Opinion

Best friend is a device?

Editorial

Two attractive teenagers were strolling in front of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center a while back. One would have thought it was a romantic moment except the young man was busy texting or playing games on his cell phone and the girl was similarly engaged on hers. They weren’t talking or ...

Allow Hawaiians to continue culture without reservations

Letters to the Editor

Native Hawaiians should not have to pay money or make a reservation to visit Haleakala. Foreigners should be the only ones to have to pay to enter Haleakala and require a reservation. Tourists who have visited Haleakala come with no discipline or respect, jumping on our silverswords and killing ...

Lamentations of a longtime Eagle Scout

Letters to the Editor

I have been a proud Eagle Scout for over 60 years. During the challenging days of living and growing up in a plantation camp with limited opportunities for youngsters, I can honestly say that the Boy Scouts of America was my savior. Scouting made it possible for me to learn and participate in ...

Visiting Haleakala is a part of Hawaiian culture

Letters to the Editor

I feel as though everyone being required to make reservations to go to Haleakala isn’t fair. I understand tourists having to because they aren’t from here and Haleakala is a national park. But before, Hawaiians were allowed to go up there. As a Hawaiian, I think that it is our right to ...

Shade needed to protect keiki at parks, playgrounds

Letters to the Editor

I’m having concerns with the Upcountry parks/playgrounds. They offer no shade or protection from the sun for our growing keiki. We often find ourselves hiding under a tree away from a playground, or we choose not to go. May I suggest we can do some fundraising that will allow for funding ...

Breast cancer awareness

Editorial

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere one looks there are flashes of pink to concentrate the message that too many mothers, wives, sisters and daughters still fight the scourge of this disease every year. The American Cancer Society press web site also reminds us that over ...

Mazie Hirono should do what’s right for nation

Letters to the Editor

I guess by writing a letter, it shows you care about something, right? Well, here goes. Who the hell does Mazie Hirono think she is? Saying to the men in this country “Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change.” I’m a man of this country. What should I shut up about? ...

Three candidates are not what Maui wants or needs

Letters to the Editor

An opinion was published recently stating how quickly the mayor stepped in to help the victims of the fire and the flooding. I had to wonder which mayor was he referring to. The one in office now, who did nothing for five days, then called a meeting, where the residents confronted him on his ...

It is obvious that we need real change now

Letters to the Editor

Maui voters have an important choice to make on Nov. 6. Council Member Don Guzman described it best during his Maui Time “Talk Story.” “It’s very clear. You have Mike Victorino who’s endorsed by a certain establishment, and he represents status quo, and I truly believe that if you ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

“ . . .ordinary men who accomplished extraordinary feats” Describing the subjects of Los Angeles photographer Shane Sato’s book, “The Go For Broke Spirit — Portraits of Courage,” Dr. Mitchell T. Maki wrote about the courage, sacrifice and loyalty of WWII nisei veterans in a brief ...

Guess which agency can impose state tax?

Columns

Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department of Education. The DOE currently receives an appropriation from the State’s General Fund of about $2 billion and is also ...

96th Maui Fair starts tomorrow

Editorial

The tradition of family fun continues this weekend at the 96th Maui Fair at the War Memorial Complex. The theme of this year’s fair is “Celebrating the Good Ol’ Days.” It will run from Thursday through Sunday. Kicked off by the annual parade tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the fair ...

Signs with blinkers could alert pedestrians, motorists

Letters to the Editor

Lately, we have been experiencing a lot of people who don’t even use crosswalks to cross the streets, but we are going to discuss the drivers. The drivers never look at the crosswalks where the pedestrians are, putting them at a higher risk of being run over. We should resolve this problem ...

One vision of a path forward for America

Letters to the Editor

As America weathers its Third Century, we are tested by our own innate moral compass and the cumulative impact of political decisions based on intuition and short-term gain. Here is one vision of a path forward. The goal: liberty, equality, fraternity, and prosperity, for us and our posterity, ...

Council members sabotaging Cochran’s IEM Committee

Letters to the Editor

Elle Cochran’s Infrastructure Environment and Management Committee had to be cancelled on Sept. 17, for the third time in a row, because council members didn’t show up for work. There were two items for the committee: 1) Managing the impacts of tourism on our infrastructure and environment, ...

Rawlins-Fernandez has the capacity to vet issues

Letters to the Editor

I am Molokai born and raised and while Keani Rawlins-Fernandez is family to me, I support her as our Molokai residency council representative for several other reasons. In my discussions with her on several issues facing both young and mature Maui County residents, I found her ability to ...

Maui Connections

Columns

words and pictures. Taken together, they’re a big theme in Mr. Chatenever’s English 100 class at UH-Maui College. Words can profoundly change the picture we’re looking at. They can change what we think we’re seeing. In fact, the brain’s role is as important as the eyes’ in what we ...

Community budget meetings are a vital part of planning

Columns

The county’s fiscal year begins on the first day of July and ends on the thirtieth day of June but the budget process is a year-round continual process. The Budget Office prepares and submits instructions for development of the next fiscal year’s department proposed budgets shortly after ...

Domestic abuse needs reporting

Editorial

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The much-publicized instances involving celebrities and star athletes may make the issue seem distant but it is a daily problem here, too. It has been decades since authorities on Maui considered domestic violence “a family matter.” There ...