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Excise taxes explain regressive nature of the Hawaii tax system

March 16, 2016 In the course of our legislative session, our tax system has been roundly criticized for being unfair to those on the lower end of the income spectru. more »»

Maui Connections

March 15, 2016 After all the apocalyptic horror-movie scenarios a few years ago about collapsing bee colonies around the planet, it’s a relief to learn bees on Maui are alive and thriving. more »»

Ask The Mayor

March 14, 2016 Q: I often swim at the Kihei Aquatic Center and notice people sitting outside the complex and smoking. more »»

Congressional delegation briefed on county issues

March 13, 2016 During the last week of February, I attended the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., along with many other county officials from across the nation. more »»

The State of Aloha

March 11, 2016 Cable news stations on television are devoting countless hours of airtime to the presidential election cycle this time around. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

March 9, 2016 The Norwegian city of Bodo (population 50,000) is known as the gateway to Norway’s true north. more »»

Can we make tax conformity move?

March 9, 2016 Hawaii taxpayers will have to file an amended tax return this tax season in order to obtain some of the same deductions they enjoyed last year. more »»

Maui Connections

March 8, 2016 Among the really great shows I’ve seen at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center over more than two decades, Carlos Santana has done more than one of them. He did it again Saturday night. more »»

Ask The Mayor

March 7, 2016 Q: Is anyone “grandfathered in” from having to get a vacation rental permit if the short-term has been in existence since 1999 or 2000 while paying transient accommodations and general excise taxes... more »»

March’s work includes Lanai plan, budget session

March 6, 2016 March is shaping up to be a busy month for the Maui County Council. The council will have a special meeting in Lanai City this coming Saturday, followed by a regular council meeting on Friday. more »»

A life well read

March 4, 2016 For Joanne Laird, story time is the best time of day. No surprises there: Laird is affectionately known as the “Library Lady” at Kihei Elementary, where she works as the school’s literacy coach. more »»

To get in on the action, register to vote, then join party of your choice

March 4, 2016 If you are a Hawaii Republican who are you for? Trump? Cruz? Rubio? Or someone else? If you are a Hawaii Democrat, who are you for? Clinton or Sanders? Either way, how do you make your preference... more »»

Bills calling for tax increases tracked

March 3, 2016 This state legislative session, the House and Senate introduced a total of 2,226 new bills. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

March 2, 2016 Last week’s column about my recent West Coast trip and reunion with old friend and colleague McAvoy Layne generated even more response than I had expected. more »»

Tax notices leave long paper trail

March 2, 2016 This week, while our Legislature is still in pandemonium mode, I wanted to focus some attention on our Department of Taxation, which conducts audits to make sure that people are complying with Hawai... more »»

Maui Connections

March 1, 2016 Young Brie Larson’s best-actress win at the Oscars on Sunday night for her shattering performance in “Room” has been hailed as a breakout. But some Mauians can claim, “We knew her when . . . more »»

Several themes emerge during meetings of governance panel

March 1, 2016 The County Council recently formed a Special Committee on Governance to examine the current state of county government and to assess whether a different form of government might be more effective. more »»

Ask The Mayor

February 29, 2016 Q: Many Maui residents and visitors have been faced with increasingly aggressive panhandling on our streets. Giving them money makes the problem worse. more »»

Council looking into missed trash pickups, ocean safety

February 28, 2016 Scheduled trash pickups in Maui County are often missed because of what the administration reports as staff shortages. more »»

The State of Aloha

February 26, 2016 I went to Haiku Elementary School on Hana Highway, right past Maliko Gulch when heading east. The bus that took us home in the afternoon would wind its way through Haiku Road. more »»



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