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The State of Aloha

Before you enter the main drag, you are greeted by a sign calling the place the “biggest little town” on Kauai. It’s true. Hanapepe is a small town. Ever since the highway was built to divert drivers heading farther west to avoid the main street all together, the small town of Hanapepe ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As a longtime subscriber to The Maui News, and having worked with senior citizens for nearly 30 years, I long ago developed the habit of checking the obituaries immediately after reading the lead story on the front page. And now that I am of — ahem — a certain age, I just glance at the ...

Maui Connections

“We were talking about the space between us all.” George Harrison’s still mind-blowing “Within You and Without You” is playing on the Sirius music channel as our rented Chevy Impala deftly weaves through eight lanes of traffic on the ribbons of roadways running like blood vessels ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Who do I need to call to complain about smoking being allowed in the bathroom at my workplace? I know it’s against the law to smoke inside a workplace, but my employer continues to ignore the fact that many employees smoke inside our one men’s restroom, which is inside the building. ...

Neighbor Islands deserve better from the Legislature

This past week was spent at the state Legislature in a final effort to keep the Neighbor Islands from being dragged into Honolulu’s controversial rail project. As of this column’s deadline, it appears that despite our best efforts, the transient accommodations tax will be raised by 1 ...

At 102, Cornelia Spanier (center) credits her longevity to living a vibrant life filled with love, laughter and friendship. She got her sea legs in the late 1950s, and in the years that followed, sailed all over the world. “I’ve had so many wonderful adventures,” she said.

Neighbors: Young at heart

W hat’s the secret to a long life spanning more than a century? Cornelia Spanier says the answer is quite simple. “Don’t think old,” she said. “Think young.” And an occasional vodka martini helps, too. “You’ve got to live a little,” she laughed. Spanier, who turned ...

Infrastructure upgrades help meet Upcountry’s growing water needs

Upcountry water infrastructure improvements are, without a doubt, the most asked about aspect of our activities. They are also the most difficult to explain because there are so many components, each with its own set of obstacles. The Upcountry water system alone includes three treatment ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Every couple of months, something pops up on my Facebook news feed and grabs me by the heartstrings. This week, it was “Tuesdays with Matthew.” The post read “WATCH: Senior Citizens recreate “The Wizard of Oz” to celebrate the film’s 78th Anniversary!” Facebook knows me as well ...

Ordinance takes away land use ‘loophole’ in Honolulu

Earlier this year, the City & County of Honolulu tinkered with its real property tax system. People who aren’t aware of what happened may find themselves with property tax bills many times higher than what they are now. In Honolulu, as in most other counties here and in many ...

Maui Connections

‘Kuleana’ — writer/director Brian Kohne’s made-on-Maui, film-festival award winner — is headed to more festivals in Oklahoma, Kentucky, California and Guam in coming months. But it’s not the only movie with strong Maui connections on theater screens these days. I caught two of ...

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Whoever OK’d the removal of the monkeypod trees on Piilani Highway in Kihei should be fired. Apparently, they were destroyed because the county and adjacent homeowners association did not want ...

Taxing Neighbor Islands to fund rail seems a done deal

The State Legislature announced Thursday a plan to pay for the Honolulu rail project by raising the transient accommodations tax by 1 percent across the state. The proposed TAT hike is coupled with extending the 0.5 percent Oahu general excise tax surcharge. With the special session scheduled ...

The State of Aloha

Labor Day is around the corner. It’s more than a holiday, you know. The labor movement was once the most radical movement in the islands. And it can be traced back to a pair of haoles who crashed a homegrown movement on Maui. Bill Bailey was a real, live, flesh and blood Communist in San ...

‘Rapid Re-Housing’ an effective method for helping homeless

What are some of the causes of homelessness and what are solutions? The most common cause of homelessness is the cost of housing. Now more than ever, homes that low-income people can afford are not available. It’s a hard reality but without affordable rental options, people face ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Maui’s 2017 obon season is winding to a close, with the last two bon dances scheduled for Saturday at Kula Shofukuji Mission and Sept. 9 at the Hana Buddhist Temple. The very first bon dance was performed several thousand years ago by a Buddhist monk who, during meditation, saw his ...

Grand skim of things for DHHL detailed

Today we continue our discussion about the 5 percent charge assessed against special funds in Hawaii government, also known as the “Central Services Skim.” Last week we examined the exemptions from the skim and how it could be said that the funds that are paying the assessments are being ...

Maui Connections

They call her “the canoe.” The word is spoken with reverence, as though referring to a living ancestor with great respect. Six crew members of Hokule‘a — Kalepa Baybayan, Billy Richards, Penny Rawlins Martin, Pomai Bertelmann, Kala Baybayan and Kaniela Anakalea-Buckley — came to ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Why is the county approving short-term rentals when we have such a shortage of rentals for our workers? We should shut down applications for short-term rentals until we get a solution for our residents to have homes to rent. A: While we cannot “shut down” applications on a whim as you ...

As the program coordinator for Imua Family Services’ Dream Imua, Rainelle Lushina brings dreams to life.

Fairy Godmother for Maui children in crisis

When Rainelle Lushina joined the staff of Imua Family Services nearly two years ago, it didn’t take long for her to realize she’d landed the job of her dreams. “It’s a perfect fit for me,” she said. “I really love what I do.” And it’s a dream job in every sense of the term: ...

Interact with county by using app

We live in a mobile world. With new research indicating that smartphone users outnumber basic phone users and millions of Americans rely on iPhone, Android, or a Samsung to power their day, it’s no surprise that more local government entities are heeding the call of mobile tools. In 2015, ...