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COVID-19 changes the playing field for hurricane season

While we’re just beginning to adjust to the new normal brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that being prepared for any disaster is an ongoing responsibility we all must embrace. Hurricane season has begun and, although it’s been predicted that activity will ...

The State of Aloha

More than a century ago, a schoolteacher gave birth to a boy. His parents named him after his great-grandfather, a slave who was kidnapped from Africa. He was too rebellious to be marketable for auction and sale and was emancipated. On his birth certificate, however, there was a last-minute ...

Follow precautions that have kept COVID-19 cases low in our county

As we carefully prepare for the return of trans-Pacific travel beginning Aug. 1, we can reflect on our battle with COVID-19 and our road to recovery. My staff prepared a timeline: February: Maui County ramps up coronavirus response. Residents are asked to wash hands frequently, cover their ...

Fashion forward

Every great idea has an origin story. This one starts with a gorilla. Four years ago, Matt Daniells’ brother, Mark, made a woodblock print depicting a gorilla holding an outrigger paddle. When he saw his brother’s creation, Daniells decided it would be the perfect logo for a product. He ...

Set priorities for stadium plan

While everyone’s attention is focused on COVID-19 and racially charged police brutality, we should also pay some attention to major happenings here at home. One of them is the venerable Aloha Stadium, former home to the Aloha Bowl and now affectionately called the Rust Bucket. The stadium ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is it safe to reschedule my colonoscopy? Cindy Hara, director of perioperative Services, Maui Health Services: If you had to postpone a colonoscopy or other routine health screenings due to COVID-19, you’re not alone. Since March, routine cancer screenings have decreased by as much as 94 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Thanks to COVID-19, I’ve watched more television in the past three months than I have in the previous three years. Several weeks into the “stay-at-home” rules, I started subscribing to Netflix. Now I’m hooked on Japanese TV, especially the “Midnight Diner” series. Set in the ...

The State of Aloha

Nathan Bedford Forrest had light blue eyes, a long goatee and long hair that was fashionable for his times. Most depictions show him in a smart gray military uniform with three stars intricately woven onto his high collar. Forrest was born and raised in Tennessee almost two centuries ago. He ...

No Ka Oi Health

There are a couple of tests for COVID-19 — the Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab and the antibody test. This article aims to shed light on what the results of each test mean and when you should consider getting either. NP Swab The NP swab is the test you would get when you think you are currently ...

Labor of love

Abi Lawrence was waiting for a red light to turn green 11 years ago when the idea came to her. That day, as she sat idling at the intersection of Kula and Haleakala Highways, she gazed out the car window at something she’d seen countless times before: a large triangular patch of grass ...

County needs to stop denying the injection wells problem and fix it

We had the difficult task of suing Maui County over the Honokowai injection wells — winning before the U.S. District Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We have advocated all along for the county to fix the problem of injection wells in a way that benefits ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I’m pregnant. Am I at greater risk of coronavirus? Dr. Stacy Ammerman, OB/GYN, Maui Lani Physicians & Surgeons: In the early weeks of the pandemic, doctors assumed pregnant women would be at greater risk from coronavirus. That’s because they’re typically more vulnerable to flu ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The brightest silver lining I’ve found in this COVID-19 cloud is the leisure time spent with my mother. Three months ago, both our calendars were full, hers with kupuna activities and volunteer work, mine with storytelling and emcee gigs. We were in daily touch by phone, but only saw each ...

Having a healthy, happy baby in these far from ordinary times

As an OB-GYN, I’m hearing from many pregnant women who are concerned about staying healthy and having a safe delivery during the coronavirus pandemic. These fears are completely understandable. It’s common to feel nervous during pregnancy even in ordinary times — and these are far from ...

Diversifying our economy through agricultural expansion

When we look back on the year 2020, I hope it will be remembered not just for the COVID-19 pandemic, but also as the time we finally recognized the importance of agriculture and food security for our islands. It may have taken a global public health crisis to get us here, but the council rose ...

The State of Aloha

Katsu Goto wasn’t your typical plantation worker. A surviving picture shows a serious man approaching middle age. His hair is cut short and looks surprisingly contemporary for the late 19th century. The modern hairstyle is in stark contrast to the massive black moustache covering the middle ...

Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all, an economy doesn’t come with an “on” and “off” ...

No Ka Oi Health

It has been more than 125 days since the first confirmed presence of COVID-19 in Maui County; more than a hundred days of fear, suspicion and unknowns; and over four months of commonplace finger pointing at tourists, the media, the government, foreigners and your neighbors. The virus attacks in ...

Bountiful oceans support us in uncertain times

COVID-19 has taken a toll on families and communities across our ‘aina. It has also provided an unexpected respite for our oceans. In Polanui where I live, we have some of the lowest fish biomass in the state. Pollutants in our ocean exceed recommended limits set by the State Department of ...

Kama‘aina First program aims to kick-start local economy

Our success in curbing the spread of coronavirus has paved a path to a “New Normal,” a way to live safely with COVID-19 until there’s an effective treatment or vaccine. It’s encouraging to note: • No fatalities in a month. • More than 95 percent of cases have been ...