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Sharing Mana‘o

Was da day aftah Christmas and all troo da house, I stay going in circles, trying fo’ catch dat darn mouse! No wondah get roaches — look all dis kaukau! I told you guys, put ‘em away when you pau! But nobody listen, nobody care. Look, on da tree — whose new underwear? Who wen’ ...

Carbon tax: Will you fiddle while Paris burns?

On Nov. 28, our state Climate Commission, consisting of 22 county and state government officials, issued a press release affirming that it supports a carbon tax “to achieve Hawaii’s ambitious and necessary emissions reduction goals.” The Climate Commission includes three members of the ...

Maui Connections

Merry Christmas! Whatever holidays you’re celebrating around the winter solstice, here’s hoping they’re full of comfort and joy. As the holidays wind down another, uh, eventful year, today we’re filled with thoughts of gifts and gratitude. It’s one of those endless tricks of the ...

Redevelopment of Wailuku town seen as a major opportunity

Last week marked an exciting milestone for Wailuku town. After 25 years of effort by many town residents, employees and business and property owners, the improvement of town infrastructure that will enable Wailuku to regain the role as Maui center of commerce, entertainment, arts, dining and ...

A family tradition

Sometimes, the smallest acts can have the biggest impact. One Maui family knows this firsthand. Six years ago, Makawao resident Penni Egger and her four kids, Lauren, Kristen, Eva and James (affectionately known as “Bear”), took a break from their holiday preparations, piled into the ...

Aloha and mahalo as county conducts a changing of guard

As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to welcome Mayor-elect Mike Victorino and his team as they get ready to take the reins as the new administrative leaders of Maui County. I would also like to welcome the new County Council, some them returning members, some of them brand new and ...

Healthwise Maui

EDITOR'S NOTE: Physicians, providers and administrative staff who practice at Maui Health System hospitals and clinics answer questions from the public in Healthwise Maui, which will appear regularly on Thursdays. Maui Health System operates Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Like Ebenezer Scrooge, my view of Christmas — and of life itself — was dramatically changed by a ghostly visitor on a cold winter night, many years ago. Throughout my childhood and well into my adult years, the holiday season was my favorite time of year. I loved everything about it: ...

Maui County real property tax classification system contested

We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing Maui County seeking to invalidate its “Time Share” property classification, with the county then striking back. This week, we look at whether the property classification challenged was valid. A Circuit Court judge on Maui ...

Maui Connections

Being off-island for the last four Decembers reminds us there’s no place like Maui for the holidays. For folks who think movies are the best presents of all, Maui Film Festival presents its 20th anniversary FirstLight series, showing six of 2018’s best films and likeliest awards ...

Happy holidays and best wishes from council chair

As we near the end of the 2017–19 County Council term, I reflect on the legislative accomplishments of the council, the four years I have served as council chair, and my tenure as a council member. During this term, the council made significant improvements in the efficiency of county ...

The State of Aloha

Hanukkah came to a close earlier this week. The Festival of Lights is arguably the most recognizable Jewish holiday among non-Jewish people. Jews lit menorahs, ate traditional foods and had gatherings and parties around the candles for eight nights — even here. Maui indeed has a vibrant and ...

Healthwise Maui

EDITOR'S NOTE: Physicians, providers and administrative staff who practice at Maui Health System hospitals and clinics answer questions from the public in Healthwise Maui, which will appear regularly on Thursdays. Maui Health System operates Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

He’s making a list and checking it twice, Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice . . . Apparently, these days, Santa Claus isn’t the only one who knows if you’ve been bad or good. Googling “naughty or nice,” I found half a dozen different websites that offer to look you (or a ...

Are back assessments of property tax legal?

We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing the county, with the county then back-assessing the association for $10 million. Here we examine: “Are back assessments of property tax legal?” In most of our counties, the ordinances say that the assessor is to make a ...

Maui Connections

“Maui Connections” will not appear today. Columnist Rick Chatenever is on the Mainland.

Ask The Mayor

Q: Is it legal for Hawaii residents to carry Tasers and/or stun guns for self-defense? If this is legal, where can we purchase them? A: It is illegal to possess and/or possess “electric guns” in Hawaii, as they are referred to in Hawaii Revised Statutes. Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts ...

Final approval of Molokai Island Community Plan on Dec. 11 agenda

On Nov. 16, a public hearing, in conjunction with a full County Council meeting, was held at the Kaunakakai Elementary School, where the revisions to the Molokai Island Community Plan were approved. The meeting on Molokai gave residents another important opportunity to share testimony to ...

On a roll

They’re ready to rumble — and all for a good cause. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 16, the Azeka Shopping Center parking lot will become a sea of chrome, leather and red Santa hats. That’s when motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes will rev their engines and ride en masse from Kihei to ...

County workers recognized with awards for excellence

Throughout my time as Maui County mayor, I’ve tried to support our county departments as best I could. That’s because if you give our county workers the tools and resources they need, the community benefits from better services, programs and projects. Sometimes as a result, their work is ...