Letters to the Editor

Performing arts center new crown prince of Upcountry

Among the good things that make Upcountry Maui a great place to live is the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center, which stands out as the new crown prince of Maui’s dramatic arts. Beyond being an outstanding facility, the heart and soul of this new venue are the members of the King ...

Elected officials need to stop wasting money

As someone who was born and raised on Maui and who recently retired (after 41 years) as an attorney, arbitrator and mediator, I respectfully offer the following advice to the County Council members who recently voted “to recommend approval of a resolution to employ special counsel.” ...

Confidence, courage urged to heal crisis in Hawaii

Crisis in Hawaii concerns the criminal justice system, the judicial system and the Department of Public Safety. Corrections back four, 10, 20 and 30 years is the fact that incarceration itself is a complete failure! Criminologists and correctional professionals have recognized we have ...

This year do something amazing to celebrate Easter

Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the previous day. He willingly shed his blood for us so we could have our sins forgiven and have eternal life. On the Monday following Easter Sunday, the Blood Bank of Hawaii will be ...

Maui County needs a professional manager

Why waste money hiring lawyers to litigate who has the authority to appoint or approve department heads? Why not put on the ballot the issue of a professional manager who would hire professionals to run our county departments? We have outgrown our quaint form of government and need ...

Revival of Hawaiian culture must return to its origins

“The beginning of wisdom is the awe of Jehovah and the knowledge of the Righteous-Pono Ones is understanding” (Proverbs). Why go back to Hawaii’s “Dark Ages” of oppressive religion? Revival of Hawaiian culture must return to its origins when love ruled in hearts and ...

Aging population presents challenge for countries

For the first time in history, the Earth has more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 5. In another two decades, population experts predict, the ratio will be 2-to-1. Aging is not only a challenge for those aging, but it’s also a challenge for the countries where most of the ...

Despite testing, no action yet on ocean water quality

A sterling Matthew Thayer visual captioned “Kihei’s Cove Park and surf spots off Kalama Park’s breakwall are packed with novice surfers and surf schools Thursday morning” drew my eyes (The Maui News, April 6). The article was another monthly report, more visitors, more revenue, but the ...

Crime Victims Rights week not observed in Hawaii

The week of April 7 through 13 was National Crime Victims Rights week, the purpose being to give voice to innocent victims of homicide and violent crime. The week is a teachable moment; an educational tool to ensure the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) 1984 is given light and access to the public, ...

The best political system will borrow from others

In the opening days of the 20th century, Eugene Debs asked: “What is socialism?” His often quoted answer was: “Merely Christianity in action. It recognizes the equality in men.” Of course, those of wealth and power have never stopped frightening the lightly informed with the specter of ...

‘Vision Zero’ polices create safer communities

Each year, more than 40,000 people are killed in the United States in vehicle crashes. Last year, a record number of 43 pedestrian fatalities were documented in Hawaii, reflecting a dramatic increase from 15 in 2017. In 2018, there were 17 traffic fatalities in Maui County. This year, Maui ...

Sad to see Maui turned into a dumping site

It’s so sad to see our beautiful island of Maui turn into a dumping site. It’s very disgusting to see old tires, appliances, furniture and other household trash being dumped along Kahekili Highway and Pulehu Road. This also includes green waste. People need to be more responsible and take ...

These are the things that are killing Maui

I do not believe that overtourism is killing Maui. I believe that the failure to choose an expert in island urban planning as a planning director, irresponsible and unsustainable development for foreign residents, combined with insufficient infrastructure and a failure to assess and collect ...

Yes, Donald Trump is still ‘our man’

An April 2 letter writer asked, “Conservatives, is Donald Trump still your man?” She implies that Trump is a man of questionable moral character who should not be trusted as the president of the United States. However, has she ever considered just why America voted for him in the first ...

Visitor amazed by local solution to Kihei traffic

After several trips to Maui we found this time we needed to drive more than the other trips. We made many runs up and down South Kihei Road, as well as other parts of the island. Kihei road is low speed but has high traffic volumes. This makes left turns on and off South Kihei Road at ...

Disparity in bail amounts doesn’t reflect the offense

Can someone please explain why a 28-year-old woman arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening of two people would have bail set at $10,000 and a 58-year-old male arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening of hundreds of people in need of and giving medical attention received a ...

Bill is really about having water for Maui County

Upcountry Maui needs water for our people and to restore agriculture in central valley, yet recent articles about HB1326 seem to make it only about A&B. This bill is not about having water for A&B — it is really about having water for Maui County, for our people and for the future of ...

Upcountry’s water supply is threatened

Here are the essential facts in the conflict over House Bill 1326. • With the end of sugar, there is enough water available to accommodate the needs of the taro growers, restore the streams, give Upcountry what it needs and supply Mahi Pono’s plan to replace sugar in the central ...

Is it worth the risk to not pass HB1326?

I live and farm in Omaopio and I know my water comes from East Maui. I remember in the ’60s when water was manually hauled when all of the Upcountry supplies were dry. People today are gambling about what is needed to ensure that we have reliable water supplies. Policymakers should make ...

Democratic Party morphed into a secular socialist party

The Democratic Party has morphed into a secular socialist party by advocating for programs of food, housing, health care, child care, education, guaranteed income for all including undocumented immigrants, the Green New Deal, takeover of private industry, and the maiming of the unborn and ...