Columns

The State of Aloha

State Rep. Faye Hanohano, according to her legislative biography, "grew up in a truly Hawaiian environment" on the Big Island. Hanohano has represented the Puna district in the House since 2007, and her legislative efforts normally never make the news. It's her waha that makes headlines.Last ...

Maui Nei

The fifth of eight children born to Manual and Mary Cravalho was a key player in a political revolution 60 years ago. Small in stature but large in shrewd intellect, Elmer F. Cravalho - he never used his middle name, Franklin - went from a hardscrabble childhood to a financial success that ...

Whither the independent appeals officer?

Many of us in the tax-practice world have heard about the appeals office within the Internal Revenue Service. The office was established in the late 1920s, and its independence from the rest of the IRS was firmly established in the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998.Appeals officers help ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Well, I love a rainy night . . .I love to feel the rain on my face, taste the rain on my lipsIn the moonlight shadow.Puts a song in this heart of mine,Puts a smile on my face every time.I'm with Eddie Rabbitt; I love a rainy night. And rainy days. I love rain songs too, even the sad ones. So, ...

Maui Connections

Maui Film Festival Directors Barry and Stella Rivers are nailing down plans for this summer's festival, whose dates have moved up to June 4 to 8 in Wailea and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. A definite highlight will be the Hawaii premiere of "Supermesch," a comic documentary by ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I have a question about the "Kingdom of Hawai'i" license plates I see on various kinds of vehicles and in different colors. Are these plates legal? If not, why are the vehicles allowed to be driven on county and state roads? I've lived here for 40 years and have always wondered: If the ...

Budget amendments highlight Tuesday’s council agenda

The County Council on Tuesday will hear on second and final reading several important bills to approve fiscal year 2014 budget amendments.The council normally meets on the first and third Fridays of each month. But this month's meetings have been rescheduled to Tuesday and March 25, primarily ...

Maui Nei

They went away as boys and those who survived came home as men. Some volunteered to answer their country's call and others were drafted. All collected memories, and sometimes guilt, they would like to forget. In the world wars and Korea, the most extreme result of experiences etched on minds ...

How do we stimulate business?

A few weeks ago this column spoke out against tax credits. Not so much because I didn't believe in the worthiness of the causes the credits were trying to support - far from it. But I was trying to caution folks about the way it's done. No one wants our government to be taken to the cleaners, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

People often ask me how I'm able to remember so much about old-time Maui. The truth is, I don't. I have vivid recollections of certain childhood moments, but I've forgotten much more than I've retained. I don't think my memory is any better or worse than average, and I'm satisfied with that. ...

Maui Connections

Aging baby boomers have been lining up at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center box office to buy tickets for Bob Dylan's April 26 show in the A&B Amphitheater. But Karen Bouris, executive director of the Merwin Conservancy, reminds us that another writer with a unique way with words ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I was devastated to hear about the terrible plane crash on Lanai. I watched the mayor's news conference on TV, but wondered why the county couldn't release the names of the victims when that information was already circulating in the news and in social media?A: Yes, we were all devastated by ...

Smoking ban, bills honoring youth mentors considered

Bills to prohibit smoking at Maui County parks, including beaches, and bus stops are pending in committee as the County Council seeks to move key legislation before its calendar becomes consumed by the annual budget session starting late this month.On Feb. 21, Council Member Don Guzman's bill ...

The State of Aloha

Azerbaijan is more than 8,000 miles away from the islands. This small country was once part of the Soviet Union deep in the Caucus Mountains and right up against the Caspian Sea. It's also pretty wealthy with oil resources and its government has plenty of spending money. In other words, it's ...

Maui Nei

The faded sign is an echo of better times for Bullocks, a place where not everyone knew your name but the patrons were always ready to welcome a stranger with pidgin-accented conversation flowing from table to table.An old van missing license plates, its tires slowly going flat, sat in the rain ...

Can we best help the poor by making their lives complicated?

Now that the folks projecting state revenues think that there will be a few extra bucks this session, lots of social service agencies have swarmed around lawmakers urging them to use some of them for relief of the poor.Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit, a food and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last week, I was blessed with a day on Kauai. Literally, one day. I was on the island for just 24 hours, most of them spent in Waimea. It was only my third visit to West Kauai in over 50 years; the previous two were quick sightseeing jaunts up to the Waimea Canyon lookout, with no time to ...

Maui Connections

Maui filmmakers Dr. Tom Vendetti and Bob Stone are in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this week, getting ready for the third annual Angkor Wat International Film Festival.Tom's wife, Nancy, Sam Kong, Dr. Gary Greenberg, Doug Schenk and Maui high school filmmaker Lee Ah Lee make up the Maui delegation ...

Ask The Mayor

Will the road improvements you mentioned in your State of the County address, specifically Hansen and Kokomo, have bike lanes? Cycling on Maui has become a main reason for many visitors to come to Maui. As a resident cyclist for 24 years, I hope bike lanes will be added to these two roads, ...

Looking at the numbers behind county’s wage, salary increases

Maui County currently employs about 2,600 individuals, and nearly 2,300 are members of unions.During the past year, the County Council has been presented with resolutions to fund contract settlements for county union employees. Additionally, the council was required to fund salary increases ...