Opinion

Tax casualty? Maui Memorial Medical Center

Columns

This week our series of tax news returns to Maui, where we have an update on the efforts to help with Maui Memorial Medical Center workers and other employees of our state health system. As we have written before, our state-run hospitals in Maui County, including Maui Memorial Medical ...

Maui Connections

Columns

One benefit of living in a blue state is that a lot of us are actually happy to see our congressional representatives when they come home from Washington, D.C., and hold town hall meetings. Judging by cordial enthusiasm that greeted Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from a crowded Castle Theater at the Maui ...

The biggest priority

Editorial

As Donald Trump nears the end of his first 100 days as president, there is a sense of urgency to pass a piece of legislation this week — any piece, apparently — to show as an accomplishment. The president has dusted off a health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and says there ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Litigious society plays part in doctor shortage The April 9 issue headlined the severe shortage of doctors in Maui County — a shortage that is both statewide and nationwide. In the best-seller “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” author Robert Kiyosaki states, “Today, doctors face financial ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: When you were mayor in 2006 and your administration requisitioned the Maui Inland Sand Resource Quantification Study, you responded with genuine concern for this precious resource and suggested a moratorium, or at least a halt of all sand mining until further assessment. However, 11 years ...

Lack of transparency cause of missteps with post office demolition

Columns

On Tuesday, an audit of the Old Wailuku Post Office Rehabilitation Project was released by the county auditor who noted “clearly, something went wrong.” The 56-page report highlighted how the administration made many missteps and managed the project with the least amount of public input ...

Needed change in the charter

Editorial

While it may seem a little early to be talking about changes in the Maui County Charter that should be on the ballot in 2018, we’re going to suggest an obvious one: It’s time to do away with the Maui County Salary Commission and index pay for the mayor, County Council members, department ...

Lower speed limit on Kaahumanu Ave.

Letters to the Editor

When I got my first Hawaii driver’s license in 1975, the speed limit between Kahului and Wailuku on Kaahumanu Avenue was 45 mph and it hasn’t changed in 40-plus years. I think the speed limit should be reduced on this stretch of road to 30 mph. This 30 mph would be consistent with the speed ...

Special-needs parents must be vigilant

Letters to the Editor

Went down to my son’s school, Pomaika‘i Elementary, because he has been coming home with wet clothes from peeing accidents, with the last day having two accidents. I go to the school unannounced and request anyone with authority over my son. Strike out with principal, strike two with ...

Under what authority did Trump launch missiles?

Letters to the Editor

Many Americans are asking, and appropriately so, under what authority did President Trump launch 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria? The horror of men, women and children being gassed is beyond the pale, but the president’s right to initiate an attack (essentially declaring war on another ...

Wailuku monkeypod trees show signs of infection

Letters to the Editor

Leaving Wailuku headed toward Waikapu on High Street there are beautiful monkeypod trees. There also used to be beautiful monkeypod trees in Puunene. These trees are susceptible to the monkeypod moth. The infection will usually start in January and again in April. The worm or Lepidoptera ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Pictures of King David Kalakaua depict a handsome, stately man, in an illustrious uniform modeled after European-style royalty or militaries of the 19th century not unlike Italian dukes or Greek princes. He will go down in history as the ruler who loved a good party, favored pomp and ...

Lessons to be learned

Editorial

Wow, almost four years after the fact, the county auditor has concluded that Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration probably shouldn’t have knocked down the Old Wailuku Post Office with funds designated to “rehabilitate” it. However, Auditor Lance Taguchi says his report on the project ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Expert reviews confirm safety of glyphosate An April 13 letter about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, contained some fearful but false information. We live in an age of constant news cycles and mountains of information — good, bad and otherwise. It takes tremendous effort to ...

Preventing rat lungworm disease

Columns

Angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease, is a very clear and present danger here, specifically in East Maui. So far, the state Department of Health confirms six people infected by rat lungworm, with three cases still under investigation. The disease stems from a parasitic worm, ...

A simple plan for tax reform

Editorial

Well, another Tax Day went by this week. In Washington D.C., there’s a lot of talk about reforming the tax code. The new president has promised tax reformation — both sides of the political aisle purport to support the concept. Thousands of pages of tax code contain special breaks for ...

A world without science

Letters to the Editor

How many times a day do you rely on research done by scientists? When you check the weather, talk to the pharmacist about the insulin that your mom needs, look at the label of the fertilizer or pesticide you are considering using on your home garden or being advised of the threat of a hurricane ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Baldwin tents must not be permanent residences This letter is about Baldwin Beach. I’m there most days for a swim. There are small tents and 10-person tents erected for months. This must not be a permanent residence for the homeless. It’s only right that after four to five days these ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Warning: this column contains explicit language and a little bit of attitude. Now that I have your attention, let me clarify: I mean “explicit” as in “fully and clearly expressed; unequivocal; outspoken,” not as in “clearly depicting sexual acts or nudity.” There’s nothing here ...