Opinion

Remedy to help vulnerable residents being overlooked

Letters to the Editor

Has a remedy to help our most vulnerable residents during a housing crisis been overlooked? I inquired of the county if there were any incentives being offered to property owners on Maui to rent to qualified HUD recipients. The answer? No, there isn’t. No tax credits? Nothing? Nope. Why? ...

Champions for all time

Editorial

A few of years, we read a story that was so inspirational that we feel compelled to share it again. In 1936, the basketball team of Long Island University took a secret vote to boycott the Olympics, scheduled that year to take place in Germany. These boys had just finished a season at 25-0 ...

Crosswalks needed on Keawe Street

Letters to the Editor

Since the opening of the bypass from Olowalu to Keawe Street, the amount of cars flowing through Keawe Street has been very high. However, this is a common area for pedestrians to walk to and from the Lahaina Gateway center so it has become dangerous for them to cross the street. Currently, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas (apologies to Perry Como and songwriter Meredith Willson), everywhere I go. The scents of fresh Douglas fir and cinnamon never fail to bring smiles and sweet memories as I stroll through the mall or market. The first Christmas I can remember, and ...

Is county tax case in the right court?

Columns

In last week’s article we gave some background about a case working its way through the court system: Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million. The first issue for our deep dive is, “Are we in the right court?” In this state, if you have ...

The search for leaders

Editorial

There are not many times we feel sorry for the young. Yet, this week as we approach the 77th anniversary of the “day that will live in infamy” — the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 — we feel privileged to have been the children of the “Greatest Generation” and the bridge to ...

Nano Membrane Toilet could solve our cesspool problem

Letters to the Editor

Cranfield University in the U.K. states that the Nano Membrane Toilet “converts human waste to water and ash.” “Urine will pass through the membrane chambers and pure water will pass out of the hollow membrane fibers. . . . Pathogen-free water will be stored (in the reservoir) for either ...

Natural gas can supplement shortfalls of solar energy

Letters to the Editor

The affordability of solar power continues to generate daytime savings for consumers. While I as a Coloradan embrace our 300 days of sunshine, I prefer to spend the remaining 65 days basking in the Maui sunshine. As Hawaii builds its solar power arsenal, consumers need to recognize the ...

Seeking a balance between socialism and capitalism

Letters to the Editor

Few will deny capitalism breeds greed. This is apparent in the latest moves by “Generous Motors,” a key player in the U.S. economy, to close four North American automotive plants and leave nearly 15,000 people without jobs. The elite and/or financially well off dare not take a loss in ...

Maui Connections

Columns

As though launching “Maui” (the movie formerly known as “Kuleana”) on the Mainland wasn’t enough, Brian Kohne has been busy in recent months shaping the exciting new creative media program at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Brian has been a regular fixture in this column as ...

A true hero

Editorial

It can be a difficult search to find true heroes in life, but one of the most outstanding individuals in the history of our nation died last week, leaving behind a lifetime of service and courage. George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st president of the United States, died Friday night in ...

Lincoln’s time can’t be compared to Trump’s

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Nov. 25 Letters section, I must take exception to two of the views. One is the reader comparing Trump and Lincoln. Those were very different times. A case in point is the second letter where the reader blames the GOP for Trump’s behavior. May I ask where are the Democrats ...

Council needs to take up issue of clerks’ raises

Letters to the Editor

I have never learned more about the political process than I have working on the County of Maui Clerical Repricing Committee for the past five years. Our committee had to reroute more than a handful of times to get the required paperwork and signatures for County of Maui BU-03 and BU-04 raises, ...

New tennis shot called ‘the scoop’ documented

Letters to the Editor

The sport of tennis has been played for over 150 years. One of the last tennis shots invented by an American player was the swinging volley, claimed by shot-making artist John McEnroe in the 1980s, recommended for only advanced players. I dubbed my shot simply as “the scoop.” It is an ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I wanted to know when are we going to start building more affordable housing? I’m a mother of five children who pays $1,576 a month on a fixed income who can’t afford to buy food, let alone qualify for food stamps. And I wanted to know what’s your next move for struggling families like ...

Council committee set to meet on liquor audit report

Columns

At its meeting on Monday, the Maui County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee, which I chair, will be hearing a presentation on a performance audit of the Department of Liquor Control. After several controversies relating to department staffing and changes in the ...

The Festival of Lights

Editorial

Tonight at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The first flame of the menorah will be lit and the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins. The Jewish celebration commemorates the retaking of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) some 22 centuries ...

Abolish department and its overseeing commission

Letters to the Editor

In light of the results of the stellar (not!) audit of the county liquor commission and liquor department (The Maui News, Nov. 29), I would suggest that the best thing to do for our community would be to abolish the department and its overseeing commission entirely. The County Council should ...