Opinion

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 ...

Bad examples put to use

Editorial

It may well be true that everyone has to make his own mistakes, but one would hope that tragic examples of drug use by celebrities would have some impact on young people tempted to try them. As the federal government acknowledges that there is an opioid crisis, it would appear that deaths ...

Sunscreen’s synthetic estrogen affects reefs

Letters to the Editor

Let’s weigh in on the proposed countywide “toxic sunscreen” bill to restrict the sale and use of personal care products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. It’ll be fun, and here’s why it’s important! The two chemicals have been around since the 1970s and they act like ...

Remarkable people make Maui magical

Letters to the Editor

It was good to see a Nov. 28 letter writer enjoying stories about local people and also his description of Maui as the greatest place on Earth — a phrase I often used in my 10 years writing columns for Lahaina News. I’ve captured stories of some 60 people who appeared in my column and now ...

Understanding the rules of game enhances enjoyment

Letters to the Editor

Like half of you I absolutely love watching football. I am thankful for fast forward which allows me to save time and not have to watch commercials, penalties and timeouts. I know the other half of you range from people who just like football to my ex-wife who thought it was just a bunch of ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Continuing to write about Maui from the Mainland where we’re staying through the end of the month feels like zeroing in on your home on Google Maps. It’s as familiar as the back of your hand, yet you’re seeing it through a telescope, way out of reach. You can’t look out the window or ...

The search for leaders

Editorial

There are not many times we feel sorry for the young. Yet, this week as we approach the 76th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy” — the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 — we feel privileged to have been the children of the “Greatest Generation” and the bridge ...