Columns

Ask The Mayor

Q: Would it be possible to brighten the streetlights on Maui at night? I am 58 and while I do not have the greatest eyesight, I am still able to see well driving on Oahu. Thank you. A: Mahalo for the question and I’d like to ask all our residents and visitors to always drive safely, ...

The State of Aloha

The first non-Polynesians to reach these islands are usually acknowledged to be Capt. James Cook and his English sailors. Of course, they weren’t the first to reach the islands. They came and found a thriving culture and population of native inhabitants with a distinct language. Almost ...

We must be guided by community values

My first week as mayor was a whirlwind of activity. On Jan. 2, I was humbled to accept the honor of serving as Maui County’s chief executive. And, just four days later, I was in the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Kalana O Maui building, listening to emergency radio ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“You’d have to be a psychotic, narcissistic, masochistic idiot to be an actor.” — Terrence McNally, “It’s Only a Play” That line, delivered in McNally’s play by aging diva Virginia Noyes, could have been written by my late husband. Even though we both worked in radio, Barry ...

So, did you meet your goals this year? — um, we dunno

Although our Legislature hasn’t opened yet, legislators are at work already. The money committees, for example, have started quizzing the various executive departments on their budget requests for the upcoming biennium (2019-20). According to law, specifically HRS section 37-75, the ...

Maui Connections

As we rediscover what winter feels like on the Mainland, with temperatures sinking into the 20s overnight and snow putting white doilies on mountain peaks around our temporary home in Tucson, Ariz., friends keep emailing about the fun I’m missing as Maui enters the new year. Joel Katz sent ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: For years, I have watched children, including my own, walk and ride their bikes to and from school along the mauka side of Waiale Road below Iao Intermediate School. This section is pretty dangerous for kids who live too close to school to ride the bus. Is there something that can be done to ...

For The Love of Dance

As the saying goes, sometimes you just have to dance. But for Erin Kowalick and Dejah Padon, it’s more than a popular catchphrase — it’s a way of life. “The creative aspect of dance is why I love it so much. I feel so free when I am dancing, like nothing else matters,” Kowalick ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What are the most common types of trauma injuries you see on Maui? Dr. Arthur Chasen, surgeon: I’d estimate that out of around 4,500 trauma cases that we see each year, about 700 are severe enough that the patient is admitted to the hospital. Unlike a big city hospital, we don’t see ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column, the first “Sharing Mana‘o” of 2019, is my 417th offering in this space. Eight years of weekly musings and memories and mom stories; 291,200 words, give or take a few hundred. That’s an educated guesstimate; I didn’t actually count them all. Many of those words were ...

No, killing a special fund doesn’t kill people

Recently, the state auditor released Report No. 18-19, which reviewed special funds, trust funds and trust accounts of our Department of Land and Natural Resources. Under law, the auditor is supposed to review an agency’s special, revolving and trust funds every five years. The review is ...

Maui Connections

When it comes to the best movies of the year, there’s one key point to remember: There’s no such thing. I think it was the late film critic Gene Siskel who said the Oscars and award season in general were pretexts for studio executives to pretend they admire the art and science of great ...

Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

As we close out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage served daily, it’s worth noting that the primary sticking point isn’t an ideological split over border security, nor is it the recalcitrance of the president or ...

The State of Aloha

An informal survey of friends and family this season has produced a diverse group of favorite holiday movies. Some of us identify with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story,” which celebrate winter’s materialism. Others vigorously defend unorthodox films ...

Healthwise Maui

EDITOR'S NOTE: Physicians, providers and administrative staff who practice at Maui Health System hospitals and clinics answer questions from the public in Healthwise Maui, which will appear regularly on Thursdays. Maui Health System operates Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Was da day aftah Christmas and all troo da house, I stay going in circles, trying fo’ catch dat darn mouse! No wondah get roaches — look all dis kaukau! I told you guys, put ‘em away when you pau! But nobody listen, nobody care. Look, on da tree — whose new underwear? Who wen’ ...

Carbon tax: Will you fiddle while Paris burns?

On Nov. 28, our state Climate Commission, consisting of 22 county and state government officials, issued a press release affirming that it supports a carbon tax “to achieve Hawaii’s ambitious and necessary emissions reduction goals.” The Climate Commission includes three members of the ...

Maui Connections

Merry Christmas! Whatever holidays you’re celebrating around the winter solstice, here’s hoping they’re full of comfort and joy. As the holidays wind down another, uh, eventful year, today we’re filled with thoughts of gifts and gratitude. It’s one of those endless tricks of the ...

Redevelopment of Wailuku town seen as a major opportunity

Last week marked an exciting milestone for Wailuku town. After 25 years of effort by many town residents, employees and business and property owners, the improvement of town infrastructure that will enable Wailuku to regain the role as Maui center of commerce, entertainment, arts, dining and ...

A family tradition

Sometimes, the smallest acts can have the biggest impact. One Maui family knows this firsthand. Six years ago, Makawao resident Penni Egger and her four kids, Lauren, Kristen, Eva and James (affectionately known as “Bear”), took a break from their holiday preparations, piled into the ...