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Vaccination is the equation for a healthy, joyful graduation

The end of the pandemic is in sight. If we want it. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old. Just last month, the same vaccine was authorized for use by older teens aged 16 and 17. The decision ...

The State of Aloha

A pernicious rumor is floating around like a bad odor. Word is that despite high unemployment and high demand from customers, employers are facing a labor shortage. The April jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor released last week disappointed many. Unemployment hovers at around 6 ...

Judges required to uphold the rule of law, vital to free and just society

These are turbulent times. Recent events at the local, national and global level, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have highlighted the critical need for accurate information, and the important role the rule of law plays in today’s society. Against this backdrop, the American Bar ...

No Ka Oi Health

May is Mental Health Awareness month. It’s been over a year that we’ve been living in a pandemic. Now more than ever, our mental wellness is important for all of us to focus on, including youth, parents, kupuna, teachers, first responders, etc. Whether you are living with a mental health ...

Hospital Week is a time to celebrate heroes

National Hospital Week began Sunday and provides a formal opportunity to salute our employees and health care workers across Maui County and to thank them for all they do. This year, Hospital Week is incredibly special because it’s a chance to celebrate and recognize the incredible work of ...

Further tax reform needed to fight affordable housing crisis

As the Maui County Council’s budget session comes to a close — with first reading of the fiscal year budget 2022 set for May 21 — I am grateful to our community and my fellow council members for sharing their experiences and priorities with passion and wisdom. I hear you loud and ...

Head of the class

In case you missed it, Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day, which the National Education Association describes as “a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” And now more than ever, they deserve our gratitude. It’s been ...

MEO offers help for people in need, runs buses too

The hibiscus in the logo of Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is a familiar sight on buses transporting Maui County’s young, old and persons with disabilities. But MEO is so much more. We are a member of the National Community Action Network, a robust force of more than 1,000 local community ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: It seems that there are three different COVID vaccines. What is the difference between all of them? Between all three, which has more protection against COVID? Chrissy Miller, Employee Health Manager, Maui Health: Currently, three drug companies have received emergency use authorization ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Maui News readers are, apparently, a bunch of word nerds. My previous “Sharing Mana‘o” on portmanteau words generated a flurry of responses, most offering their original or favorite word mashups. “Nonversation” (pointless small talk) and “plunch” (plate lunch) made me chuckle ...

For Maui families to stay on Maui, we need a new affordable housing system

Our affordable housing system is broken and Maui residents are in a crisis within a crisis. No one can say that past practices have fulfilled the need for affordable housing. So why continue to reach for the same tools in hopes that “maybe they will be the fix this time”? These tools may ...

Overregulation will lead to even less affordable housing

As your mayor, I wholeheartedly support the development of attainable and affordable housing, including low-cost rentals for our residents. Housing availability and supply are essential to sustain and grow our workforce and protect our social and economic future. The Maui County Council has ...

The State of Aloha

A bill got through the U.S. House of Representatives this month that, if passed into law, could change this county for years — possibly decades. It starts with the flag. Old Glory will have to be amended to include an additional star. The House bill shrinks our country’s capital to the ...

Not every situation is a George Floyd situation

How many people have died unjustly and unseen, out of mind and now forgotten by all but those who love them? It is a question we should ask in light of the Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd situations. It is a reminder that justice would have been denied to both men had there not been video. How ...

County supplement could help homebuyers with down payments

For many Maui County residents, the dream of owning a home feels out of reach. Even for those fortunate enough to realize this dream, soaring real estate prices in a competitive market often mean sacrificing quality of life while facing the burdens of huge down payments and monthly mortgage ...

High hopes for Haleakala

It’s National Park Week 2021, and to mark the occasion, here’s a trivia question: Which park encompasses more than 33,000 acres, has a variety of microclimates and is home to more endangered species than any other national park in the U.S.? If you answered Haleakala National Park, give ...

Future of Maui affordable housing is in Maui County Council’s hands

If you need more of something, the last thing you want is a lot of new regulations limiting how it’s made. That’s as true for affordable housing as it is for more mundane products such as ice cream and running shoes. No matter what it is, when something is more difficult and expensive ...

No Ka Oi Health

Are you stuck in a pandemic drinking habit? Here are some tips to cut back or to get help on Maui. The pandemic has had a large effect on our lives over the past year, potentially including our drinking habits. Many of us have felt lonely, uncertain and fearful over recent events, and stress ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Portmanteau (noun) — 1) a large trunk or suitcase, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts. 2) a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others. — Definitions from Oxford Languages. Thanks to my addiction to crossword puzzles and word games, ...

Let’s reinvent tourism to benefit both Maui residents and visitors

Last week, a group of Maui residents gathered peacefully on Wailea Beach to remind tourism leaders that aloha goes both ways. “Take Back the Beach” participants spoke out against the illegal practice of “pre-setting” chairs and umbrellas, effectively crowding locals out of prime ...