Opinion

Spiritual forces in prison chaplains

Letters to the Editor

As a Hawaii state volunteer chaplain since 1999, we are most often the one who has to find a way to maintain security, bring hope to the hopeless, give reassurance to the fearful, assure the administration that we will let them know of any “rumblings” and satisfy their endorsing authority ...

Hawaiians devised a water plan for Maui

Letters to the Editor

Hey here’s a great idea about the Maui water plan for the next 20 years: How about giving the water rights back to the Hawaiians as part of their sovereignty that they so much deserve? How can something that is given freely and sacred to the Hawaiians, who had the best successful projected ...

It is vital that we restore and manage coastal dunes

Letters to the Editor

Coastal sand dunes are a source of protection for our island. Ideally, Mother Nature has a balanced system in place that would naturally protect us with resilient sand dunes. However, human foot traffic is the greatest detriment to dune growth. Strategically placed pathways can help save dunes ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

In my quest for the origin of the idiom “talking turkey” for last week’s column, I found myself wandering down side roads, distracted by other quaint figures of speech. You could say my search opened a can of worms. I was surprised to learn that, in the 1950s, fishermen on the Mainland ...

Long and hotly litigated property tax case on Maui

Columns

This week we begin a series on a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui. This case isn’t about wind turbines like we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This one involves timeshares. Some representa-tives of timeshare projects in Kaanapali were unhappy when Maui County enacted ...

The reality of Fidel Castro

Editorial

Fidel Castro died two years ago this week. To those of us of a certain age, he was the brutal dictator who brought the world to the brink of World War III with his part in 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. He allowed the Soviet Union to install launchers for offensive intercontinental ballistic ...

Animal ag is poisoning our water and produce

Letters to the Editor

Your Nov. 22 article “Romaine Calm: Lettuce warning looms over Thanksgiving dinner” tells us that the food poisoning across the country from romaine lettuce is linked to E. coli from cow feces migrating into irrigation water. The article points out that tainted water from cows has also ...

Quote by a late president regarding socialism

Letters to the Editor

As the Democrats are led around by their noses believing socialism is the answer to their world, let me give a quote by a late, great president. Socialists can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, and treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner ...

It is ‘vagrant duck’ season on Maui

Letters to the Editor

New neighborhood noises are coming from a couple vagrant mallards. “Vagrant duck” is not a judgment, it is an official description of migrant birds that show up occasionally, for a few weeks or more, in the winter, but don’t make here home. They don’t come here every year and they ...

Lahainaluna football program wins with class

Letters to the Editor

If there’s an ESPN producer out there that wants to do a feel-good, how about a “30 by 30” of the “3peat” of the Lahainaluna football program? I don’t care what level of sports you talk about, but to win three championships in a row at any level is not easy. And the whole program ...

Maui Connections

Columns

After the flags of Veterans Day, the historical revisions of Columbus Day, the masked revels of Halloween, the nerve-racking tensions of midterm Election Day, Thanksgiving marked the last turn before the homestretch of the holiday season. Here on the Mainland, the holidays come amid ...

A wonderful time of year

Editorial

With less than a month to go before Christmas, the holiday season is off to a rollicking start. Malls, shopping centers and individual stores appeared to be doing brisk business as residents rushed out to scoop up Black Friday Week and early season specials. The holidays are a chance to ...

Very professional at Maui Memorial Medical Center

Letters to the Editor

I recently experienced a medical emergency and was sent to the emergency room at our local hospital at 6 p.m. While I waited in triage for a chance to see the doctor on duty that night, I was treated with the utmost respect and concern. Dr. Jason Aines attended me and gave me a detailed plan ...

Young actors would have made Cole Porter proud

Letters to the Editor

What an incredible show! The young thespians of the Seabury Hall Performing Arts did an outstanding job with their rendition of the 1934 musical “Anything Goes.” I was fortunate enough to catch the Nov. 11 show and was amazed at the professionalism and dedication of the young actors who ...

Vision of Trump pacing the halls of White House

Letters to the Editor

I have this vision of The Donald pacing the lonely halls of the White House at 2 a.m., thinking of daughter Ivanka’s use of a private email server for government-related correspondence, softly chanting, “Lock her up, lock her up, lock . . .” Must be painful for him. Sigh. Steve ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I know the elections are over but when is the switch officially happening? A: My administration is still in office and working until the end of the year. During that time, we will have some meetings with Mayor-elect Mike Victorino and members of his administration to ensure a smooth ...

Committee makes headway on affordable housing

Columns

Throughout this term, the County Council’s Land Use Committee, which I chair, reviewed several fast-track affordable housing projects proposed for Maui County. All told, the proposals considered were for 445 affordable units in Central Maui, Kihei, Hana and Lahaina. The state’s fast-track ...

Believing in miracles

Editorial

Fourteen years ago this holiday season, an elderly woman lay dying in a hospital bed. Her two sons stood by as the doctor, a family friend, told the old woman there was nothing more that could be done for her. “That’s OK, Lisa,” the woman replied, “I believe in miracles.” One of ...