Opinion

Time for action, tangible results on affordable housing needed

Columns

Newly released data indicate that Maui County’s median home price has breached the $700,000 mark. This underscores, now more than ever, the need for additional affordable housing for residents. The County Council continually seeks both effective and sustainable solutions, but they have not ...

Helping the cancer fight

Editorial

On Friday, we wrote here asking for prayers for an American hero, John McCain, who received a devastating diagnosis of brain cancer last week. The subject needs to be expanded because cancer is so pervasive in our society that attention to finding preventions and cures needs to be kept in the ...

‘Pono policy’ needed to address development

Letters to the Editor

Could we begin the change the world so desperately needs? NIMBY means “Not In My Back Yard,” currently a term used for people considered to selfishly protest development. Developers provide archeologists that report to the State Historic Preservation Department. Archeology is the study ...

Many young lives have been committed to Christ

Letters to the Editor

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit . . . let us esteem others better than himself.” Today, yesterday, and tomorrow, I ask God, “Lord, what will you have me do?” Let Christ be honored in our lives. Trust and give him first place in our lives! Many young lives ...

Salon owner, stylist and life coach Marc 
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Shear Kindness

Columns

Marc Tolliver knows a thing or two about hair. With 35 years of experience under his belt, it comes as no surprise that the sought-after stylist has been dubbed “the hair whisperer” by many of his clients. “It’s what I love to do; it’s who I am,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t know ...

Praying for Sen. McCain

Editorial

Sen. John McCain is a genuine American hero. Wednesday, it was revealed he has yet another daunting battle to wage. McCain’s office announced that he has glioblastoma — a very aggressive form of brain cancer. The tumor was discovered after McCain underwent surgery late last week to remove ...

Neighbor Island counties are not colonies of Honolulu

Columns

Maui County Council Chairman Mike White is right. In his July 16 “Chair’s 3 Minutes” column in The Maui News, White talked about how the state Legislature “must stop playing games and instead make sound and fair decisions” regarding issues that affect counties. This includes ...

Americans polarized on exercise too

Columns

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. I ...

16 things must be believed for ‘witch hunt’ to be true

Columns

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering ...

A momentous day in history

Editorial

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-eight years ago — July 20, 1969 — astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke those words as he became the first human being to set foot on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration fulfilled the challenge a ...

Vexatious litigation used to harass, subdue adversary

Letters to the Editor

Vexatious litigation is legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary. The extortionists at Maui Tomorrow and Sierra Club used their baseless bully tactics once again to push their extremist agenda. Using over $50,000 of Mainland money, ...

Traffic signal cameras may stop lawbreakers

Letters to the Editor

I have laughingly said here on Maui a yellow light means step on the gas and a red light means step on the gas harder However, I now realize there is no humor to that behavior. I have seen so many Maui drivers run red lights, it is only a matter of time till there is another fatality due to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum; Come to the cabaret. Cabaret del Vino is the delightful creation of RoseOx Productions (Jennifer Rose and Jim Oxborrow), presented Monday nights at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea. Hosted by ...

Nature is not always kind

Editorial

A couple of weeks ago, some friends told us about some strong tides they had encountered unexpectedly off Spreckelsville. It reminded us again of something an old colleague wrote about being lured into dangerous situations by forgetting that Maui’s beauty is a force of nature and, as such, ...

Those overseeing Oahu rail project face legal scrutiny

Columns

On June 7, the Honolulu City Council voted to authorize bond funding to keep the Honolulu rail project on track. What the council members might not realize is that bond funding dramatically raises the stakes for transparency around the rail project. Beginning in late 2007, the U.S. Securities ...

Hit high seas on vacation but be careful

Columns

Summertime. Vacation time. No time to let your guard down. Traditionally, crime goes up during warmer weather, with property crimes and aggravated assaults on the rise. In some locations, murder rates increase, too. When temperatures rise, there are more windows left open, more sweaty and ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Last Tuesday, I attended a presentation by Maui Grown Therapies titled “How Cannabis Works.” A few nights later, I was in a test audience for “Paradise Found,” Bob Stone‘s newest version of the documentary he directed, shot and edited about the Taylor Camp community of surfers, ...

Nothing new in the sky

Editorial

A couple of years ago, we wrote a piece here lamenting the lack of any plans by major manufacturers to build faster commercial airliners. The fact of the matter is that Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’ Super Jumbo A380 fly no faster than the first U.S. jetliner introduced into ...

Draining the swamp in order to build a cesspool

Letters to the Editor

For those people who justify their support for Trump because of his promises to make America great again and to drain the swamp, please explain what is meant by those promises. America has the largest economy in the world, $15 trillion a year. The second largest is China at $5 trillion a ...

Unanswered questions of 2017 could impact the elections of 2018

Columns

In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that,’’ ...