Opinion

Tourists aren’t just visitors

Editorial

The first tenet of successfully marketing a good product is to know your customer. The hospitality industry in the islands has evolved from sun, sea, beach and beds into a more complex business to serve tourists who plan vacations with specific goals that go beyond the resorts. The picture is ...

Maher’s vulgarities not appreciated

Letters to the Editor

After leaving the Jan. 2 MACC performance of comedian, political commentator and television host Bill Maher, all I wanted to do was go home and take a shower. I’m well aware of Maher’s sarcastic, scathing and at times hilarious shtick and I agree with him politically 99.9 percent of the ...

Being a leader is not a popular job

Letters to the Editor

It may come true. Many Republicans and Democrats were rumored to say that it would be a cold winter when Mr. Trump becomes president. Many on Maui are complaining about the cold. President Trump has heated up the world. “Global Warming.” “Climate change.” He’s doing his job, good ...

Explanations given to global warming questions

Letters to the Editor

I am not a $400-an-hour researcher, but I'm more than happy to answer some of the global warming questions of a writer to this newspaper (Letters, Jan. 4). He asked why increased warming doesn't result in an increase in evaporation of the ocean becoming rain and snow. It does. He also ...

Certain individuals not being held accountable

Letters to the Editor

Nothing happens! I don’t know about you folks, but I’m so sick of all these investigations, hearings, special councils, this person and that person looking into all the lying, misconduct and downright selling out America and all that happens in nothing! When was the last time anyone ...

Chino LaForge

A stand-up guy

Columns

There’s something funny about Chino LaForge. Laughter seems to follow him wherever he goes — and the stand-up comedian says it’s the best sound in the world. “When I make people laugh, I feel like Barry Bonds when he hits a home run,” he said. “I go home feeling like the hero.” ...

Smoking law step forward

Editorial

On Jan. 1, 2016, Hawaii became the only state in the U.S. to legally require smokers to be at least 21 years old. Not just tobacco smokers, either — also those who use e-cigarettes to “vape.” Generally speaking, we are not big fans of government trying to save its citizens from ...

With van arrival, Read Aloud work can continue for Hana students

Columns

Read Aloud America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by Jed Gaines, a Honolulu businessman and entrepreneur. It is the parent organization for a family-centered program called RAP, the Read Aloud Program. Through RAP, Read Aloud America carries out its mission to ...

Slow down and live

Editorial

We regularly write here about fast drivers on this island in the Pacific. We’ve remarked that they remind us of an old saying: “Everybody thinks he’s a good driver and nobody’s as good a driver as he thinks he is.” Even our best “highways” — Piiliani, Maui Veterans (Mokulele), ...

Legislature could curtail illegal fireworks importation

Letters to the Editor

Well, we made it through another New Year’s. Two of our three dogs were terrified the entire night, and one had to be medicated. We probably should have medicated the other one as well. I see post after post on social media here about lost animals frightened by the fireworks. No one is ...

Thermal energy research development needed

Letters to the Editor

The article on the beaches sites a study, U.N., which limits the sea rise to 3¢ feet. I believe this assumption is conservative. The U.S. estimates were between 3 to 6 feet (on .gov). We are spending billions to go to the moon and Mars when what we need to do is spend money on developing ...

Inspire others with passion to create a better place

Letters to the Editor

People, it is time to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. Let us rebuild families, end conflicts, remove racial divides and political dysfunctions. God honored me in my 32 years of volunteering in a “God-sent mission to the Cross” in honesty and devotion. Let us inspire others ...

Explanations sought on global warming questions

Letters to the Editor

Regarding global warming, can some $400-an-hour researcher explain to me why increased warming doesn’t result in an increase in evaporation of the ocean becoming rain and snow? Can someone say Erie, Pa.? Hasn’t that been the natural balance since day one? Russ Van Moppes Kihei

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

My mother instilled in me the belief that “whatever you do on New Year’s Day, you’ll be doing for the rest of the year.” If that’s true, I’ll be laughing my way through 2018. And counting my blessings. Mom and I spent Monday morning at my cousin Betty’s home, enjoying a ...

What’s a state carbon tax?

Columns

The Hawaii Tax Review Commission’s primary consultant, PFM Group, recently issued a final report to the commission asking it to review many taxing alternatives, including a “carbon tax” that had the potential to put an additional $360 million per year into our state coffers (assuming a ...

Lessons to be learned

Editorial

“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble When you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror ‘Cause I get better lookin’ each day.” — From “It’s Hard To Be Humble” by Mac Davis Humility is an interesting concept. Some folks of noted accomplishment ...

Align U.S. strategic mission to benefit U.S. citizens

Letters to the Editor

The Department of Defense prepares a Quadrennial Defense Review to articulate the strategic direction for its “ways, means, and ends.” The Armed Forces could implement “Roosevelt’s New Deal” concepts to create jobs, invest in public works, provide civic uplift and promote ...

KCA announces general membership meeting

Letters to the Editor

Happy New Year to all from the Kihei Community Association. What is happening for the new year in south Maui? KCA kicks off the new year with the largest board of directors in a decade with a mix of old and new blood. And we are off and running with a public meeting on the third Tuesday, Jan. ...

Trump is not quite sane for a number of reasons

Letters to the Editor

Why doesn’t someone in the press corps ask the president when he will stop lying? I know that licensed professionals in the mental health fraternity have agreed not to analyze a sitting president, but there is no law forbidding it. Trump is a classic case of someone not quite sane for a ...