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Launiupoko projects to provide affordable housing to local families

This morning, two West Maui affordable housing projects will be decided upon by the Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee. If approved, the projects will bring online 100 affordable homes and 61 1-acre lots, all in Launiupoko. About 80 of the affordable homes will be sold to ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: With the affordable housing shortage and all of these 2-acre parcels only allowed to have one main house and an ohana, can we consider allowing another ohana on each property, where at least one of the two is required for long-term rental? I realize septic systems would need to be updated, ...

Council funds affordable housing, considering West Maui projects

Your County Council has been busy addressing the key needs of our community. The fiscal year 2020 budget has been adopted, and the mayor’s nominees for department directors have been reviewed and approved. A fully informed council has been tackling the pressing issues for Maui County. The ...

Food for thought

Are the banana trees in your backyard bearing more fruit than you can eat? Do you have a surplus of veggies growing in your garden? Too many avocados on your hands? It may seem like a good problem to have, but an ample harvest can lead to a wasted opportunity. “Unfortunately, a lot of ...

Progress on attainable housing is No. 1 priority

Mahalo to Gov. David Ige and members of our state House and Senate delegations for taking legislative action to prevent more than 250 low-income Front Street Apartments residents in Lahaina from becoming homeless. On June 7, the governor signed into law House Bill 543, now Act 98. I lobbied ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: At what age should I start getting a colonoscopy? Dr. Kuldeep Tagore, gastroenterologist, Pacific Permanente Group: There’s no doubt that screening can catch colorectal cancer in the early stages, increasing the chance of survival. Detection and removal of polyps, which are the typical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

If you grew up on Maui, the Fourth of July is inextricably linked to the Makawao Rodeo and Parade. The holiday and rodeo weekend are still a couple of weeks away, but if you’d like to participate in the 54th annual Makawao Parade, you have only a few days left to apply. This summer marks ...

Maui Connections

“Maui Connections” will not appear today. Columnist Rick Chatenever and “Maui Connections” are on hiatus until further notice.

Ask The Mayor

Q: Would you please address the closing of the Kulanihakoi Street exit off Piilani Highway since March? I believe the completion date was originally slated for April. A: Unfortunately, the contractor for this state Department of Education project has encountered multiple issues for the ...

The State of Aloha

Every year, the famous statue of Kamehameha standing between Ali‘iolani Hale, the stately building that houses our Supreme Court and the head of our judicial branch, and ‘Iolani Palace and the state Legislature gets royal treatment. Thousands of plumeria and other flowers are strung ...

Leaks in HI-5 bottle bill program not being fixed

Just three months ago, the Hawaii State Auditor released the latest in a series of reports over the years on the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container Program, known as HI-5. That report, No. 19-08, basically said, “Look, we’ve issued four audit reports on the program, every two years beginning ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What can I do to feel less tired? Dr. Linda M. Tetor, family practice, Kihei Wailea Medical Center: It’s normal to feel tired now and then, especially if you’ve had a late night, are working harder than usual, or are coming down with a cold. If you find yourself feeling tired all the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“This will be my last trip to the Mainland, so we really should go to Niagara Falls. Since we’ll be so close (in Michigan).” My mother’s first visit to the falls was in 2001 and for the past 18 years, she’s been urging me to see it for myself. Last month, I finally did, with Mom as ...

Maui Connections

“Ho‘omau,” produced by award-winning Maui filmmaker and event producer Ken Martinez Burgmaier, just won the Best Short Film Award at the 2019 Made in Hawaii Film Festival on the Big Island. The award was presented June 2 at the Hilo Palace Theater. Directed by Kenji Doughty, ...

It’s important to prevent the spread of measles

There have recently been multiple measles outbreaks in the U.S. and internationally. In the U.S., there have been measles clusters in multiple states with 465 new cases just between Jan. 1 and April 4. And these numbers are continuing to climb. These outbreaks are linked to travelers who ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I was wondering what the holdup is on the Makawao Avenue resurfacing project. There is a portion that was started and not completed. Also, many thanks for resurfacing Pulehu Road. A: I appreciate your gratitude for our dedicated and hardworking employees in the Department of Public Works. ...

All the right moves

Ever feel like you’re drowning in life’s distractions? And that you need to slow down, take a deep breath and be fully present in the moment? Kids do, too. Research indicates that teaching mindfulness — often defined as nonjudgmental present-moment awareness — to children has ...

Follow suggested safety precautions when hiking

On Monday, a 20-something-year-old woman visiting from Germany went hiking. In the morning, she walked into Haleakala Crater and stayed on the trail that leads out of Kaupo Gap. After the sun set, she became disoriented, and she called 911 emergency dispatchers. With her cellphone, GPS ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My family has a history of heart disease. Is there a test that can tell me if I’m at risk for stroke? Dr. Robert Connaughton, vascular surgeon, Maui Health: Yes. A carotid ultrasound is a painless, noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to make an image of your carotid artery and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I’m a bit punchy right now, having returned from Michigan and Canada only a few hours ago, as I struggle to meet my “Sharing Mana‘o” deadline. So, rather than attempt an eloquent account of my trip, I offer my Top Five list of travel highlights (I’m too tired to count to 10). No. 5 ...