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Maui Connections

Time-lapse wizard Louie Schwartzberg, recipient of the 2019 Maui Film Festival Visionary Award, can sum up his 40-year filmmaking career in two words: Making connections. There’s a thread that runs from his earliest work filming flowers — turning the miracle of their growth into a ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I saw the sign at Sakamoto Pool announcing that the pool will be closed for renovations from June through November. Closing this pool during summer vacation is just plain wrong for the children, ...

Names & Faces

• Denise Thayer was appointed last month to the position of chief development and communications officer for Hale Makua Health Services, a news release announced in May. She has been with the nonprofit health care organization for over 11 years, most recently as director of development and ...

Shining light on revenue estimates

At the Legislature, I often hear lawmakers who are considering proposed tax legislation ask our Department of Taxation how much money a certain proposal would bring in (if it’s a “revenue raiser”) or cost (if it’s a tax credit or exemption). Sometimes, the DOTAX representative at the ...

The State of Aloha

This month I was invited to take part in a longstanding tradition. We gathered under a mango tree in front of the administration building at Lahainaluna High School. Students stood with their parents and teachers. I couldn’t help but notice that some of the boys had their cleats with them. I ...

Supreme Court decision would not ‘gut’ the Clean Water Act

There’s a lot of misinformation on social media and elsewhere, even within our own Maui County Council, about “settling” the Lahaina injection well lawsuit or “gutting the Clean Water Act.” One thing is certain: If special interest groups are allowed to control the county’s ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My son plays sports and I’m worried about concussion. When an athlete is hit in the head, at what point should they be taken to the hospital or see a doctor? Dr. Stephanie Yan, general, trauma and critical care surgeon, Island Family Surgical Care Center: A concussion is a traumatic ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A little more than 20 years ago, when my son moved to Union City, Mich., he called me to say, “Mom, there are four and a half Japanese in this town.” His stepmom was one of the four, he was the half. In nearby Battle Creek, where Jimmy attended school, the population was considerably ...

Maui Connections

A breaking news flash on The Maui News web page was my first alert that after being missing for more than two weeks in the forest above Makawao, physical therapist and yoga instructor Amanda Eller had been found Friday. She was alive. By Saturday morning it was the lead story on national news ...

‘Smart’ spending cap would be wise for Maui

The Maui County Council is planning to increase property taxes to balance its proposed fiscal 2020 budget, but a far better option would be to impose a “smart” spending cap that would eventually bring its spending in line with its income — without raising taxes. A smart spending cap is ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Why isn’t there a variable message sign on Honoapiilani Highway in the Lahaina direction? This would serve to alert drivers of accidents and/or construction, thereby reducing the number of ...

Council works together to address budget priorities

The Maui County Council is completing the budget process and I am proud of the council members’ success at working together as a team to address county priorities. Our deliberations focused on providing additional support for affordable housing, environmental protection, agriculture and ...

Investing in the future

Did you know the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently designated UH-Maui College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in cyberdefense education for its four-year applied business and information technology program? And did you know the college’s ...

Data shows that housing is available for Maui’s unsheltered

It was only a few years ago when the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns (DHHC), alongside the Maui Homeless Alliance, started the training process for the implementation of Housing First. Housing First was innovative and new to us. Heading in this direction required a ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Should all men be screened for prostate cancer, and is PSA screening enough? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Health System: Men’s health is something that we’ve struggled with nationally, as many men avoid seeing the doctor unless there is a traumatic or life-threatening ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As the nation prepares for Memorial Day weekend, those of us lucky enough to be on Maui can participate in perhaps the sweetest and most unique observance of the occasion. Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to help string some 3,000 lei to be placed at each gravesite at the Maui ...

Maui Connections

On the brink of its 20th anniversary return to Wailea Resort and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center June 12-16, Maui Film Festival has assembled a galaxy of honorees — one of its strongest ever — and many are bringing their new films with them to the Celestial Cinema. This morning’s ...

‘Gut-and-replace’ bills raise question of fairness

This week we’ll discuss a couple of examples from this legislative session of the controversial but commonly used technique called “gut and replace” where a bill is amended so much that it looks nothing like its former self. Senate Bill (SB) 162, as originally introduced, would have ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The playground at Keokea Park is currently fenced off. Any estimates as to when the play structure will reopen? A: Thank you for your question and interest in our county parks. Our Department of Parks and Recreation notified my staff that surfacing of the playground requires repair ...

The State of Aloha

Last Wednesday, just before dawn, the quiet and empty streets of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island held a dignified procession. They quietly walked through the town in the darkness. The procession ended at the Ahu‘ena Heiau, a temple at the waters of Kailua Bay across from the pier. They had ...