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Plan should guide us in critical decisions

The 50th anniversary of the Hawaii State Capitol was celebrated on March 15, and a time capsule that was in a cornerstone of the building on March 15, 1969, was removed and opened. It contained photos of then Gov. John Burns and his Cabinet, the first Hawaii State Constitution and photos of our ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What are the best treatments for asthma? Dr. Michael Shea, critical care medicine, Pacific Permanente Group: Every case of asthma is different, so treatments are different as well. Your doctor will work with you to come up with the treatment plan that’s best for you. There are two main ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother started her bucket list over a decade ago, with a parasail ride and an ankle tattoo for her 83rd birthday. Now, at 94, she’s checked off all the original items and keeps adding to the agenda. She won’t be kicking the bucket anytime soon; she’s too busy kicking butt. During our ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Can you please tell me what the requirements are for a nonmobile food stand or trailer? Can it be on residential or agriculturally zoned property? Where would I find the specific protocol to begin? A: I think the best piece of advice I can give you is to begin your process by consulting ...

Analysis needed for Upcountry cesspool replacement requirement

Clean water is a priority for all of us, whether it be in the ocean, streams or groundwater. Clarification as to why Upcountry Maui is deemed a top priority for cesspool replacements is needed. Most of the Upcountry drinking water comes from surface-water supplies that meet drinking-water ...

The State of Aloha

More than 170 years ago, in the days of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the British Empire was in full swing. Our islands had the misfortune to have Richard Charlton, a British ambassador wholly lacking in the subtle arts and skills of diplomacy. A contemporary wrote that “he did not possess the ...

Veil of secrecy around revenue estimates

In this week’s article, we spotlight yet another attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows. During any legislative session, our Department of Taxation furnishes a very important service to our legislators. It provides revenue estimates on various bills going ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Is there anything I can do to delay the need for knee replacement surgery? Dr. Warren “Vic” Ayers, orthopedic surgeon & joint specialist, Maui Memorial Outpatient Clinic: Joint pain can have a major impact on people’s quality of life, limiting their ability to exercise, enjoy ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A recent overnight visit to Kauai put me in a fowl mood. Actually, the trip was lovely; I just can’t resist a pun. Of course, I’m referring to the feral chickens that have long been part of the Garden Isle landscape and legend. First-time visitors to the island are often startled to see ...

Social-media shock stories amount to lazy journalism

Did you hear about the backlash against Disney for casting Halle Bailey, a young black woman, for the lead in the live-action version of “The Little Mermaid”? The Washington Post ran an essay on the furor, with the headline, “The white nostalgia fueling the ‘Little Mermaid’ ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: We are wondering when the shower restoration at Mai Poina Park in Kihei will be finished. The shower looks like it is almost complete. Mahalo for your time. A: Thank you for your question, and staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation confirmed that the contractor for this project ...

Neighbors: Profiles of our community

Jay Baptista was sitting in his senior psychology class at Lahainaluna High School when the email notification popped up on his laptop. Reflexively glancing at the screen, his stomach did a somersault when he saw the sender’s name: Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. His heart ...

Public vigilance can help our firefighters respond quickly

Across much of Central Maui and north Kihei, black burn scars show where wildfires totaling 9,200 acres swept through open fields of dry brush July 11 and 12. Thankfully, there were no injuries or deaths. But these fires triggered evacuations, closed roads and damaged a Maui Electric Co. ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What causes bleeding during pregnancy? Dr. Michael Kim, OB-GYN, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group: Bleeding in pregnancy is more common than you might think, especially in the first trimester. In some cases it’s nothing to worry about, while in others it can be a sign of a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

When The Maui News announced the July 6 debut of the Weekender, I braced myself for a barrage of questions and complaints. As a freelance writer, I am not an employee of the newspaper, but readers often assume I am privy to its inner workings and some folks even seem to think I have a say in ...

Ask the Mayor

“Ask the Mayor” will not appear today. The column will return next week.

Maui Lani Fairways lots hold promise

The 50 residential Maui Lani Fairways lots in Kahului have a long history of contention and debate that began in 2005 when thousands of tons of dirt were trucked in, converting a ravine into a hill and raising the elevation of the 13.5-acre property above some rooftops of the neighboring older ...

The State of Aloha

The Pacific Ocean is enormous. Its size is so big that it’s almost beyond human comprehension. The same waters lapping the shores of Canada, California and Mexico are part of the same ocean surrounding Japan, the Chinese coast and Australia. It covers 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, and ...

So what really is a resort fee?

It’s July 2019, and already we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect. One of these laws concerns “resort fees” that hotels both here and in other states and countries have been charging their guests. A resort fee is supposed to be a payment for amenities ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I love the beach and spend a lot of time in the sun. What’s the best way to protect against skin cancer? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Health System: Many people wear sunscreen to protect their skin, but several studies have shown increased rates of skin cancer in people ...