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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 ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Council considers renaming ballpark after Caldito

On Thursday, the County Council will consider on final reading a bill renaming Waihee Ball Park as Richard "Pablo" Caldito Park.Bill 52 (2013) provides more than just the authority to erect a sign with a new name. It's a celebration of life for a pioneer in the Filipino community who served on ...

Neighbors: Toxic World

Annie Jacintho had known about her daughter's allergy since Katie was 2, when she came home from a dentist appointment with hives on her face wherever someone had touched her with latex gloves.But Jacintho, a nurse, didn't realize how latex would change her daughter's life until a birthday ...

Maui Nei

Some arrive on Maui with full pockets and pleasant prospects. A few come with a job in hand. Others fall precipitously in love with the island and do what they can until they can do what they want. Phil Smith pays the bills by selling real estate. That's not who he is or what he wants to do.It ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My son, who has been living in Michigan for the past 17 years, came home last week for the first time in over five years. I've never been away from Maui for more than a few months at a time, and I'm pretty sure that when Jimmy left to attend college, his plan was to return home after a few ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

These hot summer days remind me of the tale a friend told about her healing swim in the clear, cool waters of Hana Bay.She had not attempted to enter anything but shallow surf for the previous 10 months, after the scary day, I forget where, when she swam in rough ocean while recovering from ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: During the past two weeks, the traffic light at Haleakala Highway and North Firebreak Road has malfunctioned. I have had eight red lights while traveling on Haleakala Highway when there has been no traffic on North Firebreak Road to trigger the change in light. Who is responsible for this ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Committee to take up parking and traffic safety

Parking and traffic safety in Wailuku and Lahaina - hot topics in two bustling towns - will be the focus of the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee at its meeting Monday at 1:30 p.m.The committee will discuss a number of bills that have been dormant on its master agenda. My ...

The State of Aloha

Paia merchants are worried. Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is part of a group that owns a chain of restaurants called Rock & Brews scattered through Southern California and Mexico. Their latest location is going to open between Charley's and the Paia Tattoo Parlor on the Hana Highway.In a ...

Maui Nei

One of the more notable changes in life these days is the disappearance of accidents and/or taking blame for something. Today "an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause" is always someone's or something's fault.It's amazing how human beings automatically ...

Sharing Mana‘o

One of my favorite childhood pastimes was poring through the family photos stored in my grandfather's weathered old steamer trunk, a treasure chest full of precious memories. Mom inherited Ji-chan's trunk after he passed away at the age of 90. I was 9 years old and very close to my grandfather, ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I got to ride in a convertible at Saturday's 48th annual Makawao Fourth of July Parade, what a thrill!I was with Gail Ainsworth, author of "Maui Remembers," and horseman, former polo player and rodeo hand Hui Bainbridge, president of the Maui High School Class of 1963, in an effort to publicize ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I've been hearing about a lot of staph infections in adults and children who went swimming at Hana Bay, even several from one family. What is being done to curb the infections?A: My office has been working closely with the state Department of Health to assess the situation in Hana. Based on ...

Neighbors: Peter Baldwin: Grass roots

Some might say he was born into Maui ranching royalty, but Peter Baldwin learned the cattle business from the ground up.Even though he's descended from the founder of Haleakala Ranch, Baldwin spent his high school summers working "fence gang" or pulling weeds. And when, after college, he ...

Maui Nei

The invitation was to a corporate party for cousins, cowboys and members of the community directly touched by Haleakala Ranch. It turned out to be a very family affair with the sixth and seventh generations of ranch owners racing around underfoot. It said much about aloha when a relatively ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It's official. Mana'o Radio 91.5FM is no more. Long live Mana'o Radio 91.7FM!After 11 years on the air as low-power FM (LPFM) radio station KEAO-LP, limited to 100 watts of broadcast power, the Mana'o Radio 'ohana just got its varsity letters: KMNO-FM. Still noncommercial, all-volunteer and ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

Members of the extended Baldwin family are on Maui this week as part of Haleakala Ranch Co.'s 125th anniversary celebration. Please welcome these folks, for they are stockholders whose commitment to the ranch has made it, after all these years, still entirely family-owned.This means there is ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I have recently become aware of various colored headlights of vehicles when driving at night. The colors range from light yellow (which I think is the standard) to a bright orange, light to darker blue and even a turquoise color. I thought if anyone can answer my question, you can (I enjoy ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Panel considers improved water-shortage bill

Based on concerns raised during public testimony, I've introduced a revised version of pending legislation granting the director of Water Supply power to enact special water-saving measures during times of drought or other water shortages.The Water Resources Committee will consider the revised ...