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Ask The Mayor

Q: I’m a Kula mom of three small children. Almost 2 years ago, our beloved swings were taken down at Kula Park. It was the only equipment we had access to in Kula. We (Kula moms) watched the swing set being torn down and a new one built . . . but without swings. We called and emailed for ...

Voters deserve facts on proposed Constitutional Amendment

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 support public education?” Residents have had a number of questions ...

The State of Aloha

The Supreme Court of the United States was established in 1789. Since then, only 113 people have had the privilege to sit on the bench. Out of that number, only four are women. Only three are not white. And only eight grew up with a religion other than Christianity. And these minorities have ...

Passing ballot measure may have adverse implications

During this year’s general election on Nov. 6, there is a ballot measure which reads, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?” Please note that as written, the passing of this ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“ . . .ordinary men who accomplished extraordinary feats” Describing the subjects of Los Angeles photographer Shane Sato’s book, “The Go For Broke Spirit — Portraits of Courage,” Dr. Mitchell T. Maki wrote about the courage, sacrifice and loyalty of WWII nisei veterans in a brief ...

Guess which agency can impose state tax?

Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department of Education. The DOE currently receives an appropriation from the State’s General Fund of about $2 billion and is also ...

Maui Connections

words and pictures. Taken together, they’re a big theme in Mr. Chatenever’s English 100 class at UH-Maui College. Words can profoundly change the picture we’re looking at. They can change what we think we’re seeing. In fact, the brain’s role is as important as the eyes’ in what we ...

Community budget meetings are a vital part of planning

The county’s fiscal year begins on the first day of July and ends on the thirtieth day of June but the budget process is a year-round continual process. The Budget Office prepares and submits instructions for development of the next fiscal year’s department proposed budgets shortly after ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Other counties in Hawaii provide free sandbags and filling material prior to major storms (other places in U.S. provide them year-round). Will Maui create a network of these flood resources that can protect property and save lives? A: It’s true that Hawaii County provides sandbags and ...

3 charter amendment proposals to be on general election ballot

Pursuant to Article 14 of the Revised Charter of the County of Maui (1983), as amended, amendments to the County Charter can be initiated either by the County Council or by petition. In either case, amendments are then proposed to voters at the next general election. The Policy, Economic ...

Force for good

Every month, without fail, a group of residents gathers in a classroom at UH-Maui College for a morning meeting. They come from different walks of life, but they are there for the same reason. To save lives. These are the members of the Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force, also known as ...

Homeless outreach workers persevere through barriers

I gotta say, I am amazed at the effectiveness that comes from the perseverance of the Family Life Center (FLC) outreach workers. These folks work tirelessly to seek out those who need their specialized help. FLC faces daily scenarios that most people (including me) would consider impossible. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As you may have read in this space last week, my mother and I have been enjoying a weeklong cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the Ruby Princess. Veteran travelers and even the Princess Cruises website had warned us to expect inclement weather, given the time of year. So we were ...

The public should know they are voting on a tax

The news recently mentioned a lawsuit that the City and County of Honolulu, now joined by the other three counties, has leveled against our state government regarding the HSTA-sponsored constitutional amendment. The counties, obviously not overjoyed at the prospect of the state slapping a ...

Maui Connections

Seasons change subtly, here in the islands. Tourists can be excused for thinking we don’t even have seasons. They assume Guy Hagi comes in once a month to do his forecast, then the station puts it on a tape loop. The weather’s always perfect in paradise, some might say, but longtime ...

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

Maui County policymakers have typically decried short-term rentals that are unpermitted. But rather than erect significant barriers to their operation — including a limit on their numbers — the county should make it easier for them to become legal, so as to benefit not only the short-term ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The parking lot across from Kamaole Beach Park III, owned by the county, was turned over for management to Diamond Parking Service, becoming LOT HM 21 for them. Since its management, the parking lot, which is badly needed on weekends when the Kamaole Beach parking lot is overfilled, has ...

County zoning maps enter the digital age

Zoning designations are a vital function of our county government. Residents are supposed to have a say in the characteristics of their community by determining and limiting allowable uses through community plan reviews and updates to zoning. Zoning can be complex and challenging for the ...

The State of Aloha

George Young is a Vietnam veteran from Hilo who served in the U.S. Army for 21 years. After the Army, Young found work as an airport security guard and, naturally, was allowed to carry a firearm. Then — after 17 years on the job — he retired. More than a decade ago, Young was talking ...

A lot of people contribute to emergency preparedness

Whenever there’s a storm system in the Pacific Ocean, the county’s Maui Emergency Management Agency is keeping an eye on it, along with the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Once the storm passes the 140th west longitude (known as the 140th ...