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Keiki o ka ‘Aina

People like to say "the missionaries stole the land" when referring to the cruel dispossession of the Hawaiian people after the Mahele.This was the momentous series of events between 1845 and 1855 in which, with the agreement of the king and chiefs, the Hawaiian 'aina was "alienated," that is, ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Is the county going to be running extended Maui Bus schedules this Halloween? I rode it last year and it was great, but I haven't seen anything posted this year.A: Yes, we are running extended Maui Bus schedules for Halloween this year. No reservations are required. Bus passes cost $2 or you ...

Panel promotes awareness of watershed management

At a meeting earlier this month, the County Council's Water Resources Committee received presentations regarding watershed management practices and policies from representatives of the organizations doing the work in the field every day for the benefit of Maui County's residents, native species ...

Sales through the woof

A popular Maui baker known for her cakes and pastries has turned her talents toward pleasing another kind of palate: the dog kind.Heidi Cramer says her new line of canine cookies, Maui Dog Treats, was inspired by her beloved chocolate Labrador, Snoopy. Like a lot of dog owners, she wanted the ...

Maui Nei

It's a fortunate individual who has a passion and the support needed to pursue it. If Darrell Orwig was given to pasting bumper stickers on his truck, there would be three - "I'd rather be sailing," "I'd rather be riding a horse" and "I'd rather be painting."That doesn't cover all of his ...

Raising the cost of ‘affordable housing’

A couple of weeks ago, I examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing, which, in turn, elicited a comment by a reader that what is described as affordable by developers and housing officials certainly doesn't look affordable when the prices are ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I have been taken by wonder. The current exhibition at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery is indeed wondrous. Artist-in-residence Wes Bruce has built a full-size fort inside the 4,000-square-foot gallery, using materials collected locally. "Taken By Wonder" ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

My first assignment when I arrived at The Maui News in 1992 was to cover the planting of six orange trees in the parking lot near Mana Foods, on Baldwin Avenue in Paia.It was pretty lame as far as assignments go, but I was game. Sandy Zalburg, my old editor at The Honolulu Advertiser, used to ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I recently moved to Kihei from the Mainland. Why isn't there a road connecting Piilani Highway with Kula Highway? It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive from Kihei to Kula going north through Kahului, but it would only take a fraction of the time to get to Kula if a road ran between ...

Kahului road, sidewalk, bike-path improvements are on agenda

I invite the public to a community meeting for a presentation on Complete Streets and the Central Maui Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Lihikai School cafeteria in Kahului.The General Plan advocates smart growth and walkable neighborhoods. To that end, my ...

The State of Aloha

Ever hear of a movie called "Hobo with a Shotgun?" No really, it's real. Rutger Hauer plays a homeless vigilante who takes on a crime boss in a small town with, well, a shotgun. It's really violent, and unless you liked "Grindhouse" or "Death Wish," you probably shouldn't watch this film.The ...

Maui Nei

It's Saturday. The midday sun is shrouded by gray clouds threatening rain. Inside "Sadie's Place" above Makawao, there seems to be nothing but sunshine.In a garden outside the entrance marked by a polite reminder to keep the gate closed to keep pupils inside there is a small statue of St. ...

Reasons to be concerned about Obamacare — taxes

The shutdown of the federal government pivots on which side will blink first - the president or the House Republicans - and it all comes down to whether or not there will be a willingness to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.Adopted nearly 2 years ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I'm getting fed up with spam. No, not SPAM, the local dietary staple. I could never get enough of SPAM, glorious SPAM. I'm talking about lower-case spam, the unappetizing, unsolicited emails that bombard my Blackberry daily.In the first place, it's a sacrilege to use the name of our unofficial ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

We wandered over one recent Saturday to Kaluanui, the former estate of Ethel and Harry Baldwin below Makawao, now the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.The large, airy house faces Haleakala, and the floor-to-ceiling windows designed by C.W. Dickey frame it from almost every room. The grand dome of ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: We went to Palauea Beach yesterday and saw survey stakes and orange fencing that had been put up around two small areas. I remember the public's fight to save Palauea years ago and read that the county was able to buy two lots. What is the county's plan for the lots it purchased and will the ...

Council committee to review animal issues Thursday

A review of key animal issues facing the county will be conducted by the County Council's Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee on Thursday at 9 a.m.The committee will consider an 18-page bill introduced by Council Chairwoman Gladys C. Baisa last year to revise Chapter 6.04, Maui ...

‘Thank you for being my friend’ — a friend

MAKAWAOKristi Wineland first noticed Jerome "Jerry" Arnold a few years ago, sitting outside her sister's Makawao store, Aloha Cowboy.In his wide-brimmed hat, cowboy shirt, jeans and boots, he looked like he belonged outside the Western-wear shop, and he seemed to feel at home. He'd pass the day ...

Maui Nei

In 1960, a young haole couple from Denver traveled to Maui. He had a job teaching music at Baldwin High School. They drove to the West Coast where they boarded a ship for the trip to the islands. Along the way, they studied Hawaiian. Surely that was the dominant language. They were surprised ...

Raising debt ceiling, cutting spending is crux of issue

The partial shutdown of the federal government broke records on the airwaves of Twitter and other social media with much of the criticism aimed at a dysfunctional Congress or the handful of Republicans "holding the country hostage."However, many seem to miss the point that it is not so much the ...