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New priorities for a new council term

As we embark on a new council term, I am excited and honored to serve the people of Maui County once again. Here in my third term, I continue to work with my fellow council members toward solutions that prioritize safety and health for our community as our economy takes steps to reopen. I look ...

Maui Visitors Bureau pivots during pandemic

During this pandemic, the Maui Visitors Bureau has pretty much reinvented our normal role of marketing to play a critical role in the ongoing educational messaging to ensure the safety and health of our community as well as our visitors. For the majority of 2020, we shifted our strategy to ...

UH-Maui College is all in

Maui Nui is approaching an almost implausible anniversary — one year since the arrival of COVID-19. We decided early on that UH-Maui College would be “all in.” We would communicate regularly, welcome every innovative idea, partner with the public and private sectors, deploy every resource ...

Reaching for the sky

What has eight arms and can fly? Kimo the Flying Octopus. He’s the multilimbed protagonist of a new children’s picture book of the same name written and illustrated by Kihei resident Alicia Adkins. But wait a minute — octopuses can’t fly, right? So how does Kimo do it? Well, you’ll ...

No Ka Oi Health

Nearly a year since COVID-19 locked down the world, the Maui District Health Office, along with many community partners, is continuing to work hard to mitigate COVID-19. Here’s a summary of what we are working on to flatten the curve. • Case investigations: Infectious disease investigators ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the concept of synchronicity. Merriam-Webster defines it as “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem ...

COVID vaccines require dose of patience

Two days before Christmas, COVID-19 vaccines went into the arms of Maui County’s first responders. That’s when the Maui District Health Office and partners University of Hawai’i Maui College, Hawai’i National Guard and Maui County’s Emergency Management Agency hosted the first ...

The State of Aloha

Four armed men walked into the Dixie Furniture Store in Fulton County, Ga., in broad daylight. Customers were rounded up and forced to lie face down on the floor. Employees were tied up with tape and the manager handed over store receipts, his watch and $6. A lone police officer responded to a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How can I get sober during the pandemic? Michael Shea, MD, Intensivist & Chief Medical Director, Maui Health: There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress and taken a toll on people’s mental health. For many, that has led to an increase in alcohol and drug ...

More creative thought at our legislature

This week, we continue coverage of our legislature by highlighting some of the more unusual or remarkable tax bills being considered. We focus on bills that not only have been introduced, but that have gotten a hearing before a legislative committee and are actively moving toward ...

Diversifying revenue streams and investing in ourselves

Getting through 2020 took a united effort, and I am continually impressed by our community’s resilience and ability to support one another, especially in our more isolated communities like Moloka’i, Lana’i and Hana. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in a myriad of ways, presenting ...

To the rescue

Untangling a horse caught in a wire fence. Rappelling into a gulch to find a missing dog. Freeing a wild pig stuck in a septic tank. It’s all in a night’s work for Suzanne Burry and Dennis Burns, the founders of Valley Isle Animal Rescue. The couple started the nonprofit not long ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Should I still get tested for COVID after I get the vaccine? Michael Shea, MD, Intensivist & Chief Medical Director, Maui Health: If you have symptoms after getting the first or second COVID vaccine, self-isolate for a day or two and wait to see if they go away. It’s not unusual for ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The 2021 Lunar New Year, better known as Chinese New Year, begins Friday. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, or Cow. According to chinesefortunecalendar.com, it is, more specifically, a White Metal Cow Year. Most folks know that the Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animals, rotating each year. But the ...

Let’s not waste this crisis

As World War II was finally winding down, Sir Winston Churchill famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” When coronavirus arrived here almost a year ago, the pandemic dictated what we could not do. Yet, Maui County turned its attention to what we could do. And together we did ...

The State of Aloha

While most of us are familiar with the ongoing relationship between Native Hawaiians and the white sailors, missionaries and later the sugar barons, the story of Chinese immigrants to Hawaii is sometimes overlooked. The Chinese were among the first nonindigenous settlers to the islands. Some ...

The pandemic has brought changes to the legal system

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of law in many ways. If you’re navigating the legal system this year, here are some things you should know. Perhaps the biggest development has been the shift to attending most types of hearings remotely. While judges and judicial staff ...

Moving into 2021 with a renewed commitment to Maui County

“When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” This is my favorite verse from “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman, the ...

A ‘Zoom-dunit’

Former rivals. Old flames. Frenemies from the past. It’s no wonder the prospect of attending a high school reunion can fill us with curiosity, anxiety or dread. (Or all of the above.) And what could possibly make it more nerve-wracking? If there’s a killer on the guest list. ...

More taxes on the rich — but guess what? You’re rich

On Jan. 12, Gov. David Ige’s chief of staff and former Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama told the House Finance Committee a little more about the revenue enhancement measures (tax hikes) that the administration is going to propose. Ms. Takayama mentioned “wealth tax.” But we ...