Opinion

Questions raised about park’s irrigation system

Letters to the Editor

Reading the “Ask the Mayor” column on Christmas morning and the response concerning the irrigation system being installed at Waipuilani Park, I had to ask myself a couple questions. Please note, I am not in the habit of talking to myself. However, my first question was, “With a project ...

Kiwanis Club of Maui welcomes used magazines

Letters to the Editor

There have been a couple letters recently to the editor concerning the fact that the county no longer supports recycling magazines, and the writers are asking what to do with them. The Kiwanis Club of Maui has been recycling magazines and bringing them to the hospital for a number of years ...

Reminder to check home exemption

Letters to the Editor

I want to remind all of our homeowners who do not need to file a state tax return that you should check with the county Real Property Tax office to verify if you need to submit your 2016 income tax return in order to continue receiving the home exemption for property taxes. I believe that our ...

Using others’ money comes with strings

Letters to the Editor

A Dec. 26 letter writer believes that restrictions on how VA money is spent reduce the benefits to veterans. While I totally stand for helping vets, I also realize that when you use other people’s money for something, strings are attached. If you accept money from somebody else, whether ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Adventures at Sea: Part 2 Last week’s column was written aboard the NCL Pride of America as my mother and I joined some 2,500 guests and over 900 crew members for a weeklong tour of the islands. We’re back on Maui now, still feeling the afterglow of a nearly perfect staycation at sea. I ...

Constitutional convention vote set for 2018

Columns

The 2018 general election is going to be a special one for our state because we get to vote on whether to have a constitutional convention. Normally, our Legislature acts as the gatekeeper for any changes to the Hawaii Constitution. No proposed amendment can even get on the ballot if our ...

A resolution we need to make

Editorial

As television and newspapers begin to review the biggest stories of 2017, one theme seems to keep repeating itself — man’s inhumanity to man. Whether it was white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, the slaughter of innocent children in Syria, terrorist attacks everywhere, the ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Watching the Moscow Ballet’s spellbinding “Nutcracker” in Tucson, Ariz., last Friday, I realized how etched in memory Peter Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music box is, and what a time capsule this holiday ballet has become for my family. Last Friday it was our 7-year-old granddaughter, ...

Building a child’s mind

Editorial

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey (which we are), we’d offer a suggestion for today’s parents: Put away the electronic games you bought for junior or your junior miss for a while and play the old traditional games with your children this holiday season. If you want to teach your ...

Open up space in your home to help homeless

Letters to the Editor

Recent letters about homeless people on Maui is a subject we cannot ignore. Some of our visitors end up with a one-way ticket to warm temperature and are smart enough to inquire in human services. Some are living in their cars, and some have recycled fashion in their wardrobe. Nonetheless, we ...

Alternative solution needed to issue of cats

Letters to the Editor

Costco realizes and appreciates that there are two equally compelling sides to the cat issue — those who would like the trap-neuter-release program to be continued and those who believe that the program is a detriment to native wildlife. Costco is not taking a side on this issue. Rather, ...

Mayor’s shortcomings continue to mount

Letters to the Editor

The mayor’s debacle regarding firing Dave Taylor of the water department shows two clear needs. First that the mayor was 100 percent wrong in his decision to fire Mr. Taylor, as the Maui County Council voted 9-0 to not allow the loss of a excellent, trained and experienced manager for the ...

Veterans are not getting what they need from VA

Letters to the Editor

Homelessness was certainly not something I considered when joining the U.S. Army in the ’70s, and sure never thought the bureaucracy would work against solutions. The VA’s current policy is to deny veterans homeless status if they are not staying at certain shelters with restrictive ...

Molokai needs to be more friendly to tourism

Letters to the Editor

A Dec. 24 letter writer from Kaunakakai bemoans the recent tax legislation that, in the writer’s opinion, will cause welfare benefit losses. This comes from the same island that routinely turns away visitor cruises and other tourism-related industries. Like it or not, tourism drives the ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When will the construction at Waipuilani Park be completed? The new irrigation system is in, but there is no electricity for the water system to work. The park has not been watered in months, it looks ...

Merry Christmas from the Maui County Council

Columns

On behalf of the Maui County Council, I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas! This holiday season has a different meaning to each of us, but I know we can all agree that it is a special time to gather with family and friends in the spirit of giving to others. Appreciation ...

Glad tidings still good news

Editorial

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. . . . And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.” . . . “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be ...

Hawaii needs to restore agricultural industries

Letters to the Editor

Considering the overthrow is responsible for destroying Hawaii’s agrarian society, it is appropriate to redeem rural/agriculture land, build the necessary infrastructure and provide resources to restore agricultural industries. Doing this right thing promotes food security. The U.S. ...

No better ideas are coming from Democrats

Letters to the Editor

I remember, when Barack Obama was in office, the Republicans were called the “Party of No” by the Democrats. Now the same type of things are happening. Not one yes vote from the Dems on the major policy issues of our present time. I hear the constant threats of Armageddon from the Dems on ...

Monkeypod trees are too close to houses

Letters to the Editor

Recently there have been a lot of letters about the removal of the beautiful monkeypod trees on Piilani Highway. I’d like to add some background as to why they may have been removed by the owners, which I think is the homeowners association for the subdivision. Between late 2007 and the ...