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County service center design to receive final OK

The proposed new county service center in Kahului is moving forward.As recommended by the County Council's Budget and Finance Committee, Bills 95 and 96 (2014), providing funding for the service center's design and construction, will be considered for second and final reading at the first ...

Neighbors: Step into her laboratory

What are the ingredients to a successful birthday party? For Kelly Ferreira it's goggles, dry ice and slime.For more than a decade the Wailuku resident has been performing science shows at parties, schools and events across Hawaii with a business that focuses on providing educational fun. ...

State lawmakers need to reduce debt without more taxes, fees

With the state Legislature set to begin its 2015 session on Jan. 21, we wanted to highlight our state debt to help the public realize where we are and how we rank on a national level.While debt is not fun to talk about, it is important to understand because we have been growing the size of our ...

Maui Nei

It was eerie. Not unexpected nor exactly unfamiliar, just a little strange. Maui's normally benign weather was taxing the island with wind and rain. Call it a storm, if you must. The house on the side of the mountain was dark, but noisy. Not the outside-in sound of electronics, but the roar of ...

Lottery most practical way to wealth?

In 2005, a survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America and the Financial Planning Association asked a sample of 1,000 adult Americans what would be the most practical way for them to accumulate severalhundred thousand dollars. Most (55 percent) of the respondents said, "Save ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Sad news, folks. The Parade has passed us by. Well, it's not really news; this newspaper warned us over a week ago that Parade Magazine would no longer appear in our Sunday paper. After acquiring the 73-year-old weekly supplement a few months ago, Athlon Media Group has pulled Parade from ...

Maui Connections

We all have our own ways of ringing in a new year. Mike Odwyer's New Year's Eve Bash at Mulligans on the Blue was a fundraiser for 19-month-old Trucker Dukes in his battle against cancer. My friend Bob Neal and 33 other transplanted Buckeye faithful spent New Year's night whooping and hollering ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I've noticed that there is a lot of drunken driving on the island. I know of two drunken driving accidents involving people I know. They were drunk and driving their vehicles home when they got into an accident. They didn't hurt anyone else, but their vehicles were badly damaged and they ...

Council team in place with high expectations for progress

Friday morning's inauguration ceremony for the 2015-2017 Maui County Council provided a great opportunity for the county's elected officials to reaffirm our commitment to work together for the constituents we all serve.The new term formally began on Friday afternoon with the adoption of ...

The State of Aloha

You know that it's New Year's time on Maui when bamboo, packets of mochi, red paper and fireworks are prominently on display at Longs. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the traditions surrounding the first of the year that are observed here in the islands come from someplace else.In a ...

Maui Nei

First day of a new year. Time to formulate New Year's resolutions. Nah, Nah, Nah. Such resolves generally last a only few days, maybe a week or month, so why bother? Except. Maybe just one to smooth out the next trip to the "Busy Isle."A recent change in circumstances has resulted in a couple ...

Another perspective on Hawaii’s GET

Yet another 50-state study has come out, this one from the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council of Washington, D.C., looking to compare the states on "policy measures and costs impacting small business and entrepreneurship."In this study, Hawaii ranks 47th, behind only California, New ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Goodbye, 2014. You were a good year. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly not the worst. My Chinese horoscope predicted a busy year with many job opportunities, generally good health and great potential for romance.Two out of three ain't bad, so I'm not complaining. I did have more ...

Maui Connections

Newspaper columnists' beats may change, but old habits don't.All those years editing Maui Scene and Currents must have rewired my brain. When the end of another December rolls around, it's time for My Favorite Movies of the Year list, along with the year-in-review wrapup.Granted, this column ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I was wondering if the well-traveled roads of Haiku are scheduled for repaving anytime soon. Kaupakalua and Kokomo roads are to a point where it is unsafe to drive. The potholes, ruts, bumps and cracks are highly dangerous and are destroying cars of taxpaying residents. Kokomo has not had ...

Honoring county residents’ outstanding achievements

I had the honor of convening 51 meetings while chairing the Maui County Council during the two-year term that ends on Friday.I was proud to work with my colleagues to shepherd 164 ordinances and 283 resolutions to enactment during the 2013-2015 term. The task was made much easier by the hard ...

Building a healthier Maui

As we enter our second year, it is important to realize that the Affordable Care Act, in partnership with Hawaii's advanced health care system, is doing more than providing insurance - it is saving and extending lives.Here is an example from our community: A lung cancer survivor from Hana was ...

Maui Nei

The short list of gifts and cards had been checked off early this year. There was no need for any last-minute shopping. For the most part, thank the ability to shop at homeand let the U.S. Postal Service do the delivering. The whole idea of giving gifts probably came from the story of "we three ...

Regarding London’s mayor’s unpaid tax bill

You may have heard in the news about Boris Johnson. He's a flamboyant politician in the U.K. with an unruly mop of blond hair. Recently he made news by publicly saying he absolutely won't pay his U.S. taxes. And yes, he is the mayor of London (the "real" London, where Buckingham Palace is). ...

Sharing Mana‘o

I don't understand why some folks get so offended over the greeting "Happy Holidays," as if the use of the phrase somehow renounces Christmas. I see it as an acknowledgment of a whole season of celebration: Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and whatever else you may ...