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It’s nice to have an advanced astronomy lab in your neighborhood. The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy’s Advanced Technology Research Center, around the corner and down the block from Longs in Pukalani, is only five minutes from where I live. When IFA, as it is called, opens ...

Trump may need to consider writing that second letter, per Stalin’s advice

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month’’ politically, this old story could even be timely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, real izing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: What is being done to address the growing presence of homeless people at Baldwin Beach Park? These individuals — many behaving strangely or appearing to be in an altered state — make many residents and their kids feel unsafe, especially around the parking lot and the pavilion. We cannot ...

As partners, state should support, not ditch counties

It is appalling to know that during this legislative session, state lawmakers have supported a measure that would take away the counties’ share of the hotel tax revenue, also known as the transient accommodations tax, or TAT. That flawed bill was House Bill 1586, which died after strong ...

Ron Panzo weaves the Lei of Aloha for Paris with his wife, Sandy, and goddaughter, Sophia Abernathy. “What makes people do this? It’s aloha,” he said.

Dream Weaver

When he was 18, Ron Panzo found inspiration in what may seem like the unlikeliest of places: the dish pit. “I learned so much from that experience,” he said. “Those lessons still remain.” Fresh out of high school, Panzo had landed a night shift dishwashing job at Nick’s Fishmarket ...

Carmakers, don’t pick fight with California

News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs. Digest those numbers ...

A Galaxy Note 7 for Trump, please

Last year, when word leaked out that Apple would not be making major design changes to its iPhone 7, Samsung decided to rush to market a new phone with a serious redesign. In rushing the design, the phone forger famous for copying Apple designs failed to test the batteries. The phones caught ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Without much hoopla, Barbie turned 58 this month, having survived decades of controversy over her unrealistic body proportions. Even before Mattel Inc. introduced her on March 9, 1959, Barbie’s bombshell figure was criticized by mothers in a test market study. In fact, the iconic fashion ...

Yes, Toto, tourists pay property tax

On March 8, the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism released a study on Hawaii real property taxes. It may be unusual for a state agency to do a study on a county tax. But this study appeared to be an outgrowth of a move by the Hawaii State Teachers ...

Maui Connections

“Man, this is a great way to play outdoors,” said Bonnie Raitt after taking the A&B Amphitheater stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Friday. The balmy night air and happy expectations of the crowd of thousands helped set the scene. She didn’t disappoint. With those ...

Join in dialogue of open minds, generous hearts

A group calling itself Maui’s Moral Majority has asked local Christian pastors to encourage church members to join in “spiritual warfare” against those who do not support the policies and actions of President Donald Trump — people they label as “the enemy.” The members of Hui Aloha ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: When is Waiale Road from Main Street to just past the jail going to be improved? I see schoolchildren and handicapped people forced to walk in the street because there are no sidewalks from Kaohu Street and Waiale Road in either direction for several blocks. Putting in a crosswalk at Waiale ...

Transportation, housing, counties initiatives advance

The county Department of Transportation presented the Maui Short Range Transit Plan to the County Council’s Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee, which I chair, to provide an overview of its operations and services. A copy of the plan is available on mauicounty.us/hht. The ...

The State of Aloha

It was a summer’s day when Pan American’s first commercial Boeing 707 jetliner landed at the Honolulu International Airport on Aug. 24, 1959 — a little more than a week after Hawaii became a state. The jet plane’s doors opened to let out a strange, new, phenomenon to the islands that is ...

Diversion Program focuses on the homeless who want to be helped

In December’s column, I wrote about changes on Maui regarding homelessness, and specifically about “Housing First.” The Housing First model has been effective in many states but requires necessary systematic changes that are mandated by federal and state government. Some of these changes ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The setting sun every day Is like a picture parade With clouds that dance in the sky . . . —From “My Hometown” by Willie K Willie K’s musical tribute to Lahaina town has been echoing in my head, alternating with childhood memories of the west side. I’m looking forward to ...

Genie will be out of bottle if education amendment passes

Last week we spoke of a bill in the Legislature that, if passed by the Legislature and approved by the voters in the 2018 general election, would authorize a substantial surcharge on real property to fund education. Proponents of the bill will be strongly arguing to the Legislature to let ...

Maui Connections

One of the unexpected perks of finally beginning to act my age is becoming a fan of the Maui Pops Orchestra. It took a while. But thanks to efforts of board President Bob Dant guiding the organization, and the persuasiveness of board members and supporters Lorne Direnfeld, Jimmy Mac (aka Jim ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I ride my bike all over West Maui and often put in 30 to 45 miles per day. Other than the occasional inattentive driver, the worst safety problem is other bicyclists riding the wrong way in the bike lanes. Many times this forces me to move into the vehicle traffic lane to avoid them, which ...