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A ‘Zoom-dunit’

Former rivals. Old flames. Frenemies from the past. It’s no wonder the prospect of attending a high school reunion can fill us with curiosity, anxiety or dread. (Or all of the above.) And what could possibly make it more nerve-wracking? If there’s a killer on the guest list. ...

More taxes on the rich — but guess what? You’re rich

On Jan. 12, Gov. David Ige’s chief of staff and former Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama told the House Finance Committee a little more about the revenue enhancement measures (tax hikes) that the administration is going to propose. Ms. Takayama mentioned “wealth tax.” But we ...

No Ka Oi Health

Stigma, in general, is a form of discrimination against a group of people. It is typically associated with lack of knowledge about how disease spreads, the need to blame someone, fears about the disease and unfounded rumors and myths. Specific to COVID-19, stigma has been occurring against ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Dr. Pepper. Kilowatt. Marconi. Tita. Musashi. Of the many cats I’ve owned, those five are the most memorable. For reasons that varied as greatly as their looks and temperament, they all were special and precious to me. Each one captured my heart at a different time in my adult ...

Supporting different learning styles of Hawaii’s children

I am a homeschooling mother of three, an entrepreneur involved in running three small businesses, an administrator for our local homeschool group and a representative for my county in our statewide homeschool network. This National School Choice Week (Jan. 24-30), I am thrilled to share ...

Affordable housing takes action by all of us

Twenty years ago, Maui residents Blossom Feiteira and Kehaulani Filimoeatu experienced firsthand what it was to be shut out from affordable housing. After 30 years on the Hawaiian Home Lands waitlist, they had gotten their names called in the late ’90s for a residential lease award. It ...

The State of Aloha

When I was young, my father often reminded us about our family history. He talked about our great-grandfather, who fled violent, anti-Semitic mobs that punctuated the Jewish experience in czarist Russia and immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. He spoke of his aunt, ...

Biden’s message for the dissatisfied

WASHINGTON — Standing where his predecessor decried what he subsequently delivered — “American carnage” — Joe Biden on Wednesday promised a recuperative presidency. His call for Americans to heed the better angels of their nature — “each of us has a duty and responsibility” ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I’ve read that there can be side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine. What are they? Michael Shea, MD, Intensivist & Chief Medical Director, Maui Health: The Food and Drug Administration has released the COVID-19 vaccines under an emergency use authorization, and the vaccines are being ...

Modernizing our elections will ensure that “we, the people” will be heard

We are all still reeling from 2020. We long for the days before this pandemic when we took the kisses and hugs with which we greeted each other for granted. But even if social distancing and masking are the public health orders of the day, I see 2021 as the year in which we must restore the ...

Looking back at the council climate committee’s first year

I thank my colleagues on the Maui County Council for having the vision to create the Climate Action and Resilience Committee just about a year ago and, just as important, helping the committee pass several landmark initiatives throughout 2020. On July 15, the committee received a presentation ...

The giving trees

Whoever coined the phrase “age is just a number” may have had Victor Manzano in mind. At 94, he has the energy of a man half his age. What’s his secret? An active lifestyle. A good sense of humor. And a twice-daily dose of moringa. Manzano credits the superfood for his vitality. ...

COVID-19 vaccine provides a big dose of hope for our county

The COVID-19 vaccines are here. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were developed, tested and approved in record time, and not a moment too soon. Both vaccines require two doses — the first shot starts to build up protection and a second shot, three or four weeks later, boosts immunity. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

May you live in interesting times. If 2020 had been a Hollywood movie, that would have been the perfect tagline. And the sequel, now underway, could be titled “2021: Extraordinary Times.” Widely — and wrongly — believed to be an ancient Chinese curse, the statement “May you live ...

Scrutinize the big agencies

There has been a lot of flip-flopping and waffling going on in government. President Trump groused about, panned, and then finally signed a second stimulus package on Sunday, Dec. 27. Then Gov. Ige, who previously decided to furlough public employees, put the furloughs on hold on Dec. 23 ...

The State of Aloha

Near St. Paul’s Cathedral near the center of London stands a grand and majestic courthouse. The Old Bailey is considered the symbolic home of the British criminal justice system. It’s part of our shared legal heritage. The common law tradition — a legal system based on the precedent of ...

Risk of coronavirus exposure increases greatly when indoors

Maui County saw 484 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the month of December. This is higher than all new reported cases, combined, from March through September. This alarming increase required decisive action to curtail a rapidly growing infection rate. For this reason, the County of ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is “long-haul COVID”? Dr. Vijak Ayasanonda, Vice Chairman & Co-Medical Director, Emergency Department, Maui Health: Most people with COVID-19 indeed recover from the illness. But there is growing evidence that some people experience long-term symptoms even after they recover. ...

County looks to fresh start after trying year

Some people have described 2020 as a “dumpster fire,” but few know it literally began that way on Maui. During the 12-hour period between 6 p.m., Dec. 31, 2019 and 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020, the Maui Fire Department responded to seven dumpster fires. An omen of things to come? In early ...

It takes a virtual village

Have you ever moved to a new city or town? Maybe you felt instantly at home. Or maybe it took some time to adjust. Jaylon Hansen knows what it’s like to start over in a new place. Twelve years ago, she moved from Oahu to Maui with her husband and infant son. As anyone can imagine, ...