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Sharing Mana‘o

Perhaps because another birthday is looming, or maybe because I'm still a bit melancholy over saying goodbye to my son after his recent visit home, lately I find myself sighing a lot. Sighing and sifting through drawers.Most people have a "junk drawer," a catchall for household odds and ends ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

On Saturday we threw together reading material we never get to and took ourselves far, far away to the cool reaches of Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park. The pilikia of household exigencies receded as we ascended through the pastures and the clouds.A large ama'u fern clinging to a bank ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I'm not sure who to ask, but maybe you can point me in the right direction. I'm going to be cremated and would like my daughter to bring my ashes to Maui to sprinkle them. We spent several years coming to Maui and whale watching, so this would be my ideal resting place. I need to know if ...

Honoring the workforce on Labor Day

County offices will be closed Monday in celebration of a national holiday - Labor Day.For many of us, the day off means hitting the stores to catch holiday sales, relaxing at the beach with friends and family, or getting together to watch sports. But whatever activities are planned for Monday, ...

‘The Best it’s Ever Been’

PAIAWhen Susun White took over as executive director of the Paia Youth & Cultural Center, it was bare bones.The clubhouse had recently been gutted by a fire, vagrants lurked around the parking lot and there were just 27 members. "We started out with virtually nothing," she recalls.Now, ...

Maui Nei

In the backyard, they could have been a pack of politicians scratching and pecking at some sort of campaign aimed at filling their ballot bellies. They were birds of a feather, Francolinus pondicerianus.At certain times of the year, flocks of gray francolins roam the pastures and lawns of Kula. ...

Placing check-off designations on tax form paid for by all taxpayers

In recent years when money became tight because of the slowdown in the national and state economies, enthusiastic supporters of some very specific causes pushed lawmakers to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their state tax refund for a specific cause. Among these were the Hawaii ...

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 ...