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Volunteering for county boards a way to serve community

I encourage every resident of Lanai, Maui and Molokai to consider applying to serve on a county board, just as I did before joining the County Council.The current application deadline is Dec. 31. The application form and related information are at mauicounty.gov/boards.For most boards, the ...

Sweet Connections

After her father passed away at Maui Memorial Medical Center last year, Mitzi Toro wanted to find a way to thank the nurses who had taken care of him. So the Kalama Intermediate School employee brought out her famous cookie recipe and decided to have a bake sale, with the money dedicated to ...

Maui Nei

History is usually written from facts, but it often ignores vital details of individual life. Jill Engledow's new novel, "The Island Decides," offers a look into an unheralded segment of Maui's social history - the "hippie invasion" in the late 1960s.Young, rootless malihini came, following the ...

Taking ‘minimum wage’ out of context

As we approach another session of the Legislature and with Congress about to go on a holiday break, there will be renewed rhetoric about raising the minimum wage. There is obvious ignorance demonstrated when the minimum wage is characterized as a living wage.Proponents of increasing the minimum ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I survived Black Friday. And Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Got through the whole weekend and most of my gift list, without exceeding my holiday shopping budget. I'm very proud of myself, staying within budget throughout the frenzy.Christmas shopping used to be my favorite seasonal ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I was in Honolulu for Thanksgiving, and I always enjoy looking at the statue of Kamehameha in front of Ali'iolani Hale (backdrop for "Hawaii 5-0"!) whenever I'm downtown.Gleaming gold, resplendent in gilded 'ahu'ula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet), right hand extended in welcome, ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.Q: I'm considering buying a home that I'd like to turn into a bed-and-breakfast. Which county office can I contact to get information on the process to apply for a B&B permit?A: Anyone with ...

Officials need less restrictive access to the public they serve

As elected officials, it's our job to find out how people in our community feel about issues, to become educated on those issues and to enact legislation addressing them when feasible.We ask our constituents to become involved and attend County Council and committee meetings to make their ...

The State of Aloha

Perhaps there is no death more terrible, more ignominious, than having the life stomped out of you by frenzied holiday shoppers at the entrance to Wal-Mart at 5 in the morning. It may sound crazy, but that is exactly what happened to Jdimytai Damour on the day after Thanksgiving in Long ...

Maui Nei

Individuals can be thankful for a long list of people and places that make life what it is on Maui. For most, life on the island is better than it could be anyplace else in the world. Sound like some sort of fantasy? Not at all.While increasing in population from 45,000 to 150,000 in the last ...

Some employer requirements of Obamacare are revealed

A few weeks ago, I looked at the tax aspects of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, which elicited a number of questions - one of which was how was the new health care initiative going to affect businesses.On the plus side, there will be tax credits for small businesses that ...

Sharing Mana‘o

To be honest, this new retail trend of getting a jump on Black Friday doesn't bother me as much as it does most people I know. I'm more annoyed by the in-store appearance of Christmas decorations before Halloween. I'm a traditionalist; I still consider Thanksgiving Day to be the official start ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I find gratitude a perfect antidote for what ails me. Thanks giving. If I can remember to count some real blessings, positive energies are marshaled that eventually turn the corner on a dark situation.The problem might still be there, but a little corner of peace has entered my heart and made ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Who enforces the use of handicap placards? I was at Costco recently, and even before the store opened all the handicap stalls were taken by people who probably shouldn't be using the handicap placards.A: The state Department of Health Disability and Communication Access Board administers the ...

Investment to development fund poised to grow economy

Maui County's Economic Development Revolving Fund was established in 2011 for the purpose of strengthening, growing and diversifying Maui County's economy. The amount of $1 million was initially appropriated by the County Council in the fiscal year 2013 budget.As chair of the Economic ...

It’s Parti time — for kids

Artie began to realize that he might be in trouble when the first bottle hit the wall behind him. He was entertaining a party of 7-year-old boys in Beverly Hills - a bit older than the preschool set he usually performed for.The boys were getting restless, and a cooler of sugary drinks was ...

Maui Nei

It's unusual for an award-winning Maui photographer to be an accomplished reporter. It's even more unusual for a photojournalist to come up with a four-part novel set in Europe 32,000 years ago.There are many on Maui who have been photographed by Matt Thayer during his more than three decades ...

Some aspects of property tax can be confusing

Whenever a discussion of the real property tax arises, the jaded response is that the tax is so simple to understand there should be no question as to how a property tax bill is calculated. The bill is the product of the value of the property times the rate for the respective type of the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Recently, I enjoyed a wonderfully refreshing week off from work. Actually, it was less than 24 hours; just an overnighter. But it was an overnighter in Hana.My late husband used to say that spending a couple of nights in Hana was like taking a weeklong vacation. After each visit, we'd vow to go ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I loved last week's winter rains. I found myself one cloudy evening at the intriguing strip of fishing beach across the street from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, hidden by gnarled sea grape trees.Cold, gray waves broke onto the rocky shore, covered with a strange assortment of ...