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The State of Aloha

It looks like a vast carpet starting at the edge of Pukalani and descending the isthmus through Central Maui all the way to the West Maui Mountains. It rolls out from the edge of Maliko Gulch for miles all the way to Kihei. It's in the background of thousands of photographs in the newspaper, ...

Maui Nei

Riding along the first two miles of Lower Kula Road can be a journey through history - rough but tied inextricably to the land.The remnant of old Maui begins just beyond Kulamalu and ends at Omaopio Road. Lower Kula Road itself continues - with one major interruption - all the way to Rice ...

Passing on the general excise tax is not possible for some

A number of questions about Hawaii's general excise tax seem to resurface with great regularity as old-timers and newcomers encounter the peculiarities of this unique tax.The most often asked question is the rate of the tax. Statewide the rate is 4 percent, while on Oahu the rate is 4.5 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Being under the weather for a few days recently, I succumbed to the spell of nostalgia TV. Warmed by memories of hanabata days (quite literally) and a bowl of Campbell's chicken noodle soup with a scoop of leftover rice thrown in, I watched the same old reruns that mesmerized me as a ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

A cherished possession that has miraculously stayed with me over the years is the flowerpot, one of two, I commissioned in Waimea, Kauai, in 1975 from a potter who was experimenting with traditional Polynesian designs.On either side is a double-hulled canoe in full sail, and in between the sun, ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: During Tropical Storm Flossie, the lightning in Central Maui was the most frequent and strong I have ever seen on Maui over many years. I grew up in Illinois and all the residences there had lightning protection. Does Maui County have any regulations about lightning protection?A: According ...

Members return from travel with innovative ideas

Though we have technology to transcend boundaries across the globe, travel is an investment public officials should sometimes make to advance their learning.As St. Augustine wrote, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."I joined Mayor Alan Arakawa and several ...

Off Deadline

In a world of pussyfooters, Blackie Gadarian walked in hobnailed boots. They were disguised as black Keds, part of his invariable costume of orange shirt and black trousers.Blackie said what he thought, whether the subject was cheapskates, jazz music, traffic, ignorant tourists or the value of ...

Sweet success

Ever since they came here to get married 10 years ago, Larry Lutz and Christine Vestfals dreamed of moving to Maui. Little did they know that their burning desire would lead them to start a business that's ice cold - literally.Lutz and Vestfals are the creators of Shaka Pops, a line of gourmet ...

Maui Nei

Blackie Gadarian was a never-met friend. It was a one-way relationship, but friend he was, sharing a love of Maui and a tendency to come up with quirky, common-sense observations of life on the island.For nearly a decade, I began and ended every working day processing letters to the editor. A ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today's column is being written the old-fashioned way, by flickering candlelight on a sheet of college-ruled notebook paper, thanks to saucy Flossie and the power outage she caused.By the way, how does one get on the committee that gives names to natural disasters? I'd like to volunteer my ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I knew it was coming, but it took my breath away to see the old stables and agriculture research building at Hali'imaile leveled to the ground, victims of age, vandalism and roof asbestos.I guess we should be grateful Maui Pine let them stand as long as they did. I know a study showed they ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Is there a reason why Mokulele Highway doesn't have a 55-mph speed limit? It certainly was safely built for speeds like that and seems an obvious speed limit for the situation. Can your office help in getting this changed? This would help with keeping in line with the 55-mph speed limit set ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Bill aims to protect trees; removal may require permit

I have introduced a trio of bills that would enhance tree protection throughout the county by setting standards for tree installation, replacement and removal.The centerpiece of this package of legislation can be called the Tree Protection Bill. This measure is an amendment to Chapter 12.24A of ...

The State of Aloha

The island looming in the rain shadow of the West Maui Mountains has a curious past. It's an eerily quiet place. A hush falls over Lanai City and when you get out into the countryside - either along the rugged shores or along the dirt roads crisscrossing the island - the silence is pervasive ...

Maui Nei

The search for the perfect hamburger never ends. Time changes taste and availability. But what would be more appropriate in a place once noted on maps as "The Sandwich Islands"? The name was Capt. James Cook's homage to the English earl who allegedly invented the snack to keep hunger pangs from ...

Need to examine who pays for county government is ongoing

A local reporter attempted to pin the Tax Foundation of Hawaii down on whether it supported the handful of measures that had been thrown into the Honolulu City Council hopper over the past few weeks.While many of those measures would implement recommendations made by a council-initiated study ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My house is uncomfortably quiet now that my three granddaughters have returned to Michigan after two weeks on Maui. They stayed with me so their father and his bride could have a decent honeymoon here. While the newlyweds enjoyed their alone time, my mom and I took the girls and my son's new ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

It was a happy morning a while ago when I waited for a long time in a parking lot for a friend to show up - sounds grim, doesn't it? Grim according to the standards of parking lots as they are built here today, with lollipop trees and minimal shade.But no, this was an old parking lot, at the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I've been following the proceedings on the Old Wailuku Post Office with interest. Now that the site is being used for parking, who gets to park there and how were those people chosen?A: The parking lot is being used for county employees to help alleviate the strain on limited parking ...