Letters to the Editor

Teams represented schools, communities in heroic way

On the night of March 7 Upcountry, King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna squared off in an epic volleyball match that was witnessed by about 100 or so family and fans. There was no one there from The Maui News to report on the action. Nevertheless, those in attendance were privileged to watch a great ...

Lets be the first county in the US to say ‘no’ to zoos

The recent spate of unfortunate mishaps between children, foolish adults and wild animals being held captive in zoos lends impetus to a county ordinance banning publicly or privately funded zoos on Maui. As it is in our nature to be free, so it is in the nature of every wild animal to be free. ...

Keep marijuana illegal in Hawaii now and forever

Thank God our lawmakers again didn’t legalize recreational marijuana. It’s disturbing that state Sen. J. Kalani English has repeatedly introduced bills to legalize cannabis. He represents portions of Maui County but doesn’t represent me. As a former pot smoker who has educated himself ...

Mayor’s actions do not support what he writes

Family values guide us as we move county forward, written by Mayor Mike Victorino, could not be further from the truth. The recent actions of Mr. Victorino the past two weeks is a good example of his work. “Our County,” written by him (Opinion, March 1), shows how it’s all being covered ...

World’s favorite island has some of world’s worst roads

While driving at the speed limit to get gas at Costco on what is Haleakaka Highway on the airport side of the road, I hit a large pothole which I did not see! Total damage to my Mini-Cooper sports coupe exceeded $2,000: tires, frame, labor, etc. I will get absolutely no relief from all ...

KCA committed to pedestrian safety

The Kihei Community Association has been steadfast in its commitment to making Kihei a walkable/bikeable town. They recently pressured the state Land Use Commission to accept the recommendation of the community, the safe routes to school and our own open space master plan for a pedestrian ...

Letter misrepresented criticism of council member

Leave it to a man to not understand the discrimination women in the workplace experience. Leave it to a man to simply not listen. Gabe Johnson, a twice unsuccessful ‘Ohana Coalition candidate, signed a March 1 letter to the editor misrepresenting my criticism of Keani Rawlins-Fernandez for ...

Bob Kraft deserves small release and pleasure in life

Leave Patriots owner Bob Kraft and other men like him, and the bathhouses, alone. On social media almost every week we see a fundamentalist preacher or a Catholic priest accused of sexual assault. Almost always on minors — defenseless children. Why? Because they are absolutely sure the human ...

‘Beach nourishment’ term for sand replenishment

“Beach nourishment” is a term used when beach-quality sand is delivered to a beach in order to replenish sand volume to that beach cell. It is often called for in areas where the natural cycle of sand distribution has been disrupted or depleted. All the sand within a beach cell works for ...

Lets work with Mahi Pono to allocate water for ag

I am writing to share my thoughts and feelings regarding returning all of the water to the streams versus allowing Mahi Pono, which bought 41,000 acres of A&B agriculture land, including 36,000 of old sugar cane fields, to continue taking the water from the EMI diversion system for non-GMO ...

We can’t continue to ignore need for affordable housing

I recently wrote to our new farm people to say I was happy they were here. I mentioned the need for affordable housing, thinking there may be some land not good for farming that could be devoted to affordable housing. Not having a response is understood. I have been here over 50 years and ...

Council completes first round of director reviews

In the 2016 election, the voters of Maui County authorized a charter amendment requiring the Maui County Council to confirm the mayor’s directors within 60 days of their appointment. This authority was an expansion of council oversight over the officials responsible for county operations, ...

For a small island, heinous crimes will get worse

Our island is not too spread out. It’s a small island. For a small island, heinous crimes will get worse. Nothing new. Not blaming anyone, however with more people moving here and drugs coming in, with all kinds of temptations and cost of living being insane, there will be more burglaries, ...

Cattle are an asset, not a liability

Kudos to Mahi Pono for requesting community input about their agricultural plans in Central Maui. But I hope they will ignore a handful of like-minded friends who choose to attack Maui’s long-standing cattle industry. The sad truth is there are too many people nowadays who want to have ...

KCA will meet March 19 at St. Theresa Church Hall

March 19 is the third Tuesday of the month, and as we have since incorporation in 1960, the Kihei Community Association general membership meeting commences at 6:30 p.m., now at St. Theresa Church Hall, 25 W. Lipoa St. We will be welcoming Maui Metropolitan Organization and the Maui Fire ...

Maui needs restoration of agriculture to sustain us

A transplant, I study Hawaiian olelo, culture, history with native Mauians. Maui needs restoration of farming of cattle, dairy, chickens, agriculture, processing of these for our consumption and for export to sustain natives and us transplants. Maui is bigger than the beaches and coast ...

Mahi Pono offers chance for farmers to get ahead

Regarding the letter printed Feb. 22: Let’s let Mahi Pono do what they want to do with the land. It’s theirs, not yours. We have a lot of farmers in Kula and elsewhere on Maui. Competition is getting rough. Farmers markets all over the island sell vegetables and fruits and some go home with ...

Choose how you spend your minutes wisely

“I’m super busy and I’ll get to that when I have time.” Isn’t that true for all of us these days? If we sleep the recommended seven or eight hours per night, we all still have about 960 minutes left each day. We use those for work, children, exercising, socializing and so on. Choose ...

Move toward improving quality of our ocean water

Maui County is going before the Supreme Court of the United States this fall on a case that would allow the county to continue to pollute our ocean. Our almost 3 million visitors and Maui residents are drawn to the island by beautiful beaches and ocean water that is safe for swimming and ...

Identity politics does not fit well in Hawaii

Identity politics, if it continues, will destroy the form in which we govern ourselves. Within the front-page article of The Maui News on Feb. 23, “County Council votes down three director nominees,” there was a troubling statement that Council Member Keani Rawlins-Fernandez made: ...