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Common misconceptions about nonfamily temporary restraining orders

Recent data shows that the number of nonfamily temporary restraining orders filed in district courts in Maui County has been trending up, from 333 in 2014 to 394 in 2021. With the increase in filings, courts are seeing an increase in mistakes made preventing people from obtaining the protection ...

New homes can be built with creativity, positivity and patience

Maui County’s current shortage of available housing is an example of how external circumstances affect our everyday lives even in the middle of the Pacific. We aren’t alone in this struggle and neither is the state of Hawai‘i, nor any other state in the nation. Between 1968 and 2000, ...

The State of Aloha

Whenever I find myself on the west side with time to spare, I try to stop in at a spot just outside of Lahaina town. I always found it a little eerie. There’s Puupiha Cemetery on one side with its solemn rectangular headstones jutting out of the sand. On the other side lies the idyllic and ...

Receiving community testimony in new hybrid model

My purpose in pursuing a role in government has always been to give a voice to local people and to collaborate toward solutions for a better quality of life for residents. I’m grateful my colleagues on the Maui County Council share this vision. Together, we’ve worked to create more ways ...

Ukraine is our war, Biden our wartime president

We and our allies are in a war to save civilization. Fortunately for us, Ukrainians are doing the fighting. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s barbaric assault on Ukraine has awakened Europe to the reality that he is truly evil and could continue his march westward. It is no coincidence that ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I got COVID-19 and recovered. How long does immunity last? Dr. Michael Shea, Intensivist and Chief Medical Director, Maui Health: Studies have found that people who’ve been infected with COVID-19 do develop some natural immunity. However, that immunity doesn’t provide complete ...