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Cultivating lives

This is no ordinary farm. The 2-acre plot of land has all of the trappings: rows of planted vegetables, towering mango and papaya trees, grazing goats, chicken coops and pig pens. But there’s something else taking root in the soil here. Hope. “This place is magic,” said Stacey ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“You’re the Magic Fish!” Of the many roles I’ve played on stage, the Magic Ulua has brought me an unexpected measure of fame, more gratifying than any award or statuette. Thanks to the Maui Academy of Performing Arts, hundreds of Maui keiki still recognize me as Auntie Ulua, or “that ...

Do we really have a spending ceiling?

This week we look at another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health — and what our lawmakers have done to marginalize it. As we mentioned in June, Hawaii Constitution Article VII, Sections 8 and 9 limit general fund expenditures by an ...

Maui Connections

Made-on-Maui movies are making news again, with some new names in the credits. Maui filmmaker MarQ Morrison emailed to say his short film “Ka Hale: A Revival” was a finalist in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) People’s Choice Award national film challenge. His film ...

Blue-state Republicans turn to Democrats

You’d think that with stocks still up for the year and the new tax law smiling on big earners, the financial community would be gung-ho for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. But it’s not. For the first time in a good while, Wall Street is giving more in direct donations to ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Why aren’t the police doing something, anything, about people who park in handicapped parking stalls without the proper placard? I see it day after day. It seems people are now aware of the fact that nothing will be done, that there are actually no consequences for parking in these stalls ...

The State of Aloha

In the 18th century, the poet Robert Burns traveled around his native land. He observed the gatherings and festivals celebrated in villages and cities. The result was a volume of poems. Among them was “Halloween.” Some merry, friendly, country-folks, Together did convene,To burn their ...

CBRE program helps to make renewable energy accessible

When people talk about how expensive it is to live here on Maui, there are many things that come to mind: housing, food, gas and electricity to name just a few. You would think that with all the access to natural sources of energy — the sun, the wind and ocean — the cost of electricity at ...

Sharing Mana‘o

News of Sears, Roebuck and Co. declaring bankruptcy triggered a nationwide flood of memories for baby boomers, especially those of us who grew up in small towns, whether surrounded by the Pacific Ocean or Midwest prairies. Here on Maui in the 1960s, we kids knew that our island lifestyle was ...

Whither the general income tax credit?

Those of us who are getting along in years may remember the “general income tax credit,” a line on our state income tax return where we could claim a $1 credit. The saga of this credit tells us a little about a bold move undertaken in the 1978 Constitutional Convention and our lawmakers’ ...

Maui Connections

On the road again. Following Maui folks like Willie Nelson, who went home to Texas to campaign for senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, or Cynthia Clark, who brought friends along on her cross-country Mainland road trip via Facebook, we’re headed for another autumn in Tucson with our ...

Vote ‘yes’ on the proposed constitutional amendment

This is a tale of two schools. School A has small class sizes where the individual needs of students can be met by well-qualified teachers and aides, classrooms and restrooms that are in good repair, air conditioning and furniture that provide a comfortable learning environment, digital ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Does Maui have a sobering center or a place to treat people with a problem before they have to go to jail. When I say jail, I mean a place for people who can’t be rehabilitated and have to be taken away from the rest of us. I truly believe most people don’t need jail but rehabilitation. ...

Voters deserve facts on proposed constitutional amendment

NOTE: This article is the second of a three-part informational series. On this year’s general election ballot, the following question will be posed to voters: “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to ...

‘It’s where my heart is happiest’

It’s all fun and games at Maui Adult Day Care Centers. Literally. On any given day, the nonprofit organization hosts a variety of social and mind-stimulating activities — from card games to dancing to karaoke — that bring joy to its 300-plus clients. And there’s plenty of joy to go ...

Hawaiian Homes Commission convenes Monday and Tuesday

The piko, or center, of the Native Hawaiian universe well may be Wailuku starting 9:30 Monday morning. And residents and visitors alike are welcome when the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) convenes Monday and Tuesday to consider Hawaiian issues and concerns on the Valley Isle and statewide. To ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Mom, you’re gonna be one of those cat ladies someday.” When my son told me that, nearly 30 years ago, my husband, Barry, shot him a look that said, clearly, “She already is!” Back then, we lived in Spreckelsville, near a popular dumping ground for unwanted kittens. Over a couple of ...

Department of Education may be forgoing millions in federal dollars

One article that recently appeared in the Star-Advertiser was titled, “State forgoing millions in federal reimbursements.” The state agency referred to in that article was our Department of Education. We have children from indigent families in our school system. Some of them, especially ...

Maui Connections

Whenever I see that TV ad about the “ingredient first discovered in jellyfish,” it reminds me of my own up-close-and-personal experience with a Portuguese man-of-war. The product in the ad is supposed to help the memory in people of a certain age. People of my age, actually. I can’t ...

We have an education equity emergency in Hawaii

This summer, after years of supporting legislation to better fund our schools, Parents for Public Schools of Hawai‘i set up a coalition to support the education funding measure for a constitutional amendment to enable the legislature to levy a property tax surcharge on residential investment ...