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Finance director confirmation and circuit breaker tax credit considered

Maui County is one step closer to appointing a new director of finance. The County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee unanimously recommended approval of Mark Walker’s nomination to the position this past week. After nearly seven years on the job, Danilo ...

The State of Aloha

Here’s how it all unraveled for Louis Kealoha, the chief of police for the Honolulu Police Department, and his wife, Katherine, a city deputy prosecutor. On a summer’s night in 2013, Katherine called the police to report that their mailbox fronting their home in Kahala was missing. The HPD ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The joy of aging. The joy of caregiving. Recently I was asked to deliver a speech on one of those topics. “Or both,” suggested Margie at Maui Adult Day Care Centers. “We would like you to give an inspirational talk at our annual board dinner.” She said I could take a couple of days to ...

Do ocean-friendly restaurants merit a real property tax break?

The Honolulu City Council recently approved on first reading Bill 80 (2017), which would award a real property tax exemption to “ocean-friendly restaurants.” The term “ocean-friendly restaurant” was coined by a nonprofit organization called the Surfrider Foundation. That ...

Maui Connections

One night when Stefan Schaefer was kissing his son, Cyrus, goodnight they accidentally bumped foreheads. This prompted Cyrus to say, “Dad, wouldn’t it be amazing if I had access to your memories?” Most fathers would marvel at their child’s imagination at such a time, but Stefan took ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I have information that leads me to believe that work on a major electrical contract in town is being done by a contractor that is not licensed to do work in the state. Where can I find out whether they are licensed, and if not, how can I file a complaint? A: You can contact the state ...

Counties preparing for the state legislative session

On Oct. 16, the County Council’s Policy, Economic Development, and Agriculture Committee recommended approval of the Hawaii State Association of Counties legislative package that will be introduced to the state Legislature in January. Every year, HSAC, which represents the collective voice ...

Melinda Clarke

Neighbors: Profiles of our community

It all started with a simple act of kindness. Fifty-three years ago, Melinda Clarke was leaving an evening poetry class at her alma mater, Penn State, when she spotted a young Japanese man standing in the street, clearly lost. Instinctively, Clarke came to his aid; she learned he had just ...

Maria reminder of Iniki 25 years later

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. As a near-Category 5 hurricane, Maria cause widespread devastation to the island. Power to most of the island was gone due to damage to the electrical infrastructure. A month later, power has still not been restored to most of the island. And ...

Sharing Mana‘o

With Halloween a week away, the holiday season is about to begin. No, I’m not going to rant about the ever-increasing commercialization of Christmas, or folks who put up their trees and lights weeks before Thanksgiving. I am, however, concerned about one particular casualty of early-onset ...

Did Department of Taxation turn the corner on customer service?

It’s about time for our annual review of the Department of Taxation and its customer service. Let’s see how the department did in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, as reflected in the department’s annual report. One notable improvement has been in the department’s call answer ...

Maui Connections

There’s nothing like a rattlesnake in the garage to make you say, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Maui anymore.” “Yep, that’s a diamondback, all right,” said the ranger at Sabino Canyon in the Coronado National Forest when I showed him the photos on my phone. “Looks like you ...

Wanted: People of action

Share Your Mana recently had the privilege of coordinating a talk story session with state House Rep. Andria Tupola from Oahu at Saint Theresa’s church in Kihei to share her mana and wisdom on issues relating to homelessness on Oahu’s west side. Having previously collaborated on this ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: A friend and I (both in our 60s) were having dinner at a sparsely attended outdoor restaurant recently. While we were enjoying our pre-dinner drinks, we pulled out a cribbage board to play a game. (In case anyone might not know, cribbage requires a board and cards.) The restaurant’s ...

Council tackles director qualifications and housing

This past week, the County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee continued discussions on professional qualifications for future department directors. As the level of responsibility and complexity continues to grow in the operations of departments, the council ...

The State of Aloha

Last month my friends were coming home after living on the Mainland for what seemed like years. My wife and I went to their homecoming party with flower lei, but I had to dart off to the kitchen and make sure that one of them was cut. You see, one of my friends is expecting. As I found myself ...

Purchase of water company would be a good investment

Every year the United States loses 1.7 trillion gallons of drinking water to faulty, aging or leaky pipes, according to the U.S. Water Alliance, a nonprofit conglomeration of utilities, businesses and environmental organizations dedicated toward educating the public about the need for ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Facebook asked, “Without saying your age, what is something you remember from your childhood that a younger person would not understand?” The answers were a bit startling. The pleasant surprise was realizing that I’m not the oldest person on Facebook, by far. But it was disconcerting to ...

Incentives needed for retirement savings

During the past few months, the Tax Review Commission, a group provided for in our state constitution that is supposed to meet once every five years, has been busy at work. The commission is tasked with recommending changes to our tax laws, and its consultant has recommended limiting the ...

Maui Connections

When I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in front of 3,000 people at his Maui Film Festival Celestial Cinema tribute last June, we covered lots of ground. The charismatic Irishman talked about the transformative effect of acting, the range of roles he has played, and about the blurry line between ...