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Sharing Mana‘o

I have to add my voice to the chorus of "Bravo!" for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of "Les Miserables." Brilliantly executed in every aspect, the show ended its six-performance run at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater last Sunday.But "Les Miz" wasn't the ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

She was a kitten when we first met her, a pretty little tabby with intelligent eyes and a lot of spunk.She appeared at the back porch of a neighbor, who fed her briefly until moving to the Mainland, leaving the kitten behind with a bag of food to be doled out by another neighbor until the new ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I was saddened to hear about the 20-year-old German tourist who died of her injuries from the shark bite. Why is it we have lifeguard towers stationed at some beaches and not others? I know in the past lifeguards will close beaches down if they spot a shark or if someone reports seeing a ...

Council proposes bills for state Legislature’s consideration

Three resolutions proposing new state laws were adopted by the Maui County Council last Tuesday for possible inclusion in the Hawaii State Association of Counties' legislative package.Once approved by all four county councils, the HSAC legislative package will be presented to the state ...

The State of Aloha

I went to college in San Francisco and wrote for the university's paper. It was not uncommon to see activists of all stripes.Bike messengers wanted equal rights with automotive commuters. Students were driving military recruiters off campus. The pole dancers' union (Local 790) wanted a better ...

Maui Nei

Up on the mountain, the mornings have been pleasant - temperatures in the sun about 70 degrees and inside houses maybe 5 degrees cooler. Lately, midday has been another matter. As the sun works its way westward, temperatures climb.It's a fact that Maui residents can feel very minor fluctuations ...

Purchases of goods and services for resale afforded lesser rate

A reader of this commentary called to ask if the services of another business that he had procured for his client qualified for an exempt reimbursement under the general excise tax law.Unfortunately, because the taxpayer was also providing a service in connection with the services procured from ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Hot August night . . . and the leaves hangin' down and the grass on the ground smellin' . . . sweet.- From "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"by Neil DiamondSweltering in my living room on a recent hot August night, I couldn't get "Brother Love's" opening lyrics out of my sweaty head. I ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

Our recent trip to Hana to look at historic churches with the popular Kaunoa teacher Sonny Gambonia took us about 10 hours from Haiku round trip, including lunch and several stops.That's some improvement since the days of 1837 when an overland trip to Hana from Wailuku took 56 hours, and a trip ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why on Maui are trucks allowed to have oversized tires sticking out past fender walls? How are these vehicles passing safety inspections? Why aren't police enforcing? I was hit in the face by gravel flying out from a truck with fat tires. Fender guards are supposed to protect pedestrians, ...

Committee to review proposed Lanai desalination plant

On Thursday at 1:30 p.m., Pulama Lana'i will give a presentation to the Maui County Council's Water Resources Committee on its proposed desalination facility.Pulama Lana'i will offer the presentation to the Lanai Planning Commission Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Lanai Senior Center. Lanai ...

The State of Aloha

Today is more than an excuse for government workers to get a three-day weekend in August. It's Admissions Day - the day our islands were admitted to the United States as the 50th state.The path to statehood was long and arduous. The first to formally bring about statehood was none other than ...

Maui Nei

It's supper time. A four-footed clock is sitting a few feet away focusing intently. Cyrano, the house cat, often seems telepathic. When asked what he wants, he licks his lips and silently mouths a meow. He seldom makes a sound. At the first sign of movement, he races off to show the way to the ...

Producers already enjoy reduced rate

measures introduced during the last session would have exempted from the general excise tax the sale of fresh farm produce that is intended for human consumption within the state. In order to claim the exemption, a farmer would have to register with the state Department of Taxation and pay an ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Granddaughter No. 1 just turned 13. Yikes.Besides the knee-jerk "I'm not old enough to have a teenage grandchild!" reaction, Lilly's milestone birthday has caused me a great deal of consternation over finding the perfect gift. OK, that's an exaggeration. I'm not really distressed; I'm not even ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

We were at Keanae, looking at old churches, and I was thinking about miracles, large and small. In my world, where I was sitting qualified as one.It was on a wooden pew outside the entrance to "The Miracle Church" at Wailua, that well-favored hamlet nestled at the verdant eastern edge of the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: For more than a few months I've been aware of some horses along the road near Maalaea. They appear to have no shade and have mostly dirt for grazing. These horses need protection from the sun, the heat and driving rain. (Although this area obviously doesn't receive much rain, I wonder what ...

It’s back to school — and back to work for the council

School has started again. For many families, this means new challenges and a readjustment of schedules and finances.Though county governments in Hawaii don't have formal jurisdiction over education, the Maui County Council takes pride in doing what it can to support our youth as they learn and ...

The State of Aloha

It looks like a vast carpet starting at the edge of Pukalani and descending the isthmus through Central Maui all the way to the West Maui Mountains. It rolls out from the edge of Maliko Gulch for miles all the way to Kihei. It's in the background of thousands of photographs in the newspaper, ...

Maui Nei

Riding along the first two miles of Lower Kula Road can be a journey through history - rough but tied inextricably to the land.The remnant of old Maui begins just beyond Kulamalu and ends at Omaopio Road. Lower Kula Road itself continues - with one major interruption - all the way to Rice ...