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The State of Aloha

In the evening time, just around dusk 195 years ago, a missionary was walking the quiet streets of Lahaina. At that hour — as it is now — it was probably still warm from the day and the air was probably very still with few breezes. A local Hawaiian man approached him to tell him about a new ...

Financial assistance for utilities, rent available to those in need

As we begin to move out of the health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see the many ways the virus has taken a toll on our community, our state and our nation. Each of us has dealt with the challenges brought on by the pandemic, whether financial, emotional or even ...

A slice of kindness

If you’ve ever seen Jonathan Yudis at the Costco food court, you may have thought to yourself: “That guy must really like pizza.” Every month, Yudis pays a visit to the food court. And every time, he leaves carrying a stack of warm pizza boxes. But he’s not taking them home. Since ...

Here’s why most arrested rioters will not be prosecuted

Perhaps you’ve heard about charges being dropped against most of last summer’s George Floyd protestors. Prosecutors from Oregon to New York have chosen not to pursue a host of different charges against those arrested after peaceful protests turned into destructive riots. Outrageous, ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Should I be worried about COVID variants if I’ve been vaccinated? Michael Shea, MD, Intensivist and Chief Medical Director, Maui Health: If you’ve been vaccinated, you should be protected against the COVID-19 variants we’re seeing in Hawaii, including the Delta variant. If you have ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A recent visit to the Mystery Maui Escape Room unlocked a trove of puzzles that I’m still pondering. It began when I invited my mother, my cousin Betty, and her two adolescent grandsons to join me for a multigeneration adventure at Deron and Kit Furukawa’s establishment. “Where’s ...