Letters to the Editor

Water rights key to successful ag operation

Water is the new oil — it is an extremely valuable commodity these days due to high demand and unpredictable weather conditions in many parts of the world. My guess is that what brought Mahi Pono to Maui was as much about the water rights that Mahi Pono received as it was about the land. ...

We must move through grief and hardship

Today, as I was sitting in my office waiting to have our printer-machine repaired, I felt fortunate to be alive and healed after three years of medical attention. I thank the many volunteers who minister and mentor in the correctional facilities in Hawaii. I was able to update and pass the ...

Hirono an embarrassment to the State of Hawaii

I just finished watching the State of the Union speech and was totally embarrassed with the actions (and inactions) of our Sen. Mazie Hirono. Even when the rest of the Democratic representatives and senators stood and applauded the World War II veterans, the Holocaust survivor, the police ...

Notice of intention to boycott SB 720

Well they did it, the professional victims have outlawed free speech in the USA. SB 720 (Israel Anti-Boycott Act) has passed and I would like to reassure the Maui Police Department and any other law enforcement agency I will be violating this boycott, divestment and sanctions law with all my ...

Use research to upgrade learning by our keiki

In our beloved Hawaii, it is often communicated that small class size significantly increases keiki learning. We learned that small class size increases union membership, union income and union contributions to legislator campaigns. However, the Ka Hikina O Ka Lu specialized research at ...

Mahalo for sending us Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Dear residents of Molokai: Mahalo for sending us Keani Rawlins-Fernandez. We’ve decided to keep her. We hope this doesn’t inconvenience you. You can visit her anytime. Richard Michaels Makena

Use land for growing fruits and vegetables

Do not use the land for more cattle and raising beef. Use it for growing indigenous and other suitable fruits and vegetables. Both cost effective and profitable, as well as environmentally suitable. George J. Kramer Kihei

Build artificial reefs to prevent coastal erosion

I went to a presentation by Michael Foley, a coastal engineer, about preventing coastal erosion and I think we should say yes to protect our beaches from erosion by building artificial reefs. Eighty percent of Maui’s beaches are eroding and we need to do something before we lose most of our ...

Undereducated white men approve of Trump

The news media speak of white undereducated men who continue to hold firm in their approval of Trump. It seems that slightly upward of one-third of the respondents queried throughout the country, including all demographics, educational levels, etc., remain Trump supporters. For those who ...

Reinstate arts and crafts fairs under Banyan Tree

I was very disappointed to find that there are currently no weekend art displays by the Lahaina Arts Society and others under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina. I understand that there has been a dispute about eligibility criteria for participating in these events. I believe that locally produced ...

Make Piilani Highway a ‘Complete Street’

In my two terms as state Representative for South Maui, one of my main accomplishments was the adoption of the Complete Streets law for our state. This law required all modes of transportation be included in all new roads: walking, biking, transit and auto. The recent visit by a ...

Public roads on Mahi Pono lands open to all citizens

The following County of Maui-owned roads cross land formerly owned by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. and now owned by Mahi Pono: Kihei-Makawao Road, Waiko (Waikapu) Road, Paia Mill Road, Spreckelsville Road, Sunnyside Road and portion of Kala Road. My reference is the Appraisal of July ...

KCA on alert to testify in support of student safety

Two unrelated but prominent current concerns of the South Maui community are serendipitously related by their very close physical proximity and expected action this month by the state Land Use Commission (LUC). With no official announcement nor agenda, which offers a week’s notice before a ...

Move away from animal agriculture, not toward it

Thank you for the excellent article about Mahi Pono’s interest in creating sustainable agricultural opportunities on Maui (The Maui News, Feb. 1). If the Mahi Pono folks truly want to be responsible stewards of the land, they should nix their plans to develop cattle grazing and ...

Legal gambling does not benefit education

You are right in opposing this movement (Today’s Editorial, Jan. 11, “Stay away from legal gambling”). It is a smoke screen. It does not benefit education as advertised. The proof is in the small print, hidden in political agendas. I live in the state of Michigan. We have had the lotto ...

Surprisingly, Trump was the bigger man for once

Trump ends shutdown! “He gave in. He caved. He lost. He is defeated,” screams big brother at his audience. “We won. We were right. We stood strong. We are good,” chants big sister’s screaming mob. Yes, he “gave in” for the good of the 800,000 government workers going without ...

Sand fencing on beaches helps to protect dunes

Maui coastal areas are exceedingly popular and because of the extreme and continued use, the fragile dune system can become trampled and eroded. Sand fencing is often the most important tool in the toolbox for dune restoration projects since it makes it possible to delineate protected areas and ...

Politicians seek to advance at expense of constituents

Politicians are indeed a privileged class of folks. They can announce they are going to seek a career advancement and run for higher office such as president of the United States. During this one- to two-year endeavor, they will be allowed to receive their full government paychecks along with ...

Maui has the know-how to deal with wildfire risk

I appreciate your newspaper’s coverage of the West Maui fires (The Maui News, Jan. 27), especially with respect to their impact on the local community. I agree these fires raise many serious questions. However, I’d also offer that many, many people are working on the very answers to those ...

Let Mayor Victorino make his own choices

Mayor Victorino is a good guy. His picks for county department directors do not reflect his campaign promises or the intentions spoken in his victory speech. Completely. It’s not right to assume he intended this to be so. He promised to work with the County Council and yet there has been no ...