunting and evocative. It's been hanging on a living room wall for a couple of months due to a casual acquaintance with the artist and the generosity of Harlan Hughes. He and his partner, Judy Anderson, were Nancy's close friends during Maui's freewheeling ...

Sharing Mana‘o

This is my 125th consecutive column for The Maui News. Two and a half years of Sharing Mana'o. It doesn't sound as impressive, put in those terms. I remember when two and a half years seemed like a long, long time. Now that I'm 55, it's little more than a drop in the bucket. Well, OK, it's a ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I've made more mistakes wrangling two columns on the history of the complicated Antone F. Tavares family into shape than I can recall on any other single subject in my entire newspaper career. Seriously.Maybe it's because Bill Tavares, the former Makawao Elementary School principal, has been ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: How can we request for one of those radar feedback signs to be placed in our neighborhood? I live off of High Street near Wailuku Elementary School and although there are 20-mph signs, people still drive faster than that. What's worse, motorists drive fast as kids are getting out of school. ...

Neighbors: Wouldn’t it be loverly?

A Maui dressmaker got the chance to bring movie history back to life when she painstakingly re-created a white gown from the classic film "My Fair Lady" for a Texas bride.Working from the downstairs studio in her Haiku home, Jennifer Oberg used more than 20,000 beads, as well as custom-made ...

Maui Nei

A lazy start of the day:The sun is just high enough to hit the house. Tubster and his buddy, Zipper, are snugged up against the garage door. Tubster is the oldest member the colony and definitely likes to warm his bones. From kittenhood, Zipper has enjoyed snoozing with his nose in Tubster's ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Did you see what Cher got her mom for Mother's Day? Besides helping Georgia Holt realize her lifelong dream of recording an album, the superstar daughter produced a TV documentary about her mother, basically a love letter for all to see. Or at least for the folks who watch the Lifetime cable ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I shared my vexation one day with Bill Tavares, that fine and knowledgeable gentleman, about the dearth of information on Maui's most prominent Chinese citizen of the 19th century, Tong Akana. Also known as Akanali'ili'i, he began Huelo and Pi'iholo plantations here in 1878.I found very little ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Are all the lunch wagons along Maui roads doing business legally? I enjoy the variety and convenience of them, however my concern is regarding the safety of the food. Is there a county department that inspects them for cleanliness, ensuring that the food is being prepared properly, in an ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Your county budget, demystified

All residents should understand how the county budget works.It's your hard-earned money we invest for the future.I've previously discussed the county's largest revenue source - real property taxes. Now, I want to highlight other important aspects of the budget.For households and businesses, a ...

The State of Aloha

Three unofficial holidays fall on the 1st of May. In Hawaii, there's Lei Day, or May Day. This was a really big deal in elementary school. In the days leading up to the pageant at Haiku School, volunteering adults built a stage out of plywood and chicken wire and adorned it with dark green ti ...

Maui Nei

Every few mornings, the late Gary Moore would make the rounds of Makawao, looking at utility poles. He took a very proprietary approach to "his" town. On these early-morning rounds, he was armed with a claw hammer, pliers and something relatively sharp.The something might have been a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Ah, the merry month of May has begun, and so has my annual lament: Why don't the schools celebrate May Day ON May Day?! I know I sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but doggone it, some things shouldn't be messed with.Back in my day (as we fuddy-duddies are fond of saying), May Day pageants were ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I had a happy day a while ago, one of my all-too-rare local-girl barefoot days.Growing up in Honolulu meant lazy days at Sandy Beach sunbathing with a girlfriend in matching red-and-white Tahitian-print bikinis. Or taking the bus to Waikiki for a hamburger and a swim with a friend whose parents ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Council to carry county budget across finish line

Today's preparation determines tomorrow's achievements.As the County Council nears the finish line of its annual budget review, we must remember that achieving the goals of long-term prosperity and sustainability depends on carefully preparing a budget that efficiently meets the needs of Maui ...

Neighbors: Gone, not forgotten

For nearly four decades, John Molina Sr. kept the beat for the Molina Brothers Orchestra, the family ensemble that provided the soundtrack to some of the most significant events in many Maui lives."So many people tell me, 'Gosh, I danced to them, they played at my wedding,' or 'I used to go to ...