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U.S. creates industry to clean up massacres

America woke up Oct. 2 to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this story stand out. It was the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

With the exception of this weekly column, most of my writing is intended to be heard rather than read. Storytelling and speechmaking are the usual objectives. Recently, though, I have received a varied spate of writing assignments, from adapting a classic fairytale into a children’s play, to ...

If you’re still paying ‘use tax’ on Amazon purchases stop

Most of us know that when we purchase a good or service in Hawaii, we must pay tax. It’s called the general excise tax, or GET, and it seems to show up in the price of everything we buy. This tax, unlike most sales taxes, is imposed on the merchant selling the goods or services to us, but ...

Maui Connections

Whether being called the next economic gold rush or proclaimed as a miracle medical cure, marijuana is all over the news these days. It brings a whole new meaning to the concept of “buzz.” A majority of states have now legalized the use of cannabis — either medically, recreationally or ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When will south Kihei’s lower road be repaved? After rainstorms, potholes are only patched. Nothing done after construction projects. It’s ruining my tires. A: A resurfacing project will begin ...

Counties cannot cover more state functions

This past week, the County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee recommended approval of an amended agreement with the State of Hawaii to continue county lifeguard services at Makena State Park through Sept. 30. Makena and other state beaches come under the jurisdiction of the state, but ...

The State of Aloha

Like most little boys on the island, my excitement grew as September started to wind down. First you’d see the wooden shacks pop up on the soccer field by the road across the street from the police station. That was the rows and rows of food booths. Then the large scaffolding and folded-up ...

Maui needs farmers and to grow what we have the capacity to grow

According to the state Department of Agriculture’s “Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline” study, released back in 2015, prior to the sugar cane industry shutting down Maui had 44,360 acres in total area of crops being grown. This included seed production, commercial forestry, sugar ...

Democrats should not blame the voters who are not racist

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

Sharing Mana‘o

All my (nine) children have love marriage. I think that better than matchmake kind like us. — Ushii Nakasone, quoted in “Picture Bride Stories” by Barbara F. Kawakami Over 20,000 issei (first-generation Japanese) women immigrated to Hawaii between 1885 and 1924 to marry strangers, men ...

We should care about Peter Fritz v. Department of Taxation

Over the past several months there has been a court fight brewing that could have changed how the Department of Taxation lobbies for legislation. That’s right. Not only special interest groups and activists lobby for legislation. The department does too. Every year the department ...

Maui Connections

Hold the presses, this just in from our Guam bureau: “Kuleana” has been named “Best of Fest” at the 2017 Guam International Film Festival! Writer-director Brian Kohne emailed from Hagnata where the Hafa Adai! Festival was winding down. He was excited to pick up the film’s first ...

This emperor has no clothes

I am writing early in the transition of the Kaiser assumption of management of Maui community hospital to give my initial impressions. I am a surgeon/physician, in practice on Maui for over 25 years. Moreover, I have made a substantial investment in the Maui community recently by founding ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: After watching Hurricane Irma devastate Florida, I wonder what buildings Maui has, specifically Upcountry, that would serve as storm shelters for a Category 4 or 5 hurricane? Where do we find a list for shelters nearby? A: While there are a number of concrete or reinforced buildings and ...

Community plan updates set for Molokai, West Maui

This past Tuesday, the County Council’s Planning Committee continued its review of the Molokai Community Plan. The special meeting on Molokai allowed the committee to hear directly from residents on an updated blueprint for their island’s future. Molokai’s community plan was last ...

Diane Petropulos is a lead mediator and trainer for Maui Mediation Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides alternative dispute resolution, facilitation and training to Maui, Molokai and Lanai residents.

A Guiding Light

Diane Petropulos has always had a knack for seeing both sides of an issue. Perhaps that’s why, as an elementary school student, she wrote an essay titled: “I want to be a judge when I grow up.” Today, Petropulos isn’t presiding over court proceedings — but on any given day ...

Trump could confuse our way back into climate deal

Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement? The bets are on, and this bet says he will. Recent days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he spoke ...

Indigenous tourism can lead to Native Hawaiian prosperity

When Hawaii became a state in 1959, residents outnumbered tourists by about 2-to-1. Today, tourists outnumber residents by 6-to-1 and they outnumber Native Hawaiians by 30-to-1. Last year, tourists spent $15.6 billion in Hawaii, but much of that money left the islands to enrich multinational ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My monthlong birthday celebration continues today with a Hana overnight getaway. Actually, I’m driving over for a volunteer gig, but the way I see it, any time spent in Hana is vacation time. And this particular assignment is pure fun. The Read Aloud Program brings parents and children ...

Harbors are for soaking the taxpayer

As we reported previously, administrative rules were finalized last December that wrought significant increases in fees charged by the state Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. Those fees increased 17 percent beginning on Feb. 1; they will increase another 15 percent on Oct. 1; they ...