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June 18, 2015 Cecil Paul Elkins was a true Upcountry character, full of stories, opinions and aloha. more »»

Where’s the tax stamp on that eggplant?

June 18, 2015 Being a lawmaker is never easy. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 17, 2015 For me, the best part of last Sunday’s Diana Ross concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center was not the medley of Supremes hits, the fabulous costume changes, nor the heartwarming “Reach Out and... more »»

Maui Connections

June 16, 2015 Overheard in the Costco food court recently, this conversation between two young boys who must have been tourists: “Which would you like better, frequent visits to Hawaii, or to live here?” “Frequen... more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 15, 2015 Q: Does a marijuana dispensary need to be registered with the county? A: No, the county is not involved. Hawaii’s “Medical Use of Marijuana” program is administered by the state Department of Healt. more »»

Seeking transparency, frugality in county budget

June 14, 2015 When I became chair on Jan. 2, I pledged to lead the Maui County Council with fiscal responsibility and transparency. more »»

Neighbors: ‘An Angel Among Us’

June 12, 2015 When you meet Judy Kitagawa, there’s a good chance she’ll be wearing a sparkly angel-shaped pin on her shirt collar. “I collect them,” she said. “I collect a lot of angel things. more »»

Maui Nei

June 11, 2015 There’s more than one way to get bitten in the butt by crooks who troll social media on the Internet. The scam involves a telephone call saying a relative is in dire straits and needs money. more »»

‘Resort fees’ raise tax issues

June 11, 2015 This week we will be talking about “resort fees.” In recent years, a number of hotels, including many in Hawaii, have been adding them to hotel bills. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 10, 2015 Apologies are in order, I’m afraid. more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 8, 2015 Q: Why is it that so many of the “Ask the Mayor” questions are about state issues and projects? Shouldn’t you stick to answering county-related topics? A: When we began this column we knew that we... more »»

Rebuilt Waikamoi flume captures more Upcountry water

June 7, 2015 On May 30, I had the great pleasure of attending a ceremony to bless the county’s Waikamoi flume. more »»

The State of Aloha

June 5, 2015 Jalisa Jose was on vacation celebrating her 21st birthday. At around 2 a.m., she and her girlfriends sat down to rest along the famous sands of Waikiki Beac. more »»

Maui Nei

June 4, 2015 The television ads are ubiquitous during newscasts. They tout the benefits of NextEra, a Florida outfit that wants to take over Hawaiian Electric Co., the parent company of Maui Electric. more »»

Calling Department of Taxation with a question? Good luck

June 4, 2015 One of the things I hate most when I call tech support or customer service is the time I have to wait before a human picks up the phone to take my call. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 3, 2015 When Willie K invited me, months ago, to serve as emcee for his upcoming GanjaFest at Mulligan’s on the Blue, I accepted without hesitation and without an inkling of the potential for controvers. more »»

Maui Connections

June 2, 2015 At the Maui Film Festival, each one of us is the projector of our own movie. more »»

Organic waste curbside bin could divert up to 35 percent of what goes in the landfill

June 2, 2015 Bureaucratic issues are often approached where solutions must solve 100 percent of the problem. more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 1, 2015 Q: Why does Pukalani only have one county bus stop? We are a community of over 7,500 residents, some of whom have to walk approximately two miles to reach the nearest county bus stop. more »»

June 10 deadline looms for fiscal ’16 budget

May 31, 2015 The Maui County Council will consider its $621 million fiscal year 2016 proposed budget for second and final reading on Friday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber. more »»



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