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Ask The Mayor

Q: If a police report is filed on a stolen item and the item is then seen at a pawn shop, what should the victim do? How should he go about recovering the stolen item? A: I’m sorry to hear about this situation and I hope the victim was able to recover their belongings. If you’re ever ...

Council continues fight against illegal transient accommodations

The County Council’s Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee, which I chair, has been charged by the council with promoting sustainable land use and growth management in our county. To that end, the committee has been focusing on strengthening regulation and enforcement on transient ...

HOPE FLOATS

"What do you need?” Those were four words Frank and Hilda Forbes needed to hear. In January 2017, the couple’s then-5-month-old son, Sully, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare and deadly form of eye cancer that affects young children. He needed lifesaving treatment — and as ...

UH’s proposal would turn the skies above us into dangerous experiment

Massive football-field-sized drones flying above us, beaming down harmful, invisible radiation onto the land and the ocean, into our homes, into our bodies. Sounds like something out of a nightmare science experiment. But the University of Hawaii proposes to conduct this science experiment, ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What are the most common types of trauma injuries you see on Maui? Dr. Arthur Chasen, surgeon, Maui Memorial Medical Center: I’d estimate that out of around 4,500 trauma cases that we see each year, about 700 are severe enough that the patient is admitted to the hospital. Unlike a big ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Chibariyo! If you were at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, you likely heard the word numerous times, or perhaps saw it on signs, T-shirts and flyers. In Uchinaguchi, the Okinawan language, it means “Do your best!” “Go for it!” or “Don’t give ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I noticed fewer trash cans and working water fountains at parks this year. Why is this? A: Thank you for taking an interest in our parks facilities, and this may be a case of which parks you’ve been to recently. Our Department of Parks and Recreation staff reported to my office that West ...

Input in county spending sought

This month and next, my administration is hosting a series of community meetings to receive input on how your taxpayer dollars should be spent. It’s our opportunity to listen to you and take in suggestions for how to best serve our community as we prepare a proposed budget for fiscal year ...

The State of Aloha

Sept. 12, 1931, was a Saturday. That meant it was “Navy Night” at the Ala Wai Inn on the edge of Waikiki. A naval officer and his wife were there. She sulked on the second floor getting drunk while he caroused with buddies downstairs. Then an officer nicknamed Moose offended her. No one ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Will I have loose skin after weight-loss surgery? Dr. Art Chasen, bariatric surgeon and Maui Memorial Medical Center bariatric medical director, Midpacific Surgical Specialists: While many people choose to have bariatric surgery to lose weight and improve their health, they also sometimes ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My Friday the 13th birthday started off with a dead car battery and the early symptoms of a cold. Three hours after getting a jump start from a pair of dear friends (for the car; sadly, they couldn’t do anything for my stuffy head), I boarded a plane bound for Oahu and my debut as hostess and ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Do you know why they’re doing roadwork on Haleakala Highway and Makawao Avenue? A:My staff talked with our Department of Public Works and learned that this improvement project includes 1,000 feet of roadway widening and repaving along Makawao Avenue between Apana Road and Haleakala ...

Environmental resilience remains at forefront of council’s business

As a Native Hawaiian and chairman of the council Environmental, Agricultural and Cultural Preservation Committee, I believe in taking care of our environment. The Hawaiian concept of Aloha ‘Aina is a way of life that practices reverence and stewardship for all life forms and the land. Aloha ...

Stage presence in all its facets

When Tina Kailiponi was in third grade, she was cast as a tree in her elementary school’s production of “Snow White.” While she’d hoped to land the titular role, she says her disappointment was short-lived — and she made sure her leafy character did not go unnoticed. “I was a ...

Crime fighting at your front door

Nothing is perfect. Can we all agree on that? Especially when we’re talking about all the digital technology that surrounds us these days. But when deciding whether a technological advancement is worthwhile, shouldn’t more weight be given to the amount of good it can do, not to the possible ...

Temptation of tyranny grows with excecutive power

Does the president of the United States have too much power? That question has been asked lately with respect to President Donald Trump’s use of federal funds to construct 175 miles of sporadic walls along a portion of the 2,000-mile common border between Texas and Mexico. After ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is tachycardia? Dr. Shalin Patel, interventional cardiologist, Pacific Permanente Group: Tachycardia is a racing heartbeat. While it’s normal for the heart to beat faster when you exercise, with tachycardia, your heartbeat speeds up even when you are at rest. This is caused by a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. That’s one of several old wives’ tales regarding the most unpopular date in the western world. Good thing I’m not an old wife nor was I raised by one. My mother instilled in me the belief that being born on Friday the 13th gave ...

‘Affordable in perpetuity’ chokes Maui housing supply

Maui County residents have long suffered from a lack of affordable housing, but county officials have continually denied permits to home developers who won’t promise that the units they build will be “affordable in perpetuity.” Support for keeping homes “affordable in perpetuity” ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Where can I play pickleball on Maui? Can you play pickleball on tennis courts? A: Mahalo for your question. Our Department of Parks and Recreation has notified my staff that Maui County has four designated pickleball courts in West District and another four designated pickleball courts in ...