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Residents suffer when the counties lose at the Legislature

It is safe to say this past legislative session was not beneficial to the four counties, nor to our local residents and taxpayers. As part of its legislative package, the Hawaii State Association of Counties, representing Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Honolulu counties, had pushed for several ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Usually at this time of year, I devote this column to the memory of my father. This Sunday marks 17 Father’s Days without his physical presence. I think of him every day, usually with a smile and the comforting knowledge that his spirit still lives within me. But the third Sunday in June ...

Reaching back into the past

On May 22, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review in seven cases involving retroactive tax legislation. In the Dot Foods case out of Washington, which we have written about before, a company began business in Washington relying on a certain tax exemption and asked the ...

Maui Connections

A full moon was rising over the Maui Dharma Center in Paia Friday night, where the stupa — the white-domed shrine consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 2007 — was lit up like a Christmas tree. The occasion was a birthday party, the 2,560th or so, for Buddha Shakyamuni. Like so many others ...

Three easy pieces: A simple get-it-done-now economic plan

Now that former FBI Director James Comey’s hearing is complete, it’s time for everybody to roll up their sleeves and go back to work on returning the country to prosperity. The most populist policy would be to restore a long-lasting deeply rooted prosperity for every single ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: For a while, the shower at Baby Park (Lower Paia Bay) was busted, and water was spewing everywhere. Now it’s completely shut off. The park is used a lot by kids and families, and we really need something there. In the old days we had a water hose and that was enough. Can the county put ...

Residents should take advantage of prescription discount program

Even though health care is directly under the jurisdiction of the state in Hawaii, counties have proactively attempted to deal with the rising cost of health care. The Hawaii State Association of Counties, consisting of state’s four counties, has been part of a national discount ...

It is the law in Hawaii to keep rabbits contained and off the ground if they are outside. Environmental impacts not withstanding, rabbits also pose a threat to human health. Tularemia, aka “rabbit fever,” can be a serious disease for both humans and animals. 
Maui Invasive Species Committee file photo

Rabbit fever could be deadly

Several years ago, a researcher working with sparrows at a rabbit farm on Maui fell ill. He was fev-erish and tired, then started getting sores on his skin. Doctors weren’t sure what it was and although he was never officially diagnosed, he responded to treatment for tularemia, a disease ...

Dance Church Maui is an all-ages, nondenominational, substance-free event held weekly or monthly, depending on the time of year, in Makawao Union Church’s community hall. • JOSEPH JAMES Photography photo

Minister of Sound

Sometimes we just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Case in point: Mikaya Swabb, whose brush with serendipity 10 years ago put him on the path to co-create a new dance community on Maui. In 2007, Swabb returned to his hometown of Salt Lake City after spending a year abroad in ...

Rat lungworm is small but mighty foe

Rat lungworm disease became a common phrase appearing on the evening news, in the local papers and uttered throughout Maui in anxious conversations. This disease is caused by a parasitic worm, specifically called Angiostrongylus cantonensis. This little worm may be small, but it is mighty. In ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It was deja vu all over again . . . a dozen times, to be exact. “Deja Vu 12: Once in a Lifetime” brought together baby boomers, Gen Xers and millenials at the King Kamehameha Clubhouse last Saturday. The dance floor was jampacked all night long as the crowd partied to music of the 1960s and ...

PUC nominee another human casualty of legislative session

I have written previously about some of the human casualties that took place in this past legislative session. I would be remiss if I failed to mention Tom Gorak, who had been chief counsel of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission before Gov. David Ige appointed him to be one of the three PUC ...

Maui Connections

Today’s announcement that exotic Freida Pinto will be honored with the 2017 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award is fanning excitement for the festival, returning June 21 to 25 to Wailea and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. To start getting in shape to cover the festival for the 17th ...

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 ...