Columns

Why we need Medicare for All

How can someone come out of the Maui hospital emergency room with a bill for $5,000? It is because we have allowed medical care in this country to become a very profitable enterprise. We have 30 million people without any health insurance and, as is the case for the person in the Feb. 17 Maui ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Several years ago, I read that hotels were prohibited from placing lounges and umbrellas on the public beaches for their guests to use until the guests were actually present and requesting that service. All of the Wailea hotels seem to be following this policy except for one. I took a photo ...

The State of Aloha

Hundreds of years ago, England faced a problem with overcrowding prisons. There were too many criminals for the country’s jails and prisons. The aging hulks of defunct warships anchored in the Thames River were also overcrowded with inmates. The solution was called the presciently Orwellian ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I am a firm believer in the importance of self-care and I know it is somewhat of a trend right now in the adult health care industry. But what about children? We tell them to eat their vegetables, exercise and study hard in school but not specifically about taking care of their emotional and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

“What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” — Dr. Karl Menninger I was blessed to have more than a few great teachers throughout my public school years; none more influential than longtime Baldwin High School instructors Sue Ann Loudon and Lance Jo. Miss Loudon put the ...

Maui Connections

I could almost hear the Uptown Funk all the way to here in Arizona as I read Melissa Tanji‘s terrific Maui News write-up of Bruno Mars’ concert in Wailea Wednesday. The Hawaiian-born superstar was playing for a corporate convention at the Grand Wailea, and more than a thousand local folks ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: How do I make a complaint for excessive dog barking coming from a house in my neighborhood? A: I truly love dogs, but I do know how frustrating it can be when owners neglect their dogs and allow them to bark nonstop outside their home. All of us should take ownership of our pets and ...

Saying yes to the dress

Prom season is just around the corner, and right now, preparations are underway for the big night: There are corsages to order, limos to rent and dance moves to master. And then there’s the matter of finding the perfect dress. For some teens, this can be a sticking point. A prom dress can ...

Family values guide us as we move county forward

The Hawaiian word ‘ohana brings to mind fond memories of family vacations, of mom and kids talking story around the dinner table. Lessons shared and learned. We hear the word ‘ohana used in various ways in our daily lives. In Disney’s 2002 animated movie, “Lilo and Stitch,” Stitch ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: My adult son was just discharged from Maui Memorial Medical Center and while he was there, the doctor told him he was prediabetic. I’m so worried that it will turn in to diabetes. How can I help him avoid that? Jolly Uclaray, diabetes coordinator, Maui Memorial Medical Center: I’m ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today’s column is presented with Hawaii Creole English (HCE) translation, as a public service. Last week’s “Sharing Mana‘o” about the addition of the pidgin word “hammajang” into the Oxford English Dictionary generated so much feedback, I just had to revisit the topic. Through ...

Maui Connections

There are many reasons Kula Community Association meetings are high on my list of favorite free things to do on Maui. They are reminders that for all the open space, there really is a community on the verdant slopes of Haleakala. It comprises a unique, multiethnic blend of families, many ...

Congress loses man of courage, decency

As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th birthday, was an ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for years, but I’ve always dreamed of making a career change or even running my own business. It all seems a bit daunting, though, and I’m honestly a little afraid of taking the plunge. Are there any resources or people that I could get ...

The State of Aloha

In case you didn’t see it yourself, I’m sure someone told you about it. And yes, there are social media posts galore. In case you haven’t read the paper, watched the news, checked your Facebook account, or in case you haven’t looked up, there was snow here on Maui — for days on ...

Coordinated Entry — a strategy that houses people by priority

Last month I wrote about how the Diversion Program is helping to make Housing First productive. One of the key elements of Housing First and the Diversion Program is called Coordinated Entry. In mid-2017, the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns hired David Nakama to be the ...

Healthwise Maui

Q: I am seven months pregnant with my second child and will be giving birth at Maui Memorial. I just moved here from Oahu so I’m unfamiliar with the services available to expecting moms at the hospital. Is there a tour or a class that I can attend to prepare myself? Malia Joyo-Bui, nurse ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As reported recently in The Maui News, the local pidgin word “hammajang” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED lists “hammajang” as an adjective meaning “in a disorderly or shambolic state; messed up.” I’m still sorting through mixed feelings about this. On ...

Maui Connections

Mark Twain usually gets the credit for saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Turns out there’s some debate about whether he or his good friend, Hartford, Conn., newspaper editor Charles Dudley Warner, was the first to make the observation. No ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why are there so many vehicles on the road with expired registrations and inspections? Safety reasons aside, it is not fair to those who pay to keep their vehicles properly compliant with county and state regulations. Can one expect the new administration to be more vigilant with all ...