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Ask the Mayor

Q: I am the general manager at a condominium and some people with medical marijuana licenses are smoking outside the building all of the time, and now it’s encouraging those without marijuana licenses to light up as well. There hasn’t been any trouble so far but I’m afraid this will ...

Panel to discuss challenges facing farming industry

The County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee, which I chair, will meet Monday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. FSMA was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, by then-President Barrack Obama and was ...

The State of Aloha

I’m wearing black today. No, it’s not for the terrible events in Manchester or the passing of Gregg Allman or Martin Pahinui. It’s to remember someone else. She was a Maui girl born in Hana. Years ago my brother and I were wandering around Hana Bay. I wanted to show him something I ...

Sharing Mana‘o

What’s better than a sweet and juicy ripe mango? A crisp and crunchy green one. With shoyu-sugar dipping sauce, of course. One day I may try bagoong, as a few of my Filipino friends have suggested, but my preferred recipe is equal parts shoyu and sugar, with a splash of vinegar and a dash of ...

Legislature’s human casualties inexcusable

Our state Legislature this year had several casualties. We expect quite a few bills to be tossed aside during the legislative process, however in recent years we have had more than the average number of human casualties, the most recent being Speaker of the House Joe Souki and Senate Ways and ...

Maui Connections

“It was historic and epic!” reports Ken Martinez Burgmaier of the Maui premiere of “2307: Winter’s Dream” at Ka‘ahumanu Consolidated Theaters last Wednesday. Ken, an Emmy Award-winning Maui filmmaker and event promoter, co-produced the futuristic sci-fi adventure that has picked up ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Why aren’t seat belts required on all school buses? Why does everyone pretend to care about the children but not push this issue? I don’t want a generic answer. I want to know why Maui County has ...

Committees gear up to vet important county issues

On Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, the county’s $705.2 million fiscal year 2018 budget will be considered for second and final reading by the County Council. Its passage will mark the end of an extensive review of each department, along with the overall financial picture of the ...

Dr. Nancy Long, a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician, is driven by the power of compassionate care. “I get close to people very quickly during an important time in their lives,” she said. “That is a gift.”

Hearts full of compassion

Years before she made the leap to medical school, Dr. Nancy Long did what anyone might do with a bachelor’s degree in geography: She grabbed her passport and headed to the airport. But somewhere between her home state of Massachusetts and the other side of the world, Long says she realized ...

Not all who live homeless lifestyle should be considered homeless

I have come to realize that very few people are speaking the same language when it comes to homelessness. Most of us believe that the people we see on the street and those sleeping in tents on the beach are homeless. Even though many are, not everyone living a homeless lifestyle should be ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Ever since 1927, when Don Blanding penned the now-familiar refrain, locals have referred to May Day as Lei Day. Section 8-13 of the Hawaii Revised Statues proclaims “May 1 of each year shall be known as ‘May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii’; provided that this day is not and shall not be ...

Raiding GEMS raises other issues

We have written before about Green Energy Market Securitization, or GEMS, a program adopted by our state government in 2013. The state wanted to facilitate the build-out of “clean energy infrastructure,” a necessary step to reaching its clean energy goals. GEMS was supposed to be a ...

Maui Connections

An impromptu “double bill” provided one enchanted evening last Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The opening of “Piero Resta: Illuminations” in Schaefer International Gallery followed by an Ebb & Flow Arts multimedia concert in Castle Theater featuring the premiere of ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I would like to know who owns Black Rock beach. Is it owned by the county or by a resort? I visited last week on vacation, and while I love the area I was extremely disturbed by the abuse I witnessed of the turtles. While snorkeling, I saw visitors grab turtles, try to pet them, and one ...

Council tackles budget, audits and polystyrene

On Friday, the council approved on first reading the fiscal year 2018 budget. Final reading is scheduled for May 30 and if passed, will advance to the mayor. The new budget will take effect on July 1. There were many challenges in balancing this year’s budget due to additional state ...

The State of Aloha

Forty-six years ago, on May 11, 1971, 32 people were arrested on Oahu for trespassing. These were no ordinary trespassers. They were sitting on the roof of an empty home while bulldozers nearby waited to destroy the house they were occupying. None of them owned the land. Some were tenants. ...

State shirking responsibility on road

Anyone stuck in traffic going to and from Lahaina should know that our community has tried desperately to work with the state to solve this problem for the last two decades. The Lahaina bypass, from Maalaea to the other side of the pali, was on the state Long Range Transportation Plan for the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My parents were born and raised on Maui, children of Japanese and Okinawan immigrants. They raised me with the same values their issei parents instilled in them, including humility, diligence, respect and compassion. Today I’m going to break two of their cardinal rules by disobeying my mother ...

Trump tax proposal means loss of state, local tax deductions

On April 26, the Trump administration released a document that contained a road map of sorts for an overhaul of the federal tax code. The proposals included a consolidation of the current individual income tax brackets going up to 39.6 percent to three brackets, namely 10, 25 and 35 percent. ...

Maui Connections

It had been years — more than a decade, actually — since the last time we attended the Seabury Hall Craft Fair. Now in its 44th year, the festive event that raises money for the school’s scholarship program was already well established when we arrived on Maui in 1991. Always falling the ...