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Sharing Mana‘o

“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful.” The quotation above is often attributed to Plato, but it ...

‘Auto-raided’ bills bear little resemblance to the originals

In last week’s article I said we should look forward to lots of surprises as lawmakers press forward during the legislative session with techniques such as “gut and replace” to give legislative bills content that doesn’t at all resemble what they previously looked like. Here are some ...

Maui Connections

It wasn’t an exaggeration when drama instructor Chris Kepler called last Friday — April 20, 2018 — “a historic day.” Opening night of the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center was the culmination of more than a decade it took to get it built. It was also, as the ’60s bumper ...

Paid family leave can serve the public good

My wife is from Sweden and a few years ago we were visiting her family. On a tour bus, the driver explained that every citizen in Sweden receives 480 publicly funded parental leave days. Both parents can take a portion of these days and a good majority of the leave provides 80 percent of the ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Is there any way to coordinate the traffic lights at more of the intersections? For example, as you cross Dairy Road headed north on Puunene where it drops into one lane, it’s often backed up as the light at Papa will go red and force quite a clog of traffic. Also, driving through the ...

The State of Aloha

I can still remember the large cloth tapestry hanging high near the ceiling, directly across from the brown-painted stage at my cafeteria at Haiku Elementary School. In the background of the tapestry were a cloudless, pale blue sky and the lonesome, dark summit of Haleakala. In the foreground ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“You know you’re getting old when policemen and doctors look like kids to you.” I was a teenager the first time I heard my mother muse about aging, and I chuckled at the thought. Thirty years later, I found myself repeating Mom’s observation, but with less amusement. I was in my ...

The feds gave you a break? Now we, the state, can turn the screws!

It’s not often that state lawmakers express their justification for imposing taxes in terms other than “We need the money to fund essential services and programs.” But how about this? The following language is from an actual bill. The Legislature finds that the federal government has ...

Maui Connections

Gridlock in Haiku. Bumper to bumper, stop and go in both directions on Hana Highway. What was happening last Saturday morning? A new apocalypse movie? Instant urbanization comes to the north coast? Another incoming missile alert? Actually, it was the Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: When are we going to finish paving the rest of Omaopio Road? This would be from the landfill up to where it was paved a couple years ago. Q: I am concerned about Pulehu Road. It is in desperate need of repaving in the mid-to-lower part, above the dump. People are driving over the ...

Real property taxes are vital to county operations

Last week, the state House of Representatives passed Senate bill 2922, which seeks to amend the state constitution to allow the Legislature to add a surcharge on investment real property to support public education. The bill will likely head to conference committee and the House and the ...

On the right track

Three pairs of well-worn roller skates. Eight trips to the RollerCon convention in Las Vegas. And more bruises than she can count. It’s been a wild ride for Sarah Gray, one of the founding members of the Maui Roller Girls flat-track roller derby league — and she wouldn’t change a thing. ...

Facebook cleary will not fix itself

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. . . . We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. . . . We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

In the flood of tributes to former U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka upon his passing last Friday, from the Washington Post to The Maui News, throughout mainstream media and social networks, one word prevailed. Colleagues and constituents, friends and fans found it impossible to describe the beloved ...

The Fair Housing Act marks 50 years today

The Realtors Association of Maui believes that Maui’s vibrant mix of cultures is what makes us great and gives our community strength. With that diversity in mind, today we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act being enacted into law back on April 11, 1968. In addition, RAM ...

Can government avoid its responsibilities with LLCs?

Do you recognize any of these names: Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC, Hi‘ipaka LLC and Ho‘okele Pono LLC? For one thing, all of them have “LLC” in their names. LLC is an abbreviation for limited liability Co. A LLC is a legal “person,” something like a corporation but much easier to ...

Maui Connections

Aloha Friday acquired powerful new meaning last week in the chambers of the Maui County Council. The morning’s agenda included a proclamation honoring the cast and crew of the Maui-made movie “Kuleana,” and another one honoring the late Richard Ho‘opi‘i, whose soaring falsetto voice ...

House representative blocks much needed DOCARE Academy Bill

For well over a decade I’ve been an advocate for the state Department of Land and Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement. In that time, I’ve seen the constant changing of DLNR directors as well as DOCARE chiefs. When any new leadership takes the reins, there are ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: My neighborhood, Lukaha Circle in Kihei, recently had the road surface conditioning done on it. After they finished the surfacing, they came back and painted the lines back on the road. Most of them. There is a small section that they haven’t repainted at all, and it looks ridiculous. When ...