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Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: As a single parent, it’s been tough to make ends meet this holiday season. Is there public assistance available to help me out until I can get back on my feet? A: I’m sorry to hear you’re ...

Maui County Council’s 2017 year in review

As 2017 comes to an end, it seems appropriate to reflect on a few of the strides the Maui County Council has made over the past year. From a numbers perspective, the council issued 199 committee reports, adopted 182 resolutions, passed 104 bills, and received 491 county communications. Not ...

The State of Aloha

Prepare yourself. It’s another election year. Granted, it’s not a presidential election so at least we can be spared the endless debates and obsessing about the weather in Iowa on primary day. Then again, it could still get weird here. 2018 will surely bring a lot of noise. We have ...

A guide to the midterm elections

Forget the Super Bowl! For millions of Americans, the biggest spectator sport of 2018 will be the midterm elections. The political winds currently favor the Democrats, but it’s impossible to know how strong they’ll be blowing come November. Five key races can give casual fans a good sense ...

Treading gently into this new year

In the first hour of Christmas Eve, our 9-year-old grandson and his parents arrived in Ohio after two long flights from their home in hurricane-ravaged St. Croix. His recent life included 10 weeks without electricity in the U.S. territory full of U.S. citizens. In advance of his visit, ...

GOP civil war may hand Senate to Democrats

With Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama, Democrats now have at least a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 elections. It’s a difficult path to be sure, but it could happen. The first step will be for Democrats to successfully defend all of their Senate ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Adventures at Sea: Part 2 Last week’s column was written aboard the NCL Pride of America as my mother and I joined some 2,500 guests and over 900 crew members for a weeklong tour of the islands. We’re back on Maui now, still feeling the afterglow of a nearly perfect staycation at sea. I ...

Constitutional convention vote set for 2018

The 2018 general election is going to be a special one for our state because we get to vote on whether to have a constitutional convention. Normally, our Legislature acts as the gatekeeper for any changes to the Hawaii Constitution. No proposed amendment can even get on the ballot if our ...

Maui Connections

Watching the Moscow Ballet’s spellbinding “Nutcracker” in Tucson, Ariz., last Friday, I realized how etched in memory Peter Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music box is, and what a time capsule this holiday ballet has become for my family. Last Friday it was our 7-year-old granddaughter, ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When will the construction at Waipuilani Park be completed? The new irrigation system is in, but there is no electricity for the water system to work. The park has not been watered in months, it looks ...

Merry Christmas from the Maui County Council

On behalf of the Maui County Council, I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas! This holiday season has a different meaning to each of us, but I know we can all agree that it is a special time to gather with family and friends in the spirit of giving to others. Appreciation ...

Sanoe Ka‘aihue is the executive director of Women Helping Women, a nonprofit organization that aims to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention, while offering safety, support and empowerment to women, men and children impacted by domestic violence.

A helping heart

It’s been nearly two years since Sanoe Ka‘aihue last turned off her cellphone. “It’s always on,” she said. “I’m no stranger to 3 a.m. phone calls.” Ka‘aihue is the executive director of Women Helping Women, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides crisis ...

Resolving homeless issues requires teamwork

Not everyone knows how much work has been done and continues to be done to resolve the homeless issues on Maui. There are many components and organizations making a huge impact in the Maui homeless efforts and it is the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns that drives these ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Monday night is drawing to a close as I write these words, and I’m flying so high I doubt that I’ll be down to earth by the time you read this column Wednesday. No alcohol or illegal substances involved; it’s a natural high, brought on by love, laughter and luck. It started Saturday ...

Do loot boxes and microtransactions in video games constitute gambling?

Hawaii was recently in the news when state Reps. Chris Lee and Sean Quinlan held a press conference in response to the controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in video games. Lee announced that he would be looking to introduce legislation to combat predatory practices by game ...

Maui Connections

I had a come-to-Jesus moment last Friday in Tucson, Ariz. Talking to him one-on-one, he sounds like a good ol’ boy rock ‘n’ roll drummer from Texas, which he actually was in high school, at the beginning of his career. Ted Neeley, who premiered “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Broadway ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I like to enjoy a few drinks with friends and family but the last thing I need is a DUI, especially with all the checkpoints over the holidays. What’s the legal blood alcohol limit? A: While by law ...

Deadline approaching for circuit breaker, boards and commissions

As the end of the year approaches, there are a few reminders I would like to share. Earlier this month, the Maui County Council unanimously passed adjustments to the circuit breaker tax credit. The intent of the credit is to provide homeowners with property tax relief if their property taxes ...

The State of Aloha

“Remember Pearl Harbor!” Those were the words that became the rallying cry for this country to enter the largest world conflict in human history. Of course, the refrain refers to the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the military base stationed along the southern shores of Oahu on ...

Share your voice on housing crisis

Today I turn 74 and I thank my maker for giving me health and speech to tell anyone who would listen that we must fix the No. 1 problem facing us in Maui County — housing our people can afford to buy or rent. Also today, the Maui County Council’s Housing, Human Concerns and ...