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Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I wandered the grounds of Old Maui High School in Hamakuapoko on Saturday with the scores of alumni in blue T-shirts delighted to be back on campus to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary.One was Mayor Alan Arakawa, Class of '69, who discovered there another world outside of his family's ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: An organization I belong to will be hosting a fashion show fundraiser where food and wine will be served. Since it's a one-time event, do we still need to get a permit to serve alcohol?A: Yes, charitable or educational not-for-profit organizations, political parties and candidates seeking ...

Council committees responsible for vetting legislation

As County Council chairwoman, I have the privilege of presiding over meetings when final action is taken on bills and resolutions to establish policy for the County of Maui.Bills and resolutions are typically vetted in the council's eight standing committees. Indeed, the committee level is ...

Taking root

"It all started with that ohia over there," said Katie Romanchuk, nodding at the gnarled tree a stone's throw from her lanai.Romanchuk had been living for years on West Kuiaha Road in Haiku when she noticed the native tree, half-hidden behind some shrubs and tall grasses on a nearby property. ...

Maui Nei

Turn off Pukalani Street into a tunnel of overarching monkeypod trees. A scatter of empty parking stalls behind the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani promises a quick visit.At hand are the annual tag visits for the truck and two motorcycles. It wouldn't be problem with safety ...

Quandary ahead as state digresses from conformity

For more than 35 years the state has adhered to a policy of conforming with the federal income tax code as a means of reducing administrative and compliance costs for not only the Tax Department, but also for taxpayers.Prior to 1977, if people wanted to know if some federal code provision was ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Friggatriskaidekaphobia. No, that's not a typo; there really is such a word. I just learned it and I really like it, because it's as much fun to look at as it is to say. It's a term for the fear of Friday the 13th, Frigga being the Norse goddess for whom the day is named, and triskaidekaphobia ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

We took the ferry over to Lanai last weekend for a day at Hulupoe Beach, that perfect, wide crescent of white sand on a lovely little bay where the dolphins come in to play (except when we're there).The ferry was full, but we were the only ones trudging the short distance from the harbor with ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Hansen Road is heavily used as the de facto bypass between Mokulele and Hana highways. It also serves as the link between Central Maui and the landfill, and to several large industrial enterprises, including Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. Puunene Mill. Lastly, it also is used as ...

Ordinances come under review, evaluation by council

As the legislative body of the county, the Maui County Council passes laws called ordinances.Maui County's codified ordinances, old and new, reside in a document called the Maui County Code, available at mauicounty.gov.One of the most important jobs of the council is to review the laws that are ...

The State of Aloha

Hawaii is not Wisconsin. No kidding. It's not Michigan either. But in his State of the State address earlier this year, Gov. Neil Abercrombie had to assure us of these obvious facts.He was talking about organized labor. The governor assured us that although he "is not going to abandon ...

Maui Nei

This is fiction, but it could become fact.Able was an artist. If it weren't for a Social Security disability check and food stamps, he would have been a starving artist. The disability didn't prevent him from painting and hustling the result. He wasn't that successful.Able had a rust-bucket ...

Tax breaks to help certain industries

Over the last decade or so as Hawaii muddled out of the economic doldrums of the 1990s and was beset with the economic repercussions of the 9/11 tragedy, lawmakers have sought ways to stimulate and encourage economic activity in the 50th state.Of course, the most attractive way for lawmakers to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Perhaps because another birthday is looming, or maybe because I'm still a bit melancholy over saying goodbye to my son after his recent visit home, lately I find myself sighing a lot. Sighing and sifting through drawers.Most people have a "junk drawer," a catchall for household odds and ends ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

On Saturday we threw together reading material we never get to and took ourselves far, far away to the cool reaches of Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park. The pilikia of household exigencies receded as we ascended through the pastures and the clouds.A large ama'u fern clinging to a bank ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I'm not sure who to ask, but maybe you can point me in the right direction. I'm going to be cremated and would like my daughter to bring my ashes to Maui to sprinkle them. We spent several years coming to Maui and whale watching, so this would be my ideal resting place. I need to know if ...

Honoring the workforce on Labor Day

County offices will be closed Monday in celebration of a national holiday - Labor Day.For many of us, the day off means hitting the stores to catch holiday sales, relaxing at the beach with friends and family, or getting together to watch sports. But whatever activities are planned for Monday, ...

‘The Best it’s Ever Been’

PAIAWhen Susun White took over as executive director of the Paia Youth & Cultural Center, it was bare bones.The clubhouse had recently been gutted by a fire, vagrants lurked around the parking lot and there were just 27 members. "We started out with virtually nothing," she recalls.Now, ...

Maui Nei

In the backyard, they could have been a pack of politicians scratching and pecking at some sort of campaign aimed at filling their ballot bellies. They were birds of a feather, Francolinus pondicerianus.At certain times of the year, flocks of gray francolins roam the pastures and lawns of Kula. ...

Placing check-off designations on tax form paid for by all taxpayers

In recent years when money became tight because of the slowdown in the national and state economies, enthusiastic supporters of some very specific causes pushed lawmakers to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their state tax refund for a specific cause. Among these were the Hawaii ...