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Healthwise Maui

Q: My sister is in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Can I still visit her now with all the coronavirus closures around Maui? Kelly Catiel, infection control manager, Maui Health: To protect the safety of our patients, visitors and our employees, Maui Health has made some changes ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As predicted, last week’s column about COVID-19 spurred more reader response than any of my previous writings. I received dozens of positive messages, three earnest pleas (and one stern admonishment) to reconsider my travel plans, and one rather harsh critique of my entire career and ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why are cruise ships still allowed to come to Hawaii during the coronavirus pandemic? A: I also share your concerns. I have urged the federal government to implement a temporary ban on all cruise ships from docking in Hawaii. Thankfully, many of the cruise ships have suspended operations, ...

Improved feral animal management needed

On Tuesday, the Healthy Families and Communities Committee held its second meeting to address the issue of feral animal management in Maui County. Feral animals — including cats, chickens, pigs and deer — raise serious concerns for many residents and pose substantial risks for native ...

An instrumental role

Iolani Yamashiro-Rahimi still winces at the memory. When she was in the 5th grade, one of her classmates picked up a violin, drew the bow across the strings and produced a nails-on-a-chalkboard screech. “It sounded horrible,” she recalled. “I said: ‘I never want to play that.’ ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column is bound to generate a heap of feedback, and I’m prepared for it. I welcome your comments, whether critical or concurring. Please note: I am not a medical professional or public health expert, nor do I profess to know more about COVID-19 than the average citizen. However, as ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Should we be concerned about packages or products shipped from China carrying the coronavirus? A: There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. However, the Centers for Disease Control has answered this question to help alleviate some concerns ...

Proclamation will aid efforts to prepare for possible spread of virus

As the County of Maui continues to prepare our islands for impacts from COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, I ask all residents to remain calm and do their part to prevent the spread of illness in our community. I also want to stress that this is an evolving situation, and the state ...

The State of Aloha

It was 1941. The United States Navy was looking for portable, easy-to-assemble structures that were lightweight and could be set up anywhere without skilled labor. The George A. Fuller construction company was awarded the job of making them for the military. It was a simple structure. A floor ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I keep hearing that turmeric is good for you. Is this true, or just a myth? Andrea De Roode, clinical dietitian, Maui Memorial Medical Center: Turmeric is a relative of the ginger plant. While you can find dried, ground turmeric in powdered form as well as in capsules and extracts, it is ...

Sharing Mana‘o

This coming Sunday, Mana‘o Radio will celebrate its 18th birthday with a Mana‘o Moon Party at the Altitude Deck in Kihei. March 8, 2020, is also the day my late husband, Barry Shannon, would have turned 80. When Barry and I put Mana‘o on the air as a noncommercial low power FM station, ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Aloha Mr. Victorino, we would like to know what has been done to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Maui so far. Mahalo. A: Mahalo for your question, and I’d like to quickly remind the public that information on the coronavirus may change at any time so this information may differ ...

Changing lives, one home at a time

"I want to buy a house, but I just can’t afford it.” It’s something Alan Lloyd hears far too often — and it makes his heart sink every time. “I meet so many hardworking people who are not able to buy a home,” he said. Apart from providing stability and security, he said, ...

Some people unwittingly enable the homeless in Maui County

I was talking to a friend just the other day. He is a police officer and was telling me how the community seems to expect officers to be the end-all to the homeless on Maui. As he was speaking, I was reminded of a similar conversation I had just a few days earlier about Maui homeless outreach ...

No Ka Oi Health

Snorkeling in paradise; is it a relaxation or risk? How dangerous can it be? They float along in paradise watching colorful sea life while breathing through a tube. Snorkeling is high on the list of tourist activities. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority Visitor Satisfaction 2019 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

At my grandmother’s Haiku home, at the end of Chickenet Farm Road, my cousin Mark and I spent most of our preschool days outdoors, rain or shine. We gathered fallen fruit, half-eaten by birds, from beneath starfruit and tangerine trees and dropped the leftovers into the pigsty, squealing with ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I heard there was going to be construction early this year on South Kihei Road and wanted to know when it was going to start and exactly where it will take place. Can you confirm if this project is actually going to happen? Mahalo. A: Mahalo for your question and I can confirm that ...

Your county, your charter, your future

In the general election on Nov. 3, voters will be able choose whether to revise the county’s constitution — the Maui County Charter. The charter establishes the organizational structure of the county’s legislative and executive branches, how the county is governed, how legislation is ...

The State of Aloha

Bay Harbor, Fla., was a sleepy community not far from Panama City, near the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In that little town there was a break-in at the aptly named the Bay Harbor Poolroom. Police determined that someone climbed on top of a garbage can, smashed a window and crawled ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What can I do to reduce lower back pain? Dr. Christopher Taleghani, neurosurgeon, Maui Brain and Spine: Lower back pain is very common, and there are many potential causes. Most types of lower back pain can get better with rest and treatment at home, while others need medical ...