Columns

Unshackle Maui taxis to help them compete

In the wake of the state announcing that ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft can now pick up customers at Kahului and Kapalua airports, Maui airport taxi drivers are expressing frustration that such companies will essentially be operating as taxis while not having to meet the same legal ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I’m a mom of three young and active boys and just moved Upcountry. Since I’m now closer to Kula Hospital than Maui Memorial, can I go to the Kula ER for cuts and stitches and X-rays, or do I still need to drive to the Maui Memorial ER? Rachel Corah, Manager, Kula Hospital Emergency ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I had that dream again, the recurring nightmare familiar to every actor I know. Folks who’ve never graced a stage may not empathize, but I’m sure they experience similar ordeals apropos to their professions. In my version, I’m usually backstage at the Baldwin High School auditorium, as ...

Maui Connections

Of all the things I’m missing by being away from Maui so long, Sunday’s “Big Game” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is at the top of the list. Not the game itself. I mean, what game? This wasn’t a case of the commercials being better than the game — they just provided ...

Democrats’ radicalism problem

President Trump is deeply unpopular. According to RealClearPolitics, his favorability ratings now stand at just 41 percent — near-historic lows. This means that Democrats have the upper hand heading into 2020. All they have to do is not be radically insane. And they just can’t do ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What are the three concepts being mulled for the South Maui Community Park? I read that all of the concepts include a small amphitheater, walking paths and a sports field. Will there also be more parking? A: I am very excited for this much-needed project in our South Maui community and I am ...

Role model

If you ask Linda Carnevale to list every theatrical play or musical she’s directed or performed in — well, you better clear your schedule. “Yes, it’s a very long list,” she laughed. She’s landed a lot of roles over the years, but there are two she was born to play: Carnevale is a ...

We’re in the business of providing public service

Excellent customer service endures as an underlying principle of business success. It was true when I managed Zales at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. It was true when I managed McDonald’s restaurants and insurance companies. Now, customer service is a core value for me as mayor. Starbucks ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I heard that the at-home DNA testing kits I see advertised everywhere can test for a person’s susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. Is that true and how accurate are those results? Christine Spencer, Maui County regional coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association: Alzheimer’s is one of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Harold’s Inn is gone. For good. Although it’s been closed for decades, I’ve harbored the hope that someone would refurbish and reopen the little open-air diner at the heart of the old Kahului Shopping Center. Last week that dream was demolished, along with three of the center’s ancient, ...

Maui Connections

At 82, his singing voice is little more than a raspy whisper. He’s the first to admit he doesn’t remember stuff the way he used to. But no matter how often I listen to Kris Kristofferson work through the songbook that has landed him in at least two songwriting halls of fame, I hear ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The houses across the street from us are very likely using the premises as an illegal short-term vacation rental. They let out like they are letting friends stay there, but I don’t really believe it. No one has that many friends good enough to turn over their home to for free. How are we ...

The State of Aloha

Rep. Ed Case really stepped in it. Freshly elected to the U.S. House and back in the Capitol representing Hawaii’s 1st District, Case spoke at the Renaissance Washington hotel Jan. 15. The event was a celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander congresspersons. It was one of those ...

Program making homeless management more productive

It was just over two years ago when the Maui Homeless Alliance started implementing “Housing First.” Many changes had to be made and the process was difficult but well worth it. The Housing First model is proving to be effective in housing those who in the past were unable to be housed. ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is Maui Health System doing to address the primary care and specialist doctor shortage on Maui? Michael Rembis, CEO, Maui Health System: Physician recruitment is critical to Maui Health System’s mission to provide excellent health care to the communities we serve. We have been ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A dental emergency sent me down Memory Lane last week. Thirty years after my father capped my upper left wisdom tooth with a gold crown, the crown fell victim to an old-fashioned gumdrop candy, the kind Daddy and I sometimes enjoyed together. Dental crowns generally last 10 to 15 years if ...

Maui Connections

When this column turns to matters of the heart, it’s usually about some movie I’ve just seen, some play I’ve attended, some music I’ve heard. Not this week. Heart attacks are statistics. They’re sudden, frightening, mysterious tragedies that happen to other people . . . right up ...

Dr. King was a light for the world

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Ga. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not like to ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I live in a residential area in Kihei and there has been very loud construction going on in my area for the past couple of months. Trucks start beeping and gravel is being broken starting as early as 6 a.m., including on weekends. I don’t know if these are construction trucks or garbage ...

Keeping It Clean By Recycling, Volunteering

Dozens of old washing machines. Hundreds of defunct flat-screen TVs. And more rusty refrigerators than she can count. Liz May has seen her share of electronic waste over the years — and she’s doing her part to make sure it is properly disposed of and recycled. “When you see that ...