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Council busybodies should work less to help residents

Maui County Council members say they spend more than 40 hours per week on the job, and some of them want higher salaries to account for that hard work. But, like Hawaii’s late small-business guru George Mason, founding publisher of Pacific Business News, used to say, it’s not how hard or ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I work in a very large resort on the bell staff. I have been seeing many Styrofoam coolers brought in by guests of the hotel. When I questioned the guest, they told me they bought them here on Maui at a local store. I thought we banned all Styrofoam containers in Maui? Are these Styrofoam ...

Committee considers Upcountry and Central Maui water issues

The Maui County Council’s Water and Infrastructure Committee must consider opportunities to provide water and ensure continued access to water for county residents. To that end, the committee, which I chair, recently considered two bills relating to water service for Upcountry residents. The ...

Honoring heroes

Leonard Oka remembers the moment it all began. The year was 1981, and the clock on his bedside table read 2 a.m. A restless Oka lay awake, thoughts tumbling through his head. His mind was occupied by a question: What would be the perfect gift for his young son? And then it hit him. “I ...

Homeless become more visible even though population is down

The recent Point-in-Time Count shows that there has been a slight decrease in the homeless population on Maui as stated in the well-written, April 10 Maui News article found at www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2019/04/homelessness-down-slightly-in-maui-county. Is this true? Are the homeless ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Does Maui Memorial Medical Center have a cardiologist on call 24/7? A: Dr. Colin Lee, interventional cardiology, Pacific Permanente Group: A cardiologist is always available on-call at Maui Memorial Medical Center, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. In fact, we started an ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“Playwriting is not done when you finish a draft of your play you’re happy with. Plays are meant to be produced — performed by actors for a live audience. Without performance, a play is like a custom-built car that’s never taken out of the garage.” —Angelo Parra, “Playwriting ...

Maui Connections

Forget magic mushrooms. That concept — accompanied by images of ’60s-style woodland sylphs wandering through meadows seeing rainbows around every tree — is so last century, a vestige of a bygone millennium. It’s been replaced, subsumed really, by “Fantastic Fungi.” The magical ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: My question is because we are zoned agriculture in Launiupoko, is our noise ordinance (quiet hours) after 9 p.m. and before 9 a.m.? A: Mahalo for your question and from what the state ...

The State of Aloha

For as long as there have been people willing to travel vast distances over the sea, Hawaii has hosted adventurous folks. You could argue that the first to be taken up with Hawaii’s adventurous spirit were the pioneering Polynesians thousands of years ago. Statehood turned our industries ...

Mayor plans to continue parking, infrastructure work in Wailuku

In an ancient parable, a group of blind men came across an elephant. One felt its giant leg. “It’s a tree,” he said. Another bumped into its side and said, “No, it’s a wall!” The elephant poked another sightless man with his tusk and said, “Ouch, it’s a spear!” Then, ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Have there been more cases of pneumonia than usual this flu season? I know so many people who were ill for many weeks with pneumonia both here and on the Mainland. My second question is about the pneumonia vaccine, which involves two shots a year apart. Is this shot only for older people or ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A search for the origin of the Easter Bunny sent me tumbling down the rabbit hole, and I may not emerge before Sunday. The origin of the rabbit hole metaphor is much easier to trace. Since 1865, when Lewis Carroll first enchanted readers with his fanciful tale of young Alice entering ...

Maui Connections

Maui’s art scene was alive and well last weekend with two art receptions in Kahului, according to Cynthia Conrad and Jerry Labb, who filled me in on all the details. The 17th annual Art of Trash opened Friday at the Maui Mall, continuing daily through May 4. Hosted by Malama Maui Nui, it ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Why are the speed limits on Hana Highway past Paia mostly 30 or 35 mph? The speed limit for a highway shouldn’t be the same as Kaahumanu Avenue. That seems to be a ridiculously slow speed for a ...

Paying it forward

Thirty years ago, Esther Yap took a leap of faith and applied for a bookkeeping job at a nonprofit she’d never heard of. Fast forward to today, and she’ll tell you it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. “I was looking for something fulfilling — and I found it,” she said. ...

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 ...