Opinion

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A recent family reunion drew nearly all of the surviving descendants of Matsuzo and Umeto Yogi to Las Vegas. The last time we all gathered in Vegas was in 2005, celebrating my grandmother’s 100th birthday. My father, having predeceased his mother, did not make it to either party. Daddy ...

The answer is at home

Editorial

It is awfully easy to shop on the internet. Too easy. Heck, if you even express interest in a product, a bot will follow you to almost every website you visit reminding you about it. It’s almost like the product is chasing you around the cybersphere. We’ve written many times in the past ...

Who met with former mayor to secure funding?

Letters to the Editor

In reference to the July 14 letter about a founding member of the Valley Isle Timing Association deserving acknowledgement, I think there needs to be some clarification on who met with former Mayor Elmer Carvalho and secured funding and legalizing the Maui Drag Strip. Jerry Perreira Former ...

What happened to no hanahana, no kaukau?

Columns

Growing up in these islands, I always heard the part-Hawaiian proverb that describes a very simple work ethic: “No hanahana, no kaukau.” Meaning: If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Recently, some very notable people, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, have been championing the ...

Stranger appears at door, makes false accusation

Letters to the Editor

Question: Has anyone else been visited recently by an apparently furious young man they couldn’t remember ever seeing before? Answer: I was. I live downstairs on a busy street. On a recent afternoon, I heard a pounding on my front door. I was confronted by a young man, maybe 30, with a ...

To stay positive, we need to commit ourselves to prayer

Letters to the Editor

Let’s put first things first, prayers, intercessions and giving thanks. If we are going to stay positive we need to commit ourselves to prayer. God held me to remain in peace and to maintain a positive attitude as I waited to be reconciled. God warned me of difficulty in John 16: 33. “In ...

Only piranha remain in fetid White House swamp

Letters to the Editor

In the fetid swamp that is the current White House, only piranha remain. Cannibalism has begun and nothing is getting done to benefit anyone except Putin, who is rapidly rising to the top of the food chain. Democrats’ “A Better Deal” is like hoping that throwing in your pet turtle will ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Whenever I file the column long distance, as I’m doing now, the challenge is how to make good on its title. In Santa Cruz, Calif., that’s no problem. The “Maui Connections” are everywhere. There’s an L&L Hawaiian Barbecue around the corner. The Aloha Grille is down the ...

The reason for a leash law

Editorial

As a dog owner, it is a matter of faith that our trusted companion would not hurt a fly. As a resident of Maui County, that matter of faith takes second place to a county ordinance, commonly referred to as a “leash law.” Under Title 6, Chapter 6.04.040 Animal Regulations — General is ...

We are at the crossroads to change toxic scenarios

Letters to the Editor

Life would be different if we all lived next door to a garbage dump. Surely we’d throw away less garbage. So, too, if we all lived next door to homeless people, soon there wouldn’t be homeless people. How much different life would be if we all lived next door to a military base, a prison, ...

Council listens to concerns about Makila Kai project

Letters to the Editor

We are writing to express our appreciation to the County Council for listening to the concerns of the community about the Makila Kai project. Clearly, everyone is in favor of more workforce housing. But many testifiers at a July 28 council hearing raised serious questions — sometimes with ...

Maui Lani subdivision being taken advantage of

Letters to the Editor

We have a very disturbing issue going on in one of the Maui Lani subdivisions. A few concerned homeowners in the subdivision have taken matters into their own hands and are attempting to hold the Maui Lani Community Association accountable. There is much that deserves to be addressed with ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: We keep hearing that the Haiku Road repairs (below Fukushima Store) are nearing completion. It seems like this is taking too long. And the opening of a new subdivision entrance at Kauhikoa Road is imminent, which will only serve to exacerbate the already unsafe conditions on Kauhikoa Road. ...

Council committee continues to address agriculture in county

Columns

Agriculture throughout Maui County is at a critical juncture. It was only a little over six months ago when Hawaii’s last remaining sugar plantation closed its doors. At the time, there was uncertainty of the next chapter for local agriculture that still lingers today. What will be the ...

Cost-benefit ag park analysis

Editorial

It sounds great — a proposal to nearly triple the 445-acre Kula Agricultural Park by purchasing 869 acres of former sugar cane land from Alexander & Baldwin. While the notion has merit, it raises questions and warrants caution. The county is in talks with A&B to strike a deal. So, ...

Spirit of caring is the ‘norm’ at hospital

Letters to the Editor

Why so many tears become smiles? A concoction of cheerful consent and willing effort, desired effects without waste, special skills and knowledge — a unique symphony of goodwill, efficiency and expertise! Where? The emergency room at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. In my three visits in ...

Water restrictions unfair to Upcountry residents

Letters to the Editor

Another restriction for Upcountry water users was just put in place by the water department. In my 38 years of owning Upcountry, we have had water restrictions of some sort in 32 of them. No other region on Maui has anywhere near these restrictions. They get their water from wells even though ...

Fees and taxes increase yet problems remain

Letters to the Editor

With car insurance, house insurance and medical insurance, the cost of living continues to rise yearly at an alarming rate. For those of us that live on Maui, we get to pay even more — the rise in property tax (the county does nothing for or on my property), car registration, gasoline tax, ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

“Shark Week” on the Discovery channel is coming to its end. For a week you could have gorged yourself on 24 hours a day of television devoted to the most predatory creature in the ocean. You can find sharks in every ocean at a variety of depths and sizes. Perhaps the most preposterous ...