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Sharing Mana‘o

The phrase "senior moment" has become a cute euphemism for episodes of forgetfulness, but the phrase holds a different, deeper connotation for me.Looking over the page and a half of obituary and funeral notices in last Sunday's Maui News, I was saddened to see two familiar names. Isabel and ...

Maui Connections

A sea of humanity shared some whale love Saturday in Kihei.It was the Pacific Whale Foundation's 34th World Whale Day, or as some of us call it, Whalentine's Day. The whole month of February is a veritable love fest between humans and cetaceans. Our annual humpback visitors are peaking right ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.Q: Just thought I'd drop you a line from Starbucks on Dairy Road, where I'm waiting for Tire Warehouse to replace the tire that was literally ripped apart on Hansen Road this afternoon. It stranded me in a ...

New Maui Lani regional park facility receives support from committee

A 26.5-acre recreational complex in Central Maui may soon be available for residents to enjoy.At its Feb. 4 meeting, the County Council's Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture and Recreation Committee recommended adoption of a resolution authorizing a park assessment agreement with ...

The State of Aloha

When I was in the 5th grade at Haiku Elementary School, we took a field trip to the War Memorial Stadium. We had been waiting for this day to come for almost a year. Our section of the stadium (this was before it was remodeled for the Hula Bowl so there were no seats behind the end zones) was ...

Maui Nei

In the 1970s, money from Washington padded Maui County's payroll. In 1973, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. The idea was to train workers and provide them with jobs in public service.On Maui, that translated to county jobs. CETA workers ...

What is wrong with tax credits?

Solar and wind energy system owners, movie and TV producers, the impoverished, those who hire workers in certain zones, those who buy durable goods to use in a business. These seemingly disparate groups have something in common - they are all beneficiaries of tax credits. Those who seek to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As you undoubtedly know, Friday is Valentine's Day. Those of you who didn't know or had forgotten (that's right, guys, I'm talkin' 'bout you!), consider yourselves lucky. You just got a two-day warning. Plenty of time to order flowers or pick out a nice gift for your special someone. Don't let ...

Maui Connections

Students in my English class at the college have problems with verb tense. They start in the past but quickly flip into the present.Maybe this language challenge has its origins in pidgin. Maybe it's teenspeak. Maybe it's the Hawaiian oral tradition. Keali'i Reichel once told me that genealogy ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What can be done to enforce the "No Camping" ordinance at our county parks - specifically at the lower end of Kanaha Beach Park? There is a growing unsightly encampment just off Amala Place and Kaa Street that has been there for a year! There is garbage everywhere, a smoky open fire daily, ...

Bills would allow council members to be more accessible, responsive

I've asked the state Legislature to consider a set of bills to allow council members to be more accessible and responsive.House Bill 2139, introduced by Rep. Kyle Yamashita, and Senate Bill 2962, introduced by Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran, would allow members of a county council to jointly attend ...

From the plantation to a pompadour for crooner

Allen Idemoto's first glimpse of Elvis Presley was through a neighbor's window.Growing up in a small plantation house, with so many brothers and sisters that he had to sleep on the floor, Idemoto's family couldn't afford a TV. But one night, he noticed flickering lights, snuck over to the house ...

Maui Nei

The ocean had a cloudy complexion, a light gray created by an overcast sky. The filtered light made a convoy of islands stand in stark relief. From the pali lookout, Maui's Puu Olai, Molokini, Kahoolawe and Lanai sat serenely on the line marking the end of here and the beginning of there.The ...

Counties should not have taxing authority

Recently the mayors of our four large counties all got together in what has been described as their annual pilgrimage to the Legislature. One of their priorities for the year is to obtain the ability to impose a tax surcharge on the general excise tax, up to 1 percent.And the Honolulu mayor ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today, I'm serving the pupu sampler instead of the plate lunch. This week's column is a mixed bag - several unrelated topics, none of them meaty enough to fill this space alone, but hopefully, tasty and satisfying nonetheless.Topic No. 1: "Maui Connections"When Rick Chatenever retired from his ...

Maui Connections

Recent studies claim that social media can be dangerous to your health. Your mental health, at least.With more than a billion Friends around the world, Facebook is indisputably our pre-eminent social network. Considering that such things as social networks didn't even exist a decade ago and we ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I don't understand why it costs an additional amount - in my case, an additional $8.64 - to register my automobile online. I would think that registering online would help cut the county's expenses by cutting the amount of paperwork employees need to sift through by having to do more manual ...

A&B’s Kihei housing project on committee agenda

The Land Use Committee will consider bills to facilitate the development of the proposed Kihei Residential Community Project by A&B Properties Inc. at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.The proposed project will consist of a mix of 600 single-family detached and multifamily ...

The State of Aloha

It's not every day when Article Six of our Hawaii Constitution makes it into the newspaper. The material is hardly riveting. But this week, the Judicial Selection Commission announced its list of six nominees in anticipation of the retirement of one of the most prolific and well-known justices ...

Tax Foundation of Hawaii’s work goes on

There was only one Lowell Kalapa, and he is now in a place where there are no taxes.I am not here to replace him. No one can do that. But I and the faithful staff of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii are here to carry on its work."What's that?" you might ask.Fighting for good tax policy and an ...