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Council-approved leases ensure good use of public assets

The Maui County Council has long sought to protect public facilities for uses most needed or sought by the community.The council occasionally considers doing this via long-term leases of county property to trusted nonprofit organizations at a nominal fee.For example, a pending resolution before ...

Taking the Plunge

Nikilani Rojas was 8 years old, and she didn't know how to swim. She didn't have many friends, either.Born with developmental delays eventually diagnosed as Asperger's syndrome, "Niki" found socializing difficult and was rarely invited to birthdays and play dates as she was growing up. All that ...

Maui Nei

Critters are a fact of life on Maui. Most are benign. There are dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, deer, pigs, rabbits, mice and rats along with chickens, ducks, geese, wild fowl and creepy crawlers.There are few islanders who can repress a chuckle about tourists getting excited about flipping on ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Have you been purple-ized yet? I have, and let me tell you, it's not as much fun as it sounds. In fact, it's kind of creepy.I should have known better. Well, to be honest, I did know better. But I just couldn't resist the intrigue. And the promise of double Cheddar Cheetos.I love Cheetos; ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Does the county have any plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of Maui Lani Parkway and Kamehameha Avenue? Both roads are heavily traveled and the intersection is often congested due to the current four-way stop.A: Yes, a traffic signal is in the works. I asked our Public ...

Importance of intergovernmental relationships highlighted

The 2014 state legislative session began Wednesday, with me and several of my Maui County Council colleagues in attendance, and is scheduled to adjourn May 1.Our state representatives and senators have started introducing and reviewing hundreds of new bills. In last year's regular session, ...

The State of Aloha

Part of growing up in Hawaii is learning about invasive species. My elementary school classes always had a lesson about the dangers associated with releasing goldfish into local streams and ponds. We learned about the mongoose and how it wreaked havoc on birds here.But the latest invasive ...

Maui Nei

Heading home on a favorite road. It's a night ride. The pace is brisk, jamming uphill around curves, relying on the lights of oncoming traffic to make sure the motorcycle is well within its lane.Pulehu Road, once the most direct way from Central Maui to Kula, is a back road. It runs through ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It's my mother's fault that I am such a sentimental fool. I learned from the best.Readers of this column often ask me how I'm able to remember specific dates and details of growing up on Maui so many years ago. After I reply that it wasn't THAT many years ago, I confess that I am a ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I bought some hapuu logs for my orchids a couple months ago, but I heard that some of the logs might have been infested with ants. How should I check for the ants, and what do I do if I find any?A: If you bought the hapuu within the past 12 months, the state Department of Agriculture is ...

Committee to review donation for aquatic center

The County Council's Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture and Recreation Committee will consider a proposed resolution Tuesday authorizing the acceptance of a donation of a weather-protection tent cover for the Lahaina Aquatic Center. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.The donation, valued at ...

Animal lover

Ask Dawn Hall for one of her favorite animal adoption stories, and she responds with a long silence - there are just too many.The Haiku resident has been the executive director of the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation, or HARF, since 2011, when she co-founded the organization with President ...

Maui Nei

Today dawned clear and cold. A short mist brought much-needed moisture to lower Kula. Low-lying light and the mist created a full anuenue. From this angle, the rainbow arced over a neighbor's house."You always start your column with a weather report," said Harry Eagar, a colleague and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A year and a half ago, after watching an online video of my late father, I used this space to express my gratitude for YouTube and old friends. The seven-minute "tribute to Dr. Nelson Yogi and weightlifting Maui style" was uploaded by one friend in 2006, but until another friend told me about ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why doesn't Maui have synchronized traffic lights? I have traveled off-island to the Mainland many times and have noticed synchronized traffic lights on main roads. Kaahumanu Avenue is a perfect example. We all know it's virtually impossible to drive from Maui Mall into Wailuku with all ...

Committee to consider fast-track affordable housing on Front Street

The County Council's Land Use Committee has scheduled a site inspection for Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Front Street next to Lahaina Cannery Mall to view the proposed Kahoma Village affordable housing project.Following the site inspection, the committee will deliberate the matter in the Council ...

The State of Aloha

What image comes to mind when you picture a tourist? Sunburned Mainlanders driving too slowly in bright-colored convertibles? Maybe visitors from Asia snapping photos? It's no accident that these are the first things that come to mind.The first concerted efforts to attract tourists started just ...

Maui Nei

Another year. Another day on a speck of land sailing a 2-inch-a-year northwest course away from its geological birthplace in the Pacific. The weather has been fair. The heavy stuff of late has skirted around Maui. Blue morning skies and cloudy afternoons could represent past and present. Who ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Happy New Year! If Santa came up short last week and didn't bring what you asked for, I hope that 2014 delivers. And if you're one of the lucky ones who got everything they wanted, I'm happy for you and wish you continued blessings.That's what I love about New Year's Day. Regardless of my state ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I never can fully relate to traditional celebrations of New Year's Eve - the noise, the various intoxications, the loud celebration of . . . what? Chasing away the demons, I suppose.I prefer to invoke the angels. Time passing, something new dawning. It's a profound time, replete with ...