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Maui Connections

Turtle Rick got back into action on Thursday. It was many years ago — decades now — that I first claimed that title. It wasn’t long after we moved to Maui. We still lived in Kihei and got lots of visitors from the Mainland whom I’d take out snorkeling. In those days, I was one of ...

A new missile crisis unfolds with a president ill-equipped to deal with it

WASHINGTON — More than half a century ago, America faced its first nuclear weapons crisis in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy avoided the threat of a Soviet missile attack then in a nail-biting confrontation with Kremlin strongman Nikita Khrushchev. Relying more on a naval blockade and other ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I was interested in finding the map of hotel-designated condos in the Wailea area of Maui. Can you direct me to the link? A: Since you didn’t specify why this information would be useful for you, it’s a little difficult to know how best to help you. I can tell you that in Kihei and ...

Neighbor Islands should not pay for rail in Honolulu

The issue of funding Honolulu’s controversial rail project is on the verge of boiling over to the Neighbor Islands and residents should be concerned. As mentioned in my July 17 “Chair’s 3 Minutes,” the state Legislature has scheduled a special session starting on Aug. 28 to determine a ...

The State of Aloha

William Brooke O’Shaughnessy was a brilliant young man from the small city of Limerick in the midwestern region of Ireland. There was little opportunity on the Emerald Isle so he did what many promising students did: he moved. O’Shaughnessy was lucky and smart enough to transfer to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The kids in my neighborhood were greeted with rain as they returned to school Monday, prompting me to wonder about the several hundred Lahainaluna, Baldwin, and Iao students affected by the school bus driver shortage. According to Maui News articles over the past week, new bus vendor Ground ...

Grand skim of things regarding state ‘special funds’ explained

We have often spoken in this space about funding government with “special funds.” Special funds are pots of money dedicated to a specified purpose. Money in the fund can be spent for the specified purpose without going through the general appropriation process at the Legislature. ...

Maui Connections

Like icing on the cake of a fun-filled family vacation in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Santa Cruz Film Festival accepted “Kuleana” while we were still in town. The festival runs Oct. 11 to 15 in the Tannery Arts Center; “Kuleana’s” specific time and date on the program have yet to be ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Upcountry residents are under water restrictions again this summer, and I am wondering where all of the millions of gallons of fresh water per day that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. used to use is going. Why can’t the county purchase any of that water for Upcountry use? A: The ...

Meeting Maui County housing needs is a top priority

In late June, county and state departments, local nonprofits, developers and many other community stakeholders gathered for the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit. It was an important meeting of the minds, but it also underscored the importance of moving forward with creating additional ...

For singer, actress and vocal instructor Danielle Mealani Delaunay, it’s all about the music. KASEY KERBOX photo

Striking a chord

Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time — and for the right reason. Just ask Danielle Mealani Delaunay, whose unexpected brush with fame at the age of 5 unleashed a reservoir of talent. That year, Delaunay accompanied her family to Honolulu so her older sister could ...

Online appointment system available at DMVL at Maui Mall

Many of you will be happy to know that at the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing we have begun using an online appointment system. Until a few months ago, those going to the DMVL to conduct business had to take a number and physically sit and wait to be served. Our personnel there do ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A recent family reunion drew nearly all of the surviving descendants of Matsuzo and Umeto Yogi to Las Vegas. The last time we all gathered in Vegas was in 2005, celebrating my grandmother’s 100th birthday. My father, having predeceased his mother, did not make it to either party. Daddy ...

What happened to no hanahana, no kaukau?

Growing up in these islands, I always heard the part-Hawaiian proverb that describes a very simple work ethic: “No hanahana, no kaukau.” Meaning: If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Recently, some very notable people, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, have been championing the ...

Maui Connections

Whenever I file the column long distance, as I’m doing now, the challenge is how to make good on its title. In Santa Cruz, Calif., that’s no problem. The “Maui Connections” are everywhere. There’s an L&L Hawaiian Barbecue around the corner. The Aloha Grille is down the ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: We keep hearing that the Haiku Road repairs (below Fukushima Store) are nearing completion. It seems like this is taking too long. And the opening of a new subdivision entrance at Kauhikoa Road is imminent, which will only serve to exacerbate the already unsafe conditions on Kauhikoa Road. ...

Council committee continues to address agriculture in county

Agriculture throughout Maui County is at a critical juncture. It was only a little over six months ago when Hawaii’s last remaining sugar plantation closed its doors. At the time, there was uncertainty of the next chapter for local agriculture that still lingers today. What will be the ...

The State of Aloha

“Shark Week” on the Discovery channel is coming to its end. For a week you could have gorged yourself on 24 hours a day of television devoted to the most predatory creature in the ocean. You can find sharks in every ocean at a variety of depths and sizes. Perhaps the most preposterous ...

Housing First, Coordinated Entry among plans in place

Last June I wrote about the value of “Housing First” and the plan we have on Maui. I must admit, I borrowed the quote “On Maui, we have a plan” from David Nakama. Nakama is the homeless program coordinator for the newly developed Maui County Home-less Program Division, a branch of the ...

Little Charlie Gard in his final days

Charlie Gard’s parents were working on the last major decision they will make for him: how he will die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had given up their fight to secure an effective therapy for their severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby. They’ve just agreed to have him spend his last days ...