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The State of Aloha

Where's the best place to ignore the biggest, most anticipated and most watched sporting event on the planet? The United States. It's obvious that the most popular game in the world is not popular here.Soccer has managed to circle the globe and become the preferred and popular sport in nearly ...

Maui Nei

Waiale Road is not exactly a thoroughfare. Approaching from the Waiko Road end, there's a strip of new asphalt built as part of Jesse Spencer's Waikapu development. Despite the fact that there are only two streets feeding into the road, there's a ridiculous 20-mph speed limit.Slide by two ...

The truth about growing the pie

On occasion, I've testified on tax bills before our Legislature. This past session, there were many tax expenditure proposals to allow credits and incentives to select groups or specific activities. I said that whenever credits andincentives take away revenue, that money needs to be made up - ...

Sharing Mana‘o

For such a small (140 square miles) island, Lanai is rich in history and legend. The story of Kaulula'au is one of my favorites. The only son of Maui chief Kaka'alaneo, Kaulula'au was the first human inhabitant of Lanai. In fact, the tiny island's full and traditional name is Lana'i O ...

Maui Connections

Kids in fancy Western shirts casually lassoed wooden cows in front of the Aloha Cowboy storefront. Members of the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra looking spiffy in black shirts and ties, blew warm-up scales on their horns on the stage erected on the street.Beautiful downtown Makawao was getting ready ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Would you be kind enough to explain why the circuit breaker tax credit is being denied to residents who serve to bolster the county economy? Our circuit breaker application has been denied by the Real Property Tax Collections section because "it does not meet the statutory requirements of ...

Volunteer election workers sought; state-county relationships discussed

Do more than just vote - become an integral part of the election process by volunteering as a precinct official.The Office of the County Clerk is recruiting election workers to staff polling places and other election facilities for the primary election on Aug. 9 and the general election on Nov. ...

The State of Aloha

Imagine having to report to a person in an office every week. If you are late or forget, you could go to jail. Imagine having to keep a job or go to school full time. If not, you could go to jail or, at the very least, explain to a judge why you shouldn't go to jail. If you want to visit the ...

It’s all about delivering value

When thinking about paying taxes, most people seem to think that it's about the same as throwing money down a rathole. You never see it again and you have no idea what happened to it.In our daily lives, most of us pay for lots of different things - groceries, the mortgage, electricity, rent, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

It's been nearly a year since the state enacted tougher penalties for distracted driving. Using your cellphone or other hand-held electronic device while driving is punishable by fines of $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense within a year, $300 for a third offense within two ...

Maui Connections

For sale: Family memories. Some happy, some not. Priced to sell quickly.For all the great minds around the planet pondering wealth inequality, one easy fix is garage sales. We have one at our Kula home maybe once a year when the past and some more recent ill-advised consumer impulses catch up ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Every year we have been fortunate to enroll our children in the county's Summer PALS (Play and Learn Sessions) program. This year, much to our dismay, all the slots had been filled, and there were no spaces available. Will the county be doing any additional hiring or opening of other sites ...

Committees to look at alcohol ban, traffic lights, zoning amendments

County Council committees this week will consider measures addressing public safety and quality of life.A bill to ban alcohol consumption at Kamaole Beach Park II in Kihei will be considered by the Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture and Recreation Committee, chaired by Council Member Don ...

Growth Industry

What started as an interest in horticulture and a passion for native Hawaiian plants has grown into a thriving business for Ethan Romanchak and Jonathan Keyser.Eleven years after launching Native Nursery on 4 acres in Kula, the business partners say demand for their native plants and trees is ...

Maui Nei

A long journey that began with abundant aloha is coming to an end. The last standard carnation farm in the state is going out of business due to nonsensical bureaucratic regulations and a farmer's body that needs rest after more than 36 years of backbreaking labor.The farmer is Stu Nicholls, a ...

What happens in Vegas, moves to Vegas

Most of us have heard the line "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Sure, Nevada is a nice place to visit, but would you want to live there? Some people have said yes; among the reasons for their decisions is the tax - specifically, the lack thereof. Nevada doesn't have a personal income ...

Sharing Mana‘o

You probably didn't notice, but while you were going about your daily business a week ago, a Category 4 hurricane slammed into Hawaii. Virtually.The annual Makani Pahili hurricane preparedness exercise is coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security's Regional Catastrophic Preparedness ...

Maui Connections

Last Friday, Kamehameha Schools Maui intern Daisy Draper joined Matt Thayer and me covering the Maui Film Festival at the Grand Wailea. Actress Evan Rachel Wood was being honored that night, and we had a short window to interview her before she stepped onstage to accept her Nova Award.Pink ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: My question involves the enforcement of laws regarding noise pollution. We hear a great deal about air pollution whenever cane fields are burned, and rightly so. But a motorcycle with an illegal exhaust system can disturb people in their homes for more than a half-block radius everywhere ...

Budget done, standing committees return to stage

Now that the County Council has passed the fiscal year 2015 budget on second and final reading, the council's eight standing committees return to the stage for their regular rotation of work.Committee chairs are busy deciding what items should be placed on upcoming meeting agendas, and they ...