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The State of Aloha

It was March 16, 1779. Capt. Cook was dead — killed in a most dramatic fashion in the shallows of Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island. Charles Clerke had become the new captain of the HMS Discovery. Capt. Clerke and his men were heading away from the islands. By afternoon, the Discovery was ...

Proposed budget addresses public health, safety and pressing needs

I’m proud and excited to have submitted to the Maui County Council an austere, fiscally responsible fiscal year 2020 budget that nevertheless addresses public health and safety and our community’s most pressing needs. Our budget completes ongoing projects and invests in our future. Our ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My dad is going to be 80 years old this year and suffers with painful osteoarthritis in his knees. We’re thinking of joint replacement surgery but are worried that because of his age, his recovery will be too hard for him. What can we expect for recovery time and what do we need to be ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother is going to scold me after she reads today’s column, I know. But as I’ve been advised by more than one mentor, sometimes it’s better to apologize after the fact than to seek approval beforehand. In more than eight years of “Sharing Mana‘o” on this page, I’ve made my ...

Maui Connections

Our wake-up call came around 6:30 last Thursday morning as Vivienne Lavo, 6 — our middle grandchild here in Tucson, Ariz. — was waking up from her first sleepover with us. Karen and I were in the kitchen getting breakfast ready before taking Viv to kindergarten. We could hear her in the ...

Passage of holdover water use permits bill vital for Upcountry

Recent debate about pending state legislation has focused on whether Maui County would have enough surface water for its Upcountry water system if East Maui Irrigation Co. were not allowed to continue providing East Maui stream water for domestic and agricultural use. To be clear, EMI needs ...