Opinion

The State of Aloha

Columns

“Remember Pearl Harbor!” Those were the words that became the rallying cry for this country to enter the largest world conflict in human history. Of course, the refrain refers to the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the military base stationed along the southern shores of Oahu on ...

The birth of a nation

Editorial

On Dec. 16, 1773, a bunch of American colonists staged a “tea party” in Boston Harbor to protest an act by the British parliament that would have given a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in North America to the East India Co. According to history.com, the value of the tea dumped into ...

Include a healthy lifetime sport when setting goals

Letters to the Editor

A lifetime sport should energize you and keep you fit for life. I was taught in high school about lifetime sports like tennis, running and swimming. I became a high school state tennis champion. Thanks to biofeedback and Feldenkrais (a yogalike mind-body practice), I no longer have shoulder ...

No white, racist, fascist Republicans at protests

Letters to the Editor

Hey, did you see all those white, racist, fascist Republicans at all those protests? The ones burning down their neighborhoods, throwing bricks at cops, looting and breaking the windows of local storefronts? Marching in the streets, shutting down traffic because a criminal illegal immigrant, ...

Event may be canceled due to liquor requirements

Letters to the Editor

Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church has held its Tasteful Benefit for two years. It is a once-a-year, four-hour event on church grounds. Its focus is to build community, to enjoy food, to talk story and to help fund outreach ministries for work on Maui. Our bishop’s warden recently went ...

Selfish people lighting fireworks, driving recklessly

Letters to the Editor

I know a lot of people are tired of these illegal fireworks and more frustrated that not much can be done. It got so bad one day recently that at least one explosion was happening every 10 minutes. I had to bring my shivering pit bull inside my kitchen and blast the radio for her to sleep. ...

Allow Maui Whale Day to continue

Letters to the Editor

The Maui Whale Day event has been a tradition for Maui residents and thousands of visitors from around the globe. Businesses flourish and the event brings the community together! Please allow the festival tradition to continue, it is part of what makes Maui a top vacation destination ...

Halt new construction on west side; address traffic

Letters to the Editor

Enough already! After driving to Lahaina to go to dinner and taking two hours to get there from the Maalaea turnoff I said, “This is insanity.” There are no major plans to help alleviate the traffic problem. Even if a plan is created, most of us would be dead before it started. More ...

Share your voice on housing crisis

Columns

Today I turn 74 and I thank my maker for giving me health and speech to tell anyone who would listen that we must fix the No. 1 problem facing us in Maui County — housing our people can afford to buy or rent. Also today, the Maui County Council’s Housing, Human Concerns and ...

Empowering the powerless

Editorial

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama to select a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions came in the midst of a firestorm of growing awareness of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual bullying in government, business and entertainment. At this writing, six members of ...

Event in Kihei should be allowed to continue

Letters to the Editor

I met Kevin Olson at the Made in Maui County Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He shared with me his plan to continue the Whale Day tradition in Kihei for the benefit of the community and local charities. I offered my support with equipment and product. Getting Whale Day 2018 ...

Let Uber and Lyft pick up at the airport

Letters to the Editor

Uber and Lyft can now pick up people at the Honolulu airport, so why not on Maui? Honolulu recently embarked on a three-month pilot program to allow ride-sharing companies to pick up passengers at the airport. Hawaii Transportation Director Jade Butay said this will help “cut overall wait ...

Suntan lotions have harmed coastal sea life

Letters to the Editor

That suntan lotion causes damage to coastal sea life is beyond doubt. Maui is visited by millions of visitors every year. Most of them slather their bodies with lotion, and them go into the ocean. How many barrels of lotion have been introduced into our coastal waters over the years? A warning ...

LaVar Ball pulls son out of UCLA

Letters to the Editor

LaVar Ball is pulling his son out of UCLA because he’s “not going to let him sit back and not practice” (The Maui News, Dec. 6). This is the son who risked 10 years in a Chinese prison for alleged shoplifting. This is the son who publicly embarrassed his team and his school. And UCLA has ...

Obstacles delay effort to get approval for Whale Day

Letters to the Editor

I am the person trying to save the Whale Day event in Kihei next February. I met with the mayor, parks director and two others from the Parks Department the mayor’s office. The parks director has now stated that it is illegal to have craft fair booths in a county park and this may cause ...

Homeless problem rests on the shoulders of society

Letters to the Editor

I agree with a Dec. 7 letter writer that allowing the homeless to use our parks at night is not a good idea; but nor is allowing them to park overnight at police stations. I would not like being one of those officers in charge of monitoring the homeless and be responsible for the safety of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

An unexpected text last week led to a delightful couple of hours with an old friend and the revival of long-buried memories, a few of which weren’t nearly as pleasant as our miso butterfish lunch at Ichiban. I was barely 22 when I moved to Honolulu to work for KITV-4 News as a reporter. ...

Would ‘Voluntary Additional Tax’ encourage rich to pay more?

Columns

I recently received an email from an alert citizen whose remarks were published in Money magazine in March 2017. It apparently impressed the editors of the magazine enough to print this comment in extra-large type. It was in response to an article titled “The 2017 Washington Wish List,” and ...

Champions for all time

Editorial

With Russia facing a ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of systematic doping on its team, it seems appropriate to share a story about a courageous act involving Olympic participation. A couple of years ago, we read a story that was so inspirational that we feel compelled to share it ...

Trump not welcome to address British Parliament

Letters to the Editor

For the first time, an American president will not be welcome to address the British Parliament on his state visit to the U.K. because of Parliament’s opposition to racism and to sexism. The snub was joined by Queen Elizabeth II, who conspicuously neglected to mention President Donald ...