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Opinion

The State of Aloha

Columns

They surrounded our house when I was growing up. Trunks colored green with streaks of darkest red and covered with light brown bark shot several feet out of some primeval heap of dead trees, leaves and mud. The newest and greenest leaves reached upward toward the skies and flapped in the wind. ...

Reopen park for use by Wailuku school

Letters to the Editor

My son attends Wailuku Elementary School. Up until this year, the school has used the park for recess and kids have had a lot of space to run and play. This year, the Maui County Parks Department has denied the school’s request to use the park. The school has had no choice but to use only ...

Ocean would rise despite man-made global warming

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in regard to the recent article in The Maui News regarding sea level rise and erosion (Feb. 27). Changes in sea level are a fact of nature and it becomes a pointless exercise to fight what is natural. As recently as 10,000 years ago, the sea was 150 feet lower than it is today ...

Roundabout no better than signals for airport road

Letters to the Editor

I have a theory about how young, first-time engineers are promoted. They are given problems to solve for Maui. If they do good, they move up a notch. If they don’t succeed, they are assigned to other menial tasks such as finding ways to prolong the building of the Oahu rail system. I ...

Tired of cases linked to community spread

Letters to the Editor

Is anyone else tired of hearing Mayor Victorino and Lt. Gov. Green continue to claim that the increase of daily COVID-19 cases on Maui is due to “community spread”? The mayor and lieutenant governor refuse to acknowledge the direct connection between the thousands of visitors arriving on ...

Who you gonna call for park problems?

Letters to the Editor

As volunteers who have worked under Maui County Parks Department in the Kihei beach parks for the last 15 years, we were recently alerted by a community member that a park bench at Kalama Park had been tagged. We got permission from Parks to repair the damage. While painting, a brother ...

Light fire under Maui’s vaccination activity

Letters to the Editor

On Monday, the State of Hawaii Department of Health website showed that Maui had given at least one COVID vaccine shot to only 10 percent of its residents. Maui was, by far, the worst county in the state with Hawaii, Honolulu and Kauai counties showing corresponding first vaccination rates ...

Vaccination experience handled professionally

Letters to the Editor

I have lived in Kihei since 1993 and have a serious interest in the vaccinations against COVID-19. It is very important for as many of us to be vaccinated to protect ourselves and other people. We must follow the rules of proper mask wearing, social distancing and following guidelines given ...

Hike wages, but not now

Editorial

A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is an insult to hard-working Americans. That base figure should have been raised years ago, but self-serving politicians saw to it that working-class folks were kept in their place,î as they did the bidding of corporate CEOs. Be that as it may, there are ...

Kahoma Village resulted in irreparable damage

Letters to the Editor

In 2014, Maui Planning Commission rejected local residents’ request to participate in the SMA approval. Those objections and concerns are now a reality as the project has been developed. As Lahaina News and The Maui News reported in September 2020, the appeal was sustained voiding the ...

Current e-cigarette use erases decades of progress

Letters to the Editor

Hawaii’s keiki are facing a crisis. One in three high schoolers and one in five middle schoolers currently uses e-cigarettes, erasing decades of progress in reducing tobacco use. Hawaii’s successful tobacco prevention and cessation program is in jeopardy as lawmakers want to raid the ...

Maui coronavirus numbers indicating system failure

Letters to the Editor

Come on, Mayor Vic. You’ve done such a good job holding the reins through most of this pandemic. When are you going to stop ignoring today’s reality? While daily infection counts are on the decline in the state and throughout most of the country, Maui’s numbers now often exceed number ...

Vaccination hesitancy

Editorial

Vaccine makers reassured Congress on Feb. 23 they will boost production and provide an additional 140 million doses in the next five weeks, overcoming the production bottlenecks that have crimped the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The next hurdle is vaccine hesitancy. Opinion surveys ...

New priorities for a new council term

Columns

As we embark on a new council term, I am excited and honored to serve the people of Maui County once again. Here in my third term, I continue to work with my fellow council members toward solutions that prioritize safety and health for our community as our economy takes steps to reopen. I look ...

Maui Visitors Bureau pivots during pandemic

Columns

During this pandemic, the Maui Visitors Bureau has pretty much reinvented our normal role of marketing to play a critical role in the ongoing educational messaging to ensure the safety and health of our community as well as our visitors. For the majority of 2020, we shifted our strategy to ...

UH-Maui College is all in

Columns

Maui Nui is approaching an almost implausible anniversary — one year since the arrival of COVID-19. We decided early on that UH-Maui College would be “all in.” We would communicate regularly, welcome every innovative idea, partner with the public and private sectors, deploy every resource ...

Restaurants still need our support

Editorial

Whether you’re ordering won ton mein at Sam Sato’s or macadamia nut-crusted fresh catch at Haliimaile General Store, going out to eat has always been a treat. Like so many things taken for granted before the pandemic, we had no idea how truly special the restaurant experience was. Fresh ...

Reaching for the sky

Columns

What has eight arms and can fly? Kimo the Flying Octopus. He’s the multilimbed protagonist of a new children’s picture book of the same name written and illustrated by Kihei resident Alicia Adkins. But wait a minute — octopuses can’t fly, right? So how does Kimo do it? Well, you’ll ...