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Sharing Mana‘o

My parents raised me to always think before talking, and to never speak out in anger. I learned to keep my darkest thoughts to myself and to spill my fury onto paper, either in my diary or in letters that no one but me would ever read. I’ve followed those practices all my life, resisting the ...

Public roads a legacy that must be protected

West Maui families and their allies, known as Kia‘i Kaua‘ula, have been demonstrating against West Maui Land Company’s unpermitted utility construction on lands from Waine‘e to Launiupoko in Lahaina. Five grandmothers and mothers were arrested before trenching was stopped in the ...

Moving forward with aloha and unity

Our county thrives when leadership on all levels strives to bridge community divide. For those seeking to get more involved, there are various opportunities to stay engaged in Maui County government. Civil participation is key in moving forward. As we approach this upcoming council term, ...

The State of Aloha

When Peter Young Kaeo contracted Hansen’s disease, he was exiled to Kalaupapa, the desolate spit of land enclosed by steep cliffs on Molokai’s north shore and the ocean. Kaeo was a high chief who could trace his lineage back to ancient kings and chiefs predating Kamehameha’s campaign to ...

Where’s all the state government money?

For most of us, if we are asked how much money we have (perhaps by a bank or credit union that is considering lending us money), answering the question isn’t terribly difficult. Look up a bank account or two, add a brokerage account if we are fortunate enough to have one, and we go from ...

A ham-fisted way of getting folks back to work

Here in the City and County of Honolulu, lots of people are out of work, especially in the hospitality industry. At some point, the economy will reopen, and people will start occupying hotels again. Then, according to a proposal before the Honolulu City Council, we force the hotels to rehire ...

Maui’s fossil fuel lawsuit can feel like ‘David versus Goliath’

Just a few weeks ago, on Oct. 12, I was proud to announce that Maui County had filed a lawsuit in state court to hold 20 fossil fuel companies accountable for the staggering costs and dangerous consequences of climate change. The companies that we are suing knew for decades that their ...

Roots of change

Pop quiz: What simple act can help combat climate change, prevent soil erosion and clean the air you breathe? If you answered “planting a tree,” give yourself a pat on the back. And don’t stop there: Grab a shovel and put a sapling in the ground. That’s what hundreds of volunteers ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is COVID-19 more dangerous than the flu? Chrissy Miller, Employee Health Manager, Maui Health: Yes, COVID-19 is much more dangerous than the flu. Some people still believe that COVID-19 is not a serious disease, but it is. Even though COVID and influenza share some similar symptoms, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today, Nov. 4, is a landmark day for me. It has nothing to do with the results of Tuesday’s elections; this column was written and submitted before the polls closed and the votes tallied. No, this is about a personal victory, nearly a decade in the making. This is my 500th Sharing Mana‘o ...

The State of Aloha

FAmericans pride themselves on creating and keeping an enlightened republic where our leaders are democratically elected. But the way we pick our president doesn’t measure up to our rhetoric. The U.S. Constitution directs the Electoral College to pick the president. Every state in the union ...

Petition demands animal control services on Molokai

There is an unfilled position on Molokai, that of the animal control officer. Not only is this a solid job for a resident of Molokai, but it is key for the humane treatment of our lost, hurt, and abandoned pets on the island. Would no animal control be tolerated on Maui? No. Then why is it ...

Making up for budget shortfalls

Let’s first start by stating the obvious. We’re in trouble. According to the latest forecasts put out by our Council on Revenues, we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars. This has to be made up somehow. The Legislative Auditor’s staff was busy at work trying to ...

Work continues on Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan

This council has taken seriously our responsibility to listen to, learn from and support all communities within Maui County. We are continuing to use this approach with the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan, or WUDP, an inventory of existing water sources and projected water needs for ...

A 5-0’clock shadow

Don’t be surprised if you see a uniformed police officer with a stubbly beard or sculpted goatee directing traffic this month. Yes, it’s out of the ordinary, but the Maui Police Department is shedding its no-beard policy through the end of December for a very good cause. For the third ...

No Ka Oi Health

Did you know that the quality of the air you breathe can affect your chances of developing a severe case of COVID-19? Research has found an association between air pollution and death rates from COVID-19. One of the most common and dangerous forms of air pollution is fine particulate matter, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Day after day I’m more confused Yet I look for the light in the pouring rain. You know that’s a game that I hate to lose; I’m feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame? —“Drift Away,” music and lyrics by Mentor Williams Over the past seven months, I’ve acquired a new ...

Lifeguards are needed at Makena and Pu‘u Keka‘a

Staff writer Dakota Grossman did an excellent job reporting the affect COVID has had on lifeguarding efforts on Maui (“COVID-19 takes lifeguard off Makena beach tower,” Sept. 24). Battalion Chief Jeff Giesea highlighted the challenges ocean safety officials face in the efforts to decrease ...

Council’s proposed changes to County Charter are ill-advised

The County Council’s proposed changes to the Maui County Charter are confusing, vague and ill-advised, especially when the public is distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The stakes are high because these proposed amendments threaten the current balance of power between the executive and ...

The State of Aloha

There is a piece of art hanging in my office that — like all good pieces of art — has prompted a debate among those who have seen it. In the center of a square piece of metal is a closeup picture of a round white circle with intricate detail and design in bright red. It reads in proud ...