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Ask The Mayor

Q: I have a permanent disability that allows me to have a handicap parking placard. However, I have two cars registered in my name because my wife and I use both vehicles. When I tried at the Kahului DMVL and at the Pukalani Satellite DMVL offices to get a second handicap placard for the other ...

Counties received mixed blessings in legislative session

The 2014 state legislative session ended last week, and we were once again reminded that success at the Capitol never comes easily.Just a few minutes before the deadline for agreement, a House-Senate conference committee announced passage of a bill that would increase distribution of transient ...

‘Labor of love’

With a background as a jet-setting software developer, Lehua Fitch makes an unlikely pig farmer. But it might be her experience in business that gives her a fresh perspective on agriculture in Hawaii.Fitch and her husband, David, are the founders of Malama Farm, raising pasture-fed Berkshire ...

Maui Nei

In 1946, being able to turn on a radio and hear a Maui station was a marvel. Up until that time, listening to a broadcast on the island meant trying to listen to one of two Honolulu radio stations. Today, there are 123 radio stations broadcasting in the islands - 26 of them on Maui.Early this ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Mom and I enjoyed a family reunion last Saturday, in an unlikely place - at the CrossFit Maui facility in Kahului. Actually, the venue was appropriate, being that this family was not connected through blood ties; it was bound together by blood, sweat and tears. Mostly sweat.The occasion was the ...

Maui Connections

Hi, I'm Bob. I wrote this song 50 years ago, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.Bob Dylan didn't actually say these words - he didn't say much at all - at his concert with his band in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's A&B Amphitheater Saturday night, but the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The state is planning to develop a sports complex on 65 acres behind homes in Maui Lani. They received a conditional special use permit from the planning commission on March 25. After construction, the state plans to turn responsibility for maintaining the park over to the county. The county ...

Ways to generate revenue other than property taxes sought

Testimony on the fiscal year 2015 budget over the last several weeks has provided useful information on important needs and wants in the community.But County Council members haven't heard a lot on how to generate revenue to fund the needed and desired programs. Where will the money come ...

The State of Aloha

Our water law was certainly in the news this week. The decade-old lawsuit pitting Native Hawaiians and environmentalists against corporate institutions that have been part of Maui since the 19th century is over.Na Wai Eha means "the four waters" of Waikapu Stream, Iao Stream, Waihee River and ...

Maui Nei

Looking over the obituaries every morning is a dismal ritual for those still living long after what they once expected. Note the names and the number of years allotted. What memories of a more intimate Maui are jogged by the modest notices?Forty years ago, a malihini from Oahu first became ...

Do you know what all the laws are?

One of the bills making its way through the Legislature concerns the motion picture, digital media and film production tax credit. That's the credit used by TV shows and movie producers to coax them to come toHawaii to shoot as opposed to other venues like Louisiana and Puerto Rico, which, I ...

Sharing Mana‘o

There's no business like show businessLike no business I know!Everything about it is appealing . . .Oh, excuse me. I've been breaking into song lately, much to the dismay of folks around me. I try to confine my singing to the shower and the car, but even with the windows rolled up and the air ...

Maui Connections

Springtime in the Rockies is colder than the darkest day of winter on Maui.Family matters brought us back to Montana over the weekend where I discovered that late April in Big Sky Country still has snow on the mountains and occasional ice on the windshield in 25-degree mornings. Our arrival ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What's up with the port-a-potties at Hana Ball Park? They have been overflowing and dirty, with no toilet paper. They seem like a health hazard to the kids who use the park, and to anyone who will be attending some of the large events that will be held in coming months. Do you know if any ...

Proposed expansion will require increased taxes

Taxes will rise if Mayor Alan Arakawa's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is approved.The mayor's proposal reflects a desire to expand government, build new facilities, develop new programs and hire more personnel. His proposed $622.6 million budget for FY 2015 is $63 million more than the ...

Blogger Liza Pierce makes it personal, gains followers

Liza Pierce was working as an office manager when she started a "mommy blog" for fun in 2005. She didn't consider herself especially computer savvy but saw it as an opportunity to share her thoughts about family life and connect with other mothers online."After work and after all the mommy ...

Maui Nei

The inky night sky is as much a part of the Maui experience as the more celebrated blue of the day. For Hawaiians, perhaps the night sky was more important. Sunset marked the start of the Hawaiian day. The hours of darkness were also the time when the veil between the natural and supernatural ...

What’s the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, and should we jump in?

The topic of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project has come up every year for some time now and, from the discussions I see, the issues are not fully understood.The problem is this. Hawaii consumers needing a certain product can buy it in a local store, where that sale is subject to our general ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I may have unlocked the secret to eternal youth. It's a two-pronged approach. Surround yourself with youngsters and music.That's the conclusion I reached after emceeing two very different music festivals recently, both of which left me naturally high for days. Then I thought about each of the ...

Maui Connections

In spite of missing airliners, global warming warnings and other chaos elsewhere in the world, a whole lot of laughing was going on Sunday afternoon in Wailuku. It was the concluding matinee of "The Worthmores," a rollicking farce that felt like it could have been penned in 18th-century England ...