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Take a walk on the wild side

Chances are, you’ve passed by it without a second glance: a tallish weedy-looking plant with small daisy-like blooms. It may look unremarkable, but don’t be fooled. This herb plant, called Spanish needles (so named for its barbed seeds), has a few superpowers. Among other things, it ...

How to rescue Maui from the coronavirus recession

Maui County’s economy is in trouble because of the coronavirus recession, but there are ways to turn that around, if only our state and county lawmakers would get out of the way. On a per capita basis, Hawaii has suffered the worst job losses in the nation, with unemployment claims on Maui ...

No Ka Oi Health

In an attempt to keep the number of COVID-19 cases in Maui County within our health care’s capacity and save lives, Mayor Michael Victorino set the “Stay at Home” order, replacing the former social distancing order. The Stay at Home order states that we are to remain at home, except for ...

Sharing Mana‘o

With coronavirus dominating conversation, both public and private, April 1st slipped by quietly this year. Here in Maui County, it was Day 8 of Mayor Michael Victorino’s “stay at home/work from home” amendment to our Public Health Emergency Rules. None of my friends, not even the most ...

County working hard for working families

There are many front line heroes that deserve our appreciation as we work in Maui County to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. We express our deep gratitude to the health care workers, first responders, nonprofits, community groups, County workers and volunteers who all work to provide ...

The State of Aloha

Lloyd Duncan was a civilian shipfitter working for the U. S. Navy when something prompted him to punch two Marine sentries at the entry gate to the naval base at Pearl Harbor. We don’t know what started it. But we do know he was arrested and instead of going to court, he was summoned to ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I moved from California 10 years ago to Maui and have some clinical background as I used to work as a nurse. Is Maui Health accepting volunteers? Tara Cole, HR director, Maui Health: We’ve seen such an outpouring of support from our community, and it is such a true reminder of what makes ...

Rental cars are a big part of road capacity issues on Maui

Photos of unused rental cars surrounding the Kahului Airport were recently shared on The Maui News and on social media. The pictures are a dramatic representation of the COVID-19 pandemic, showing that Maui’s primary economic engine — the visitor industry — is also parked. Important ...

A neighbor helping neighbors

In times of crisis, many of us think of Mister Rogers, who once said: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Joseph MacLean is one of those people. In early March, as the threat of coronavirus grew even more dire, MacLean began to worry about several of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

This Sunday, since we can’t be there physically, my mother and I will celebrate Easter with Po‘okela Church in our hearts. At 94, Mom has been a member of the congregation longer than anyone else still alive. Born and raised in Makawao town, she joined the Po‘okela ‘ohana as a young ...

Programs in place to help provide relief to families and businesses

It’s encouraging to see Maui County pull together to combat the spread of COVID-19 and its devastating economic impacts. I would like to thank Maui County Council Chair Alice Lee and council members for quickly passing legislation to appropriate $2 million for the Hawai‘i Emergency Laulima ...

The State of Aloha

One could argue that it all started with the group of students who found him sitting on the steps of their college with tears running down his face. When the students asked the youth why he was crying, the young man turned to them and, so the story goes, lamented that “nobody gives me ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I see a lot of people on social media talking about PPE (personal protective equipment) at Maui Memorial. Is it true that staff are not allowed to use masks from home? Mike Rembis, CEO, Maui Health System: The safety of our nurses, doctors and other Maui Health employees is our top ...

Prepare our county for a resilient future

As our county faces an unprecedented and constantly evolving challenge in the coronavirus pandemic, the current situation calls upon all of us to remain vigilant, responsible and flexible to changing demands. While many of us in Maui County have for some time highlighted Hawaii’s lack of ...

‘I am so thankful’

Last spring, David Tabion came down with a cold. At first, he says nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but nearly four months later, he couldn’t shake his nagging cough. “It wouldn’t go away,” he said. One morning, Tabion woke up gasping for breath. “That’s when I knew ...

Social distancing protects the homeless

In the last few weeks, our world has completely changed. Because of this, it is extremely important to follow the mayor’s and governor’s directive to stay home and practice social distancing. These safety measures are exactly the same for everyone, including those housed and those who are ...

No Ka Oi Health

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is concerning most of us, and we are now either under quarantine or practicing social distancing. To prevent becoming infected with COVID-19, please stay home, practice social distancing, avoiding ill people, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Every cloud has a silver lining; and He who wove it knows when to turn it out. So, after every night, however long or dark, there shall yet come a golden morning.” — From Nil desperandum, an essay by Sarah Payton Parton in Home Journal, 1853 In the midst of this COVID-19 cloud which ...

The State of Aloha

The coronavirus has spread across the earth. Political leaders of all stripes and ideologies have declared their nations, states, and cities closed. Experts urge us to practice disciplined “social distancing,” handwashing and staying home. This week we saw a cascade of orders from the ...

Show your lawmakers you care

It seems like every year we have a legislature, we have dozens of legislative tax proposals to wade through. Some would lessen the burden on the beleaguered consumer, but most would do the reverse. Most of the tax bills, as always, would put more money in the hands of lawmakers and ...