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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 ...

Is it fair to vote with your feet with business inversion tax?

Recently, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew wrote to congressional tax-writing committees about "inversion," which occurs when a U.S. company merges with a foreign company and moves its headquarters to the foreign country.He wrote: "The firms involved in these transactions still expect to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Quick, what's the first word or phrase that comes to mind when you hear the name Willie K? Awesome? Multitalented? Guitar hero? "O Holy Night"? In a recent informal poll, those were the answers I heard most often. Well, those and a particular one-word answer that we can't print in this ...

Maui Connections

Maui stretches out like a colorful comforter in crisp early-morning sunshine when you're looking down on it from the Upcountry Farmers Market near Longs in Pukalani.That's where we've been for the last couple of Saturdays, sampling good things to eat, some raw, others prepared deliciously. The ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.Q: I live in Makawao, a mile from the school where I teach. If the bus routes Upcountry could be adjusted slightly, so that one could travel from Makawao to Pukalani without going through Kahului, I would ...

Solid waste focus of council committee’s work

Solid waste management is one focus of the County Council Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee's work.Improvements in solid waste management can limit demands on the county's landfills, saving taxpayer money and preserving the natural environment.The committee seeks to ensure ...

Wrappily ever after

Kula resident Sara Smith was pregnant with her first child when she got the idea.It was a time of "heavy gifting," with lots of friends getting married and having babies, and lots of showers to attend. "I felt inundated by wrapping paper," she recalls.To her dismay, she learned that most Maui ...

Maui Nei

The mystery sound was first heard over the rush of water running in the kitchen sink. Close the tap. Definitely some sort of bird saying "chuk, chuk, chuk, grrr, grrr." What kind of bird? The sound seemed to come from the overgrown oleander bush covering the window. The call was answered by a ...

Work put into tracking special funds leads to nixing of some for naught

One stroke of the pen. That's all it takes to undo a very large amount of work. Today we will follow the saga of House Bill 2427 in this past legislative session.Our government is replete with "special funds," little pots of money that are formed for particular purposes. Sometimes these funds ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Is there a certain name that keeps popping up in your life? Not a specific person's name; I mean a name like Tom, Dick or Harry. When I Googled the subject, I found only articles about recurring numbers; nothing on names. But a couple of my friends say they, like me, have wondered why a ...

Maui Connections

Sunny blue skies interrupted wild Wali weather Sunday afternoon, allowing folks to get down to some serious chili eating.The second annual Hawaii State Championship Chili Cookoff was a great excuse to head for Ulapalakua Ranch, especially after being housebound by all the downed trees, road ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: I am curious about the Lego-style barriers on the corner of Piilani Highway and Kilohana Road by the Wailea Fire Station.These cement barriers have been there for quite some time, but have now been painted a forest green color and have little yellow reflectors on them! What are they?A: Those ...

Beach alcohol ban, housing projects on the agenda

An alcohol ban at Kamaole Beach Park II in Kihei and funding for affordable-housing projects in Kula, Lahaina and Wailuku are among the proposals before the Maui County Council on Tuesday at 9 a.m.Bill 41, introduced by Council Member Don Couch of Kihei, was passed on first reading July 8 and ...

The State of Aloha

A war is raging on Oahu. Months ago, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell declared a "war on homelessness." "We cannot let homelessness ruin our economy and take over our city," he wrote. The mayor picked his words very carefully. Caldwell has picked up on the rhetorical "war" against an abstract ...

Maui Nei

Bobbie Brown, one of the caretakers of a cat colony at Maui Community College, led the way to a utility closet on the campus. Inside were two brothers who were recuperating from surgery.The black one didn't want to be handled. His orange-and-white sibling didn't mind. The tiny cat, thin as a ...

Would you be shocked?

When most of us pay at the gasoline pump we know the prices are very high relative to the Mainland. Part of the problem is the different taxes that are imposed on fuel. We are actually going to talk about something else, but we will return to this later.What you may or may not have heard is ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Today is my mom's 89th birthday, and I don't know what to give her.Six years ago, after seeing the movie "The Bucket List," my mother composed a list of her own and began a birthday tradition of checking off an item each year in celebration of her special day. She has soared over the waters off ...

Maui Connections

Last Thursday was proclaimed Mick Fleetwood Day by Mayor Alan Arakawa, but the honoree chose instead to make it "our day" for the large crowd in Castle Theater for the second - shall we say annual? - Fleetwood @ the MACC concert.A rollicking good time was had by all, propelled by Fleetwood's ...

Ask The Mayor

Q: The parking lots at Kamaole Park II and Kamaole Park III in Kihei are in need of repair, especially Kamaole III at the north entrance. When are these parking lots going to be resurfaced?A: Not immediately. Although these are heavily used, very popular parks, we have a limited budget and need ...

Panel considers definition of ‘infill development’

To protect farm land, open space and rural character and reduce infrastructure costs associated with new construction, the County of Maui officially favors "infill development."That policy is reflected in General Plan ordinances, including the Countywide Policy Plan and Maui Island Plan, and in ...