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No Ka Oi Health

The “new normal” finds us looking at a time of uncertainty ahead. With summer coming to a close and school soon to reopen, let’s be responsible in the prevention of underage drinking. Due to COVID-19, there is increased risk of using alcohol as a coping mechanism, to deal with the stress. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

When Mayor Mike Victorino announced Maui County’s first “stay at home, work from home” order, most of us expected the COVID-induced emergency rules would be lifted after a few weeks, maybe six at the most. By the end of April, when the order was extended, glimmers of silver linings ...

Why we should avoid using the word ‘accident’ for traffic collisions

Accidents are unfortunate events that happen outside our control. They are events that may have unrecognized or unaddressed risks contributing to their cause. In other words, when we call a traffic collision an “accident” it implies that it was unexpected and there was nothing we could ...

County officials need to learn to balance budgets and where funds come from

Maui County has been able to provide support to our struggling residents, businesses and organizations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On my home island, the county has partnered with local, independent Lanai farmers to purchase produce for distribution to residents facing hardship due to ...

The State of Aloha

What is it about that charming spit of golden sand tucked within the towering cinder cone of Pu‘u Olai near the most southern point of the island that draws so many of the clothing challenged? And what is it about this beach that irritates and inflames generations of islanders? We may never ...

We continue to be #MauiStrong because we help one another

For the past several months, COVID-19 has challenged us, dominated our thoughts and unfairly changed life as we know it. This pandemic has triggered historic levels of unemployment, knocked our economy off its foundations and pushed countless households into survival mode. Many small ...

Improve infrastructure for vote by mail to ensure no one is disenfranchised

Whaaaaat? At the end of May, I learned the county was switching to an all vote by mail (VBM) system. Knowing hundreds of residents with no mailing addresses, I immediately became alarmed. Last year when I began registering people who are often excluded because of poverty, location or ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I’m confused — can kids get COVID-19? Dr. Vijak Ayasanonda, vice chairman and co-medical director, Emergency Department, Maui Health: With so much talk about sending kids back to school, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether children are at risk from COVID-19. While ...

Continued rise in COVID-19 cases may necessitate renewed restrictions

Maui County residents took the threat of COVID-19 seriously and did an outstanding job of following safety protocols and leveling the curve, with only 10 positive cases in May and June. But the number of cases in July has more than tripled for Maui County, an alarming surge upward that tracks ...

The doctor is in

When Dr. Marcus Griffin was growing up, his dad would routinely dispense pearls of fatherly wisdom. One in particular continues to resonate: “It’s better to change the oil than to replace the engine.” It has been a guiding philosophy for the Kihei physician, who will open the doors to ...

Trap, neuter, return, manage the only way to solve Hawaii’s cat problem

I moved to Maui in 2006. I’m originally from Los Angeles where we had a killer bee problem back in the late ’90s. These aggressive, Africanized honeybees produce more honey and were bred throughout Brazil for this very reason. Migrating to California in huge swarms, these bees devastated ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Well, we dodged another bullet. When the first cautionary reports of Hurricane Douglas spread over broadcast and social media last Thursday, some of us old-timers worried that our 40-year lucky streak might be broken. Through Iwa (1982), Iniki (1992), and dozens more, Maui County has been ...

The State of Aloha

In the heart of Lahaina town between the library and the ocean, you will find old bricks in the shape of a rectangle preserved in concrete. That is all that is left of the first Western-style house in the islands. In 1798, Kamehameha the Great commissioned two foreigners believed to be escaped ...

Hundreds of Maui homeless housed during the pandemic

It is amazing how many homeless have been housed during this pandemic. Even though Maui was on shutdown, the recent data shows that the case management agencies of the Maui Homeless Alliance did not shutdown and have continued to work tirelessly through these difficult times, and while doing so ...

No Ka Oi Health

To be completely healthy doesn’t just mean to be physically healthy and free of disease or infection. To be healthy also means to be balanced with mental, emotional and financial health. These trying times during the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging many of us in at least one aspect of ...

Charter change proposals being pushed forward unnecessarily

The Charter of the County of Maui sets out the operations of county government in order “to secure the benefits of the best possible form of county government and to exercise the powers and assume the responsibilities of county government to the fullest extent possible.” Charter changes ...

The show must go on(line)

When life gives you lemons, make a virtual musical. That’s what Theatre Theatre Maui did when a planned summer production was derailed by COVID-19. Earlier this year, the West Maui-based nonprofit was preparing to present “Willy Wonka” as the culminating performance of its ...

Roi Round-up a conservation movement started by fishermen

The July 4 Maui News article, “Roi, the misunderstood fish,” highlighted a recent discussion hosted via Zoom by the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council as part of their monthly speaker series, “Know Your Ocean.” Guest speakers, Alan Friedlander and Russell Sparks, aimed to dispel the myth ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How can you assure the community that our hospital is prepared for another surge in COVID-19 cases? Dr. Michael Shea, ICU Medical Director & EOC Physician Lead, Maui Health: Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team has been working behind the scenes for months to develop a plan that ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother will be 95 years old tomorrow. We usually observe her birthdays with mother-daughter vacations or by checking off items on her bucket list. Starting with a parasail ride on her 83rd, mom has celebrated birthdays on the back of a Harley, in a racing canoe and (thrice!) on the ...