Opinion

Choreographer helps raise bar for great local theater

Letters to the Editor

Every theater lover on the island will have a personal list of great moments to remember. Going back seven years, I’d single out Sally Sefton’s open-air “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Seabury Hall (2011); the MauiOnstage “Chicago,” directed by Alexis Dascoulias (2011); MAPA’s ...

IRS and Treasury Department take aim at tax ‘workaround’

Columns

About three months ago, I wrote about the $10,000 limitation on deductions for state and local tax that is part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In a nutshell, you can only deduct up to $10,000 in state and local tax. If you paid more, you get no tax deduction for the excess; not now, ...

Visitor takes issue with editorial slamming Trump

Letters to the Editor

I am a visitor to your beautiful island so I am not a regular to The Maui News. I did read your May 31 editorial slamming President Trump. There are certainly things he says which make most of us cringe but I’m curious, when Hillary Clinton put on a Russian hat last month when receiving a ...

Intersection improvements precede new development

Letters to the Editor

There have been several letters here recently objecting to the taxpayer funding being spent on the intersection on Veterans Highway at Kamaaina Road (at the Maui Humane Society). I did some checking and here is what I learned. The project is being performed by the developer in advance of a ...

Stoplight adjustment could improve bypass traffic flow

Letters to the Editor

I continue to see many people stop at the stoplight at the northern terminus of the bypass when the light is red. This is totally understandable — we have all been educated to only turn right on red after coming to a complete stop. If there were some signage or other indication that no ...

Maui Connections

Columns

At this time last year, island film fans were eagerly awaiting the Maui Film Festival premiere of “Kuleana,” a historical mystery-drama set in the early years of Hawaiian statehood, produced and filmed on Maui the summer before by a mostly local cast and crew. The screening took place ...

Senseless drug deaths

Editorial

Two years ago a medical examiner in Minnesota announced that superstar rocker Prince died of “fentanyl toxicity.” That is a fancy way of saying he died of a drug overdose. The tweet from the ME’s office went on to say the death was accidental, from a self-administered dose. USA ...

Candidate wants to create ideal society of the future

Letters to the Editor

Love him or hate him, I had the opportunity to shake President George W. Bush’s hand. I asked him if he thought 9/11 was the beginning of World War III. He fired back, “I don’t know Ori, I just take them one at a time as they hit me.” A few of the president’s Secret Service agents ...

Celebrate World Oceans Day by taking care of our ocean

Columns

To celebrate World Oceans Day June 8, I write this letter on behalf of the Maui Nui Makai Network, a group of community and partner organizations working to protect and restore healthy coastal and marine ecosystems for the people of Maui Nui. The traditional practitioners of our communities ...

Abortion is not a reason for declining birthrate

Letters to the Editor

The May 29 letter to the editor, “Abortions may be reason for declining U.S. birthrate” stirred thought. Prohibiting abortions is not a solution. The causes of a declining birthrate are likely more diligent birth control and less conception. Why is a declining birthrate even a problem? Oh ...

Telegram describes 1868 Hawaii volcanic eruption

Letters to the Editor

A telegram, dated San Francisco, May 7, 1868, describes: A terrific volcanic eruption by Mauna Loa, which began its demonstration on March 27. On the 28th, 100 earthquake shocks were felt, and during the two weeks following to April 13, 2000 earthquake shocks occurred. At Waischina, the ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: There seems to have been an increase in homeless activity at the vacant lot behind Uilani’s (Old Suda Store) in north Kihei. There has not been a chain blocking the Uwapo Road entrance for nearly eight months. Traffic entering and leaving the area occurs at all hours of the day. Myself and ...

Are you prepared for hurricane season?

Columns

In the wake of several natural disasters wreaking havoc around the state, and with summer and hurricane season quickly approaching, this week’s column serves as a reminder of the precautionary measures the public should take in the event of a natural disaster. Hurricane season runs from ...

Please back amendment

Editorial

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Maui County Council, meeting as the Policy, Economic Development and Agricultural Committee, will study three proposed charter amendments that could find their way on the ballot this November. Of particular importance is a proposed amendment on County Governance ...

Boycott stores that don’t celebrate national holidays

Letters to the Editor

On Memorial Day, which I hold close to my heart because of my military upbringing, I went to our name-brand coffee store for my cup of java. As I approached, I noticed the lack of a flag or any kind of poster or banners in the window celebrating the national holiday. When I walked in there was ...

The County of Maui must accept access trail

Letters to the Editor

Aina O Ka Hale Pili subdivision was granted a special management area permit on Oct. 6, 1992. Condition No. 27 requires access to Uaoa Bay on the Fisherman’s Trail. This trail was quit claimed by the developer to the county. The county and state both deny responsibility. The County of Maui ...

Sierra Club gets it wrong supporting Elle Cochran

Letters to the Editor

The Sierra Club’s endorsement of Elle Cochran for mayor is most unfortunate. First, those outside Lahaina are in no position to know that Cochran has done a very poor job representing her West Maui constituents. Those on the other side may favor her because of her so-called good ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Late one night I was in my car on Hansen Road waiting at the red light next to the old sugar mill in Puunene. I was not focused on the intersection in front of me. My attention was fixed on my favorite radio show that usually discusses aliens, ghosts and Sasquatch. When the light changed, I ...

Maui County’s parks grow to meet needs of the community

Columns

When this administration came on board in 2011, we noticed that Maui County had one of those good news/bad news issues with our parks. The good news was our parks are incredibly popular and everyone wanted to use them for everything from family gatherings and community events to soccer ...

First ‘death camp’ killings exposed

Editorial

As the world watches in astonished wonder while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses gases and chemical weapons to kill civilians and rebels indiscriminately, today is an interesting day to think back on other monsters who led countries. The most monstrous leader of modern times was, of ...