Opinion

Obama took to the oval office the spirit of aloha

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump is definitely a different kind of president. He is hard to understand in comparison to our Hawaii-born President Barrack Obama. I feel because President Obama was born and raised in paradise, the land of aloha, he understood the needs of all people. He grew up among ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

With Halloween a week away, the holiday season is about to begin. No, I’m not going to rant about the ever-increasing commercialization of Christmas, or folks who put up their trees and lights weeks before Thanksgiving. I am, however, concerned about one particular casualty of early-onset ...

JFK papers out Thursday

Editorial

On Thursday, thousands of pages of classified information about the assassination of John F. Kennedy are slated to be released. President Donald Trump announced last Friday that he would allow the release of the documents “subject to the receipt of further information.” In other words, ...

Did Department of Taxation turn the corner on customer service?

Columns

It’s about time for our annual review of the Department of Taxation and its customer service. Let’s see how the department did in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, as reflected in the department’s annual report. One notable improvement has been in the department’s call answer ...

Reconsider ill-conceived newspaper delivery decision

Letters to the Editor

The recent decision by The Maui News to end home delivery at a reasonable hour is an abomination. Just because other newspapers do it doesn’t make it right. This will probably be the death knell for the paper as your readership will plummet. The Maui News is not a magazine where it’s ...

Why get rid of a system that has worked for years?

Letters to the Editor

Who decided to get rid of a system that has worked for all of us for years? Paper delivery is usually done in the middle of the night. I have difficulty sleeping, and am often up at 4 or 5 a.m. I usually go out and get the paper, make a cup of tea and read said paper, then do the crossword. ...

Disappointed in decision to end home delivery

Letters to the Editor

I was so very disappointed the morning of Oct. 20 to discover there would be no more home delivery of The Maui News. I look forward every morning to opening my door and finding that little cylinder of paper waiting for me to enjoy with my coffee and cookie at 6 a.m. This is one step closer to ...

Returning land, restoring Hawaiian nation is viable

Letters to the Editor

In November 1917, Queen Lili‘uo-kalani died. Her response to the overthrow lives on. Demonstrating Jesus’ grace, she wrote “Forgive and cleanse . . . let peace be our portion.” Trusting God’s word that “A man reaps what he sows,” Lili‘uokalani warned of judgment to ...

Worse than a barbarian are those who apologize for him

Letters to the Editor

Looking back and using the language of today, one might describe a barbarian man thusly: He is someone who might be cunning and powerful in real or imagined ways. But he is not intelligent. As for his heart, it resembles a dried mango pit. Or an odd-shaped piece of black ice. A man lacking ...

Maui Connections

Columns

There’s nothing like a rattlesnake in the garage to make you say, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Maui anymore.” “Yep, that’s a diamondback, all right,” said the ranger at Sabino Canyon in the Coronado National Forest when I showed him the photos on my phone. “Looks like you ...

A loss for Maui

Editorial

The decision by Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui not to run for mayor of Maui County in 2018 removes a formidable candidate from the race. In a story in Sunday’s Maui News, Tsutsui said he is sitting out the 2018 election cycle for family reasons. He said dropping his oldest daughter off at college ...

Wanted: People of action

Columns

Share Your Mana recently had the privilege of coordinating a talk story session with state House Rep. Andria Tupola from Oahu at Saint Theresa’s church in Kihei to share her mana and wisdom on issues relating to homelessness on Oahu’s west side. Having previously collaborated on this ...

Address causes of wildfires thoughtfully

Letters to the Editor

As we have seen in national news, brush fires are dangerous and can pose a significant risk to residents and communities. On Maui, many people rush to protect our island when threatened by fires. Our Maui Fire Department crews should be commended for their hard work and quick action as well ...

Questioning ties to game, song, bird, patriotism

Letters to the Editor

In 1931, Congress decided not to use the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the national song as it was poorly written and nearly impossible to sing. Eventually, it became the national song and the bald eagle became the national animal. I, for one, will stand and salute the golden eagle when it ...

The Maui News is no longer a morning paper

Letters to the Editor

Effectively, as of Nov. 13, The Maui News will be gone. A morning paper retrieved from the small condo mailbox at 4:30 or 5 p.m. is not a morning paper. We will not renew our subscription and will miss you, Maui News. Robyn Walters Kihei

Were options considered before ending delivery?

Letters to the Editor

I am sure it is at great lengths that The Maui News measured ending newspaper delivery. It must be a lot cheaper to send your papers by mail than pay someone to deliver them. But did you also consider offering mail delivery to people who would be OK with that as an incentive? Free weeks of ...

Shocked and disappointed with newspaper’s decision

Letters to the Editor

I am in shock and disappointment about your announcement in the Oct. 20 paper. I will be calling and canceling my subscription, as I’m sure many others will. First, I like to read a newspaper in the morning. My mail does not come until around 4:30 in the afternoon, so that makes The Maui News ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: A friend and I (both in our 60s) were having dinner at a sparsely attended outdoor restaurant recently. While we were enjoying our pre-dinner drinks, we pulled out a cribbage board to play a game. (In case anyone might not know, cribbage requires a board and cards.) The restaurant’s ...

Council tackles director qualifications and housing

Columns

This past week, the County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee continued discussions on professional qualifications for future department directors. As the level of responsibility and complexity continues to grow in the operations of departments, the council ...

THC and newborns

Editorial

Just as drinking by pregnant women can lead to disastrous consequences for their babies, there are new concerns that the legalization of recreational marijuana is increasing risks for newborns. Stories from Colorado have noted a spike in the number of babies with THC (the active ingredient in ...