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Sharing Mana‘o

Well, we dodged another bullet. When the first cautionary reports of Hurricane Douglas spread over broadcast and social media last Thursday, some of us old-timers worried that our 40-year lucky streak might be broken. Through Iwa (1982), Iniki (1992), and dozens more, Maui County has been ...

The State of Aloha

In the heart of Lahaina town between the library and the ocean, you will find old bricks in the shape of a rectangle preserved in concrete. That is all that is left of the first Western-style house in the islands. In 1798, Kamehameha the Great commissioned two foreigners believed to be escaped ...

Hundreds of Maui homeless housed during the pandemic

It is amazing how many homeless have been housed during this pandemic. Even though Maui was on shutdown, the recent data shows that the case management agencies of the Maui Homeless Alliance did not shutdown and have continued to work tirelessly through these difficult times, and while doing so ...

No Ka Oi Health

To be completely healthy doesn’t just mean to be physically healthy and free of disease or infection. To be healthy also means to be balanced with mental, emotional and financial health. These trying times during the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging many of us in at least one aspect of ...

Charter change proposals being pushed forward unnecessarily

The Charter of the County of Maui sets out the operations of county government in order “to secure the benefits of the best possible form of county government and to exercise the powers and assume the responsibilities of county government to the fullest extent possible.” Charter changes ...

The show must go on(line)

When life gives you lemons, make a virtual musical. That’s what Theatre Theatre Maui did when a planned summer production was derailed by COVID-19. Earlier this year, the West Maui-based nonprofit was preparing to present “Willy Wonka” as the culminating performance of its ...

Roi Round-up a conservation movement started by fishermen

The July 4 Maui News article, “Roi, the misunderstood fish,” highlighted a recent discussion hosted via Zoom by the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council as part of their monthly speaker series, “Know Your Ocean.” Guest speakers, Alan Friedlander and Russell Sparks, aimed to dispel the myth ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How can you assure the community that our hospital is prepared for another surge in COVID-19 cases? Dr. Michael Shea, ICU Medical Director & EOC Physician Lead, Maui Health: Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team has been working behind the scenes for months to develop a plan that ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother will be 95 years old tomorrow. We usually observe her birthdays with mother-daughter vacations or by checking off items on her bucket list. Starting with a parasail ride on her 83rd, mom has celebrated birthdays on the back of a Harley, in a racing canoe and (thrice!) on the ...

COVID-19 changes the playing field for hurricane season

While we’re just beginning to adjust to the new normal brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that being prepared for any disaster is an ongoing responsibility we all must embrace. Hurricane season has begun and, although it’s been predicted that activity will ...

The State of Aloha

More than a century ago, a schoolteacher gave birth to a boy. His parents named him after his great-grandfather, a slave who was kidnapped from Africa. He was too rebellious to be marketable for auction and sale and was emancipated. On his birth certificate, however, there was a last-minute ...

Follow precautions that have kept COVID-19 cases low in our county

As we carefully prepare for the return of trans-Pacific travel beginning Aug. 1, we can reflect on our battle with COVID-19 and our road to recovery. My staff prepared a timeline: February: Maui County ramps up coronavirus response. Residents are asked to wash hands frequently, cover their ...

Fashion forward

Every great idea has an origin story. This one starts with a gorilla. Four years ago, Matt Daniells’ brother, Mark, made a woodblock print depicting a gorilla holding an outrigger paddle. When he saw his brother’s creation, Daniells decided it would be the perfect logo for a product. He ...

Set priorities for stadium plan

While everyone’s attention is focused on COVID-19 and racially charged police brutality, we should also pay some attention to major happenings here at home. One of them is the venerable Aloha Stadium, former home to the Aloha Bowl and now affectionately called the Rust Bucket. The stadium ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is it safe to reschedule my colonoscopy? Cindy Hara, director of perioperative Services, Maui Health Services: If you had to postpone a colonoscopy or other routine health screenings due to COVID-19, you’re not alone. Since March, routine cancer screenings have decreased by as much as 94 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Thanks to COVID-19, I’ve watched more television in the past three months than I have in the previous three years. Several weeks into the “stay-at-home” rules, I started subscribing to Netflix. Now I’m hooked on Japanese TV, especially the “Midnight Diner” series. Set in the ...

The State of Aloha

Nathan Bedford Forrest had light blue eyes, a long goatee and long hair that was fashionable for his times. Most depictions show him in a smart gray military uniform with three stars intricately woven onto his high collar. Forrest was born and raised in Tennessee almost two centuries ago. He ...

No Ka Oi Health

There are a couple of tests for COVID-19 — the Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab and the antibody test. This article aims to shed light on what the results of each test mean and when you should consider getting either. NP Swab The NP swab is the test you would get when you think you are currently ...

Labor of love

Abi Lawrence was waiting for a red light to turn green 11 years ago when the idea came to her. That day, as she sat idling at the intersection of Kula and Haleakala Highways, she gazed out the car window at something she’d seen countless times before: a large triangular patch of grass ...

County needs to stop denying the injection wells problem and fix it

We had the difficult task of suing Maui County over the Honokowai injection wells — winning before the U.S. District Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We have advocated all along for the county to fix the problem of injection wells in a way that benefits ...