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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 ...

The State of Aloha

Remember the big cat of Olinda? Ten years ago, the island was in the grip of hysteria about a mysterious large feline spotted in the hills and forests above Makawao. The "Olinda Cat" mystery had just about everyone talking.It started in December 2002, with a single account of a cat sighting. ...

Maui Nei

Seeing the "supermoon" this week was a bust in Kula. The sky was shrouded by a thick layer of ao. No complaints, though. Every drop of rain is treasured. And that's about all that fell, a few drops here and there.According to the experts, the "supermoon" appeared 14 percent larger than normal ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I got all choked up over an omelet the other day. No, I didn't choke on the omelet; it was delicious, a Tex-Mex style concoction. But it wasn't the jalapenos that made me misty-eyed and sniffly.The omelet was one of the first things I tried at the new Bamboo Grille, which opened last week in ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What's with all the loose dogs at Baldwin Beach? I was there on a Sunday morning and there were way too many loose dogs. I only saw one dog on a leash. It appears to be a play yard for people with dogs. I understand how much they love to run and play in the water, but the county has provided ...

Neighbors: What’s bugging Mach Fukada?

Mach Fukada's pitcher plants look beautiful, but peer down the shaft of one of the slender, green pipettes and you're likely to see a struggling fly.Tiny, downward-pointing hairs make it too slippery for the fly to climb out. A colorful leaf covers the entrance to the tunnel like a trap. Insect ...

Maui Nei

The hero dreaded being stopped and being ordered to produce his "papers." The scene was a frequent feature of old black-and-white movies about Europe around World War II - a staple of KGMB-TV programming between midnight and dawn in the early 1970s.In the home of the brave and the land of the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I love this gig. One of the perks of being a columnist for The Maui News is the wide range of feedback from readers. When I began Sharing Mana'o two and a half years ago, I thought of this column as a weekly exercise in one-way communication, like delivering a speech rather than participating ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

I had an exquisite day at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on a recent trip to Honolulu. Call me old-fashioned, but I love the act of sending cards, beautiful, artistic cards.Choosing the right one for the occasion, penning a few select words, sealing the creamy envelope, adding an address label, ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: If we ever have to go to a shelter because of a storm, will they have food and cots for us there?A: No, you will need to arrive at the shelter prepared with your own supplies such as bedding, food and water, clothing, medications and other personal items. A shelter is just that - a place to ...

Chair’s 3 Minutes: Strengthening initiatives in a multitude of ways

With its four areas of policy oversight, the Maui County Council's Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee, known as the EAR Committee, is an adroit body - addressing opportunities and obstacles to improving Maui County's economy, alternative energy advancements, ...

The State of Aloha

The first time I went to Long Island, I wanted to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. In Long Beach, N.Y., access to the ocean is cut off by a great wooden boardwalk. To get to the water, you need to cross the boardwalk and just before hitting the beach an official inspects a beach pass allowing ...

Maui Nei

The note stuck to the computer monitor had grown dingy with age. It says "mcycle safety 984-3231 to register." It's a reference to one of the EdVenture UH Maui College classes offered through the Office of Continuing Education and Training.Punching out the telephone number resulted in talking ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I've been thinking about 'aumakua and animal spirit guides, ever since an unusual encounter a few weeks ago. I was stopped at a traffic light at a busy intersection on my way to work, running late as usual. Seconds before the light turned green, a tiny sparrow suddenly appeared on the hood of ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

It was a gorgeous afternoon. The trade winds had returned, the sun was warm, and I gave myself the all-too-rare treat of a swim at Charley Young, aka Kamaole I, my vote for best beach on Maui.The water was cool and clear, the wind not too bad. Soon I was gliding through the aqua waves, letting ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why is it I can't get an answer about noisy roosters in my neighborhood? These roosters are allowed to make noise at all hours of the night and no one seems to want to do anything about it.A: Maui County's noise laws mainly govern barking dogs and loud stereos and, until we update and ...

Neighbors: High-def learning

A media veteran with more than two decades of film and television experience in the islands has discovered a passion for teaching, thanks to a program that trains a new generation of videographers.As coordinator for the Youth Broadband Education Awareness Mentoring program at Akaku: Maui ...