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The State of Aloha

The next time you drive out to Hana or other points east on Maui, have a look at the lush valleys you pass through on the Hana Highway. Don’t be embarrassed if folks think you’re a tourist slowing down to take in the view. You are sure to see verdant hills and countless trees filling the ...

Judgment and criticism don’t help situation for the homeless

Rather than reporting homeless statistics this month, I want to share from my heart, hoping that my personal experience and perspective will provide some empathy and understanding. Last week on Valentine’s Day, I had the privilege to be the guest speaker at a dinner sponsored by the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“He’s working quietly And effectively To do what is best for Hawaii.” If you’re a longtime local, I’ll bet you are not only singing those lyrics in your mind right now, you probably voted for the man for whom that campaign jingle was written. George Ariyoshi holds the ...

Trump Tax in Hawaii?

One of the more visible tax issues that our lawmakers will be thinking about this session is how to adapt the new federal tax law changes, sometimes called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what we have been calling Trump Tax, to Hawaii. Each year, our Department of Taxation is required to ...

Maui Connections

A recent visit from our daughter and granddaughter gave us the chance to be Maui tourists for a few days. It was fun. Even though our daughter grew up here, I always appreciate the opportunity to look at our island through Mainland visitors’ fresh eyes. Pretending you’re one of them ...

Making OHA accountable is an incredibly challenging task

In light of the state audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs covering the years 2013-16 that was released last week, I wanted to share my manao and the path for which I hope to see OHA pursue. First and foremost, the board is taking swift action to ensure that the policies which govern this ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I know there are a lot of good police officers on this island who work very hard and are truly dedicated in their service in keeping our community safety. However, I would like to make a police-related complaint. How do I go about filing a complaint? A: I agree with you, there are many, ...

Council considers variety of matters

The Maui County Council had a full committee schedule this past week and acted on many important matters. Over 40 nominations to county boards and commissions were considered by the Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee. This includes members of the Liquor Control ...

Neighbors: Going for gold

Since 1920, Monaco has participated in the Olympic Games 29 times — and so far, no athlete from the tiny country has ever brought home a medal. Kihei resident Kristie Stofler intends to change that. For the past four months, the 40-year-old triathlete has been training for the 2020 Summer ...

Maui County focused on water reuse, not wastewater injection

The county Department of Environmental Management is looking for all possible alternatives to reuse our recycled wastewater so that we no longer have to depend on injection wells to dispose of treated effluent. Maui County’s recycled water is clean enough to be able to be used to irrigate ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It’s too late for this Valentine’s Day, but if your sweetheart is an old-fashioned gal or guy, I’ve found the perfect card for you! It’s a bit pricey, but you should probably buy it now because it’s sure to cost more next February, if it’s even available by then. An eBay collector ...

Devil’s in the details for Hawaii’s earned income tax credit

In the 2017 session, our Legislature passed an earned income tax credit, which its supporters maintain is the best solution to lift families out of poverty since sliced bread. At the Department of Taxation‘s urging, however, the tax credit was made nonrefundable. Advocates clearly didn’t ...

Maui Connections

Lots of names to drop this week, and lots of help from friends telling me about events I missed as I was busy entertaining family here for a whirlwind visit. Under stormy skies a week ago, a bolt of lightning and thunderous boom struck during a cover of the Doors classic “Riders On the ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Will the new Central Maui Regional Sports Complex have a jungle gym for little kids to play on, similar to the one located at Keopuolani Park? Thank you. A: No, at this time plans do not call for a playground there. When the park was originally designed, it was to address the shortage in ...

Important county bills moving at Legislature

Although this past week has been relatively quiet for the Maui County Council, I have been closely monitoring many bills being scheduled for consideration at the state Legislature with potential impact on the counties. Two important bills are Senate Bills 2963 and 2999, relating to taxing ...

The State of Aloha

People usually don’t characterize the 1950s as a radical time. But beyond the conformist and suffocating culture of the United States, the mid-20th century saw waves of momentous change and optimism. After World War II, colonialism was on its way out. Empires were collapsing. Europe ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“I ain’t dead yet. Don’t be putting me in the coffin already.” — Willie K Since Willie K’s bout with lung cancer became public, he and his family have been inundated with calls and messages expressing shock and sorrow. While the legendary entertainer sincerely appreciates the ...

How much does a crosswalk cost?

Most of us are familiar with crosswalks and traffic signals. We pass a few of them every day. We might get stopped by a red light at one of them. But have we ever stopped to think how much one of these things costs? One of the bills introduced in the current legislative session, Senate Bill ...

Maui Connections

Nostalgia was the theme last Saturday night, which explains why there were more go-go boots, gold chains, dancers on roller skates and tie-dye in all shapes and sizes than you normally see at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The occasion was Art=MIXX, one of the free, multimedia happenings ...

Patriotism on the cheap

For the first two centuries of U.S. history — while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars — the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own individual ...