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Ask The Mayor

Q: I am a resident of Lahaina and have some friends wanting to come here the last week of October from the Mainland for our Halloween celebration rather than go to Kauai or the Big Island. My question is, will we have Front Street Halloween in Lahaina again this year? Warmest mahalo for your ...

Panel to receive input on home-based business bill

In the next few months, I intend to conduct evening meetings of the County Council's Planning Committee in several community plan areas for residents to provide testimony on the landmark home-based business bill currently under review.Since introducing the bill two years ago, it has undergone ...

The State of Aloha

Something new is afoot in state politics. No, we don't have a sudden and strong Republican response to years of Democratic dominance in the islands. Far from it. The Hawaii Democratic Party seems stronger than ever.The state Senate has only one Republican in it; the House has seven. That makes ...

Maui Nei

The run across upper Kula was a little eerie. Intractable jerks in Washington, D.C., had shut down all but essential federal services across the country. On Maui, in Kula, that meant closing down Haleakala National Park.After an early-morning errand to Pukalani, Baby Dancer was pointed back ...

Quick fix for Social Security could create false hopes

Apparently when one is an elected official, one has to make sure that his concerns reflect the concerns of his constituency, and obviously the concerns of seniors is right up there at the top of the list as seniors - more than any other age demographic - are more likely to cast their ballots in ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The 91st Maui Fair kicks off tomorrow and so does my annual four-day stint in the Mana'o Radio BBQ pork booth. Four hot, sweaty, exhausting days of pulling - and pushing - pork. Since I'm the Mana'o mommy, I work every shift in our booth, from 5 Thursday afternoon until 11 Sunday night.I'm ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

Wow, I take back what I said about the recent America's Cup races on San Francisco Bay being too high-tech, too high-speed, too high-testosterone.With instant playback and computer-generated graphics, it was thrilling television watching the AC-72 catamarans fly over the water at the unheard of ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The tennis court in Haliimaile really needs attention . . . It seems like it has been abandoned by the Parks & Recreation Department. The net is sagging, the grass is growing through the defunct fence onto the court, and the fence itself is full of holes and cuts. The doors do not ...

Committee considers 2014 HSAC legislative package

The Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will meet Monday at 9 a.m. to consider proposals for the 2014 Hawaii State Association of Counties legislative package.Proposals approved by all four county councils will be included in the final HSAC legislative package, which will be ...

‘They’re going to be lifting us’

When her mother's stomachache got too painful for her to bear any longer, Laura Stout drove her to the emergency room."Sixty-four days later, I came home without my mom," she said.Her mother, Barbara Fowler-Sanders, had been treated successfully for uterine cancer years earlier in California. ...

Maui Nei

Just a week to go. Excited anticipation growing.Keiki of all ages counting down to the County Fair. A day off from school. On the west side, looking forward to the ride to Kahului in a Pioneer Mill truck. Out Hamakuapoko way, there will be a special train.Over on Oahu, the high-rollers booking ...

Quoted study, missing caveat, misleading

Late last month the national Tax Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., compiled its annual study of sales tax rates from around the country. This year it used a population-weighted rate that took into account local sales tax rates imposed in 38 of the states that allow their local ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Tuu nu yibee yunu take neeran(One spirit, different parts)- Okinawan proverbAccording to the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai, the proverb above is interpreted as "Ten fingers are different, but they work together as the hands to do the work." That was the theme of the cultural display at this year's ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I like that the county is allowing Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina, on the ocean near 505 Front Street, to be used for Hawaiian cultural purposes.On one side, Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani, Maui's 63-foot open-ocean voyaging canoe, is in the final stages of construction. On the other lies a row of 200 ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Over the past 15 years, my family and I have moved up the water meter list from 650 to the top 50. My husband comes from a longtime kamaaina family, and it's been frustrating to have to wait so long without being able to build or even prepare the land. We had hoped to retire by now, but the ...

Housing, expenditures, home-based businesses on agendas

Two Maui County Council committees this week will resume consideration of legislation on affordable housing and home-based businesses, respectively, while another committee will continue its investigation of certain administration expenditures.The Housing, Human Services and Transportation ...

The State of Aloha

We don't know where exactly the right to a trial by jury came from. The ancient Greeks had a massive number of citizens - sometimes up to a thousand - sit on a single jury and the Romans had a form of citizen participation in trials too. But our jury trial is a direct descendant from ...

Maui Nei

Sometime they are known by name. All of the time, the face and the purchase are familiar. Another clue is their manner - how friendly and how willing they are to talk. The polite ones save the talk story if they are at the head of a line.These are the regulars, the mostly males who are in the ...

A questionable paradox exists for affordable housing

When it comes to a discussion of affordable housing in Hawaii, there is a glaring paradox. Those people who decry the shortage of affordable housing - be it for ownership or for rent, which contributes to the high cost of living in Hawaii - at the same time prevent the development of additional ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of being among 1,000 celebrants at the Maui High School centennial luau. Exactly 100 years, to the day, after the school first opened its doors, the old H-poko campus was swarming with students past and present. (I know, some say it's disrespectful to ...