Opinion

Cold weather on the Mainland breaks records

Letters to the Editor

I don’t know if the ocean is rising in Wailuku but at Keawakapu Beach there has never been more sand exposed in my 50 years of bodysurfing there. Boston just matched an 1896 record (can we say over a hundred years) of 2 degrees below zero. Back then they didn’t know about global warming, ...

Trump’s dancing monkeys break bipartisan hearts

Columns

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump’s dancing ...

Delays derail effort to save Whale Day

Letters to the Editor

I have tried my best to finish the Whale Day event, however with the big delays from the parks department, especially from Nov. 8 when they killed the plan after two days of review, to the meeting with the mayor and parks department on Dec. 6, to the “We will get back to you next week,” ...

Skill Village community has epic New Year’s party

Letters to the Editor

We live in Skill Village, a polyglot of intermingling ethnicities and cultures. We have a contingency of special needs adults living in our neighborhood and working local farms. We have a bunch of foster kids adopted into families, and plenty of roaming teens we all look out for. One of our ...

Demise of sugar creates opportunity for hiking trails

Letters to the Editor

Maui needs many more hiking trails for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike. With the demise of the sugar industry, is anyone working on opening up some of the beautiful areas that have heretofore been off limits to hikers? This should be a priority given the dearth of good trails on ...

Paying for his success

Editorial

During the just past holiday season, The Maui News ran an aggressive shop-at-home campaign urging our readers to forego internet shopping and patronize local stores. The “Save Our Stores” movement pointed out that our local brick-and-mortar stores employ our friends and neighbors and ...

To whom could the pope be directing his comments?

Letters to the Editor

On the front page of the Jan. 7 Maui News we saw two articles — juxtaposed and with no little irony. One featured Pope Francis, in his Epiphany remarks, calling for the personal resistance to arrogance, as well as to the thirst for power and riches. The other article featured our ...

We must move nationwide to outlaw tobacco smoking

Letters to the Editor

I agree with the Jan. 5 editorial applauding Hawaii for requiring smokers to be 21. But the editorial was much the same we’ve heard since the 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking. The most important finding since that landmark report is that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Last week I did something I’ve never done before, a feat beyond the realm of my imagination. Two days in a row, I forgot my cellphone at home . . . and didn’t go back for it. Chances are, you can empathize with the panic I felt when I realized my oversight. According to the Pew Research ...

Green energy program takes one on the chin from the PUC

Columns

The Green Energy Market Securitization, or GEMS, is a financing program that was supposed to provide low-interest loans to finance alternative energy systems and other clean energy improvements. These would be for those, such as nonprofits and individuals with lower credit scores, who might ...

Productivity and pay

Editorial

An interesting column in The Wall Street Journal a while back addressed the decoupling of compensation from productivity that is shrinking the American middle class. “Closing the Productivity and Pay Gap” by William A. Galston said the trend that began in recent decades to not link pay to ...

Several questions for mayoral candidates

Letters to the Editor

To our mayoral candidates we extend the following challenges: 1. Solve the serious problem we have with illegal fireworks bravely and openly being available. 2. Limit the number of rental cars available. 3. Evaluate the contributions that the private schools offer Maui. Maui would ...

Is America bordering on moral darkness?

Letters to the Editor

“This tax plan is going to hurt me badly!” (Trump). Hmmm! No tax return yet. How will “we” the people ever know how hurtful? (Doonesbury). The investigated Trump, a Republican, fired the investigator, also a Republican! Was Comey’s duty to country too zealous? The new investigator, ...

Voters need to make their thoughts known

Letters to the Editor

It should be the voters’ decision. Approximately four months ago a contingent of Maui residents met with Yuki Lei Sugimura, County Council member chairing the Policy, Economic and Agricultural Committee, to present documentation on the benefits of a professional county manager/managing ...

Maui Connections

Columns

After four months on the Mainland, we’ve been home a little over a week now. I’ve been to the landfill three times already, and the truck’s full again. I don’t mind. Actually, after a successful morning chain-sawing (success measured in still having 10 fingers), it’s kind of ...

A great start for Sentry

Editorial

The new alliance between Sentry Insurance and the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions got off to a spectacular start this past weekend at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. The Sentry Tournament of Champions was won in dominating fashion by the man ranked No. 1 in the world golf rankings. Dustin ...

Mayor Arakawa should bring water director back

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Alan Arakawa should allow qualified engineer Dave Taylor go back to work as our director of the Department of Water Supply. The County Council has voted to reinstate him, citizens have testified in favor of him, the mayor has brought forward no evidence of any wrongdoing on Taylor’s ...

Homeowner requests return of stolen items

Letters to the Editor

This appeal is to the person who entered my home on Dec. 15, 2017, between the hours of 5 and 10 p.m. and took some items of great sentimental value to my family and me. I appeal to you, to your kind and empathetic heart, to please return these items to us. I appeal to your kind heart because I ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I heard that the county ran out of money for the Junk Vehicles Assistance Program, but does that affect the vehicles that get abandoned on the side of the road? Will they still get picked up? A: ...

Council’s work in full swing as the new year begins

Columns

Hau‘oli makahiki hou! The new year is in full swing at the Maui County Council. Actions are underway to continue tackling one of the most pressing issues facing our community — affordable housing. Statistics from the state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s ...