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To the future chief of the Maui Police Department

With the exception of one candidate, I once carried the badge of honor with all of you. I pray each one of you has the intense desire, radical work ethic and passion to create and implement an invigorated vision. You must outperform all of your predecessors. Understanding that many years ...

Amala Place cleanup benefits everyone

Here is a portion of an email my office recently received from a Makawao fisherman: “Thank you Mayor Victorino for returning Kanaha to fishermen. I practice my ancestral ways of fishing and gathering from the ocean for my ‘ohana. We frequent Ka‘a Point on the weekends and while waiting ...

The State of Aloha

Starting Oct. 24, when dialing any number in Hawaii, you will have to first dial in the area code. No matter what. If you’re in Wailuku and you need to call auntie in Lahaina, your source in Haiku, or your long, lost pal in Hana, you still have to dial 808. That won’t be too tough for ...

Reflecting on the things we have accomplished together

While the pandemic cloud continues to cast a daunting shadow, I would like to take this opportunity to shine brightly on the amazing accomplishments that continue to lift up our community and give us hope. With unity and purpose, our community has made great strides in fighting climate change, ...

Recovery is for everyone, help is available

Oftentimes, individuals who experience mental health or a substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s estimated that one in 10 Americans suffer from substance use disorder. In November 2020, the Centers for Disease ...

Building moratorium wrong solution at wrong time

The Maui Planning Commission will be hearing a measure Tuesday that would establish Chapters 19.98 and 20.41, Maui County Code, declaring a moratorium on new transient accommodations on Maui. The proposed measure creates multiple concerns that could have broad impacts on Maui’s economy. ...