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Maui Nei

Random musings about elections, storms, Maui police cars and change:* Zip! Zip! This month's election returns arrived with the speed of light illuminating television screens. It wasn't always that way. There was a time when the County Clerk's Office opened a series of boxes to count paper ...

Taxes on transportation are a problem for all in Hawaii

The airline industry was in the spotlight because Transportation Security Administration fees rose on July 21 from $2.50 for nonstop flights and $5.60 for connecting flights to $5.60 for all flights. Very few travelerslook forward to the security line at the airport and what that entails, and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Between Robin Williams and Michael Brown, the news of late has put quite a damper on my usually sunny disposition. There's a crack in my rose-colored glasses; not so deep that I'd throw them away, but enough to alter my outlook. So I was delighted to read in Sunday's Maui News that a new Laura ...

Maui Connections

Art takes many forms, but it's almost always about telling stories.Life's like that, too.Sometimes we can't remember which parts we make up and which parts are true.It doesn't matter. Truth lurks in stories, either way.Case in point: the new photo exhibit "Negatives Are to Be Stored" by ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I read the story in the paper about the woman who collapsed at Costco and was saved. My husband had a similar experience at San Jose airport. He was saved by quick-thinking passengers and airport staff who used CPR and the AED (automated external defibrillator) equipment at the airport. How ...

Wide range of issues before the council on Tuesday

Should transient vacation rentals be allowed, subject to a special use permit, in the neighborhood business zoning district?Should county council members and mayors throughout the state once again ask the state for the return of more tax revenue to the counties where it's earned?Should the ...

The State of Aloha

Iselle and Julio. These two were the stars of last week's news cycle. They convinced me to buy water and canned goods, top off my gas tank and bring in deck chairs. They even got me to bring the dog into the house - a true first.Newscasters went crazy over them. Thankfully it ended without any ...

Maui Nei

The late Charlie Nalepa played a part in a Sunday of discovery for a malihini reporter from the city. The year was 1973. The malihini had spent his first week on Maui digging up stories for The Honolulu Advertiser. Some days it was hard to find something worth reporting. The island was just ...

Do we really want to starve the golden goose?

Our legislative session for this year is now over. Among other things the Legislature passed this year was the state budget. With the exception of a few line-item vetoes, the governor signed the bill and now we have a budget.Our state's fiscal year started July 1. With that new budget in place, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

When I heard of Robin Williams' death Monday evening, I was sure it was an Internet hoax. At least, I hoped it was.Everyone has a favorite Robin Williams memory; I have several. Enjoyed him as "Popeye" and "Mrs. Doubtfire," admired him in "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Dead Poets Society," ...

Maui Connections

There's nothing like a hurricane or two to put you in your place.They're historic events. Even when they don't happen.It's been 22 years since Iniki slammed into Kauai. Last week, the state was looking into not one eye of a hurricane, but two - Iselle and Julio, sounding like a pair of aging ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Last time we had a big storm pass through, I lost part of my roof. This time, with Iselle, I was worried my home might have more damage. What's the process for reporting storm damage?A: Our Maui County Civil Defense Agency coordinates storm damage reports. This information ensures that the ...

Council authorizes funds for affordable-housing projects

Thanks to recent County Council action, more affordable housing units may soon become available on Maui.The council authorized more than $11.7 million for affordable-housing projects by approving three budget amendments. The funding will facilitate development of the county's 56-unit Kulamalu ...

Maui Nei

Maui's mice have been preparing for the hurricanes for more than a month.The little pests have been creeping into houses through any hole a little larger than their noses. Once inside, they scamper across floors and countertops, leaving behind little droppings and tiny pools of, uh, liquid ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Preparing for the impending arrival of unwanted visitors Iselle and Julio, I was reminded of some of the darker moments of my newlywed days: my mother-in-law's annual visits. Not that I didn't like my mother-in-law. She was personable and lively, and we got along fine. But those last few days ...

Maui Connections

How sweet it was when Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom came home to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Thursday night.The resort's Anuenue Room had provided her first steady-paying job singing in its elegant, wood-paneled surroundings. That was around 20 years, 16 albums, five Grammy nominations and a couple ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I drove through the intersection in Kahului with the new flashing yellow arrow, and it was easy to navigate. Does the flashing yellow arrow light cost more than regular traffic signals, and will there be more installed in the future?A: The flashing yellow arrow traffic signals do not cost ...

Time to vote: Primary election set for Saturday

"Voting is a habit - one that is powerfully inspired by personal contact - and political participation should be a lifestyle."Those are the words of Tufts University student Hana Migliorato, from Hawaii, in an article posted on the League of Women Voters website last month. I agree with Hana ...

The State of Aloha

Our County Council stoked an old fire this week. It's about foam. The council heard testimony both for and against a ban on plastic foam containers that would essentially force food vendors to look at an alternative to the most common way to serve plate lunches and takeout food.We've all seen ...

Maui Nei

The University of Hawaii has been running television ads in an effort to get support for its community colleges. One of the ads notes that the community college system is 50 years old. University of Hawaii Maui College is the descendant of a school established by the county 83 years ago.In ...