Opinion

Maui Connections

Columns

Singer/songwriter Brooks Maguire shares this story that began in Lahaina in the ‘90s when he was playing weekly gigs at Cheeseburger in Paradise. “Nearly 20 years ago, a dad and his daughter were sitting in the audience,” he recalls. Brooks mostly did covers, but he threw an original ...

Resolve state pension woes to ease Maui budget

Columns

The Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii has unfunded liabilities of almost $13 billion — a dangerous amount that threatens the retirement benefits of state and county employees and the pocketbooks of Hawaii taxpayers. But there are ways Maui legislators can help prevent ...

The two sides of term limits

Editorial

A few years ago, we wrote a piece here about term limits. While our views have changed a bit, we are more firmly convinced that terms limits are a good idea. Whether one is considering election to the Maui County Council, the state Legislature, the Congress of the United States or even the ...

Consider different strategy for online participation

Letters to the Editor

I enjoy The Maui News online and have for years. I’ve never understood why, in order to participate in thoughtful discourse in the comments forum of each section, I’m required to have a Facebook account. I recently deleted my Facebook account (for several reasons, most notably security) ...

Developer seeks funding for affordable housing project

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the July 26 article about Hale Mua subdivision. Hale Mua was poised to get done when it started with the process of the Land Use Commission. It took almost three years to go through the process. It was approved in 2007. Central Pacific Bank was ready to finance the ...

Install a traffic light at dangerous intersection

Letters to the Editor

Over the years we have had several telephone conversations with the Maui Department of Transportation regarding the dangers, accidents and “near-misses” at the Piilani Highway and East Welakahao Road, only to be told there was not enough “evidence” to justify a traffic light. Perhaps ...

Story of Schwabs’ love for each other is legend

Letters to the Editor

The news of Suzie Schwab’s death, while not unexpected, was heartbreaking (The Maui News, July 29). The story of their love for each other (Sylvan and Suzie Schwab) is legend. I worked at the zoo (East Maui Animal Refuge) for 10 years. They changed my life as well as countless others. ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: My spouse and I both own and live on our property with each owning 50 percent held in our individual trusts. The property tax bill only lists my name, making it look like I am the only owner even though the online assessment lists both our trust names on separate lines, mine first. We ...

Greenprinting offers solution to protecting, managing lands

Columns

At its meeting of July 31, the County Council’s Parks, Recreation, Energy and Legal Affairs Committee, which I chair, recommended passage of a proposed bill to establish a new chapter in the Maui County Code to guide decision-making for purchasing or acquiring open space and preservation ...

A daunting challenge

Editorial

Almost three years ago, we had an enlightening experience when we attended an appreciation luncheon for Hale Makua Health Service’s supporters. The guest speaker for the event was Mary Ann Barnes, then president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. ...

Did Cochran read language of legislation she voted for?

Letters to the Editor

On July 28, Elle Cochran posted on her Facebook page her “official” excuses for bungling subdivision improvement exemptions and the assessment and collection of developer deferral agreements. Elle states in her post that while her committee was “assured” in 2012 that the Department ...

What can be done about feral chicken flocks?

Letters to the Editor

Can something please be done about the ever-increasing feral chicken flocks in Central Maui? It started at my house a few months ago with one lame rooster. Now, there’s dozens of chickens and several more roosters. Plus they are on their third or fourth batch of chicks, which will result ...

Trump’s motive specifically focused on his investments

Letters to the Editor

Responding to President Donald Trump’s Twitter rant denouncing the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates in order to slow inflation, may I suggest Trump’s motive is not to create a thriving economy for all Americans, but it is focused specifically on his investments. High inflation ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

These eight islands make up the State of Hawaii: Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau. That’s the easy part. But it wasn’t always this way. There used to be more. Next week we commemorate our entrance into the Union on Admissions Day — the day Congress passed ...

Primary Saturday

Editorial

Maui and the state of Hawaii suffer from almost chronic low voter turnout for elections. And, as bad as the turnout for general elections is, it is usually even worse for primaries. That is too bad because primaries are where the winnowing of candidates begins. Saturday, voters will decide ...

Mary Wagner, a new kind of public servant

Letters to the Editor

I am a lifelong resident of Maui. I am supporting Mary Wagner for the state House Wailuku District seat. Mary has worked as a police officer, crime scene investigator, police records and identification manager, and information and technology manager. She has over 20 years of volunteer work ...

Terez Amato is the change we need

Letters to the Editor

We’ve become numb to who is actually funding most of our political representation. As we all know, most of our representatives in government need to accept funding from many sources to run a campaign. This funding always has strings attached. The current Senate District 6 (West and South ...

Developers, construction interests support Victorino

Letters to the Editor

Imagine your ship has sunk in the middle of the ocean and you are in a lifeboat which is filled to capacity at 150 persons. Would you choose a leader like Mike Victorino who will allow more persons on board for a fee? What if he gave the most water to those new arrivals who pay the highest ...

Hughey’s beliefs and positions are not for sale

Letters to the Editor

Tired of the same, old political maneuvering? Rather see honest, common-sense legislating? Then consider casting your House District 8 vote for Justin Hughey. At times, Hughey may not be politically correct regarding issues he feels will improve life for most people. But he comes down ...

Elect another progressive Democrat to the state House

Letters to the Editor

South Maui has the opportunity to elect another progressive Democrat to the state House, Tina Wildberger. I worked directly with Tina for eight months when she was campaign manager for Kelly King’s successful bid for South Maui’s County Council seat, defeating the incumbent Don Couch. ...