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Slowing growth of government the only way to avoid another shutdown

"Whew, we dodged the bullet," sighed many beneficiaries of the federal largesse. But did we, as taxpayers, dodge that bullet?While some of the resistance to compromise was engendered by a wish to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the temerity of the congressional standoff ...

Sharing Mana‘o

You readers are so cool. And sweet. You responded to last week's column with delightful comments, thoughtful and whimsical. Some of you shared lovely personal sentiments as well, and you know what a sucker I am for sweetness and sentimentality. Thank you all for a wonderful week of bear ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

The new moon had sunk into the sea and the black night held an air of enchantment as I walked the dark garden paths of Lumeria, the relatively new educational retreat center on Baldwin Avenue below Makawao.I always enjoy visiting this refined place, built on the footprint of the old Fred ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Along the three-mile stretch of land along North Kihei Road that is flanked by Kealia Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean, there are no trash barrels available. The area is frequented by fishermen, tourists and weekend partiers, all of whom seem to leave their trash behind to blow ...

Residents urged to speak up on public transportation concerns

How can the Maui Bus service facilitate commuting and better serve the other transportation needs of local residents and businesses?The Pukalani Community Association has invited key county transportation officials and policymakers to its meeting on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. Council Member ...

Art grows from hobby

Coming from a family of artists, and with a background in conservation and environmental education, Denby Freeland-Cole just thought she might learn an interesting new technique when she signed up for a workshop in Native Hawaiian plant dyes.But seven years later, her interest has blossomed ...

Maui Nei

The question was simple. The answer is complicated. "How has Maui changed?" The major complications: Since when, and who is answering? Perceptions depend on lifestyle, source of income and whether home is on the coast or up the hill.Even so, there's a good chance there is a change everyone can ...

Share loss of TAT could spell increased GET

Some legislative leaders have been taking a dog-and-pony show on the road to try to convince county officials to give up their revenue sharing of the transient accommodations tax collections in return for the authorization to impose a county rate under the general excise tax.While the idea of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It is with great pleasure - and a tiny bit of embarrassment - that I announce the arrival of a new addition to my household. I'd introduce you, but I don't know his name yet.Until my husband passed away in April 2007, I had never lived alone. When Barry died, I was surprised to discover that, ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

It was early (for us) on a Saturday morning, and we headed off to the cove at the Paia end of Baldwin Beach, colloquially known as Lime Kiln.It was a lovely day, blue sky, white puffy clouds and a nice breeze to leaven the heat. The water was a cool, clear aquamarine, the swells swimmable but ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I wanted to know what is going on with the Kalama Wastewater station. Also, why the stink still in Kalama neighborhood? What is being done?A: Contractors are working on an upgrade of the odor-control unit at the Kihei No. 6 Pump Station at Kalama Park. The county project involves ...

Land use approvals advance for new Kihei high school

The County Council's Land Use Committee has recommended passage of bills approving a zoning change and community plan amendment to facilitate development of the long-awaited Kihei high school on 77 acres fronting Piilani Highway.By resolution on April 5, the council referred the bills to the ...

Off Deadline

I will always remember him as Jimmy Lawrence, captain of the Maui Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division.He was a detective, a great detective, in the old mold. No high-tech "CSI" analysis in his day. Sleuthing was a lot about people, knowing potential suspects, tapping friends in ...

The State of Aloha

Everyone has a ghost story in Hawaii. It doesn't matter how educated, how prominent, experienced or logical you are. Everyone knows about some kind of reportedly haunted spot on the island. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you've still heard about a weird account from a friend of a friend ...

Maui Nei

Halloween began on a cool green island on the other side of the world. The ancients called it Samhain, the one night a year when they looked beyond this realm. The first residents of our warm green island could do the same every night of the year.In Ireland, and later in Scotland, the year ...

Reforming the tax law to recognize new efficiencies

More than a decade ago, lawmakers and Tax Department officials finally realized that it is possible to purchase services for resale and that the person making the purchase of those services did not necessarily have to consume the services.The idea of selling goods for resale dates back to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Having been involved in several Halloween-themed activities this month, I've come to realize that a lot of folks LOVE Halloween, for reasons as varied as the fanatics themselves.Some people, often the quiet, reserved type, relish the opportunity to dabble in the dark side once a year; they're ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

People like to say "the missionaries stole the land" when referring to the cruel dispossession of the Hawaiian people after the Mahele.This was the momentous series of events between 1845 and 1855 in which, with the agreement of the king and chiefs, the Hawaiian 'aina was "alienated," that is, ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Is the county going to be running extended Maui Bus schedules this Halloween? I rode it last year and it was great, but I haven't seen anything posted this year.A: Yes, we are running extended Maui Bus schedules for Halloween this year. No reservations are required. Bus passes cost $2 or you ...

Panel promotes awareness of watershed management

At a meeting earlier this month, the County Council's Water Resources Committee received presentations regarding watershed management practices and policies from representatives of the organizations doing the work in the field every day for the benefit of Maui County's residents, native species ...