Opinion

Troy Hashimoto should stay at the county level

Letters to the Editor

Troy Hashimoto tipped his hand in the July 29 article on state House District 8 candidates when he wrongly claimed that a proposed constitutional amendment for education funding would be “taking tools away for the county and giving it to the state.” Not only does he display ignorance of ...

Guzman has experience and skills to be mayor

Letters to the Editor

I have known Don Guzman and his family for many years and I believe Don has the experience and skills to tackle the complex issues we face here in Maui. Don has a professional, humble manner. If you know Don, you know he is easily approachable, has a knack of listening to both sides of ...

Candidate would support $18-an-hour minimum wage

Letters to the Editor

Do you know most Democrats do not support an increase in minimum wages at this time? Unfortunately, most Republicans feel the same. They must be blind not to see how our current minimum wage is hurting families. I know a single mom raising three children and working full time for minimum ...

Candidate ‘to right the canoe’ is Elle Cochran

Letters to the Editor

This is the year when the power of the feminine is rising. Rising to counter the toxic masculinity exhibited by the greedy pillaging of the Earth’s resources and her people by those ruthless ones among us. We know who they are here: The missionary families claiming they own the land while ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

As primary election day nears Saturday, I find myself increasingly anxious, even a bit fearful. My political preferences, which I choose not to share publicly, are only part of the reason. What concerns me most is our community’s dubious distinction of having the lowest voter turnout in the ...

Wayfair — playing catch-up

Columns

This week, we continue with our coverage of Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court case that said online sellers can be made to collect state sales taxes even if they don’t have a physical presence in that state. Here in Hawaii, Act 41 of 2018 was fashioned after the South Dakota threshold and ...

2018 primary endorsements III

Editorial

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. As with all editorials, opinions in this space have no effect on news coverage by ...

Don Couch is uniquely qualified for important job

Letters to the Editor

Don Couch is the best choice for state House, District 11, South Maui. He not only knows the lawmaking side of government inside and out, but also has years of valuable administrative experience. He is not a “career politician” as some are attempting to paint him. He is a public servant ...

Kyle Yamashita listens to the concerns of farmers

Letters to the Editor

Everyone says we need agriculture. I am a third-generation farmer. Farming has many rewards — working outdoors all day, watching things grow and seeing the joy in the eyes of customers as they share how they enjoy what you grow. It also has its challenges. If it rains, it is a problem, ...

Hashimoto can make the biggest impact on our future

Letters to the Editor

I believe Maui needs fresh, balanced leaders representing us in the state House. I am tired of government trying the same things, expecting a different result. That is why I was excited when Troy Hashimoto was appointed to represent Wailuku in the state House and his willingness to continue ...

Couch will be a strong advocate for S. Maui

Letters to the Editor

I’ve watched Don Couch progress as a public servant, from being a community volunteer for many years to being a three-time elected Maui County Council member and here’s what I’ve come to know about him: He’s a glass-half-full kind of guy, a true optimist with a powerful, positive can-do ...

Arakawa and Molina both deserve your vote

Letters to the Editor

This is my experience with mayoral candidate Mike Victorino, then a council member. Seven years before Alan Arakawa was elected mayor first term, we had a speeding problem on a steep hill in Wailuku Heights. I obtained paperwork and complied with all instructions including 80 percent ...

Excited to have a fresh voice in the Legislature

Letters to the Editor

In the upcoming primary election, voters in District 8, from Waikapu to Kahakuloa, have an opportunity to select their representative for the state House. The best person for the job is already on the job. Since being appointed by the governor earlier this year, Rep. Troy Hashimoto has been ...

Saying something nice about competitor Tina Wildberger

Letters to the Editor

It’s not too often that you’re going to say something nice about your competition. I have been competing with and purchasing bulk ice from Tina Wildberger’s company Kihei Ice for years. I’ve had a chance to see how she operates as a competitor and as a business owner. Tina is no ...

Couch answers questions and does his homework

Letters to the Editor

Don Couch is running for the state House to represent South Maui. He has my vote in the primary election on Aug. 11. I know Don to be an honest man who pitches in when there’s work to be done. Go to his website and you’ll see him working with other volunteers helping protect our sand ...

Kyle Yamashita funds invasive species programs

Letters to the Editor

Little fire ants, coqui frogs — who actually did something to keep them from overtaking Maui? Kyle Yamashita did! He regularly funds invasive species programs to put resources in place; it doesn’t magically appear. Vote for experience on Aug. 11. Stephen West Kihei

Mike Victorino wants to do the best for Maui citizens

Letters to the Editor

Voting in a democracy is both a right and a responsibility. Picking a new mayor to run Maui County with a $1B budget is a serious responsibility. Don Guzman will make a very great mayor — for Don Guzman. I get a strong feeling that his interest in being mayor is more about ego than ...

Yamashita important to quality of life Upcountry

Letters to the Editor

I want to let you know how important Rep. Kyle Yamashita has been to the quality of life here in Upcountry. As chair of the state’s Capital Improvement Program, Rep. Yamashita has brought in a total of $59 million for this and the next fiscal years for critical Upcountry projects! In ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Boy, some guys aren’t taking this aging thing lying down, I thought last week as I passed the War Memorial ballfields and noticed all the white ponytails peeking out under baseball caps. It was the Hawaii State Senior Softball Tournament, presented by the Maui County Parks and Recreation ...

Learning from JFK

Editorial

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...