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Lawmakers should follow the ‘golden rule’ of budgeting

If state leaders ever hope to revitalize Hawaii’s economy, they need to follow the “golden rule” of budgeting: Make sure government does not grow faster than the economy. That would leave more money for Hawaii residents to invest in new businesses, buy new homes, afford college ...

Now is the time for county to invest in a future free from overtourism

Maui County residents are counting on elected officials to more effectively manage tourism — by planning for a future that prioritizes community needs and by caring for our precious island resources. Concerns about overreliance on tourism are seen in recent news stories, public opinion ...

Generation of children lost in cloud of vapor

As a doctor, I’ve watched with growing concern the proliferation of e-cigarettes on Maui. Early on, these devices were portrayed by e-cigarette and tobacco companies as an option for smoking cessation, a safer substitute for smokers who wished to continue smoking but without the dangerous ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Go for broke!” In our elementary school days, my friends and I often shouted that phrase on the playground, having no idea that it was, truly, a battle cry. We knew nothing of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team or the 100th Infantry Battalion, nor were we aware that the phrase was ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Can I visit my grandchildren after I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Michael Shea, MD, Intensivist and Chief Medical Director, Maui Health: We know that everyone is eager to get back to normal, and especially after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Many kupuna were the first to be vaccinated and ...

Rental, mortgage assistance is on the way for low, moderate incomes

I grew up during the golden age of TV Westerns like “Daniel Boone,” “Gunsmoke,” “Rawhide” and “Bonanza.” The characters and plots changed between shows, but one story line remained pretty standard. A major character would somehow get trapped in a hopeless situation with no ...

The State of Aloha

Unimak Island in the Aleutians was a lonely outpost for the Coast Guard right after the Second World War. Many stationed there felt lucky to wait out the war on the cold chunk of volcanic rock wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea. By the war’s end, many were looking forward to ...

Mapping technology helps identify burial and archeological sites

On Oct. 25, five Native Hawaiian grandmothers felt they had no choice when they placed themselves before a bulldozer digging a waterline trench. They were there to protect the buried bones of their ancestors. The area was a well-known burial site. The landowner called the police to arrest ...

Forever young’ at heart

What’s the secret to a long and happy life? For 102-year-old Elinor Fredricks, it’s a positive outlook, an active mind and a glass of chardonnay every day at 5 p.m. Fredricks, who turned 102 Saturday, has witnessed events most have only read about in history books. She’s lived ...

No Ka Oi Health

COVID-19 VARIANTS IN MAUI As Hawaii has been opening to visitors and rebuilding our economy, we are now facing a new challenge with COVID-19 variants. A large percentage of current cases on Maui are one of the variants. These variants leave many questions and concerns, such as: • Are ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Tervehdys! That’s how to say aloha in Finnish, according to my new friends, Timo and Ismo. Timo and Ismo are DXers, hobbyists who look for and listen to far-flung AM radio stations around the world. Last month, they asked me to verify that they had received a signal from one of the KAOI ...

The time to prepare for flash flooding is when skies are blue

It began with three long buzzes and a long beep, followed by an ominous computerized voice. The National Weather Service Emergency Alert broadcast an emergency evacuation order for the area downstream of the Kaupakalua Dam, described as “in imminent danger of failure.” Between 7 a.m. and 3 ...

The State of Aloha

After 21 years as president, it was over. He knew it too. Protestors were in the streets. His relationship with the army soured. Even his health was declining. It was time to pack it up and get out. On Feb. 25, 1986, in the middle of the night, Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda, the former ...

True injustice was to families who were to be Kahoma Village owners

The lost opportunity at Kahoma Village devasted many in our community. An unfounded attack against the project in 2014 cost West Maui families the opportunity to purchase a home they qualified for in the new workforce housing development in Lahaina. While we are sincerely happy for the ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What can I do to protect myself from domestic violence during the pandemic? Giulietta Swenson, PsyD, Behavioral Health, Pacific Permanente Group: There’s strong evidence that domestic violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolation, financial pressure and the stress of ...

Community advisory committees get more of a say in proposed bill

In July 2019, I submitted a proposed bill to council to authorize the formation of a community advisory committee for the Paia-Haiku Community Plan Area. At the time, the intent was to offer isolated communities a better way to participate in the planning process and offer recommendations for ...

Peace in her heart

Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine the world at peace. What does it look like? Now imagine if there were others who had a similar or complementary vision. What if you could compare notes and work together to bring your collective vision of peace to life? That’s the idea behind a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is it safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19? What if you’re breastfeeding? Dr. Jennifer Mathieu, OB/GYN, Maui Lani Physicians & Surgeons: The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both say that pregnant women may be vaccinated ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Along with everyone else who grew up in Hawaii, I was stunned and saddened by the news of Love’s Bakery’s impending closure. I even felt a little guilty for having cut down my gluten consumption over the past few years. I’m also a bit embarrassed that my first thought wasn’t of the ...

Maui’s grueling pandemic year eased by aloha from residents

Exactly one year ago today, the Hawaii Department of Health announced the state’s first positive test result for coronavirus. An Oahu resident, returning from a Mexico cruise on the Grand Princess, experienced telltale symptoms. And so began our year of COVID-19. Within three weeks, Maui ...