Letters to the Editor

Youth shows respect and gives help to kupuna

Recently, I experienced tire failure on Kahului Beach Road and pulled off to the side to replace it with the spare. I got out the jack and was preparing to set it up when this young muscular man pulled up behind me in his pickup and said, “Here let me help you, we need to take care of our ...

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Maui’s society damaged due to lack of housing The lack of affordable housing is having a very negative effect on Maui’s society. The results are young folks and native-born leaving the island as well as more homeless. In addition, working multiple jobs to support exceedingly high rents ...

Long-term trash solutions needed for Maui

We are three years into the debate over to-go food containers and we still haven’t come up with a long-term trash solution on Maui. My homeland country of Denmark is mandating that all households should recycle 50 percent of their trash, and they are aiming to close all landfills by 2020 as ...

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Property tax hike not fair to residents Property taxes going up again? It is unfair to the local residents who have been living in the same house for generations with no intention of selling or moving away. Is it our fault newcomers buy up all the property, move in and resell, driving ...

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Faith in our elected officials is eroding We live in a democracy. Whoever is elected president should be supported by all for the good of the country, putting their personal feelings aside for his four years in office. It does not do our nation any good to keep up this vendetta that people ...

There’s no quick solution to traffic woes

As director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation, I absolutely understand that the population growth in West Maui has produced an unwelcomed increase in traffic congestion. Without doubt, traffic has a real impact on the quality of life for residents and those visiting the attractions ...

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Public Works head to speak at KCA meeting Admission is free, but don’t forget our island hungry. We continue our never-ending food drive, strongly advocating for generous nonperishable donations or checks for the Maui Food Bank at every Kihei Community Association general membership meeting ...

First impression trampled at airport

While everybody knows that the first impression is not everything, it is widely accepted as an important one. Thirty years ago, I made Maui my home and traveled abroad many times. Every time I came back, I felt home the moment I walked out the boarding area at the Kahului Airport. There was ...

Carpetbaggers are not serving Maui’s interests

The news hit me hard, like a sledgehammer. Like a ton of bricks. Like a punch in the gut. It was the final nail in the coffin. The undignified but well-planned death of “Old Maui.” Remember a few years back when state Rep. Bob Nakasone passed away in office? The leaders of the “New” ...

Keep county’s new liquor laws in place

I have been watching the liquor law saga unfold from Hana (where we have real problems, by the way, including landslides on Hana Highway and Piilani Highway collapsing into the ocean, but that’s another story). Not to disrespect anyone who lost a loved one to drunken driving but, the way I ...

Retiring Hale Mahaolu chief applauded

I want to publicly thank Roy Katsuda. His efforts over the past 35 years have directly assisted thousands of seniors, families and disabled with quality affordable housing and support services. My grandfather and mother personally benefited from the incredible community nonprofit organization ...

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Kuleana practices aligned with God’s ideas succeed We need affordable housing and viable agriculture. Existing development policies misuse Hawaii’s limited land and water resources. As written in the Hawaiian Constitution of 1840, “All laws of the Islands shall be in consistency with ...

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To strip insurance assistance is cruelty In an emergency room five years ago, a man pleaded with the physician behind a curtain separating him from my loved one. The other patient was in extreme prostate pain. He said he had to work in the morning and could the doctor please do the procedure. ...

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Idea for solving national health care dilemma The Maui News has been very receptive to contributions from me and others regarding ensuring the quality and provision of the health care on Maui. I have an idea for solving the national health care dilemma, but not on how to access the national ...

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Homeless people can help themselves Who can help the homeless? The state, county, private funding? No. They are the ones who can help themselves! If they don’t have food, teach them how to get to the food bank and other charities that offer food. No place to sleep or park their car? Then ...

Unleashed dogs pose danger at beach parks

A year ago I was charged by a pit bull while crossing the grass at Kamaole III. The dog charged me from about 200 feet away. I had the presence of mind to stand still and talk to it in a low voice when it reached me barking and jumping like a lunatic. No owner in sight. It was frightening, to ...

Homelessness classified as medical condition sought

Hawaii Sen. Josh Green wants homelessness classified as a medical condition under state law — like diabetes, cancer, schizophrenia, etc. The bill would require insurance companies to cover “treatment” i.e., housing. Green, an emergency department physician, claims Medicaid savings, ...

100-day grades for County Council members, mayor

Since it’s time to grade our president, I figure I’d give my 100-day grades for Maui County as well. Mike White — Positive: Remained a class act amongst politically motivated false ethics complaints. Negative: Stoic. Grade: Winna winna chicken dinna. Riki Hokama — Positive: ...

Waiehu rooming house is not fit for habitation

I have witnessed the appalling living conditions that a person was placed in by Maui County. This rooming house in Waiehu is not fit to live in; there is black mold. The unfinished ceiling? There is rain pouring through the ceiling in the bedroom. Who in Maui County approved this facility? ...

‘A Few Good Men’ is a tour de force

If you’re like me and tend to doze off in front of the TV at night or even at movies sometimes, then Maui OnStage’s current performance of “A Few Good Men” will provide the perfect antidote. Musicals, comedies and farce often lend themselves to live theater better than drama, but this ...