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Time for action, tangible results on affordable housing needed

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 ...

Salon owner, stylist and life coach Marc 
Tolliver helps 
his clients feel beautiful — 
inside 
and out.  
• DAVID TUCKER photo

Shear Kindness

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 ...

Neighbor Island counties are not colonies of Honolulu

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

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

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 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

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 ...

Those overseeing Oahu rail project face legal scrutiny

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

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

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, ...

Unanswered questions of 2017 could impact the elections of 2018

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,’’ ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: A friend who lives in Wailuku Heights has been telling me that he hears coqui frogs nearby. I was surprised to hear the coqui frogs had been found in Central Maui. We have heard about it in the Haiku area, but for myself, at least, I didn’t realize it had traveled all the way to Wailuku. ...

Special session threatens Neighbor Islands

The state Legislature has scheduled a special session to discuss the controversial topic of funding Honolulu’s rail project. Planned for Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, the session could have serious consequences for Neighbor Island counties. The legislative session ended in May without a funding ...

The State of Aloha

I must have been 24 years old when I moved back to Hawaii. I had been living on the Mainland for seven years, going to college in California then law school in Kansas, before I landed a job in Honolulu working at a court. It was a great job. I was thrilled to be back home in the islands. And ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last week’s column about sandwiches generated many responses and a few interesting recipes. Mahalo to all who emailed or stopped me on the street to share. The first thing I learned was that butter-sugar sandwiches are not unique to the islands. Lynda from Rhode Island remembered them as a ...

Maui Connections

Considering its intimidating name, the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Maikalani Advanced Research Center in Pukalani feels downright friendly whenever it holds an open house like it did to celebrate IFA’s 50th anniversary last Friday evening. Parked cars stretched for blocks ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: I would like to thank you and the Public Works Highways Division for paving Maha Road in Makawao. It has made a tremendous improvement by eliminating all of the pothole patches. However, there is one thing that I would like to see to complete the road. There is a storm drainage grate that is ...

Maui County’s history is worth the effort to preserve

This August will mark 112 years since the founding and the passage of the first County of Maui ordinance. At that time, the formation of county government was considered a milestone after multiple failed attempts. The territorial Legislature passed the County Act of 1901, but was vetoed by ...

Dr. Bridget Bongaard is a board-certified internal medicine physician who will direct the first Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat next month at Lumeria Maui in Makawao. The weekend retreat, which is sponsored by the Pacific Cancer Foundation and funded by the Joseph Padua Trust, is designed to help cancer survivors with any given cancer diagnosis transform their lives into a new and better level of health and wellness.

A healing heart

Looking back on it now, Dr. Bridget Bongaard says it all began with a well-chosen gift. “My mother bought me a toy doctor’s kit,” she said. “It was the perfect gift.” After inspecting the kit’s contents with a mixture of curiosity and awe, the then-5-year-old Bongaard was ...

Sand needs protecting for cultural, environmental, economic reasons

Removing our sand resources from Central Maui and shipping them off-island may soon become a thing of the past. I recently sat down with representatives from Honolulu Construction & Draying Co. Ltd., or HC&D, formerly known as Ameron Hawaii. HC&D made the news a couple of months ...