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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 ...

Maui Connections

Christmas doesn't arrive in the islands on Santa's sleigh. For some, it touches down on the wings of Learjets.The sleek, white private jets on the other side of the OGG runway are like our version of holiday ornaments. Yes, Virginia, jet-setters actually exist. And there's no place like Maui ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Until several years ago, many of the Wailea hotels monopolized the space at Wailea and Polo beaches by setting up large numbers of umbrellas and lounge chairs for the exclusive use of their guests, so that there would be little beach space remaining for the general public that arrived later ...

Land acquisition, housing, community initiatives highlight term

With the County Council's legislative work for the 2013-2015 term now concluded, it's an apt time to look back at some highlights.Land acquisition, housing and community initiatives have been supported throughout the term.In the summer of 2013, the council adopted Resolution 13-97, approving ...

The State of Aloha

On Dec. 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m., the first wave of Japanese fighter planes attacked Oahu. More than 350 fighter planes would descend upon the island. The Japanese managed to destroy and damage battleships, cruisers and hundreds of planes. A total of 2,403 people were killed - 68 were civilians - ...

Maui Nei

There was a scurry of workers in the fourth-floor office when a shaggy dude carrying a weird instrument walked in to talk to Recreation Director Al Deloso. The guy wanted to set up classes under the county's Fee for Service program; Deloso was the man who would say yay or nay.The hippy wound ...

There’s cliff in state income tax, too

A couple of months ago I was talking about tax cliffs. These apply where a taxpayer makes a dollar more of income, or value, then the tax amount jumps far more than that one dollar.I looked at the City and County of Honolulu's "Residential A" classification, where a property assessed a dollar ...

Sharing Mana‘o

A recent article in The Maui News cited a scientific study that actually measured the degree of power in a pair of high heels. Behavioral scientists at a French university found that women wearing heels received more attention from men, and the higher the heel, the better the response. Well, ...

Maui Connections

It took great writer and former Maui girl Lee Cataluna only a handful of words to sum up so much of the essence of modern island life with the title of her short-story collection: "Folks You Meet at Longs."For all the events and institutions that have provided gathering places for Maui culture ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The house across the street from where I live has 10 cars and about 15 to 20 people living there. It's a hassle to park on the road, and there is always someone blocking our driveway. Getting mail is a problem when they park too close to our mailbox, and sometimes trash pickup is an issue ...

Bills on water shortage, affordable housing are up for final reading

The County Council will consider on second and final reading Friday Bill 85, which provides new authority for the county to address water shortages, and Bill 86, an update to the county's affordable-housing law known as the residential workforce housing policy.Both bills were carefully vetted ...

Neighbors: A rainbow of books

Some three decades after she wrote and self-published her first picture book, local author and illustrator Gill McBarnet is celebrating the release of her 13th project for young children.McBarnet says she was first inspired to start writing by the birth of her children. Now, her latest title, ...

Crews cut fishing line from tail of a humpback whale

A young, 30-foot humpback whale was freed off Kihei on Wednesday of most of what had been a life-threatening, heavy entanglement of longline monofilament, federal officials reported Thursday.The line was removed by a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Mammal ...

Maui Nei

You never know who will show up in the Morihara Store parking lot. A mud-splattered pickup truck rolled in. Out jumped an old friend. Even at this early hour of the day, it was obvious the Kula-born-and-raised friend had already put in some hours of hard work.It turned out the work was ...

Law offers end run around nexus

Let's take a look at a pending U.S. Supreme Court case from Colorado.Colorado imposes a sales and use tax similar to Hawaii. Not all sales to Colorado consumers are subject to sales tax because the U.S. Constitution says that if a seller doesn't have "substantial nexus" with the taxing state, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Betty Crocker is 93 years old, but she doesn't look a day over 35. That's because she's had seven face-lifts since her first portrait was painted in 1936. She hasn't had any work done in a while; her last makeover was in 1996. I guess it doesn't really matter; unlike Chef Boyardee, whose grin ...

Maui Connections

My friend and neighbor Randy Braun took me flying over Kula on Saturday morning.The view was great. When you live 2,500 feet up the slopes of a volcano, you sometimes feel like a bird anyway, but the ability to soar over treetops adds an extra dimension - like Superman.It's an exhilarating ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: Why is it illegal to have wide tires on lifted trucks or low riders?A: Maui County Code chapter 10.20.450 ("Mudguards") states that tires must not protrude farther than any fender or other attachment, as that creates a potential safety hazard. Specifically, the code states that no person ...