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Looking back at the council climate committee’s first year

I thank my colleagues on the Maui County Council for having the vision to create the Climate Action and Resilience Committee just about a year ago and, just as important, helping the committee pass several landmark initiatives throughout 2020. On July 15, the committee received a presentation ...

The giving trees

Whoever coined the phrase “age is just a number” may have had Victor Manzano in mind. At 94, he has the energy of a man half his age. What’s his secret? An active lifestyle. A good sense of humor. And a twice-daily dose of moringa. Manzano credits the superfood for his vitality. ...

COVID-19 vaccine provides a big dose of hope for our county

The COVID-19 vaccines are here. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were developed, tested and approved in record time, and not a moment too soon. Both vaccines require two doses — the first shot starts to build up protection and a second shot, three or four weeks later, boosts immunity. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

May you live in interesting times. If 2020 had been a Hollywood movie, that would have been the perfect tagline. And the sequel, now underway, could be titled “2021: Extraordinary Times.” Widely — and wrongly — believed to be an ancient Chinese curse, the statement “May you live ...

Scrutinize the big agencies

There has been a lot of flip-flopping and waffling going on in government. President Trump groused about, panned, and then finally signed a second stimulus package on Sunday, Dec. 27. Then Gov. Ige, who previously decided to furlough public employees, put the furloughs on hold on Dec. 23 ...

The State of Aloha

Near St. Paul’s Cathedral near the center of London stands a grand and majestic courthouse. The Old Bailey is considered the symbolic home of the British criminal justice system. It’s part of our shared legal heritage. The common law tradition — a legal system based on the precedent of ...

Risk of coronavirus exposure increases greatly when indoors

Maui County saw 484 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the month of December. This is higher than all new reported cases, combined, from March through September. This alarming increase required decisive action to curtail a rapidly growing infection rate. For this reason, the County of ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is “long-haul COVID”? Dr. Vijak Ayasanonda, Vice Chairman & Co-Medical Director, Emergency Department, Maui Health: Most people with COVID-19 indeed recover from the illness. But there is growing evidence that some people experience long-term symptoms even after they recover. ...

County looks to fresh start after trying year

Some people have described 2020 as a “dumpster fire,” but few know it literally began that way on Maui. During the 12-hour period between 6 p.m., Dec. 31, 2019 and 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020, the Maui Fire Department responded to seven dumpster fires. An omen of things to come? In early ...

It takes a virtual village

Have you ever moved to a new city or town? Maybe you felt instantly at home. Or maybe it took some time to adjust. Jaylon Hansen knows what it’s like to start over in a new place. Twelve years ago, she moved from Oahu to Maui with her husband and infant son. As anyone can imagine, ...

2020’s good news (there was some)

Was 2020 the worst year ever? The media keep saying that. We did have the pandemic, a bitter election, unemployment, riots and a soaring national debt. But wait, look at the good news, says historian Johan Norberg. His new book, “Open: The Story of Human Progress,” points out how life ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Traditionally at this time of year, news media outlets devote many pages and program hours to rehashing the previous 12 months. As both columnist and consumer, I look forward to recounting the year’s most memorable moments and reading various Top Ten lists. These annual recaps are, for me, an ...

Collective bargaining agreement: Still the supreme law of the land?

The path leading to how to fix our battered economy has taken some crazy twists and turns. Governor Ige, first, announced that he will furlough all state workers for two days a month to chop down the expenses required in state government. The government employee unions cried foul, saying that ...

The State of Aloha

Strapped for cash and with his wife expecting their fifth child, the man was desperate. He decided to write a story to sell for Christmas. It took Charles Dickens six weeks to write one of the most beloved and perhaps the greatest of all Christmas stories of all time — and it has nothing to ...

Don’t give me back rent, I want to continue hiding from tax collector

Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways. The state has established a Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program to help people affected by the pandemic make their rent or mortgage payments. Affected people who are making less ...

No Ka Oi Health

Many of us have been home a lot more than usual this year, along with our kids having school at home. Perhaps at this point, you’re all set up with fun activities for your kids to do over winter break. For those of you who would like a few more options to keep your kids entertained at home, ...

Let’s welcome the season of light to Maui County

The holidays are here. And while we each have our own family traditions, most year-end celebrations — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, winter solstice — share one thing in common. I’m talking about light. Whether it’s stringing Christ- mas lights on a tree, lighting candles in ...

Making tracks

What does a singer-songwriter do when she suddenly has time on her hands during a global pandemic? Record an album. That’s how Haiku resident Sara Jelley used her COVID-19 downtime. After months of writing and recording, she released her first full-length album, “Holes,” last week. ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How do we know that the new Pfizer vaccine is safe? Chrissy Miller, Employee Health Manager, Maui Health: Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, which means that they ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Like most of 2020, this holiday season has been full of challenges and changes. One of the traditions I will greatly miss is emceeing Willie K’s annual Christmas show and taking part in that chicken-skin moment when his extended ‘ohana joins him on the Castle Theater stage for the “O Holy ...