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Sharing Mana‘o

What’s in a word? Clarity? Confusion? Consternation? Merriam-Webster’s choice of “they” as the 2019 Word of the Year (WOTY) will likely engender all three (pardon my pun). The reference book publisher also added a new definition of “they” to its online dictionary: “used to refer ...

Let’s not tax transportation

Some folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii. Here’s one: Stop taxing transportation of goods and people. Before you stop laughing uproariously though, consider this. First, we can’t tax air transportation. There are federal laws prohibiting us from ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: If someone wants to dispose of a junk vehicle that hasn’t been registered in a long time, do they have to pay a large amount of back taxes to the county? A: Let me guess — you’re asking for a friend? Regardless, you can tell them that back taxes, fees or penalties are not charged ...

New South Maui gym to be blessed Monday

Congratulations to the Lahainaluna High School football team for winning an unprecedented, fourth straight state Division II championship with a 21-10 victory over Kapaa High School last weekend. All of the players, coaches, parents and supporters worked hard to take the state crown, again, and ...

Agents of change for the good

As the saying goes, there’s strength in numbers. That’s the idea behind “100 Real Estate Agents Who Care,” a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Maui. The project is the brainchild of Pohaku Kepler, who modeled it after the “100 Men Who Care” and “100 Women Who Care” groups ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How effective is an IUD? Is it safe? Dr. Trina Chakravarty, OB-GYN, Maui Lani Surgeons and Physicians: An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It works by physically preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Some IUDs ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Driven by an overwhelming desire to declutter my home, I’ve begun practicing the KonMari Method. Well, maybe “practicing” isn’t the right word. “Dabbling” is more accurate. I haven’t read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: When is Nonohe Place in Spreckelsville scheduled to be repaved? A: Mahalo for your question. Our county Department of Public Works reports that resurfacing work for Nonohe Place is on the Highways Division’s current fiscal year pavement preservation schedule. The work is anticipated to be ...

The State of Aloha

The story of Hawaii and its history tends to be told as a series of migrations and immigrants coming to the islands. Seldom do we think about those who left and brought a piece of Hawaii with them. But it’s there. Hawaiians have been exploring the greater world for nearly 200 years. ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What’s the difference between strep throat and a sore throat? Dr. David Crow, otolaryngologist, Advanced Pacific Ear, Nose and Throat: Most sore throats in kids are caused by viruses, but about 30 percent are caused by a bacteria called group A Streptococcus, or strep. In addition to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My most memorable Thanksgiving dinner came out of a can. Two cans, actually. I was 25 years old, living in a Honolulu high-rise, recently divorced from my second husband and feeling sorry for myself. My young son was spending the holiday weekend with my parents on Maui, but I couldn’t take ...

Tax on wealth could have negative consequences

A recent op-ed column in Real Clear Politics by Scott Hodge, president of the national Tax Foundation (not related to the Tax Foundation of Hawaii although the names are similar) brought up some interesting ideas, spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth ...

Council may find it appropriate to consider dissolving the MRA

Seventy years after the now-defunct Territorial Legislature enacted the Urban Renewal Law and 55 years after the now-defunct Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing the County of Maui Redevelopment Agency to study blighted areas and to recommend areas for redevelopment, it’s ...

Helping people, changing lives

Forty years ago, Debbie Cabebe threw caution to the wind and bought a one-way ticket to Maui. She grew up on Oahu, but had never been to the Valley Isle. Trusting her gut instinct, she packed all of her belongings, put her car on an interisland barge and moved to Maui sight unseen. It was a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How long does the flu last? Dr. Scott Hoskinson, infectious disease, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group/Pacific Permanente Group: Typical flu presents with sudden onset fever, chills, diffuse body aches, cough and significant fatigue. The incubation period is usually about three to five days ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Whether you’re counting age, ongoing achievements, or years of wedded bliss, a silver anniversary is a significant milestone. Twenty-five years is a long time. My three marriages combined fall short of the mark. So I applaud anyone celebrating a quarter-century of anything. This Sunday, the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: With the recent road improvements to Pulehu Road and the opening of the new Safeway, traffic on Pulehu has increased. At present, there is a stop sign only for cars traveling on Pulehu. The through traffic on Hansen Road is fast moving and difficult to see coming on the east side. It is a ...

Expedite attainable housing for our community

Late last year, the Maui County Code was amended to increase the amount of accessory dwellings, known as ohana units, on residential or urban properties. This was aimed at increasing our housing inventory, especially for working families. Now a property owner may build a single ohana on a ...

The State of Aloha

Imagine going to a doctor’s office for a checkup or routine examination. You tell them about what ails you, the doctor’s brow furrows, runs some tests, examines your chart, and leaves the little room they put you in to consult a medical treatise. The doctor returns giddy with academic ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is coconut oil good for you? Dr. Anil Punjabi, cardiologist, Ohana Heart: It depends. Coconut oil has been promoted in popular culture as a kind of all-natural health product. But while it might be a good moisturizer for your skin or hair, the truth is that it can do a lot of long-term ...