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Current council makeup not conducive to county manager type of governance

Maui County would be well served by a county manager system of governance, but it is unlikely given the current culture of the County Council majority that a well-informed professionally qualified individual would even consider applying. In 2016, the council formed a Temporary Investigative ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is coronary artery disease? Dr. Shalin Patel, interventional cardiologist, Pacific Permanente Group: Coronary artery disease develops when the blood vessels to your heart become damaged or clogged. Usually this occurs because fatty deposits called plaque build up in the arteries, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Twenty years and a day ago, as I stood at his bedside holding his hand, my father took his last breath on this earth. Christmas 1999 was, for my family, just another day in the blur of mourning. Even now, the merriment of the holiday season is tinged with melancholy, and I start sobbing at the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: My son recently was hired by a local retailer and one of the requirements before starting was to have a tuberculosis test taken. After researching online, I discovered there are new, streamlined methods of administering these tests. My first question for you is: Do all medical providers ...

Taking vehicles from intoxicated drivers will improve road safety

A heartbreaking article over the summer reported on Maui County reaching 11 traffic deaths for the year (“2019 has brought spate of fatalities on county roads,” The Maui News, July 10). I’m pained to report the statistics have only gotten worse. The County of Maui has now had 22 traffic ...

The State of Aloha

For close to 200 years, Christianity has been the religion of the Hawaiian people. But how did it happen? How could an entire people — deeply traditional and devoted to its own indigenous religion and pantheon of deities — convert so easily to this foreign faith? Kamehameha the Great ...

Measles outbreak in Western Samoa: Lessons for Maui

Western Samoa recently declared a national emergency since more than 4,800 new cases of measles have occurred since mid-October, of which more than 1,100 people have been hospitalized and over 70 have died (mostly young children). These numbers are increasing daily. This measles-related ...

Sharing Mana‘o

What’s in a word? Clarity? Confusion? Consternation? Merriam-Webster’s choice of “they” as the 2019 Word of the Year (WOTY) will likely engender all three (pardon my pun). The reference book publisher also added a new definition of “they” to its online dictionary: “used to refer ...

Let’s not tax transportation

Some folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii. Here’s one: Stop taxing transportation of goods and people. Before you stop laughing uproariously though, consider this. First, we can’t tax air transportation. There are federal laws prohibiting us from ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: If someone wants to dispose of a junk vehicle that hasn’t been registered in a long time, do they have to pay a large amount of back taxes to the county? A: Let me guess — you’re asking for a friend? Regardless, you can tell them that back taxes, fees or penalties are not charged ...

New South Maui gym to be blessed Monday

Congratulations to the Lahainaluna High School football team for winning an unprecedented, fourth straight state Division II championship with a 21-10 victory over Kapaa High School last weekend. All of the players, coaches, parents and supporters worked hard to take the state crown, again, and ...

Agents of change for the good

As the saying goes, there’s strength in numbers. That’s the idea behind “100 Real Estate Agents Who Care,” a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Maui. The project is the brainchild of Pohaku Kepler, who modeled it after the “100 Men Who Care” and “100 Women Who Care” groups ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How effective is an IUD? Is it safe? Dr. Trina Chakravarty, OB-GYN, Maui Lani Surgeons and Physicians: An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It works by physically preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Some IUDs ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Driven by an overwhelming desire to declutter my home, I’ve begun practicing the KonMari Method. Well, maybe “practicing” isn’t the right word. “Dabbling” is more accurate. I haven’t read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: When is Nonohe Place in Spreckelsville scheduled to be repaved? A: Mahalo for your question. Our county Department of Public Works reports that resurfacing work for Nonohe Place is on the Highways Division’s current fiscal year pavement preservation schedule. The work is anticipated to be ...

The State of Aloha

The story of Hawaii and its history tends to be told as a series of migrations and immigrants coming to the islands. Seldom do we think about those who left and brought a piece of Hawaii with them. But it’s there. Hawaiians have been exploring the greater world for nearly 200 years. ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What’s the difference between strep throat and a sore throat? Dr. David Crow, otolaryngologist, Advanced Pacific Ear, Nose and Throat: Most sore throats in kids are caused by viruses, but about 30 percent are caused by a bacteria called group A Streptococcus, or strep. In addition to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My most memorable Thanksgiving dinner came out of a can. Two cans, actually. I was 25 years old, living in a Honolulu high-rise, recently divorced from my second husband and feeling sorry for myself. My young son was spending the holiday weekend with my parents on Maui, but I couldn’t take ...

Tax on wealth could have negative consequences

A recent op-ed column in Real Clear Politics by Scott Hodge, president of the national Tax Foundation (not related to the Tax Foundation of Hawaii although the names are similar) brought up some interesting ideas, spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth ...

Council may find it appropriate to consider dissolving the MRA

Seventy years after the now-defunct Territorial Legislature enacted the Urban Renewal Law and 55 years after the now-defunct Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing the County of Maui Redevelopment Agency to study blighted areas and to recommend areas for redevelopment, it’s ...