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Maui Connections

Maui folks are going places.Vinnie Linares is off to New York in May to perform "Damien" on Mother's Day. An inspiring English professor and versatile theatrical performer for decades, Vinnie premiered the one-man show 12 years ago at St. Rita's Church in Haiku, going on to present it more than ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What's the Wailuku/Kahului dividing line on Kaahumanu Avenue, and the north/south Kihei dividing line on Kihei Road? In the '70s, we thought the latter was Mokulele Highway.A: That's a very good question. It used to be that there were sufficient undeveloped lands between populated areas that ...

Making the most of 3 minutes of testimony time

The County Council's annual budget session is set to run from Tuesday until early May.Under the leadership of Budget and Finance Committee Chair Riki Hokama, council members will review operational funding for agencies, grants, capital improvement projects, real property tax rates and fees for ...

The State of Aloha

Two weeks ago I was on the other side of the globe; London to be more specific. It was a long journey. England is 10 time zones away from us this time of year. It's more than 7,000 miles from these islands. The culture, people, street signs, and most certainly the temperature, are very ...

Providing advocacy for Maui businesses

Each legislative session from January through May, the Maui Chamber of Commerce spends a considerable amount of time educating and informing state lawmakers about important business issues, tracking legislation throughout the legislative process, delivering testimony on priority bills and ...

Maui Nei

About halfway between Paia and Makawao, there's a modest sign at the top of a driveway leading to decades of Maui history. The driveway wanders through a park-like expanse of manicured lawns and old canopy trees to an unpretentious, elegant two-story house.The sign on Baldwin Avenue, so named ...

Increasing tax will put poor over the barrel

One of the tax-increase bills that is still afloat at the Legislature concerns the environmental response, energy and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax.This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of imported petroleum product as a way ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.- Arthur Carlson, general manager, WKRPThe other night, during an insomnia-driven cable TV binge, I was delighted to happen upon one of the greatest sitcom episodes in television history. I refer, of course, to "Turkeys Away," from the first ...

Maui Connections

He showed up at twilight last Monday, looking regal in in his black-and-brown coat with white spots. His antlers were morphing from velvet to a majestic rack. As much as axis deer are the bane of rural gardeners and night drivers on Maui, this buck striding through the brush on Haleakala Ranch ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I heard there was a headline in The Maui News that said no more short-term (vacation rental home) licenses are being given for homes on Maui. Is this true? If so, when did it become law?A: No, that is not true, although it might be in the future if the County Council follows the Maui ...

Maui County becoming an electric vehicle paradise

Maui County is fast becoming a paradise for users of electric vehicles, or EVs.With more than 600 EVs, the island of Maui has the highest concentration in the nation. More EV charging stations are being installed all the time.The County Council Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture and ...

Neighbors: ‘I’m a restless soul’

Novice nun, journalist, single mother, insurance saleswoman, wish-granter - Kihei's Emily Bott has worn many hats over the past nine decades. But she says the more-than 30 years she spent as a volunteer in the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room might have been the work she enjoyed ...

Maui Nei

Holy Ghost Church will be filled today with memories of an older, more gentle Maui. Family, friends and acquaintances will be saying aloha oe to Rosemary Ventura Parris, a daughter, sister, wife and mother who lived a life based on the enduring values of family and church.Born July 9, 1940, ...

More transparency for special funds

For several years, the Tax Foundation has been beating up on "special funds." These are hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii's departments,agencies and other governmental units. Each fund has a stated purpose, and the agency to which it ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Logophile (LAW-guh-fahyl) - Lover of wordsI was a logophile long before I ever heard the word. Truth be told, I've never actually heard the word spoken. It's one of those words that only logophiles would know, let alone use in everyday conversation.Even my truly logophilic friends have never ...

Maui Connections

Imagine the surprise of Keola and Moana Beamer when, after flying 6,500 miles to perform in Siem Reap, Cambodia, they were greeted by 25 6th-graders from a rural village dressed in grass skirts and haku lei doing the hula.It happened on opening night of the fourth annual Angkor Wat ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Great State of the County address, Mr. Mayor, all kinds of good news in it. I particularly got all excited about the planned Hansen Road improvements. I just have one question: Does the Hansen Road work include a separate bike/pedestrian path? I would have thought $5.3 million would be ...

Panel to discuss compensation for ocean rescuers

The County Council Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, which I chair, will consider a resolution at 9 a.m. Monday to endorse compensating ocean safety officers for water-rescue operations.Since 2002, county lifeguards have been part of the 911 system, responding to a wide array of ...

Lawmakers’ perception of employers brings ‘unscrupulous’ treatment

In an effort to qualify independent contractors in law to avoid incorrect Department of Labor & Industrial Relations rulings, we have been working to modify Chapter 383-6 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes. Looking at the statute, one might be shocked.It begins: "Master and servant ...

Maui Nei

The islands have long been known for rainbows. Anuenue arc across the sky when low-lying sunshine hits a mist. A reminder of these splendors is right there on Hawaii license plates. But It would be easy to make a case for the islands being the land of clouds.The last week or so of winter ...