Opinion

‘Rapid Re-Housing’ an effective method for helping homeless

Columns

What are some of the causes of homelessness and what are solutions? The most common cause of homelessness is the cost of housing. Now more than ever, homes that low-income people can afford are not available. It’s a hard reality but without affordable rental options, people face ...

Residents helped at boat ramp during king tide

Letters to the Editor

Aloha is alive and well. I am writing to share our extreme gratitude for several Kihei residents who helped at the boat ramp on Aug. 18. We returned to the harbor early afternoon to find both docks almost submerged (king tide?) with rocking, following seas. Vandy from Blue Water Rafting ...

Writer has it right; Maui should be independent

Letters to the Editor

An Aug. 15 letter writer has it right. Maui needs to separate from Oahu and be independent. We can be our own state. There isn’t anything that the “state” does for Maui that Maui can’t do for itself. It will take hard work and we would have to suffer without the repaving of Mokulele ...

Invasion of privacy leads to refusal to vote

Letters to the Editor

In reference to a recent article about our county officials sending our personal voter information to the Washington, D.C., council on how we voted and other personal information; my wife and I will not be voting anymore. I thought voting was not only a right, but a private matter. Good luck ...

Real bargain in medical care

Editorial

As reluctant, but very active, members of what has been described as the aging of America, our family is concerned about the medical system. We marvel at what today’s medical establishment can do. Between the wife and us, there are more new hips, knees and shoulders than you can shake a ...

Editorial neglected to mention 2 more members

Letters to the Editor

Your statehood editorial on Aug. 18 neglected to mention the other members of Congress that served as the first statehood delegation. The late Hiram L. Fong, the first Asian-American to serve and the only Chinese-American to be a United States senator, and the late Oren E. Long were the two ...

The public shouldn’t be treated like animals

Letters to the Editor

What is a “member of the public?” Is it you and me? Does this mean we should have access to public facilities? That is what I was taught. I wasn’t taught that you had to have a physical address or be a member of any club. In fact a John Q. Public was anyone — even someone without a ...

Maui is no longer no ka oi for many

Letters to the Editor

I was born in 1952, before statehood, and witnessed the American flag being put on the wall at Paia School. I was 7 years old. I witnessed all the ongoing changes to my island Maui. Is Maui no ka oi still true? My answer is no. Maui faces so many challenges. I feel sorry for anyone in ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Maui’s 2017 obon season is winding to a close, with the last two bon dances scheduled for Saturday at Kula Shofukuji Mission and Sept. 9 at the Hana Buddhist Temple. The very first bon dance was performed several thousand years ago by a Buddhist monk who, during meditation, saw his ...

Hero on and off the court

Editorial

The passing a few years ago of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden put the final stamp on an era that many of us miss. There was a golden age of athletics where sports figures were role models, when athletes understood they led privileged lives and had an obligation to set good examples. There ...

President’s statement beneath dignity of office

Letters to the Editor

Here is a headline I never expected to see credited to any president of the United States: “Trump wants to kill Muslims with pig blood.” How un-presidential, how un-democratic, how anti-religious, how crass, base and beneath the dignity of the office of president of the United States. ...

Grand skim of things for DHHL detailed

Columns

Today we continue our discussion about the 5 percent charge assessed against special funds in Hawaii government, also known as the “Central Services Skim.” Last week we examined the exemptions from the skim and how it could be said that the funds that are paying the assessments are being ...

Why did government let death, injury happen?

Letters to the Editor

Responding to the Aug. 17 editorial, again the leftist mentality of The Maui News is front and center. Let’s start by clearing the air: I see no place for neo-Nazis or white supremacists in our society. That said, I have, and would, defend to the death their right to speak their mind ...

Toppling and trashing of American history continues

Letters to the Editor

It is a strange and mournful day in our fair “land of the free, home of the brave.” We have radical groups protesting militant groups who are protesting lawmakers who are tearing down monuments to Civil War generals — statues that are a constant reminder of the persistent racial ...

Maui Connections

Columns

They call her “the canoe.” The word is spoken with reverence, as though referring to a living ancestor with great respect. Six crew members of Hokule‘a — Kalepa Baybayan, Billy Richards, Penny Rawlins Martin, Pomai Bertelmann, Kala Baybayan and Kaniela Anakalea-Buckley — came to ...

Learning from JFK

Editorial

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...

Tragic figure is far from honest with self and others

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to The Maui News for reporting on the “Wall Street Whiz Kid,” Robert Bodden for “defrauding (the) nonprofit,” Lokelani Ohana (Aug. 15). It was made clear that his plea of “no contest” was a plea of guilty as charged. “Bodden said he wanted to offer ‘my humblest apology’ ...

Extreme radical American terrorists declare war

Letters to the Editor

Extreme radical American terrorists. You don’t hear that being thrown around the White House do you? In the military’s Oath of Enlistment, they swear to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. And that they will obey the president’s orders. These groups have ...