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Sharing Mana‘o

In my quest for the origin of the idiom “talking turkey” for last week’s column, I found myself wandering down side roads, distracted by other quaint figures of speech. You could say my search opened a can of worms. I was surprised to learn that, in the 1950s, fishermen on the Mainland ...

Long and hotly litigated property tax case on Maui

This week we begin a series on a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui. This case isn’t about wind turbines like we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This one involves timeshares. Some representa-tives of timeshare projects in Kaanapali were unhappy when Maui County enacted ...

Maui Connections

After the flags of Veterans Day, the historical revisions of Columbus Day, the masked revels of Halloween, the nerve-racking tensions of midterm Election Day, Thanksgiving marked the last turn before the homestretch of the holiday season. Here on the Mainland, the holidays come amid ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I know the elections are over but when is the switch officially happening? A: My administration is still in office and working until the end of the year. During that time, we will have some meetings with Mayor-elect Mike Victorino and members of his administration to ensure a smooth ...

Committee makes headway on affordable housing

Throughout this term, the County Council’s Land Use Committee, which I chair, reviewed several fast-track affordable housing projects proposed for Maui County. All told, the proposals considered were for 445 affordable units in Central Maui, Kihei, Hana and Lahaina. The state’s fast-track ...

Outstanding in her field

What happens to a broccoli plant if you sing to it? Cynthia Nazario-Leary knows. When she was in kindergarten, Nazario-Leary says a children’s story about a magical broccoli prompted her to serenade one of the stocky plants in her family’s vegetable garden. And the result? “It was a ...

What are you doing about the homeless?

Last week was National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. On Maui, the events of the week included Mayor Arakawa reading a proclamation, sign waving in both Kahului and Lahaina, a panel discussion, a candlelight vigil, a homeless resource fair and a statewide Homelessness Awareness ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Let’s talk turkey. As a child, the first time I heard that expression, I envisioned a pair of barrel-chested, scrawny-legged old men chattering unintelligibly (“gobble, gobble, gobble”), flapping their arms for emphasis. Later, when I learned that “talking turkey” referred to ...

Walden versus OHA’s LLCs

Earlier this year, we wrote about some limited liability companies formed by our Office of Hawaiian Affairs. These companies received cash and property, including 1,600-plus acres of land in Waimea Valley, from OHA. The question we raised at the time is whether the LLCs can credibly claim ...

Maui Connections

An outpouring of emotions followed my reflections in last week’s column on the life, art and untimely death of talented Maui filmmaker Robert Stone. Nancy Newnan recalled working with Bob to produce TV spots for Sir Wilfred’s, The Pet Shop, Latitudes — Furnishings for Life, among ...

The State of Aloha

From our vantage point, the highly mechanized armed conflict among the nations and empires that ravaged most of Europe and parts of Asia, Africa and, yes, even the Pacific, seems like a remote and, for many, a forgotten war. Not a single veteran from this war remains alive today. We call it ...

Giving thanks for county’s dedicated public servants

Mayors and County Council members come and go — but our civil service employees are always here. Their duties may vary, but what binds them is that they are public servants. Over the years many of them have done great things for Maui County, and I would love to express thanksgiving for ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.” Edward Albee said that, and he should know; Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes and two Tony Awards for his playwriting, as well as ...

Struggle continues with HART’s funding sources

There has been fierce debate recently over Bill 42 before the Honolulu City Council. Here’s the background: In 2007, the city passed Ordinance 07-001, which says that the Honolulu rail project would be funded only with proceeds of the general excise tax surcharge and federal money. ...

Maui Connections

Whether or not you knew Bob Stone personally, you may well know his work and the gentle sound of his voice. He was the director of the memorable documentary “Taylor Camp,” subsequently rebranded “The Edge of Paradise,” about a hippie treehouse community that took root on Kauai in the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I have a niece who is a single mother that lives in the Kulamalu affordable rentals, which really helped to keep her family together so I appreciate that being built. What is the next affordable housing project that’s coming up? These projects are too few and far between. A: Probably ...

Council approves Phase I expansion of Kula ag park

When Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. closed its doors and shut down sugar operations for good at the end of 2016, Maui was in dire need of a plan to keep thousands of acres of land in agricultural use and revive a fading farming industry. With this in mind, on Nov. 2 the Maui County ...

Neighbors: Profiles of our community

It’s been nearly two months since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, but the heartbreaking images are hard to forget: families wading through waist-deep floodwaters; children carried to safety in the arms of police officers; evacuees arriving at shelters in the pouring ...

The election’s over — now what?

It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as we expected. There were, of course, some individual surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016. For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House ...

Volunteer on Maui treated badly by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

In 1979 I decided that America needed a national memorial engraved with names of the fallen from the divisive Vietnam War. Somehow, we were able to get the memorial built in just over three years. I had a lot of help from talented people. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial gets over 5 million ...