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Editorial

A symbolic milestone

The American economy is a wonderful engine of prosperity left to its own devices, and on Nov. 24 it proved this again with another surge in equity prices that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 30,000 for the first time. Stock prices rise and fall, but this symbolic milestone of ...

Trust in vaccine may improve

A Herculean effort by the science community has produced several vaccines for COVID-19 in record time. With preliminary efficacy results around 95 percent, the vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are far more effective than anyone dared hope. AstraZeneca has also posted a ...

TP hoarding fuels anxiety

You’ve got packages of toilet paper stacked in your bathroom closet. But then you throw some more rolls into your grocery cart, while food shopping. And you’re tempted to add some to your online cart as you take advantage of those Black Friday deals. Just in case. Sound familiar? We bet ...

Slowdown on Pi‘ilani

Before Pi‘ilani Highway opened in the early 1980s, South Kihei Road was South Maui’s only north-south artery. During rush hours, the oceanfront road became a congested mess. It could take an hour to travel the length of rapidly growing Kihei. Left turns were impossible without the ...

Downsizing the holidays

One of the joys of Hawaii’s melting pot society is how each new culture adds its favorite foods, traditions and celebrations to the mix. The same Maui family may pound mochi and light fireworks on New Year’s Day, eat hot malassadas every Fat Tuesday and decorate the yard for Christmas. Of ...

Trump should cooperate

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Healing divisions

We did not need schooling on the fact that the media does not get to pick the president, as some readers were compelled to tell us Nov. 7. It is, however, historically based and quite normal for media outlets to call an election in favor of one candidate over another. The Associated Press has ...

Trying to help the homeless

Seven years ago, this newspaper ran a picture of a homeless man wearing a red and white Santa hat as he pushed a walker across Kamehameha Avenue. In the caption, the man said he was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War. He said it wasn’t easy being homeless and that he ...

The election is over

To the candidates who have taken down their campaign signs, the island says thank you. And to all the politicians who have not gotten around to it, do you mind if we ask what you’re waiting for? While cruising Maui’s increasingly busy roads this week, we spotted campaign signs attached to ...

First in line for a vaccine

Once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, demand for it will be enormous. Plainly, there will not be enough to go around, probably for several months. Thoughtful plans will be needed to set priorities for the limited amounts of vaccine that will be available at first. Federal officials ...

Plenty of votes cast

“They ran out of stickers,” the middle-school-age boy said with a laugh as he and his dad returned to their car in the dark parking lot. After spending about an hour in line to enter the Maui County voter service center at Velma McWayne Santos Center in Wailuku on Tuesday night, they were ...

Halloween was scary

Will Halloween be Maui’s Sturgis? If so, island COVID-19 cases will be surging around Thanksgiving Day. Last Saturday, Lahaina was a ghost town compared to the usual Halloween party for 25,000 revelers on Front Street, but there was still a mix of visitors and locals walking the sidewalks ...

Lots to be decided today

However you slice it, this Election Day stands to be one for the history books both nationally and locally. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden could shape the direction of our country for decades to come. The two offer such ...

Walking a tightrope

Reopening tourism must feel like walking a tightrope to state and county leaders. Their bid to restart Hawaii’s economic engine balances on the health of its residents and visitors. The void the governor and mayors find themselves inching across is home to all sorts of challenges and ...

Depressingly predictable

One of the more distressing parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, besides the obvious toll on lives and health, is how easy to predict the whole mess was at the very beginning. Sure, we might not have understood the instant that cases appeared in the United States. But fairly soon afterward it ...

Courts have been packed

Former Vice President Joe Biden is asked, over and over, whether he will pack the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. The better question is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been allowed to spend the last six years packing the lower courts. With Republicans ...

Tourism gates have reopened

Ready or not, here they are. As Hawaii’s economic engine sputters back to life, we are once again welcoming visitors to our beaches, businesses and roadways. Maui’s October arrival numbers are a small fraction of pre-COVID-19 totals, but screening lines at Kahului Airport confirm that ...

Challenging Big Tech

The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between experimental nodes at UCLA and Stanford. And in some industries, it remains a great equalizer — giving upstart creators and service providers the sort ...

Reduce the risk of breast cancer

This is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Maintaining that focus is important since breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, regardless of race, contributing more than 25 percent of new cancer cases. Although more women are surviving, breast cancer has been on the rise ...

Tourism reboot

The confusion surrounding this week’s reopening to tourism reminded us of a spaceship plunging through Earth’s atmosphere. After seven months of solitary orbit, suspended weightless and viewing the world from afar, suddenly Hawaii was hurtling toward reentry, rattling and shaking as it ...