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Sharing Mana‘o

Tomorrow, my son turns 45. He’ll be celebrating in Michigan, as he has for the past two and a half decades. But I’m pretty sure I’ll smell him tonight. No, that’s not a typo. I’m looking forward to the sweet scent of baby sweat that permeates this recurring dream of mine. Once a ...

Papayas instead of Pop-Tarts: The case for Maui-grown food

Prior to European contact, the Hawaiian Islands produced enough food to feed a million people with no external inputs. According to University of California, Berkeley researcher Natalie Kurashima, Native Hawaiians did it by farming just six percent of the land using traditional techniques. ...

The State of Aloha

Over vehement objections from law enforcement (Maui did not submit any testimony), the Legislature passed a bill that with some exceptions eliminates cash bail for those arrested under suspicion of several nonviolent crimes. It is a modest attempt to alter a bail system that keeps people who ...

No Ka Oi Health

Mental health and substance use and abuse have been linked for quite some time. This combination of challenges has become even more apparent during the pandemic, as many people experienced isolation, job loss, loss of family and friends and/or financial challenges. As people develop mental ...

Promoting affordable housing in the apartment districts

Affordable housing is at the top of the list of what our residents and communities need and demand. The problem can seem intractable at times, with many complexities and underlying issues that defy easy solutions. There is no single answer to the question of how to increase the number of ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is monkeypox and should we be concerned? Kelly Catiel, Infection Control Manager, Maui Health: Monkeypox is a rare disease endemic to Central and West Africa caused by the orthopoxvirus. It was first discovered in the 1950s. An outbreak of monkeypox cases was noted in May in the ...