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Healthwise Maui

Q: What is ALS? A: Dr. Christopher Taleghani, neurosurgeon: ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — is a neurological disease. It’s often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the Hall of Fame baseball player who died of the affliction in 1941. In ALS, nerve cells in the brain and spinal ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end We’d sing and dance, forever and a day . . . — “Those Were the Days,” lyrics by Gene Raskin That tune has been running almost continuously in the back of my mind ever since I was asked to emcee the Maui Choral Arts ...

Maui Connections

Bob Stone had lots of friends and admirers of his work. They paid their respects to the late Maui filmmaker Saturday at a screening of his documentary “The Edge of Paradise,” about Kauai’s renowned Taylor Camp hippie treehouse community of the ’60s and ’70s, in a packed tribute at the ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The trees along Hookele Street from Target to Zippy’s are overgrown. They are blocking the traffic lights, which are a hazard for both drivers and pedestrians as they cross the street. How can we arrange to have these trees trimmed? A: Mahalo for your question and concerns. My staff ...

The State of Aloha

It was March 16, 1779. Capt. Cook was dead — killed in a most dramatic fashion in the shallows of Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island. Charles Clerke had become the new captain of the HMS Discovery. Capt. Clerke and his men were heading away from the islands. By afternoon, the Discovery was ...

Proposed budget addresses public health, safety and pressing needs

I’m proud and excited to have submitted to the Maui County Council an austere, fiscally responsible fiscal year 2020 budget that nevertheless addresses public health and safety and our community’s most pressing needs. Our budget completes ongoing projects and invests in our future. Our ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My dad is going to be 80 years old this year and suffers with painful osteoarthritis in his knees. We’re thinking of joint replacement surgery but are worried that because of his age, his recovery will be too hard for him. What can we expect for recovery time and what do we need to be ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother is going to scold me after she reads today’s column, I know. But as I’ve been advised by more than one mentor, sometimes it’s better to apologize after the fact than to seek approval beforehand. In more than eight years of “Sharing Mana‘o” on this page, I’ve made my ...

Maui Connections

Our wake-up call came around 6:30 last Thursday morning as Vivienne Lavo, 6 — our middle grandchild here in Tucson, Ariz. — was waking up from her first sleepover with us. Karen and I were in the kitchen getting breakfast ready before taking Viv to kindergarten. We could hear her in the ...

Passage of holdover water use permits bill vital for Upcountry

Recent debate about pending state legislation has focused on whether Maui County would have enough surface water for its Upcountry water system if East Maui Irrigation Co. were not allowed to continue providing East Maui stream water for domestic and agricultural use. To be clear, EMI needs ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Are there any plans to resurface the old airport road? This road is widely used by people going to Costco and the air cargo area, and there are potholes that can cause damage to your car. A: Mahalo for the question and although this question concerns roadways under the state’s ...

‘The future is looking bright’

Ever wonder how a data breach happens, why your login password was deemed “weak” — or why we can shop and bank online, but not vote? Loren Ayresman’s students can explain it to you. Ayresman teaches math at King Kekaulike High School, but that’s only one of the many hats he ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How can I help my husband stop snoring? Dr. David Crow, otolaryngologist: One of the main reasons men come to my office is for snoring — and usually it’s their wife bringing them in. Snoring happens when the soft tissue of the upper airway vibrates. It can be caused by some kind of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The other night, as the only raised-on-Maui local among the folks gathered for an evening of parlor games, I was pleasantly surprised when my friend Kristi suggested we “jan ken po” to determine which team would go first. And then she floored me by chanting “Jankenna, mankenna, saka saka ...

Maui Connections

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving But how can they know it’s time for them to go? We were young when we first heard the words, but we sensed in Judy Collins’ version of “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” rich emotions and wisdom we hoped we would gain, if we ever ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What are the county’s plans for the property at the corner of Kaahumanu and Wahine Pio avenues? My understanding is that the University of Hawaii Maui College leased the land from the county and built dormitory buildings on it, then abandoned those buildings. The site would have been ...

Council prepares for fiscal year 2020 budget review

On April 1, the Maui County Council’s Economic Development and Budget Committee, which I chair, will begin a series of meetings to review the mayor’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. The mayor will deliver his budget proposal to the council Monday. The budget is the financial guide ...

The State of Aloha

Molokini is an arid rock rising about 160 feet from the Alalakeiki Channel between Maui and Kahoolawe. From the air it resembles a desolate horseshoe. From Makena Beach it looks like big rock with a lonely little light tower built on the highest point of the island. It’s a tiny island with ...

Consider Oahu’s example for homeless who refuse services

In this last month, I have personally experienced some events that have clarified that my rights and the rights of Maui citizens are being adversely affected by a few people who are making a choice to live a homeless lifestyle. I am and will continue to be an advocate for those who are ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Do you have any job openings for nonmedical type positions? What is the best way to apply? Tara Cole, human resources director, Maui Health System: Maui Health System currently has many career opportunities available in administrative or other nonclinical departments at our hospitals and ...