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Helping people, changing lives

Forty years ago, Debbie Cabebe threw caution to the wind and bought a one-way ticket to Maui. She grew up on Oahu, but had never been to the Valley Isle. Trusting her gut instinct, she packed all of her belongings, put her car on an interisland barge and moved to Maui sight unseen. It was a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How long does the flu last? Dr. Scott Hoskinson, infectious disease, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group/Pacific Permanente Group: Typical flu presents with sudden onset fever, chills, diffuse body aches, cough and significant fatigue. The incubation period is usually about three to five days ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Whether you’re counting age, ongoing achievements, or years of wedded bliss, a silver anniversary is a significant milestone. Twenty-five years is a long time. My three marriages combined fall short of the mark. So I applaud anyone celebrating a quarter-century of anything. This Sunday, the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: With the recent road improvements to Pulehu Road and the opening of the new Safeway, traffic on Pulehu has increased. At present, there is a stop sign only for cars traveling on Pulehu. The through traffic on Hansen Road is fast moving and difficult to see coming on the east side. It is a ...

Expedite attainable housing for our community

Late last year, the Maui County Code was amended to increase the amount of accessory dwellings, known as ohana units, on residential or urban properties. This was aimed at increasing our housing inventory, especially for working families. Now a property owner may build a single ohana on a ...

The State of Aloha

Imagine going to a doctor’s office for a checkup or routine examination. You tell them about what ails you, the doctor’s brow furrows, runs some tests, examines your chart, and leaves the little room they put you in to consult a medical treatise. The doctor returns giddy with academic ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is coconut oil good for you? Dr. Anil Punjabi, cardiologist, Ohana Heart: It depends. Coconut oil has been promoted in popular culture as a kind of all-natural health product. But while it might be a good moisturizer for your skin or hair, the truth is that it can do a lot of long-term ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. — Author unknown In her closing remarks at Monday’s ceremony at the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao, Na Koa Kahiko ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I’m a Hana resident and awaiting much needed affordable housing in Hana. What is the status of the Habitat for Humanity Affordable Hana Housing Project? A: Mahalo for your question and I wholeheartedly agree that we need more affordable housing for the Hana community. That is why I ...

Climate change and sustainability focus of conference and legislation

So far this year, the Maui County Council has enacted 52 ordinances, adopted 179 resolutions, issued 134 committee reports and formally received 454 communications from county officials, covering an array of issues affecting Lanai, Maui and Molokai residents. Amid all the topics, a common ...

Fashion Forward: Kihei Charter junior collects jeans for Women Helping Women

You know those jeans you haven’t worn in years? The pair you relegated to the back of your closet? Erin Smith will gladly take them off your hands. Last month, the 16-year-old Kihei Charter School junior launched a jeans drive for Women Helping Women, a nonprofit organization that ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is atrial fibrillation? Dr. Anil Punjabi,cardiologist, Ohana Heart: Atrial fibrillation, or “AFib” in short, is a term that describes an irregular/erratic heartbeat, that is now becoming the leading heart rhythm issue in the American population. The heart uses its electrical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Over the past 15 years, I’ve been blessed with numerous opportunities to perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center as an actress, storyteller, comedian, dancer and mistress of ceremonies. Through this column, I’ve shared some of my favorite memories of those shows and celebrated my ...

Doctor: Vaping among isle youth high

Vaping has been in the news recently, with a number of illnesses and even deaths across the country tied to e-cigarettes. This trend is especially concerning for Maui because we have such high rates of vaping here, especially among young people, who are most at risk. As a physician who works ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: There’s been quite an increase in flags flying from vehicles recently. At best they’re distracting and at worst many of them appear to be illegal — blocking taillights for example. What are Maui police doing to stop this practice? What are the laws exactly? I have nothing against ...

Maui County intends to take legal action against fossil fuel companies

This week, I announced Maui County’s intention to take legal action against fossil fuel companies for the escalating impacts and costs of climate change and rising sea levels. The next step is to seek Maui County Council approval to hire special counsel. Together, we will hold the fossil ...

The State of Aloha

You can tell if someone’s from here by the way that person refers to our most famous narrow, winding road. Tourists call it the road to Hana because those words are commonly found on brochures, visitor-friendly websites, and other materials for tourists. Aunties, uncles or any other ...

Putting safety first a compassionate resolve

The recent violence surrounding Maui homeless encampments makes it clear that the safety of Maui residents needs to be prioritized. This includes the safety of our houseless residents. Putting safety first may not seem like the most compassionate thing to do, but in actuality it is. In the ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How can parents help children who have anxiety about going to school? Dr. Benjamin Thompson, behavioral health, Pacific Permanente Group: It’s very common for children to have anxiety when they return to school. Once the school year starts, those “return to school jitters” tend to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Trick or treat, smell my feet, Give me something good to eat! That was the extent of our Halloween mischief when I was a child, reciting the singsong rhyme at full volume as we marched on our mission through the neighborhood. Maui in the 1960s seemed as innocent and simple as we were, back ...