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Celebrate World Oceans Day by taking care of our ocean

To celebrate World Oceans Day June 8, I write this letter on behalf of the Maui Nui Makai Network, a group of community and partner organizations working to protect and restore healthy coastal and marine ecosystems for the people of Maui Nui. The traditional practitioners of our communities ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: There seems to have been an increase in homeless activity at the vacant lot behind Uilani’s (Old Suda Store) in north Kihei. There has not been a chain blocking the Uwapo Road entrance for nearly eight months. Traffic entering and leaving the area occurs at all hours of the day. Myself and ...

Are you prepared for hurricane season?

In the wake of several natural disasters wreaking havoc around the state, and with summer and hurricane season quickly approaching, this week’s column serves as a reminder of the precautionary measures the public should take in the event of a natural disaster. Hurricane season runs from ...

The State of Aloha

Late one night I was in my car on Hansen Road waiting at the red light next to the old sugar mill in Puunene. I was not focused on the intersection in front of me. My attention was fixed on my favorite radio show that usually discusses aliens, ghosts and Sasquatch. When the light changed, I ...

Maui County’s parks grow to meet needs of the community

When this administration came on board in 2011, we noticed that Maui County had one of those good news/bad news issues with our parks. The good news was our parks are incredibly popular and everyone wanted to use them for everything from family gatherings and community events to soccer ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A last-minute emcee gig necessitated an overnighter on Oahu this past weekend. Yes, Memorial Day weekend — one of the five worst times of the year to travel, according to USA Today. To my surprise and relief, the airports were busy, but not insanely so. It only took 20 minutes or so to get ...

We can’t see it or touch it, but we can tax it

This week we look at HB 2416, a bill that applies Hawaii use tax to intangible property. The use tax is a tax designed to protect our local businesses. As a consumer, you often have a choice between buying a product from a local seller and one from somewhere out of state. Our general excise ...

Maui Connections

Tony Novak-Clifford took me to Bali last Saturday. I didn’t have to get on a plane. I just had to turn the pages of his new “BALI Portraits of Life, Culture & Ritual” to get lost in spellbinding landscapes and catch glimpses through the expressive eyes of these captivating people, ...

Maui Drug Court celebrates 18 years and 600-plus lives saved

When the Maui/Molokai Drug Court was in its infancy, the program participants organized a holiday party for their families. As I walked in and saw over 200 children, I was overwhelmed. It became crystal clear that the help our community provides participants through Drug Court has a direct ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I was wondering why the county would tear up a perfectly good field that many kids use for soccer and various sports to build a new skate park when the County of Maui owns an adjoining piece of property right between the school and baseball park. It would seem like a better solution to build ...

State’s hunger for TAT is out of control

For many years, travel companies marketing Hawaii on behalf of hotels and other accommodations charged our visitors the state’s general excise tax and transient accommodations tax on their share of the sales price of a unit. The companies then pocketed the taxes collected rather than paying ...

Ready to ignite: A pathway to creating a strong generation of leaders

Have you ever stumbled upon something so life-changing that you had to share it with everyone you know? That’s what happened to Alexander Muto five years ago. The then-16-year-old flew to San Diego with a friend to attend the Tony Robbins Global Youth Leadership Summit, a four-day ...

Everyone counts, even the homeless

The anxiously awaited 2018 Point-in-Time results were released earlier this month. “Everyone Counts,” the thought-provoking theme picked for the count this year, signifies that the PIT is an actual count of people while suggesting a deeper meaning: that the those among the homeless ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The recent visit by the Japanese tall ship Kaiwo Maru launched me on a voyage of my own, a return to my childhood and days spent with my maternal grandfather. As noted in a previous column, this year is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrant workers, the ...

Finding the magic bullet: City’s share of rail administrative costs

In a recent Honolulu City Council Budget Committee hearing, council leaders said that they might have found a “magic bullet” — one that they say will get the city’s share of rail funding done painlessly. Here’s the issue. The city needs to cover $44 million in administrative costs ...

Maui Connections

Lots of guitar cases made the trip from OGG to HNL last weekend as Maui musical artists were, as usual, all over the 41st Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. On one of those flights was Art Vento, president and CEO of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, who would be presenting the Slack Key Lifetime ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I’m wondering why the keiki pool at Kihei Aquatic Center is closed. I have two toddlers and I would like to take them if the playground is too hot to play. I can’t take two toddlers to the deep pool by myself. Are there any plans to open consistently and/or posting the opening schedule ...

The State of Aloha

We can still see him just about everywhere we go. He proudly stands tall draped in his red-and-yellow feathered cape on a sign designating a point of interest. When I was a kid, his face was front and center on our license plates. Then there are the statues. In the tiny former plantation town ...

Senior campus could lessen impact on community resources

Maui County and Hale Makua Health Services are working on an important long-term project, the first of its kind on Maui, to benefit the current and future seniors of Maui. Working together, the county wants to help Hale Makua create our first senior care campus in Central Maui. The idea is ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Much better than the real Eartha Kitt!” That’s a compliment I never expected, nor even hoped for, when I began performing as “Eartha Katt” at Cabaret Del Vino. Granted, my raspy baritone has drawn comparisons to the exotic icon ever since I was in high school. Contrary to popular ...