Letters to the Editor

Photo of other two condos would have been appropriate

As a resident of Island Sands Condominium, I want to thank this newspaper for featuring a lovely photo of our condo building on the front page of The Maui News (Oct. 14). However, the caption implies that our sewage treatment facility is an aging 1970s relic when, in fact, our owners elected to ...

Volunteers helped make the 96th Maui Fair memorable

I would like to congratulate Sherri Grimes, her Fair Committee and all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this 96th county fair memorable. Even though I did not see or smell anyone smoking cigarettes (mahalo, people of Maui), I was disappointed that the large metal, no smoking signs ...

Setting the record straight on donations to Mike Victorino

I have seen all the letters accusing Mike Victorino of being in the pocket of the developers. I have seen the Facebook posts that state most of his donation come from Oahu and the Mainland. I am going to set the record straight. Elle Cochran spoke regurgitated rhetoric at the mayoral ...

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez inspires resident to vote

I live Upcountry and can’t even see Molokai so every election I leave the Molokai seat on the County Council blank. I figured that one old politician is the same as the next and Molokai is none of my business. This year my attitude has changed. I am voting for Keani Rawlins-Fernandez for ...

Voting for new, qualified candidates this election

Working hard can make Maui a better place for you and me. I have worked hard my whole life to make things better for me and my family. I’ve always had one or two jobs while I raised my children and built my home. Now my kids are grown and on their own and I’m still working because I need ...

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez deserving of your vote

I was working with Kelly King’s campaign in 2016 when I first met Keani Rawlins-Fernandez. Keani impressed me with her calm, polite, but determined manner and her knowledge of the mechanics of government. I learned that she had worked at the Legislature while going to law school and getting ...

Candidate would work to finish portion of bypass

What I will specifically do when elected regarding finishing the north portion of the Lahaina bypass. I will work with county, state, and federal government to make certain that this was top on the list of projects under the State Transportation Improvement Plan. Also, by working with ...

Rawlins-Fernandez will be an asset to Maui County

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez is qualified and has the aptitude to serve on the County Council. Many of the old-school politicians had little formal training and had to learn the job on the job. Keani Rawlins-Fernandez worked in the Legislature while earning a dual major law degree learning the ...

Ron Curtis represents the leadership Hawaii deserves

The three main reasons that I voted for Ron Curtis instead of supporting Sen. Mazie Hirono’s re-election are: 1. Her failure to respond to constituent contact; 2. Her support of Hillary Clinton rather than the landslide winner of the 2016 Hawaii State Democratic Primary, despite the clear ...

Elle Cochran has a strong vision for affordable housing

Isn’t it time we changed our politics? Consider Riki Hokama, now finishing his second decade on the Maui County Council. His father was on the council for over 30; evidently, Riki wants to continue that family tradition. He isn’t elected year after year because he works for all of us, ...

There’s something we can do to send Sen. Hirono a message

Like many recent letter writers, I’m disappointed with Sen. Mazie Hirono’s actions during the judicial confirmation hearings. Fortunately, there’s something we can do to send Sen. Hirono a message: Vote for Ron Curtis for U.S. Senate! Check out Ron’s website: roncurtis808.com. Dan ...

Rawlins-Fernandez has the expertise to serve on council

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, when elected to the County Council, will fulfill the council’s needs by being the only member with an MBA and a law degree. With these degrees, and student loans that come with them, Keani could have chosen a high-paying job, but instead she chose to return home to ...

Do not be fooled by Sen. Hirono’s actions

Sen. Mazie Hirono said, “I just want to say to the men of this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.” Saying “shut up” is the way a bully behaves. Grouping all men together shows bias and prejudice. As to standing up for women, Sen. Hirono rarely does. ...

Hirono deserves praise, not misguided attacks

There appears to be an orchestrated campaign to trash Sen. Mazie Hirono, who has done us proud. Newly visible on the national scene, Mazie has stood up for women, finding the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh credible. Is opposition to her an indication of men disrespecting women who speak ...

Victorino is best choice for Maui County mayor

There are two dramatically different candidates for mayor. Mike Victorino has a long history of business, management and government positions of responsibility. His volunteer activities for the community are legendary, as well as those of his entire family. He is experienced and ...

Money for influence, the game of off-island PACS

Important questions. Who is the biggest spender in this election? Where are they from? Who are they supporting? Why? The single biggest spender in the Maui County election this year is an Oahu Super Pac “One Ohana,” funded by the Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Timeshare Owners Association. ...

What do Mainland donors know about local values?

I am the chairman of the Sustainable Action Fund super PAC which will spend less than $50,000 on the general election. SAFE officers live on Maui as do all donors. Furthermore, the donors have met most of the candidates, so they know who they are voting for and why. Compare this to the One ...

Sen. Hirono accessible and extremely helpful

Many thanks to Sen. Mazie Hirono during my recent travel to D.C. to various senators’ and representatives’ offices. Not only was Sen. Hirono accessible and extremely helpful, her office staff followed up with calls for three days in efforts to make my visit informative and successful. It ...

Hirono and other powerful Hawaii women can lead us

All month varying opinions about Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment have been shared. Whatever one may think of Sen. Mazie Hirono’s comments, one of Kavanaugh’s unnerving first votes was to remove the rights of Native Americans on reservations to vote if they lack a street address, thus ...

State Legislature needs to consider numerous topics

There are numerous topics our state Legislature needs to consider. An important issue is to allow voters in Hawaii to have the right to both citizen initiative and referendum. Hawaii does not currently allow either. As to voting, preferential/ranked choice/instant runoff voting would permit ...