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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 ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last Thursday, the day before Valentine’s Day, I received a letter dated Feb. 12, 1996. The envelope, dog-eared and bug-eaten at the top corners, was addressed to “Kathy Collins, D.J., Radio Station KNUI,” obviously with an IBM electric typewriter. The preprinted return address read ...

The flippin’ surcharge and other proposed housing solutions

This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis. Senate Bill 2216, introduced by Sen. Stanley Chang, chair of the Senate Housing Committee, proposes an “empty homes tax.” If you own residential real property in Hawaii and you can’t ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: My husband has been asked by a friend to take some pre-wedding photos on Kaanapali Beach. Is this permitted? A: It depends. If you are receiving compensation for these photos (as defined by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, compensation includes, but is not limited to, ...

Celebrating our Maui County ‘ohana

On Tuesday, I was honored to present my annual State of the County Address to the people of the County of Maui. We celebrated our ‘ohana as a community by highlighting the accomplishments of our entire county this year. Thank you to the attendees and to Maui County for allowing me the ...

The world on a string

Rona Landrigan was barely 3 years old when she fell in love with the violin. She recalls listening to her grand-father play the string instrument — and being transfixed by its soul-stirring sound. “I was completely fascinated,” she said. So much, in fact, that Landrigan’s mother ...

Maui’s hospital system here for everyone

As the leader of Maui’s community hospital system, it’s been an honor to help care for the people of Maui and Lanai for the past three years. That’s why I was concerned when I heard recently that there are still some people who believe or have been told that not everyone can get care ...

Sharing Mana‘o

After last week’s column was published, I received quite a few emails from readers saying I forgot about Valentine’s Day. Folks, I didn’t forget. I just didn’t think it fit the subject: quirky or obsolete observances associated with this month. After all, unlike Groundhog Day, Sadie ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: How would I go about adopting a cleanup program for Maui County roads? A: Mahalo for taking an interest in helping to maintain our roadways. I wish everyone took as much ownership of our streets as you do. Our Department of Public Works is starting to explore an “Adopt-A-Street” ...

Council committees coming to your community

Last month, the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee and Economic Development and Budget Committee traveled to Molokai to engage the Molokai community in important decisions that directly affect Molokai. Discussion included short-term rental home permits, drainage infrastructure and the ...

Why the Democrats won’t stop Bernie Sanders

There is no doubt that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is now the leading Democratic presidential candidate. That’s not because his ideas are overwhelmingly popular — a majority of Americans approve of capitalism, while less than 1 in 5 like socialism; few Americans are on board with total ...

Suggestions sought for attracting quality candidates to serve county

I am writing in my personal capacity as a Salary Commission (“Commission”) member and am not representing the commission as a whole. The commission is comprised of nine members, who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Maui County Council. We volunteer our time and meet once a ...

Earthworms could be supporting invasive plants, animals

If you garden, you’ve gained an appreciation for the relationship between soil and plant health. From soil pH to mineral content or drainage, there are countless indicators of soil quality and one size doesn’t fit all; the right soil for a cactus won’t support a lily. As with climate, ...

The State of Aloha

An American merchant ship slowly made its way to the shores of Oahu. It docked in Honolulu Harbor on Feb. 10. Nobody was happy to see the ship, the Charles Mallory, come in from San Francisco. The large yellow flag displayed on the ship saw to it that everyone should stay back: a serious ...

Airport authority could make Kahului airport ‘no ka ‘oi’

Hawaii is a state that relies on its airports, so it is astounding that we are taking so long to adopt a proven airport-management model that could turn our airports into shining examples of what Hawaii could be. At Yelp.com, the reviews of Maui’s Kahului Airport are not kind: ...

Bills for ConAms would monkey with real property tax yet again

Two years ago, we as voters were inundated with impassioned arguments on both sides of a proposed constitutional amendment (“ConAm” for short). The amendment would have given the state the power to impose a surcharge on real property tax, ostensibly to fund teacher pay raises. The Hawaii ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: What are the signs of heart attack in women? Dr. Colin Lee, interventional cardiology, Pacific Permanente Group: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., but many women miss the signs that they are having a heart attack. That’s often because the symptoms can be ...

Sharing Mana‘o

If months had personalities, February would be the one with the lowest self-esteem. Not only is it the shortest month, it’s also — according to a Gallup poll — the least favorite of Americans. And it contains several quaint or quirky observances, beginning with Groundhog Day, Feb. ...

The news pace quickens as viewer attention spans shorten

One of the least noticed phenomena of the 21st century is the pace of life now quickening. It is reflected in news cycles that can move to new stories in less than 24 hours and forget about stories in 48 hours. It is a remarkable testament to Kobe Bryant’s impact that, almost a week removed ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I’ve lived in Napili since 2004. I’ve noticed all these years that the upper Honoapiilani Highway needs defined middle striping on the road from Honokowai to Napilihau Street. During the ...