Opinion

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: My middle school daughter came home from school and said they had been taught the “BE FAST” technique for recognizing stroke symptoms. I’ve only heard of “FAST” — when and why did that change and what are the BE letters for? Dr. Cordia Wan, neurologist: It’s important to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Profanity. The word comes from the Latin profanus, which means “not sacred.” Originally used to describe disrespect for religion, it’s now synonymous with “swear words” or obscene or offensive language. I like the word “profanity;” it’s more elegant than “cussing” and less ...

Maui Connections

Columns

As Hawaiian cultural practitioners went to Haleakala to “assist the mountain” in the wake of the governmental shutdown trashing national parks across the country, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard threw her hat into the presidential ring, last week’s news brought reminders that ...

A border wall for $55

Columns

All this recent talk about walls got me thinking. History books and legends are full of examples of the need for and laborious building of walls around cities, countries and various structures. The Wall of Jericho was built thousands of years before Christ and kept the city population safe — ...

The right type of leadership

Editorial

A post two years ago on Facebook struck us as showing a major difference between attitudes in the United States now and in past generations. The post featured a young, unidentified black woman holding a sign in front of the United States Capitol sometime in the 1960s. The sign showed Uncle Sam ...

Hiring practice at airlines makes no sense

Letters to the Editor

An issue regarding airlines using our airport was recently brought to my attention that I think needs to be looked into and changed, if possible. Evidently, one — if not more — airline company will soon be inviting prospective employees to apply for highly coveted flight attendant ...

Breakup result of church’s intolerance of homosexuals

Letters to the Editor

I have been watching half with fear and with some loathing the breakup of the local Boy Scouts Council motivated by the malevolent consciousness of the Church of the Later-day Saints. Would this newspaper stay silent if the motivation for breaking with the National Boy Scouts was overt racism ...

There is no wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home

Letters to the Editor

Responding to a Jan. 10 letter writer’s contention that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a wall around her home and is therefore a hypocrite when she claims a border wall is immoral, please fact-check before you spew. There is no wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home. The photograph that ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Would it be possible to brighten the streetlights on Maui at night? I am 58 and while I do not have the greatest eyesight, I am still able to see well driving on Oahu. Thank you. A: Mahalo for the question and I’d like to ask all our residents and visitors to always drive safely, ...

Provide help, not a handout

Editorial

As the issue of homelessness moves to the front burner of all levels of government in Hawaii, one distinction must be kept in mind: Society has different obligations to people who can’t help themselves as opposed to those who won’t help themselves. The idea is to provide job training, ...

Illegal immigrants could dwarf U.S. population

Letters to the Editor

My ancestors immigrated to the United States of America from many different countries: Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Ireland, England and Norway. But they all had one thing in common, they all came here legally. The debate about the “rights of illegal immigrants” is just ...

Corrections to writer’s list of evils of Trump

Letters to the Editor

I love the Jan. 8 letter writer’s list of the evils of Trump without any citing to back it up so I’ll correct him on some. Trashes our allies? By making them pay for military protection? In turn lining the coffers of the U.S. Treasury? Europe loves him, just ask the French yellow jackets. ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

The first non-Polynesians to reach these islands are usually acknowledged to be Capt. James Cook and his English sailors. Of course, they weren’t the first to reach the islands. They came and found a thriving culture and population of native inhabitants with a distinct language. Almost ...

We must be guided by community values

Columns

My first week as mayor was a whirlwind of activity. On Jan. 2, I was humbled to accept the honor of serving as Maui County’s chief executive. And, just four days later, I was in the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Kalana O Maui building, listening to emergency radio ...

Stay away from legal gambling

Editorial

Before the Legislature begins its session this year, we’d like to throw in our annual appeal to not put the state on the road to legal gambling. We again would urge legislators to limit any such thoughts to a lottery associated with Powerball or Mega Millions, with the proceeds earmarked ...

President Donald Trump is delivering on his promises

Letters to the Editor

Despite his embarrassing buffoonery, Trump is delivering on promises to get us out of mindless foreign wars and to drain the Washington swamp. We will get out of Syria, etc. And look for news of military tribunals bringing justice to evil deep-state scoundrels. Bill Pfeil Kaunakakai

Opinion column on shutdown was off base

Letters to the Editor

The Jan. 4 opinion piece by syndicated columnist Scott Rasmussen that very few are aware there is a government shutdown and there are more important things for politicians to focus on is completely off base. Fixing the dysfunctional shutdowns that are the “new normal” must be one of the ...

Provide universal trash pickup for residents

Letters to the Editor

When Mayor Mike Victorino announced that the Maui County landfills will once again be opened on Sundays, I could not help but feel a warm glow in my heart as I quietly said “yes” to myself. I was deeply moved because I recalled the numerous quarterly community cleanups that I participated ...

Too many distractions

Editorial

As we often write here, the revolution in electronics and mobile devices is undoubtedly a boon for our economy as well as our lifestyles. Yet, we know that talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are major distractions and are, in fact, illegal here. That said, we wonder about some of ...