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Sharing Mana‘o

Now that the 2018 campaign season has finally concluded, I’m not sure who is more relieved: the public or the candidates themselves. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, you likely agree that this election year has brought out the best and the worst of human nature, more ...

It’s real property because we said so!

Today we look at a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes and their limits. Once upon a time there were a couple of companies that constructed some large wind turbines on mountain ridges on Maui. The wind farms aren’t cheap. ...

Maui Connections

Another Halloween has come and gone, but the spirits linger on. Thanks to social media and email, I feel like I was there (in disguise, of course), instead of 2,500 miles away in Tucson, Ariz., where I’m spending another fall with family and my job description runs more toward “grandpa” ...

Ask The Mayor

Q:Why is paratransit services allowed to leave clients stranded for up to four hours? I am a rider who has experienced this abuse more than twice in the last month. Their excuse is always the same. We had a few drivers that went home sick. The county needs to hire more drivers who can replace ...

Time for voters to head to the polls

This coming Tuesday our community will engage in one of our most important civic duties — voting. Statewide, approximately only 40 percent of registered voters participated in the recent August primary election and between 50 to 60 percent of registered voters participated in the most ...

The State of Aloha

In next week’s election we will answer a simple and straightforward question: “Shall there be a convention to propose a revision of or amendments to the Constitution?” The question is not a reflection of some interest group or a special issue that has got everybody talking. The ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Finally! The big day is here at last! You might think that someone who often works in costume wouldn’t treat Halloween as a big deal, but I do. From as far back as I can remember, I loved dressing up and playing make-believe. An only child, I spent many hours amusing myself. I didn’t have ...

Takeaways from the ‘Con-Am’ argument

On Oct. 18, the Hawaii Supreme Court held oral argument on a petition by the four counties to invalidate the “Con-Am,” namely the constitutional amendment ballot measure that would allow the state to slap a “surcharge,” essentially an additional property tax, on “investment” real ...

Maui Connections

Poke in the desert? I know author Barbara Kingsolver, who made a memorable Maui Writers Conference visit in the ’90s, titled one of her books “High Tide in Tucson.” But it still sounds like a high-risk culinary concept — fresh seafood so far from the sea. Aging is a good thing for ...

Council revives county’s First-Time Homebuyers Program

Earlier this month, the County Council approved a recommendation from the Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee, which I chair, to adopt parameters for the county’s First-Time Homebuyers Program. Findings from a recent Hawaii housing planning study identify down-payment costs ...

Cultivating lives

This is no ordinary farm. The 2-acre plot of land has all of the trappings: rows of planted vegetables, towering mango and papaya trees, grazing goats, chicken coops and pig pens. But there’s something else taking root in the soil here. Hope. “This place is magic,” said Stacey ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“You’re the Magic Fish!” Of the many roles I’ve played on stage, the Magic Ulua has brought me an unexpected measure of fame, more gratifying than any award or statuette. Thanks to the Maui Academy of Performing Arts, hundreds of Maui keiki still recognize me as Auntie Ulua, or “that ...

Do we really have a spending ceiling?

This week we look at another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health — and what our lawmakers have done to marginalize it. As we mentioned in June, Hawaii Constitution Article VII, Sections 8 and 9 limit general fund expenditures by an ...

Maui Connections

Made-on-Maui movies are making news again, with some new names in the credits. Maui filmmaker MarQ Morrison emailed to say his short film “Ka Hale: A Revival” was a finalist in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) People’s Choice Award national film challenge. His film ...

Blue-state Republicans turn to Democrats

You’d think that with stocks still up for the year and the new tax law smiling on big earners, the financial community would be gung-ho for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. But it’s not. For the first time in a good while, Wall Street is giving more in direct donations to ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Why aren’t the police doing something, anything, about people who park in handicapped parking stalls without the proper placard? I see it day after day. It seems people are now aware of the fact that nothing will be done, that there are actually no consequences for parking in these stalls ...

The State of Aloha

In the 18th century, the poet Robert Burns traveled around his native land. He observed the gatherings and festivals celebrated in villages and cities. The result was a volume of poems. Among them was “Halloween.” Some merry, friendly, country-folks, Together did convene,To burn their ...

CBRE program helps to make renewable energy accessible

When people talk about how expensive it is to live here on Maui, there are many things that come to mind: housing, food, gas and electricity to name just a few. You would think that with all the access to natural sources of energy — the sun, the wind and ocean — the cost of electricity at ...

Sharing Mana‘o

News of Sears, Roebuck and Co. declaring bankruptcy triggered a nationwide flood of memories for baby boomers, especially those of us who grew up in small towns, whether surrounded by the Pacific Ocean or Midwest prairies. Here on Maui in the 1960s, we kids knew that our island lifestyle was ...

Whither the general income tax credit?

Those of us who are getting along in years may remember the “general income tax credit,” a line on our state income tax return where we could claim a $1 credit. The saga of this credit tells us a little about a bold move undertaken in the 1978 Constitutional Convention and our lawmakers’ ...