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Sharing Mana‘o

A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. That’s one of several old wives’ tales regarding the most unpopular date in the western world. Good thing I’m not an old wife nor was I raised by one. My mother instilled in me the belief that being born on Friday the 13th gave ...

‘Affordable in perpetuity’ chokes Maui housing supply

Maui County residents have long suffered from a lack of affordable housing, but county officials have continually denied permits to home developers who won’t promise that the units they build will be “affordable in perpetuity.” Support for keeping homes “affordable in perpetuity” ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Where can I play pickleball on Maui? Can you play pickleball on tennis courts? A: Mahalo for your question. Our Department of Parks and Recreation has notified my staff that Maui County has four designated pickleball courts in West District and another four designated pickleball courts in ...

Collaboration needed to make affordable housing a reality

It’s encouraging to see support building for construction of direly needed housing, especially for working families struggling to make ends meet. With such a great need, it’s tempting to support any housing project, and to see setbacks as missed opportunities. In July, six of nine ...

The State of Aloha

The Louvre houses the most iconic artwork in the world. It also houses a lot of tourists. In 2018, the Louvre saw a record-breaking 10.2 million visitors. For many this was seen as a sign of a healthy tourist economy. But for others, it was a disturbing symptom. Last May, workers shut down ...

Wailuku parking structure in trouble

The long-awaited parking structure project for Wailuku town is in danger of being destroyed by the Maui County Council, immediately before its construction is set to begin. This move seems at best arbitrary and capricious, without rational logic being presented to the public, and follows ...