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Airport authority could make Kahului airport ‘no ka ‘oi’

Hawaii is a state that relies on its airports, so it is astounding that we are taking so long to adopt a proven airport-management model that could turn our airports into shining examples of what Hawaii could be. At Yelp.com, the reviews of Maui’s Kahului Airport are not kind: ...

Bills for ConAms would monkey with real property tax yet again

Two years ago, we as voters were inundated with impassioned arguments on both sides of a proposed constitutional amendment (“ConAm” for short). The amendment would have given the state the power to impose a surcharge on real property tax, ostensibly to fund teacher pay raises. The Hawaii ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What are the signs of heart attack in women? Dr. Colin Lee, interventional cardiology, Pacific Permanente Group: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., but many women miss the signs that they are having a heart attack. That’s often because the symptoms can be ...

Sharing Mana‘o

If months had personalities, February would be the one with the lowest self-esteem. Not only is it the shortest month, it’s also — according to a Gallup poll — the least favorite of Americans. And it contains several quaint or quirky observances, beginning with Groundhog Day, Feb. ...

The news pace quickens as viewer attention spans shorten

One of the least noticed phenomena of the 21st century is the pace of life now quickening. It is reflected in news cycles that can move to new stories in less than 24 hours and forget about stories in 48 hours. It is a remarkable testament to Kobe Bryant’s impact that, almost a week removed ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I’ve lived in Napili since 2004. I’ve noticed all these years that the upper Honoapiilani Highway needs defined middle striping on the road from Honokowai to Napilihau Street. During the ...

Mayors conference helps find solutions

Recently, I had the privilege of representing Maui County at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. It was a great opportunity to network with other mayors and seek ways to better serve our communities. The mayors’ conference is a nonpartisan organization of municipalities with ...

The play’s her thing

When she was a sophomore in high school, Roxanne Wada decided to dedicate her life to theater. It was a decision that likely surprised no one. Wada practically grew up inside of a theater — her mother directed plays and costumed cast members; her father built sets and was in charge of stage ...

Today in History

The Associated Press Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2020. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite, Explorer 1, from Cape Canaveral. On this ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Kung hee fat choy! Gong xi fa cai! Either way, it means “Happy Chinese New Year,” right? Not exactly. Up until a month ago, I thought those phrases were literal translations (in Cantonese and Mandarin) of Happy New Year. But comedian Ronny Chieng educated me in his Netflix standup ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Our businesses are being affected by abandoned vehicles on Kolu Street in Wailuku. They’re now being stripped for parts. There is one vehicle in particular that has been parked in front of a property for two months. This vehicle is on county property, now being occupied by an individual, ...

The time for Maui County to protect its future is now

Aloha, Maui County, and Happy New Year! It is with great excitement that we begin a new decade with perfect “2020 vision.” By adopting sustainable environmental practices and policies, we have a unique opportunity to benefit Maui County and, at the same time, incite positive change as we ...

The State of Aloha

Thousands welcomed him at the landing field outside of Paris to greet him. When Charles Lindbergh became the first human being to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, he became an international hero. The shy, slim aviator from Minnesota captured the imagination and hopes of millions of ...

Homeless and houseless can mean different things

In today’s world, there is always pressure to be politically correct and say things in a way so that no one will be offended. This is a worthwhile goal but often impossible to achieve. With this in mind, there is pressure from some to change the phrasing from home­less to houseless. If it ...

No Ka Oi Health

EDITOR’S NOTE: No Ka Oi Health, produced by the state Department of Health, will be appearing on the fourth Thursday of each month. The column had been published on the fifth Saturday of every month in Community. Many of us decide to set a new health goal (to lose weight, eat better, etc.). ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Thursday morning, more than 700 Kihei Elementary School students will taste the thrill of live theater while learning a little about themselves and the world they will not just inherit, but help to shape. The annual Maui Academy of Performing Arts School Performance Tour aims to educate while ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: When is the county going to put up for sale the three lots it owns on Keoneloa Street in Wailuku as a result of the lawsuit about the 30-foot height restriction in the building code? A: Mahalo for your question on this matter. In the first few months of my administration, I transmitted a ...

Jan Dapitan’s dedication to public service can inspire a new generation

The passing of former parks director and longtime community advocate Jan Dapitan was a great loss for Maui County, but my hope is that Jan’s life of dedicated public service will inspire a new generation to do what is pono for our environment. Jan had a heart of gold, and she was able to ...

What really is a minimum wage?

Happy New Year! It’s now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage. Some say $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working ...

Maui tourism should be managed, not prohibited

On Maui, where the economy is largely driven by tourism, a balanced, responsible future requires development in areas intended to support tourism. Last November, The Maui News published a story, “Maui County vacation rentals, hotels top in state for October.” Thanks to in-depth studies by ...