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Exemption from general excise tax erodes tax base

House Bill 2748, which will become law soon, is sometimes referred to as the “Bob Nakata bill” after the former legislator, now a minister, who was one of the bill’s champions. It aims to advance the goal of providing “affordable housing” in our island state. One part of the bill ...

Maui Connections

When our nephew got married recently in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, he and his bride picked some Beatles songs for the ceremony. “Here Comes the Sun” as the bride walked up the aisle. “All You Need Is Love” as the bride and groom made their exit. It wasn’t lost on me that ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Hawaii Revised Statutes 142-95 says that rabbits need to be kept off the ground. Well, I have a neighbor who has rabbits, and they keep escaping and ruining my wife’s vegetable garden. I keep telling him he needs to get this under control or they’re going to escape and breed and become ...

The State of Aloha

I play soccer. Not professionally, of course, but for recreation and for fun. I’m not alone. The game is cherished by many here on Maui. In fact, despite our long distances from the gray brick streets of Northern England, the sunny plazas of Latin American cities or even the monstrous ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother turns 93 next Monday. This presents me with a couple of dilemmas. First, what do you get a nonagenarian mom who insists, as moms will, that she doesn’t want anything for her birthday? The bucket list she started 10 years ago has been completed, amended and ...

If no one rocks the boat, it will never change direction

A little over 20 years ago, on May 6, 1998, then-Maui Mayor Linda Lingle was speaking to a group of business leaders from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Before the meeting, she was told that she could speak on anything she wanted to, but she was specifically told not to criticize any ...

Maui Connections

“Maui Connections” will not appear today. Columnist Rick Chatenever will be taking a break for a couple of weeks. “Maui Connections” will return later this month.

Ask The Mayor

Q: I would like to know if there are plans to install sidewalks on Makawao Avenue. It is a really busy street and one that many children walk along to get to school. In addition, people who utilize the bus service also walk along this street. Without sidewalks, people have to walk on the street ...

County revives First-time Homebuyers Program

During the fiscal year 2019 budget deliberations, the County Council appropriated $2 million for the revival of the county’s First-time Homebuyers Program. The program was last active from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2013 and provided individual grants worth up to $15,000 to Maui ...

In her shoes

Twenty-four days. 480 miles. One mission. Kihei resident Linda Lafragiola has gone to great lengths to help find a cure for breast cancer — literally. Since 2012, she’s completed eight Susan G. Komen 3-Days, walking 60 miles over the course of eight three-day weekends to promote breast ...

Tropic Care 2018 will bring no-cost health care to residents

This year the U.S. military, State of Hawaii Department of Health and County of Maui will once again be bringing no-cost health care to our residents. Tropic Care 2018 will be taking place next month in all county districts, including Central, South and West Maui, as well as Hana, Molokai ...

Maui policymakers should consider a spending cap

Maui County’s budget growth in recent years has been far outpacing its average wages, suggesting that perhaps now is the time for the county to impose a spending cap to bring its spending more in line with what its taxpayers can afford. The county’s budget overall increased by over 16 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last week I celebrated my son’s birthday alone, sighing over a stack of old letters. Jimmy, my only child, has lived in Michigan for the past 20 years and, while he has built a wonderful life there, I know he longs to come home to Maui. I, of course, would love nothing better. Each year, when ...

It’s not easy to be an employer in Hawaii

It’s tough being an employer, especially here in Hawaii. If I am a business, or even a nonprofit, in Hawaii and I want to hire paid staff, there are all kinds of things to consider. Before I hire the worker, I need to comply with laws saying what I can and can’t ask the prospective ...

Maui Connections

“Maui Connections” will not appear today. Columnist Rick Chatenever will be taking a break for a couple of weeks. “Maui Connections” will return later this month.

Ask The Mayor

Q: Would it be possible for the county to make a compost-making site? It could be sort of like a recycling program for the green waste on Maui. I’ve noticed how Maui has the capability to thrive in making compost when I see truckloads of cut-down trees and branches to dead leaves (aka green ...

The State of Aloha

Long ago the Democratic Party was torn asunder on national television. Violence and vitriol unfolded before the country’s collective eyes at the party’s national convention held at the International Amphitheater, a mammoth venue, located among the notorious stockyards on the South Side of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As the month of June draws to a close, two birthdays — neither of them my own — are stirring wistful memories of my early days in Maui radio. This Saturday, my baby boy turns 41. I met and married his father, Jim Collins, when we both worked at KMVI Radio. Jim was the afternoon drive DJ ...

Sometimes the promises the government makes change

A few days ago, I got my annual emailed reminder from the Social Security folks that they had prepared an electronic statement for me — they’ve gone green, so they aren’t sending those statements on paper any more. For the first time in years, I logged in and looked at it. There, in the ...

Maui Connections

Koko, the gorilla who learned to converse in sign language, died Thursday at age 46. It was all over the news. I never actually met her, but Koko helped introduce me to Maui after my family moved here in 1991. I had accepted a job with The Maui News to create and run the Maui Scene, and a ...