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Share loss of TAT could spell increased GET

Some legislative leaders have been taking a dog-and-pony show on the road to try to convince county officials to give up their revenue sharing of the transient accommodations tax collections in return for the authorization to impose a county rate under the general excise tax.While the idea of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It is with great pleasure - and a tiny bit of embarrassment - that I announce the arrival of a new addition to my household. I'd introduce you, but I don't know his name yet.Until my husband passed away in April 2007, I had never lived alone. When Barry died, I was surprised to discover that, ...

Keiki o ka ‘Aina

It was early (for us) on a Saturday morning, and we headed off to the cove at the Paia end of Baldwin Beach, colloquially known as Lime Kiln.It was a lovely day, blue sky, white puffy clouds and a nice breeze to leaven the heat. The water was a cool, clear aquamarine, the swells swimmable but ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I wanted to know what is going on with the Kalama Wastewater station. Also, why the stink still in Kalama neighborhood? What is being done?A: Contractors are working on an upgrade of the odor-control unit at the Kihei No. 6 Pump Station at Kalama Park. The county project involves ...

Land use approvals advance for new Kihei high school

The County Council's Land Use Committee has recommended passage of bills approving a zoning change and community plan amendment to facilitate development of the long-awaited Kihei high school on 77 acres fronting Piilani Highway.By resolution on April 5, the council referred the bills to the ...

Off Deadline

I will always remember him as Jimmy Lawrence, captain of the Maui Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division.He was a detective, a great detective, in the old mold. No high-tech "CSI" analysis in his day. Sleuthing was a lot about people, knowing potential suspects, tapping friends in ...

The State of Aloha

Everyone has a ghost story in Hawaii. It doesn't matter how educated, how prominent, experienced or logical you are. Everyone knows about some kind of reportedly haunted spot on the island. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you've still heard about a weird account from a friend of a friend ...

Maui Nei

Halloween began on a cool green island on the other side of the world. The ancients called it Samhain, the one night a year when they looked beyond this realm. The first residents of our warm green island could do the same every night of the year.In Ireland, and later in Scotland, the year ...

Reforming the tax law to recognize new efficiencies

More than a decade ago, lawmakers and Tax Department officials finally realized that it is possible to purchase services for resale and that the person making the purchase of those services did not necessarily have to consume the services.The idea of selling goods for resale dates back to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Having been involved in several Halloween-themed activities this month, I've come to realize that a lot of folks LOVE Halloween, for reasons as varied as the fanatics themselves.Some people, often the quiet, reserved type, relish the opportunity to dabble in the dark side once a year; they're ...

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 ...