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Corporations are not people; Constitution needs to say so

Five years ago, a U.S. Supreme Court decision changed the course of democracy in America.Do you remember the nonstop ads this fall about the GMO moratorium? Monsanto, Dow and other multinational corporations spent $7.9 million on ads against Maui's Voter Initiative on Genetically Engineered ...

Maui Connections

A selfie can be a beautiful thing. A work of art.Who knew?This year's Schaefer Portrait Challenge at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center features far more self-portraits than in years past. "I chose myself as the subject because I was easy to find and willing to cooperate," says Darrell ...

Time to act now on what is right for Maui Memorial Medical Center

The recent announcement that Hawai'i Pacific Healthcare and the Maui region of Hawaii Health Systems Corp., which includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, have agreed in principle to form a public-private partnership is extremely welcome news. It will assure the future of medical services on Maui ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why are the Hookipa Beach Park bathrooms still closed? They've been closed since June. Hookipa was voted third-most visited place, behind the crater and the road to Hana! C'mon, mayor! Give Hookipa our bathrooms back.A: Our parks department has been working diligently on getting the Hookipa ...

Council submits bills to Legislature: Sunshine Law change; hemp study

The opening day of this year's state legislative session is on Wednesday.As a former member of the state House of Representatives, I know how important the Legislature's work is to the people of Maui County. Aside from working with our state legislators, I will make my office available to make ...

The State of Aloha

April 8, 1968. President Lyndon Johnson had canceled his trip to Hawaii where he was going to meet with military leaders about Vietnam. Instead, he had more pressing matters. People were rioting in cities across the country. When the riots were over, entire neighborhoods were reduced to rubble ...

Conservative approach is best with new revenue projection for the state

Economic forecasting has always been challenging, but it seems to be even harder to predict in a global economy with widespread financial uncertainties and the possibility of natural or man-made disasters. These days, even very conservative predictions can bethrown way off by a single incident, ...

Maui Nei

Bob McCabe was a soft-spoken, gentle soul - not at all as aggressive or competitive as most reporters. Even so, he spent his life working in one form of journalism or another.His willingness to be helpful, even to the competition, personally proved invaluable at a time when stories of any ...

Earned income tax credit: Federal program comes with benefits, risks

The federal earned income tax credit, enacted in 1975, has been called the most effective federal program for poverty relief.According to a report by the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and EconomicJustice, it lifts more families out of poverty than any other federal policy, and as a result, is ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Please excuse me if I seem a bit giddy; I'm on a "Shave Ice" high. It's not a sugar rush, nor brain freeze. I've been gorging myself on the cool and delicious writings of Tom Stevens, whose "Shave Ice" column last appeared in this space four years and two weeks ago.Tom and I first met as ...

Maui Connections

Some of us are still celebrating the arrival of the new year.Granted, time is an abstract, arbitrary concept. Recent movies like the Golden Globe-winning "The Theory of Everything" suggest that it's more elastic and free-form than most of us nonphysicists can imagine. But according to the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Uber, which recently arrived on Maui, has had a list of problems worldwide. These problems include sexual assault by their drivers, violation of state and local regulations for car services, and complaints from their drivers who have no way of voicing concerns or complaints without getting ...

County service center design to receive final OK

The proposed new county service center in Kahului is moving forward.As recommended by the County Council's Budget and Finance Committee, Bills 95 and 96 (2014), providing funding for the service center's design and construction, will be considered for second and final reading at the first ...

Neighbors: Step into her laboratory

What are the ingredients to a successful birthday party? For Kelly Ferreira it's goggles, dry ice and slime.For more than a decade the Wailuku resident has been performing science shows at parties, schools and events across Hawaii with a business that focuses on providing educational fun. ...

State lawmakers need to reduce debt without more taxes, fees

With the state Legislature set to begin its 2015 session on Jan. 21, we wanted to highlight our state debt to help the public realize where we are and how we rank on a national level.While debt is not fun to talk about, it is important to understand because we have been growing the size of our ...

Maui Nei

It was eerie. Not unexpected nor exactly unfamiliar, just a little strange. Maui's normally benign weather was taxing the island with wind and rain. Call it a storm, if you must. The house on the side of the mountain was dark, but noisy. Not the outside-in sound of electronics, but the roar of ...

Lottery most practical way to wealth?

In 2005, a survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America and the Financial Planning Association asked a sample of 1,000 adult Americans what would be the most practical way for them to accumulate severalhundred thousand dollars. Most (55 percent) of the respondents said, "Save ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Sad news, folks. The Parade has passed us by. Well, it's not really news; this newspaper warned us over a week ago that Parade Magazine would no longer appear in our Sunday paper. After acquiring the 73-year-old weekly supplement a few months ago, Athlon Media Group has pulled Parade from ...

Maui Connections

We all have our own ways of ringing in a new year. Mike Odwyer's New Year's Eve Bash at Mulligans on the Blue was a fundraiser for 19-month-old Trucker Dukes in his battle against cancer. My friend Bob Neal and 33 other transplanted Buckeye faithful spent New Year's night whooping and hollering ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I've noticed that there is a lot of drunken driving on the island. I know of two drunken driving accidents involving people I know. They were drunk and driving their vehicles home when they got into an accident. They didn't hurt anyone else, but their vehicles were badly damaged and they ...