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Healthwise Maui

Q: My dad is going to be 80 years old this year and suffers with painful osteoarthritis in his knees. We’re thinking of joint replacement surgery but are worried that because of his age, his recovery will be too hard for him. What can we expect for recovery time and what do we need to be ...

Sharing Mana‘o

My mother is going to scold me after she reads today’s column, I know. But as I’ve been advised by more than one mentor, sometimes it’s better to apologize after the fact than to seek approval beforehand. In more than eight years of “Sharing Mana‘o” on this page, I’ve made my ...

Maui Connections

Our wake-up call came around 6:30 last Thursday morning as Vivienne Lavo, 6 — our middle grandchild here in Tucson, Ariz. — was waking up from her first sleepover with us. Karen and I were in the kitchen getting breakfast ready before taking Viv to kindergarten. We could hear her in the ...

Passage of holdover water use permits bill vital for Upcountry

Recent debate about pending state legislation has focused on whether Maui County would have enough surface water for its Upcountry water system if East Maui Irrigation Co. were not allowed to continue providing East Maui stream water for domestic and agricultural use. To be clear, EMI needs ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Are there any plans to resurface the old airport road? This road is widely used by people going to Costco and the air cargo area, and there are potholes that can cause damage to your car. A: Mahalo for the question and although this question concerns roadways under the state’s ...

‘The future is looking bright’

Ever wonder how a data breach happens, why your login password was deemed “weak” — or why we can shop and bank online, but not vote? Loren Ayresman’s students can explain it to you. Ayresman teaches math at King Kekaulike High School, but that’s only one of the many hats he ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: How can I help my husband stop snoring? Dr. David Crow, otolaryngologist: One of the main reasons men come to my office is for snoring — and usually it’s their wife bringing them in. Snoring happens when the soft tissue of the upper airway vibrates. It can be caused by some kind of ...

Sharing Mana‘o

The other night, as the only raised-on-Maui local among the folks gathered for an evening of parlor games, I was pleasantly surprised when my friend Kristi suggested we “jan ken po” to determine which team would go first. And then she floored me by chanting “Jankenna, mankenna, saka saka ...

Maui Connections

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving But how can they know it’s time for them to go? We were young when we first heard the words, but we sensed in Judy Collins’ version of “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” rich emotions and wisdom we hoped we would gain, if we ever ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What are the county’s plans for the property at the corner of Kaahumanu and Wahine Pio avenues? My understanding is that the University of Hawaii Maui College leased the land from the county and built dormitory buildings on it, then abandoned those buildings. The site would have been ...

Council prepares for fiscal year 2020 budget review

On April 1, the Maui County Council’s Economic Development and Budget Committee, which I chair, will begin a series of meetings to review the mayor’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. The mayor will deliver his budget proposal to the council Monday. The budget is the financial guide ...

The State of Aloha

Molokini is an arid rock rising about 160 feet from the Alalakeiki Channel between Maui and Kahoolawe. From the air it resembles a desolate horseshoe. From Makena Beach it looks like big rock with a lonely little light tower built on the highest point of the island. It’s a tiny island with ...

Consider Oahu’s example for homeless who refuse services

In this last month, I have personally experienced some events that have clarified that my rights and the rights of Maui citizens are being adversely affected by a few people who are making a choice to live a homeless lifestyle. I am and will continue to be an advocate for those who are ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: Do you have any job openings for nonmedical type positions? What is the best way to apply? Tara Cole, human resources director, Maui Health System: Maui Health System currently has many career opportunities available in administrative or other nonclinical departments at our hospitals and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“One thing you can count on old futs for is lots of stories.” That observation by one of my Baldwin High schoolmates arrived in my inbox amid a flurry of responses to last week’s column about Makawao’s Iwaishi Store. An Iwaishi cousin, Lester Iwamasa, shared some delightful memories, ...

Maui Connections

His words are more mystifying, haunting and radiant now, ever since we learned of the death of W.S. Merwin last Friday. The nation’s poet laureate in 2010, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes among countless other literary honors, the self-taught botanist and environmental crusader was 91 when he ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: What is being done about cyberbullying in Hawaii? A: Mahalo for this question because I take bullying very seriously, but I know it is a community issue that we must all work together to solve. First off, families can talk with their children about respecting others, even those different ...

Lets urge lawmakers to modernize voting system

As an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee, I feel a particular obligation to understand and respond to the plight of the thousands of Native Hawaiian families who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE. Nearly half of all Hawaii households are ALICE and struggling. There are ...

Eyesight is related to cognitive health

Are you curious about new and emerging research on health and aging? The National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging hosts an excellent webpage (www.nia.nih.gov/news/featured-research) that highlights cutting edge research in brief, easy to understand articles. A recent ...

Cooking … with a lot of heart

It’s 9:14 on an overcast Wednesday morning and Jennifer Middleton’s 5th-grade class is gathered outside of the King Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria. A minute later, the students file inside, laughing and chatting animatedly. There’s a palpable surge of excitement when they ...