Opinion

Many options available for public to contact Mayor’s Office

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa is attending the “Hawaii on the Hill” events in Washington, D.C., this week and is allowing me to use the “Our County” column in his absence. As communications director for the county, I am pleased to say there are many options out there for those wanting to get in ...

Hotel room tax income should stay in counties

Letters to the Editor

The June 11 headline in The Maui News “Available funds fall short of meeting highway needs” brings to light the exact nature of the problem with the idea of popular democracy. Oahu has about 75 percent of the state’s population (my guesstimate). Year after year, their representatives, ...

Residents suffer when the counties lose at the Legislature

Columns

It is safe to say this past legislative session was not beneficial to the four counties, nor to our local residents and taxpayers. As part of its legislative package, the Hawaii State Association of Counties, representing Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Honolulu counties, had pushed for several ...

All hail the Supreme Leader

Editorial

It was interesting to see the underlings gathered to sing the praises of the Supreme Leader Monday. No, no, not in North Korea — in Washington, D.C. Our version of the Supreme Leader, President Donald J. Trump, gathered his whole Cabinet together for the first time so they could pay homage ...

Facts about Hawaii’s role as a polluter

Letters to the Editor

In being the first to sign on to the Paris accord, Hawaii implies it actually cares. Here are some facts: Hawaii is likely the largest climate change polluter. Not just because of its active volcanoes, but because it imports 95 percent of its energy and people. Almost 9 million per year visit ...

Offer your resources for life-changing ministries

Letters to the Editor

We pray for the peace and privilege to serve you through God’s fresh anointing every day! As a member of the Prison Fellowship, American Corrections Chaplain Association, and the American Corrections Association over 18 years, I am privileged to minister for the Angel Tree Project and the ...

Homegrown terrorists are a threat to our country

Letters to the Editor

Reading the column by Laura Hollis in the June 8 Maui News led me to research Ms. Hollis. Unquestioningly, she is a woman of achievement. She’s an accomplished Midwestern attorney, professor and well-known conservative political writer with an impressive resume. So here’s my question: On ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Usually at this time of year, I devote this column to the memory of my father. This Sunday marks 17 Father’s Days without his physical presence. I think of him every day, usually with a smile and the comforting knowledge that his spirit still lives within me. But the third Sunday in June ...

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 Woodwork 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 ...

State reps need to back creative solution to traffic

Letters to the Editor

The highly effective Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey need to step up to help solve West Maui traffic problems by adopting a reader’s excellent suggestion in the June 6 letters to the editor to introduce a lottery to pay for construction. We have long needed creative solutions ...

Reaching back into the past

Columns

On May 22, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review in seven cases involving retroactive tax legislation. In the Dot Foods case out of Washington, which we have written about before, a company began business in Washington relying on a certain tax exemption and asked the ...

Imagine two lanes, side by side, to Lahaina

Letters to the Editor

Imagine. Drive to Lahaina and take the new bypass mauka at Olowalu. Two lanes side by side. No head-on collisions. Couple of roundabouts. If you like to go makai, get in the deceleration left lane and to the beach. Imagine. Leave Lahaina with two lanes out at Puamana. Two lanes side by ...

A tunnel would be best for Maui traffic

Letters to the Editor

I agree with recent opinions that a tunnel would be best for Maui. The traffic going from Kahului to West Maui is always a problem. In Los Angeles, where I reside part of the year, Elon Musk is now championing the use of underground tunnels to solve the country’s worst traffic problems. The ...

Fix W. Maui traffic woes before more development

Letters to the Editor

Over the last few weeks, several articles and letters have appeared in multiple Maui newspapers concerning West Maui development and traffic woes. Traffic is horrible now and will only get worse if any new developments are allowed. Government has responded by admitting that they are not doing ...

Maui Connections

Columns

A full moon was rising over the Maui Dharma Center in Paia Friday night, where the stupa — the white-domed shrine consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 2007 — was lit up like a Christmas tree. The occasion was a birthday party, the 2,560th or so, for Buddha Shakyamuni. Like so many others ...

Losing the war on drugs

Editorial

The loss of superstar celebrities to drug overdoses shines a bright spotlight on our country’s drug epidemic. Prince’s death last year showed — again — that wealth is no protection from the ravages of drug addiction. Yes, we know that heroin and opioid addictions can occur after ...

‘Mauitopia’ promises ‘serious fun’ while working

Letters to the Editor

In many business environments, soon after leaving work, women kick off their high-heel shoes and men loosen their ties. That means they work in a state of discomfort. Seems Victorian, counterproductive and not allowing the benefit of enjoying a kind of relaxed Aloha Friday every day. Is it ...

NYC streets provide lessons in socialization

Letters to the Editor

I was raised in New York City. I lived on a long block of five-story tenements. Without crossing a street, one could meet a thousand kids or more. Each one of these post-war brats had to integrate into one or more of the established groups. I can still recall the day I ran out onto the sidewalk ...

Staggered worker starting times could ease traffic

Letters to the Editor

Lahaina traffic is not an easy problem to fix. There are ways to ease the problem. Hotels and flights must work together. Hotel employees should be bused or have staggering start times at each hotel instead all starting the same times. Just like the check-in times, stagger them throughout ...

Three easy pieces: A simple get-it-done-now economic plan

Columns

Now that former FBI Director James Comey’s hearing is complete, it’s time for everybody to roll up their sleeves and go back to work on returning the country to prosperity. The most populist policy would be to restore a long-lasting deeply rooted prosperity for every single ...