Opinion

Let Molina, Lee and Hokama run for office

Letters to the Editor

I was disappointed to read about a frivolous attempt made by an Ohana Coalition/Maui Pono Network member to disqualify three local candidates from running for the Maui County Council (The Maui News, June 13). Mike Molina, Alice Lee and Riki Hokama come from respected families who have been part ...

Sports writer recognized for covering MIL athletes

Letters to the Editor

Another school year has come to an end. For me as a parent, it is the last school year my children will be home as they graduated from high school this year. I have been fortunate to be the parent of three student athletes and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments both as students and ...

Candidate has the smarts and the experience to lead

Letters to the Editor

Isn’t it time to have a compassionate and socially responsible businessman lead Maui County? Ori Kopelman is running for mayor. He understands how to make organizations efficient and effective. As president of his management consulting firm in the 1990s, he helped NASA’s Space Station ...

Residents would love to see sugar mill preserved

Letters to the Editor

The sugar mill is part of Maui history and should be preserved. To the person who wrote on May 31 saying that the sugar mill is an eyesore, well, what I have to say is that if it bothers you, just don’t look at it. For us born-and-raised lifelong residents, our great-grandparents, ...

Cochran’s comments show lack of finesse and control

Letters to the Editor

It’s hard to fathom the lack of finesse and control demonstrated by County Council Member Elle Cochran by suggesting publicly, without evidence, that past campaign contributions of Keith Regan, the county’s managing director, had some bearing on his appointment to his current position by ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

A few weeks ago I found myself in Waikiki. The sidewalks and streets were jam-packed with visitors from around the world. Mainland, Asian and Australian visitors walked about in their shorts and distinctive white shoes (the hallmark of most tourists), hemorrhaging money at every bar, restaurant ...

Cochran gets numbers wrong in campaign pay-to-play claim

Columns

Last week, County Council Member Elle Cochran accused my directors of having jobs because they gave me campaign money. Her exact quote was, “Every single director the Arakawa administration has put into place funded the maximum amount on the campaign.” Makes you wonder why she didn’t ...

Father’s role larger today

Editorial

Sunday is Father’s Day. In the natural order of things, children have an automatic attachment to their mothers. The bonds between fathers and children must be consciously forged by time in a crucible of care and concern. In the days when father went off to work each day and mother stayed ...

Letter writer gave correct take on Pono Network

Letters to the Editor

I couldn’t agree more with the June 12 letter writer regarding the Pono Network. This is the same crowd that killed the Superferry and promoted the bogus campaign against GMO food. Their claim that the court subverted “the will of the people” was equally disingenuous. This was a ...

IQ test: Money on Raging Bull not the Full of Bull!

Letters to the Editor

The mendacious temporary occupant of the White House is obsessed with his perception of IQ test results of others and himself. He often accuses those who have offended him (an easy task committed by countless citizens with functioning brains) with the schoolyard insult of “low IQ.” He ...

Immediate, professional and effective response, rescue

Letters to the Editor

On June 12, my wife and I were having a late morning breakfast at Gazebo. Fifty yards offshore we watched a young mother struggle against a mounting north wind. On the front of her standup paddleboard was a very young child. For 15 or 20 minutes, she paddled and made headway, only to lose it ...

Today is Flag Day

Editorial

There will be a lot of red, white and blue on display today as Maui residents show off their patriotism on Flag Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 of that year as Flag Day. Thirty-three years later, Congress resolved that every June 14 would be observed as Flag ...

Should statehood be a paid holiday for state workers?

Letters to the Editor

Is it about time to stop celebrating statehood — with a paid holiday for state workers? Hawaii has been a state since 1959. Is it time to stop giving state employees a paid day off because we are a state? We need a lame-duck politician (who else would dare?) to at least start the ball ...

Haleakala park is putting businesses out of work

Letters to the Editor

Haleakala National Park is putting local businesses out of work. They removed 14 companies that depend on the park to survive, giving the business to other companies that never did use the park. That’s unfair. Then they put in a reservation system that is to keep out everyone but the rich ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

At the risk of seeming disrespectful, I opened my interview with the governor in my native language: “So what, guv? How you stay?” Without missing a beat, Gov. David Ige replied in kind, “I stay good!” The audience was delighted and so was I. The rest of our interview was conducted in ...

Does our state constitution require a balanced budget?

Columns

If you are a serious student of Hawaii constitutional law, here is a question for you: Where in our state constitution does it say we have to have a balanced budget? The answer appears later in this article. The part of our constitution directly governing our state’s budget is Article ...

A lesson in the past

Editorial

In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise made him the only selection for supreme commander of the European Theater of Operations during World War II. That same spirit of ...

Will rent house to a Maui family after cleaning mess

Letters to the Editor

You know I won’t name names, but these people lived on our property 14 years. Both were hoarders inside and out. I finally got an attorney; cost me $6,000 and I couldn’t get them out. They finally left owing me $4,000 and the problem to clean up after them. Over $1,000 to Maui Disposal, ...