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Vote ‘yes’ on the proposed constitutional amendment

This is a tale of two schools. School A has small class sizes where the individual needs of students can be met by well-qualified teachers and aides, classrooms and restrooms that are in good repair, air conditioning and furniture that provide a comfortable learning environment, digital ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Does Maui have a sobering center or a place to treat people with a problem before they have to go to jail. When I say jail, I mean a place for people who can’t be rehabilitated and have to be taken away from the rest of us. I truly believe most people don’t need jail but rehabilitation. ...

Voters deserve facts on proposed constitutional amendment

NOTE: This article is the second of a three-part informational series. On this year’s general election ballot, the following question will be posed to voters: “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to ...

‘It’s where my heart is happiest’

It’s all fun and games at Maui Adult Day Care Centers. Literally. On any given day, the nonprofit organization hosts a variety of social and mind-stimulating activities — from card games to dancing to karaoke — that bring joy to its 300-plus clients. And there’s plenty of joy to go ...

Hawaiian Homes Commission convenes Monday and Tuesday

The piko, or center, of the Native Hawaiian universe well may be Wailuku starting 9:30 Monday morning. And residents and visitors alike are welcome when the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) convenes Monday and Tuesday to consider Hawaiian issues and concerns on the Valley Isle and statewide. To ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Mom, you’re gonna be one of those cat ladies someday.” When my son told me that, nearly 30 years ago, my husband, Barry, shot him a look that said, clearly, “She already is!” Back then, we lived in Spreckelsville, near a popular dumping ground for unwanted kittens. Over a couple of ...

Department of Education may be forgoing millions in federal dollars

One article that recently appeared in the Star-Advertiser was titled, “State forgoing millions in federal reimbursements.” The state agency referred to in that article was our Department of Education. We have children from indigent families in our school system. Some of them, especially ...

Maui Connections

Whenever I see that TV ad about the “ingredient first discovered in jellyfish,” it reminds me of my own up-close-and-personal experience with a Portuguese man-of-war. The product in the ad is supposed to help the memory in people of a certain age. People of my age, actually. I can’t ...

We have an education equity emergency in Hawaii

This summer, after years of supporting legislation to better fund our schools, Parents for Public Schools of Hawai‘i set up a coalition to support the education funding measure for a constitutional amendment to enable the legislature to levy a property tax surcharge on residential investment ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I’m a Kula mom of three small children. Almost 2 years ago, our beloved swings were taken down at Kula Park. It was the only equipment we had access to in Kula. We (Kula moms) watched the swing set being torn down and a new one built . . . but without swings. We called and emailed for ...

Voters deserve facts on proposed Constitutional Amendment

On this year’s general election ballot, the following question will be posed to voters: “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?” Residents have had a number of questions ...

The State of Aloha

The Supreme Court of the United States was established in 1789. Since then, only 113 people have had the privilege to sit on the bench. Out of that number, only four are women. Only three are not white. And only eight grew up with a religion other than Christianity. And these minorities have ...

Passing ballot measure may have adverse implications

During this year’s general election on Nov. 6, there is a ballot measure which reads, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?” Please note that as written, the passing of this ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“ . . .ordinary men who accomplished extraordinary feats” Describing the subjects of Los Angeles photographer Shane Sato’s book, “The Go For Broke Spirit — Portraits of Courage,” Dr. Mitchell T. Maki wrote about the courage, sacrifice and loyalty of WWII nisei veterans in a brief ...

Guess which agency can impose state tax?

Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department of Education. The DOE currently receives an appropriation from the State’s General Fund of about $2 billion and is also ...

Maui Connections

words and pictures. Taken together, they’re a big theme in Mr. Chatenever’s English 100 class at UH-Maui College. Words can profoundly change the picture we’re looking at. They can change what we think we’re seeing. In fact, the brain’s role is as important as the eyes’ in what we ...

Community budget meetings are a vital part of planning

The county’s fiscal year begins on the first day of July and ends on the thirtieth day of June but the budget process is a year-round continual process. The Budget Office prepares and submits instructions for development of the next fiscal year’s department proposed budgets shortly after ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Other counties in Hawaii provide free sandbags and filling material prior to major storms (other places in U.S. provide them year-round). Will Maui create a network of these flood resources that can protect property and save lives? A: It’s true that Hawaii County provides sandbags and ...

3 charter amendment proposals to be on general election ballot

Pursuant to Article 14 of the Revised Charter of the County of Maui (1983), as amended, amendments to the County Charter can be initiated either by the County Council or by petition. In either case, amendments are then proposed to voters at the next general election. The Policy, Economic ...

Force for good

Every month, without fail, a group of residents gathers in a classroom at UH-Maui College for a morning meeting. They come from different walks of life, but they are there for the same reason. To save lives. These are the members of the Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force, also known as ...