Opinion

A great day to quit

Editorial

The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of November as The Great American Smokeout — a day to quit smoking or make plans to do so. According to the ACS website, 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. While the percentage of American adults who smoke cigarettes has ...

Success principle No. 3 is called Self-Acceptance

Letters to the Editor

Honest Ori continuing the 10 psychobiological principles for living a satisfying life to age 120, based on an award-winning book I wrote and published. Our psychology affects our biology. Healthy mind, healthy body. Following these principles ensures your holistic health. Success principle ...

Kihei schools, award presentation on agenda

Letters to the Editor

As we submit this missive, we await the results of the election on Nov. 6. By now it is published, everyone is aware, and a majority of voters are satisfied as the majority decided who was elected. We may also say a very strong majority of the community is concerned about education, so ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

“Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.” Edward Albee said that, and he should know; Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes and two Tony Awards for his playwriting, as well as ...

Struggle continues with HART’s funding sources

Columns

There has been fierce debate recently over Bill 42 before the Honolulu City Council. Here’s the background: In 2007, the city passed Ordinance 07-001, which says that the Honolulu rail project would be funded only with proceeds of the general excise tax surcharge and federal money. ...

Interacting with Junior

Editorial

One of the problems with having 12,463 channels, or thereabouts, on television is that there must be a program showing on all those stations. That troubling thought occurred to us one night when we hit upon a channel that was airing “Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Squeakquel.” Not for the ...

State library system has a preference for Oahu

Letters to the Editor

In July I made an online request for a new book on the state’s library system. There are only two copies of this popular book in the state system, both located on Oahu. My name has been number one on the request list since September. When I was in one of Maui’s branch libraries recently, ...

Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 6, Maui voters decided to drastically increase the fines for illegal short-term vacation rentals on Maui, which could expose the county to dangerous legal challenges. Article I, Section 12 of the Hawaii Constitution protects citizens from “excessive fines.” Currently, vacation ...

Chickens create health concern at supermarket

Letters to the Editor

I have attempted to contact a supermarket on Maui and its corporate office in Hawaii and California with no luck. There were close to three dozen chickens in the store’s parking lot. Chicken dung is 5,000,000 parts per gram salmonella. The chickens will walk through their dung and then ...

Please help us ensure that ‘it can’t happen here’

Letters to the Editor

We here on Maui have many places of worship, schools, stores, public events and yoga studios, all of which, in very recent times, have been the sites of horrific shootings on the Mainland. The belief that “that couldn’t happen here” is echoed in many communities, and likely in those ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Whether or not you knew Bob Stone personally, you may well know his work and the gentle sound of his voice. He was the director of the memorable documentary “Taylor Camp,” subsequently rebranded “The Edge of Paradise,” about a hippie treehouse community that took root on Kauai in the ...

No good news for smokers

Editorial

Thursday is The Great American Smokeout and we’ll have more about that later in the week. But today we’d like to talk about a report that changed American life for the better. If there was ever a government report or action that changed a nation, it could well be the first surgeon ...

No easy fix for shoreline erosion, sea level rise

Letters to the Editor

Shoreline erosion and sea level rise are serious and no easy fix. If properties are allowed to armor their shore it will accelerate erosion to the property on either side of them. Some parts of the state require modifications to building codes to make certain that no one is being put in ...

Can it be? A new and improved MPD

Letters to the Editor

I am a retired Maui fireman and worked alongside MPD for 26 years. I have to be honest and feel some officers were a little too quick to take the slightest resistance as an excuse for throwing a person on the ground and getting the cuffs on. I have been retired for nearly eight years and hope ...

Urge Gov. Ige to sign wild animal regulation

Letters to the Editor

Many of us recall the day, over 20 years ago, when Tyke the elephant escaped from a circus in Honolulu and was shot down by police after killing her trainer and severely injuring several others. Having been trained via pain and the fear of punishment, forced to perform physically difficult and ...

Parking issues at Maui Memorial Medical Center

Letters to the Editor

Maui Memorial Medical Center management worries about a shortage of doctors, nurses, staffing, but no one worries about parking. I imagine a person in need of emergency service, driving around in circles looking for parking leaving a trail of choice words. If a doctor cannot find parking, his ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I have a niece who is a single mother that lives in the Kulamalu affordable rentals, which really helped to keep her family together so I appreciate that being built. What is the next affordable housing project that’s coming up? These projects are too few and far between. A: Probably ...

Council approves Phase I expansion of Kula ag park

Columns

When Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. closed its doors and shut down sugar operations for good at the end of 2016, Maui was in dire need of a plan to keep thousands of acres of land in agricultural use and revive a fading farming industry. With this in mind, on Nov. 2 the Maui County ...

Holiday honors U.S. veterans

Editorial

Today is officially the date Americans celebrate Veterans Day. Monday, federal, state and local governments will be closed marking the holiday. The first “Veterans Day Proclamation” was issued on June 1, 1954, by a man who knew the horrors of war, the demands of a peacetime military and ...

Forever grateful for our veterans

Letters to the Editor

May each of our veterans feel honored not just today, but every day. I’m forever thankful for your dedication to keeping our nation safe. To me, you are never forgotten, and I’m forever grateful. Judy Ridolfino Kihei