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Sand needs protecting for cultural, environmental, economic reasons

Removing our sand resources from Central Maui and shipping them off-island may soon become a thing of the past. I recently sat down with representatives from Honolulu Construction & Draying Co. Ltd., or HC&D, formerly known as Ameron Hawaii. HC&D made the news a couple of months ...

Sharing Mana‘o

II’ve been a naughty, naughty girl. It started with a visit to Komoda Bakery. Long Johns were already gone, so I bought a bag of stick doughnuts. And Rice Krispie cookies. And macadamia nut cookies. But wait, there’s more. At the top of the bakery rack sat a few loaves of white bread, ...

Bill changes way car rental bills itemized

One of the legislative bills now being considered by Gov. David Ige is a curious bill, HB 735, involving the car rental industry. The bill doesn’t seek to impose new taxes or fees upon rental cars. Instead, it affects how car rental businesses can show these fees on rental car invoices as ...

Maui Connections

It’s so perfect, and ironic at the same time, that our nation’s birthday is called Independence Day. It was on this day 241 years ago that members of a fledgling Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to begin breaking away from the tyrannical hold of England that had established the ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: On June 9 at approximately 9 p.m., there was a huge professional aerial fireworks display near the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. This display surprised the neighborhood since there was no published notice in The Maui News as prescribed by law. There were upset dogs since there ...

Emergency Management Agency vital to county disaster response

As hurricane season is upon us, we are reminded that emergency preparedness in Maui County means being ready for any type of natural disaster at all times. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a “near-to, above-normal hurricane season” in the Central ...

The State of Aloha

Saturday marks the start of the annual rodeo at the Oskie Rice Arena among the tall trees and green pastures above Makawao town. Before that, Makawao’s annual parade, a chili cook-off and a stick horse race up Baldwin Avenue will be an homage to our local cowboy culture. For the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

One of the perks of being a professional emcee and interviewer is getting to work with all kinds of talented folks. I feel fortunate to have met quite a few celebrities that I’ve admired over the years, mostly musicians and movie stars. But last weekend, I was especially blessed with an ...

Anatomy of epic fail on rail offered

In early May, on the day our Legislature adjourned, one of the newspapers summarized our Legislature’s work on the Honolulu transit surcharge extension as “Epic Fail on Rail.” With the Federal Highway Administration poised to pull out its $1.5 billion commitment if no funding solution is ...

Maui Connections

Sitting almost knee to knee, locking eyes as you interview Connie Britton, Freida Pinto, Pierce Brosnan or Karen Gillan can distort one’s sense of reality. Knowing the interview is being watched live by thousands of people on a huge outdoor screen can produce the delusion that you’re ...

Time for an audit of Public Works Highways Division

Time and time again, the public sees news headlines about the county’s Department of Public Works’ Highways Division. An investigation was launched following allegations of improprieties in May 2015 relating to the infamous commercial kitchen at the Wailuku baseyard, and is still ...

Shown are Adaptations Dance Theater founding company member Nicole Yezzi (from left), co-founder and founding company member Nicole Humphrey, co-founder and Artistic Director Hallie Hunt, founding company member Vanessa Cerrito and co-founder and Executive Director Amelia Couture.

Bringing it home

It all started with four girls dancing in the rain. On a drizzly evening in 2013, Amelia Couture, Nicole Humphrey, Hallie Hunt and Vanessa Cerrito brought a collective dream to life on a damp stretch of asphalt during the Makawao Third Friday Town Party. That night, a crowd of curious ...

‘Housing First’ only process that’s proven to rapidly end homelessness

On Maui, we have a plan. A plan that has already ended homelessness for 671 people over the last year and shows great promise for the future. I recently heard a conversation where people were talking about their irritation with the homelessness on Maui. One person exclaimed, “Why isn’t ...

Sharing Mana‘o

There’s a fine line between wistful reminiscence and curmudgeonly complaints, and I must admit, sometimes I cross over to the dark side. Thankfully, these moods don’t last long; even at its modern-day worst, Maui is still no ka oi to me. And once in a while, when my pining morphs into ...

Closing an estate tax loophole?

One of the bills our Legislature sent up to Gov. David Ige to be signed, which is almost certain to become law because the Department of Taxation sponsored it, is one to close an estate tax loophole. The issue isn’t as simple as it might seem, however. First, some background. An estate tax ...

Maui Connections

Every picture tells a story on the Maui Film Festival posters I began collecting more than a decade ago. There will be a new one for the collection when the festival launches its 18th year Wednesday, continuing through Sunday in Wailea and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: What is the process for obtaining a TWIC card? I need to get one for a job I’m applying for but I’m not sure where to call. A: You can actually apply online for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential card. The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires this card for ...

Use of county pCards must be overhauled

The topic of county-issued purchasing cards, also known as pCards, is once again in the news. With what started as an unauthorized commercial kitchen in 2015 has evolved into a federal lawsuit that alleges improper pCard spending and other inappropriate and troubling activities. A report ...

The State of Aloha

The official first European to make contact with Native Hawaiians was Capt. James Cook of England in 1778. Sure, everyone knows that. But not everyone agrees that it’s true. The English certainly weren’t the first Europeans to travel the Pacific. Centuries before Cook, Spanish explorers ...

Many options available for public to contact Mayor’s Office

Mayor Alan Arakawa is attending the “Hawaii on the Hill” events in Washington, D.C., this week and is allowing me to use the “Our County” column in his absence. As communications director for the county, I am pleased to say there are many options out there for those wanting to get in ...