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Input in county spending sought

This month and next, my administration is hosting a series of community meetings to receive input on how your taxpayer dollars should be spent. It’s our opportunity to listen to you and take in suggestions for how to best serve our community as we prepare a proposed budget for fiscal year ...

The State of Aloha

Sept. 12, 1931, was a Saturday. That meant it was “Navy Night” at the Ala Wai Inn on the edge of Waikiki. A naval officer and his wife were there. She sulked on the second floor getting drunk while he caroused with buddies downstairs. Then an officer nicknamed Moose offended her. No one ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Will I have loose skin after weight-loss surgery? Dr. Art Chasen, bariatric surgeon and Maui Memorial Medical Center bariatric medical director, Midpacific Surgical Specialists: While many people choose to have bariatric surgery to lose weight and improve their health, they also sometimes ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My Friday the 13th birthday started off with a dead car battery and the early symptoms of a cold. Three hours after getting a jump start from a pair of dear friends (for the car; sadly, they couldn’t do anything for my stuffy head), I boarded a plane bound for Oahu and my debut as hostess and ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Do you know why they’re doing roadwork on Haleakala Highway and Makawao Avenue? A:My staff talked with our Department of Public Works and learned that this improvement project includes 1,000 feet of roadway widening and repaving along Makawao Avenue between Apana Road and Haleakala ...

Environmental resilience remains at forefront of council’s business

As a Native Hawaiian and chairman of the council Environmental, Agricultural and Cultural Preservation Committee, I believe in taking care of our environment. The Hawaiian concept of Aloha ‘Aina is a way of life that practices reverence and stewardship for all life forms and the land. Aloha ...

Stage presence in all its facets

When Tina Kailiponi was in third grade, she was cast as a tree in her elementary school’s production of “Snow White.” While she’d hoped to land the titular role, she says her disappointment was short-lived — and she made sure her leafy character did not go unnoticed. “I was a ...

Crime fighting at your front door

Nothing is perfect. Can we all agree on that? Especially when we’re talking about all the digital technology that surrounds us these days. But when deciding whether a technological advancement is worthwhile, shouldn’t more weight be given to the amount of good it can do, not to the possible ...

Temptation of tyranny grows with excecutive power

Does the president of the United States have too much power? That question has been asked lately with respect to President Donald Trump’s use of federal funds to construct 175 miles of sporadic walls along a portion of the 2,000-mile common border between Texas and Mexico. After ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What is tachycardia? Dr. Shalin Patel, interventional cardiologist, Pacific Permanente Group: Tachycardia is a racing heartbeat. While it’s normal for the heart to beat faster when you exercise, with tachycardia, your heartbeat speeds up even when you are at rest. This is caused by a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. That’s one of several old wives’ tales regarding the most unpopular date in the western world. Good thing I’m not an old wife nor was I raised by one. My mother instilled in me the belief that being born on Friday the 13th gave ...

‘Affordable in perpetuity’ chokes Maui housing supply

Maui County residents have long suffered from a lack of affordable housing, but county officials have continually denied permits to home developers who won’t promise that the units they build will be “affordable in perpetuity.” Support for keeping homes “affordable in perpetuity” ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Where can I play pickleball on Maui? Can you play pickleball on tennis courts? A: Mahalo for your question. Our Department of Parks and Recreation has notified my staff that Maui County has four designated pickleball courts in West District and another four designated pickleball courts in ...

Collaboration needed to make affordable housing a reality

It’s encouraging to see support building for construction of direly needed housing, especially for working families struggling to make ends meet. With such a great need, it’s tempting to support any housing project, and to see setbacks as missed opportunities. In July, six of nine ...

The State of Aloha

The Louvre houses the most iconic artwork in the world. It also houses a lot of tourists. In 2018, the Louvre saw a record-breaking 10.2 million visitors. For many this was seen as a sign of a healthy tourist economy. But for others, it was a disturbing symptom. Last May, workers shut down ...

Wailuku parking structure in trouble

The long-awaited parking structure project for Wailuku town is in danger of being destroyed by the Maui County Council, immediately before its construction is set to begin. This move seems at best arbitrary and capricious, without rational logic being presented to the public, and follows ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What’s the difference between a CT scan and an MRI? Dr. Turgut Berkmen, neuroradiologist, Maui Memorial Medical Center: Both a CT scanner and an MRI scanner are used to take pictures of things inside your body, but they do so in different ways. An MRI scanner uses magnets and radio waves ...

Sharing Mana‘o

One of the perks of being a professional storyteller is doing the research, collecting information and ideas. Several times a year, I find gently used treasures at the Maui Friends of the Library bookstore and newly minted gems at other shops. My bookshelves are beginning to sag under the ...

Lahaina’s wastewater injection wells are a problem

I am aghast at the misinformation being put forward regarding the Lahaina wastewater injection wells. As a retired EPA scientist, I like facts and referencing peer-reviewed published scientific papers. Here are the facts as I know them: Wastewater from the injection wells moves through ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Does the county have a program that accepts scrap vehicles for free? Do people have to cut the vehicles up into little pieces before Hammerhead Metals Recycling will accept them? A: Mahalo for your question, and I am very proud to say that the County of Maui does have a Junk Vehicle ...