Columns

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 ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My adult son was just discharged from Maui Memorial Medical Center and while he was there, the doctor told him he was prediabetic. I’m so worried that it will turn in to diabetes. How can I help him avoid that? Jolly Uclaray, diabetes coordinator, Maui Memorial Medical Center: I’m ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column is presented with Hawaii Creole English (HCE) translation, as a public service. Last week’s “Sharing Mana‘o” about the addition of the pidgin word “hammajang” into the Oxford English Dictionary generated so much feedback, I just had to revisit the topic. Through ...

Maui Connections

There are many reasons Kula Community Association meetings are high on my list of favorite free things to do on Maui. They are reminders that for all the open space, there really is a community on the verdant slopes of Haleakala. It comprises a unique, multiethnic blend of families, many ...

Congress loses man of courage, decency

As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th birthday, was an ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for years, but I’ve always dreamed of making a career change or even running my own business. It all seems a bit daunting, though, and I’m honestly a little afraid of taking the plunge. Are there any resources or people that I could get ...

The State of Aloha

In case you didn’t see it yourself, I’m sure someone told you about it. And yes, there are social media posts galore. In case you haven’t read the paper, watched the news, checked your Facebook account, or in case you haven’t looked up, there was snow here on Maui — for days on ...

Coordinated Entry — a strategy that houses people by priority

Last month I wrote about how the Diversion Program is helping to make Housing First productive. One of the key elements of Housing First and the Diversion Program is called Coordinated Entry. In mid-2017, the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns hired David Nakama to be the ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I am seven months pregnant with my second child and will be giving birth at Maui Memorial. I just moved here from Oahu so I’m unfamiliar with the services available to expecting moms at the hospital. Is there a tour or a class that I can attend to prepare myself? Malia Joyo-Bui, nurse ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As reported recently in The Maui News, the local pidgin word “hammajang” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED lists “hammajang” as an adjective meaning “in a disorderly or shambolic state; messed up.” I’m still sorting through mixed feelings about this. On ...

Maui Connections

Mark Twain usually gets the credit for saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Turns out there’s some debate about whether he or his good friend, Hartford, Conn., newspaper editor Charles Dudley Warner, was the first to make the observation. No ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why are there so many vehicles on the road with expired registrations and inspections? Safety reasons aside, it is not fair to those who pay to keep their vehicles properly compliant with county and state regulations. Can one expect the new administration to be more vigilant with all ...

Preserving the past

When Sissy Lake-Farm took the helm as executive director of Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House five years ago, she says it felt like she was coming home. And in a way, she was: The mission home-turned-museum in Wailuku was built on what was once the royal compound of Kahekili, Maui’s ...

Storm experience a reminder of need to prepare for emergencies

Mother Nature showed who’s boss this past weekend. A severe winter storm made its way down the island chain, bringing snow to the summit of Haleakala as low as 7,500 feet. The storm whipped up high surf, heavy winds and rains. It flooded our roads and parks, triggered widespread power outages ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I was just diagnosed with cancer. What are the most important things that I can do, right now, to help me through this? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist: A diagnosis of cancer presents a life-changing moment for patients, their friends and family. As a surgical oncologist with more ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Public Service Announcement: Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! You procrastinators and unsentimental types still have time to scare up a last-minute gift or card for your significant other. Do NOT try to get away with “But honey, every day is Valentine’s Day when I’m with you!” My late ...

Maui Connections

As Maui braced for big winds, big waves, snow on Haleakala and other extreme evidence of global warming, we were having a more benign time in the islands watching a DVD of “Lilo and Stitch” with our granddaughters here in Tucson, Ariz. True, this bit of Disney animation is older than all ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: How can we prolong the stoplight heading to Kahului Airport at Kuihelani Highway and South Puunene Avenue? When we drive toward the intersection, cars tend to take up a lot of space in the right lane because they’re all turning right to get onto Puunene Avenue. By the time we reach the ...

The State of Aloha

Here’s something I’ve noticed about a common dialogue that occurs when folks start talking to each other around here. When you go to some social gathering and you start chatting with someone, the question will almost inevitably arise: Where do you live? Answers vary. Haiku, town, ...