Opinion

Council chairman’s actions warrant investigation

Letters to the Editor

I believe a special counsel should be appointed to look into Maui County Council Chairman Mike White. His recent attempts to block democracy and freedom of information represent a smoking gun. Voters deserve to know what is going on. White has banned all of Native Hawaiian Council Member ...

Council is considering banning certain sunscreens

Columns

The Maui County Council heard from over 90 testifiers on a wide variety of agenda items at its Dec. 1 meeting. Due the volume of testimony, decision-making was recessed until this past Monday when all matters were considered. One of the agenda items of interest included action on a ...

Columnist wrong regarding a lawyer’s first loyalty

Letters to the Editor

An interesting choice of words in the Dec. 1 Maui News by syndicated libertarian columnist Andrew Napolitano, the ex-judge Fox News suspended for making unsubstantiated claims that British intelligence spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign at the request of then President ...

Pig population at Kealia Pond a cause for concern

Letters to the Editor

Your article on feral pigs (Oct. 31) may have given the impression that the Kealia Pond refuge did not know the land they manage well enough to realize they had a pig problem until recently. As the refuge biologist, I saw pig signs increase in 2012. Trail camera videos showed large enough ...

Cosmetic companies lobby to kill Maui’s reefs

Letters to the Editor

I’m disappointed in the Dec. 2 Maui News one-sided story about banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. These chemicals should never have been allowed in sunscreen without testing to demonstrate that they are safe for human health and the environment — as we now know they ...

Many homeless parking questions need answers

Letters to the Editor

A letter in the Dec. 3 paper from a Wailuku writer supports a proposal by County Council Member Kelly King for a pilot program to make the South Maui Regional Park in Kihei exempt from the Maui law prohibiting people from sleeping in their cars. The purpose of this change is purportedly to ...

The Giving Chef

Columns

Long before he became one of Hawaii’s culinary all-stars, Peter Merriman was voted MVP of the kitchen by his high school football team. Throughout the season, Merriman’s teammates would gather in his family’s kitchen and watch with anticipation as he whipped up dishes like Steak Diane, ...

Big day for Toys for Tots

Editorial

Toys for Tots is an annual drive presented by the United States Marine Cops Reserve in partnership with the Salvation Army of Maui County. Sunday is a big day for the 2017 Toy Drive — the 16th annual Maui Toy Run Motorcycle Parade presented by Street Bikers United Hawaii, Maui County ...

More instructions from civil defense would be helpful

Letters to the Editor

If we are going to do this new sounding siren, then Maui County Civil Defense needs to come together to have the people practice a drill maybe once every six months or once a year to save lives and prevent ignorance on where to go and what to do. They have said we need to seek shelter in a ...

Work toward a car-sleeping plan that will be successful

Letters to the Editor

The recently proposed pilot plan to open South Maui Community Park at night for car-sleeping brings up more questions than it answers. The Maui News article (Nov. 26) stated that the park-based program would cost nothing to start, but any program will most certainly have costs and consequences. ...

Unless leaders turn to prayer, plans will fail

Letters to the Editor

As we hear the alert of an attack from North Korea on the national TV news, the sound of the alarm in Joel 2:1, 13 says it is close at hand. In history, our nation’s leaders carried their plans to God in prayer. But today, we have regarded prayer in our national life simply as a tradition. We ...

Wailuku River again will face Mother Nature’s wrath

Letters to the Editor

I have noticed over the many years how Iao Stream is timid before becoming a raging Wailuku River. How the pohaku (stones) roll with the water. I assume if one were to paint a stone to follow its path, one would see it starts from the top and rolls and ends planted firmly to its present ...

South Maui deserves Whale Day at Kalama Park

Letters to the Editor

It was hard enough when Pacific Whale abandoned the Whale Day event. Thankfully, Kevin Olson of savewhaleday.org stepped up to save it, but now Parks Director Ka‘ala Buenconsejo doesn’t want to allow the event in Kihei, where it has been for many years. How come all of a sudden Kihei is ...

Remember our heroes

Editorial

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The memorial at the sunken USS Arizona will be the focal point of the ceremonies. On Dec. 7, 1941, 1,177 sailors and Marines aboard the Arizona died in the attack. Some 360 made it off the ship. Today only five survivors of the ...

Put overnight parking for homeless at police station

Letters to the Editor

Letting the homeless use our parks at night is not a good idea. Who’s to say they’ll stay in their cars? We already have drug use, beatings and murders happening in our public parks after hours. This will only add to the troubles the local police have to deal with after hours at our parks. ...

Hazardous material can’t be supported on island

Letters to the Editor

In the past several weeks, abandoned cars have been left on the sides of roads in Haiku. One particular car had a visitor, two men (witnessed), who then left barrels of oil with taped lids, which were not hauled away with the car. Over a week’s time, lids were removed and the oil spilled ...

If Trump still worked for NBC he would’ve been fired

Letters to the Editor

While building walls, defending statues, banning immigrants, threatening countries, attacking football players, tweeting basketball fathers and name-calling his political opponents, our controversial “moron-in-chief” is masterfully hiding his dirty laundry and other unpleasant ...

Poor repair to South Kihei Road causes significant jolt

Letters to the Editor

Unbelievable. Less than two weeks after a portion of South Kihei Road near Azeka Place was repaved, a 4-by-4-foot access hole has been cut into the new surface for some reason and then very poorly repaired. This causes a significant jolt as you drive over this recently and briefly smooth new ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Love it or hate it, ’tis the season for Christmas music. A report by Soundtrack Your Brand, a company that provides background music for businesses, claims that 25 percent of retail employees say that listening to holiday melodies nonstop makes them less festive. The report, based on a ...

Tax Administration has a slush fund

Columns

In early November 2017, the state auditor issued Report 17-10, which reviewed special, revolving and trust funds administered by the Department of Taxation. One of them is the Tax Administration Special Fund, which, although not an area of concern for the auditor, is becoming an all-purpose ...