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An opportunity for opportunity zones

Dear Gov. David Ige: Whatever you may think of President Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress, they have thrown an opportunity our way, and you need to take action very soon — by today, to be exact — to take advantage of it. The Trump tax overhaul act, sometimes known as the Tax ...

Maui Connections

“And the seasons, they go round and round, the painted ponies go up and down, we’re captive on the carousel of time.” Joni Mitchell’s lyrics were on my mind in recent weeks as I sat in on planning sessions for Saturday’s upcoming March For Our Lives Maui followed by the Concert for ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I live alone and have a bad back, but I need to get rid of my old refrigerator that is stored in my garage. If I put it out on the side of the street will the county pick it up along with my regular trash? A: I know we’ve answered this question time and time again, but people seem to ...

Support additional TAT for counties

Last week, Senate Bill 648, Senate Draft 1, House Draft 1 was released by the state House Committee on Finance. The bill proposes to increase the Neighbor Island counties’ share of the transient accommodations tax, also known as the hotel tax or TAT. For Maui County, the proposal calls for ...

Turning the page

Seabury Hall won’t be quite the same without Linda Higgins. After 38 years at the helm of the school’s library, Higgins (nee, Lindsay) retired in January. For nearly four decades, she was the heart and soul of the library — and an inspiration to thousands of students. Perhaps that’s ...

Civic hub key to Wailuku’s potential

The redevelopment of the Wailuku municipal parking lot will be worth the wait. The project has been in the visioning phase for nearly 20 years, with hundreds of folks supporting the Wailuku Redevelopment Plan’s goal: “Redevelop with Municipal Parking Lot with opportunities for mixed use ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“The word ‘theatre’ comes from the Greeks. It means ‘the seeing place.’ It is where people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.” — Stella Adler, actress, acting teacher, author Newcomers and visitors to Maui often express surprise at the quality of live ...

Groundhog Day in the state Senate

You may remember “Groundhog Day,” the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, Murray played a Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pa., found himself caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. On ...

Maui Connections

Nobody has a radio in their house anymore, says Michael Elam. Which makes it all the more remarkable that Mana‘o Radio — the island’s well-loved listener-supported station — is celebrating its Sweet 16 birthday Sunday. Michael is the president of Mana‘o’s five-person board of ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: What are the laws regarding draining a swimming pool? Can a pool owner discharge the water into the storm drains on the street? A: You have asked a very good question and to provide you with the answer, I had staff follow up with our Wastewater Reclamation Division of the Department of ...

Federal infrastructure plan would impact counties

In early February, President Donald Trump released his long-awaited federal infrastructure plan, outlining a proposal to spend federal dollars on infrastructure projects nationwide. At the core, the plan provides $200 billion in federal money to counties and states with the theory it can be ...

The State of Aloha

News on the labor front is usually bad for labor. Take Mark Janus, for example. Janus works for the state of Illinois. He’s not a member of the local public-employees union and got tired of paying a fee to the union that pursues matters affecting wages, hours and conditions of employment — ...

U.S. losing Mexico, Canada in trade?

The United States under President Trump has been retreating from leadership roles in Asia and Europe. Closer to home, his hot rhetoric about trade with Mexico and Canada is propelling our neighbors to start pulling away. Two truths here: One is that the benefits of the North American Free ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Values — Principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. According to the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of “values,” stated above, the holding of values is universal and, at the same time, deeply personal. We may not agree on what they should be, ...

By the way, could we have $50 million more?

One of the big functions of the state Legislature’s money committees — the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance — is to balance the state budget. The governor submits a budget to start with, the Council on Revenues weighs in with how much money the state ...

Maui Connections

Boy, that guy sings real good for free, I thought before realizing the distinctive voice and guitar playing on the Market Street stage at last week’s First Friday in Wailuku belonged to John Cruz. The soulful musician will be heading back to Maui March 30 and 31 for the 26th annual ...

Proposed solution to the food stamp program a dumb idea

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney deserves enormous credit for doing something that has long been needed. He wants to reform the food stamp program in America. The program has waste, fraud, and abuse issues. It is not terribly efficient. There are people in the program who do not ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I want to build a house on my family property but it’s located in a flood zone. How do I get any needed permits to build in a flood zone? A: You will need to have a flood development permit application prepared by a licensed professional engineer and architect and submitted to the ...

State proposals would impact county operations

Important measures pending at the state Legislature have the potential to adversely impact the operations of counties. Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Judiciary passed Senate Bill 2922, which proposes a constitutional amendment to establish a surcharge on residential investment ...

Taking control

It could be a scene in a horror film: Hordes of tiny, stinging insects — no bigger than the diameter of a pinhead — stealthily carve a path of destruction through an unsuspecting neighborhood. But this isn’t a movie. The threat of Wasmannia auropunctata, better known as the little fire ...