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Editorial

Tokyo Olympics conundrum

The Olympic Games oath, in which a representative of the host country promises on behalf of all athletes to compete honorably, closes with the aspiration: “To make the world a better place through sport.” There has to be a question whether the Tokyo Games beginning in just 23 days, already ...

Feelings over facts

‘Why don’t you write something about all the people dying from the COVID-19 vaccines?” the bearded man queried after learning we work for The Maui News. Standing in the shade of a small tree near the Costco gas station exit, he held a hand-printed sign asking for the kindness of ...

Homelands lease a mess

Maui residents have long struggled to afford homes of their own due to the lack of supply and the skyrocketing rates; recently the median sales price for a single-family home surpassed a record-high $1 million. But there’s another hurdle stopping local families from living in a place of ...

US tax code revelations

Internal Revenue Service data obtained by ProPublica and published last week shows in black and white just how rigged toward the rich the U.S. tax code has become. The data, sent anonymously to the independent investigative outlet, shows that while their personal wealth grows by the billions, ...

Smiles back, but not everywhere

Isn’t it wonderful to see smiles again? As we shed our masks outdoors and community activities return, the aloha spirit is on full display. The warmth Maui is known for was harder to detect behind masks and visors. We all tried learning to smile with our eyes, but only so much warmth can be ...

Recognition is no game

In far western Nebraska, Signal Butte rises 120 feet above the North Platte River valley. Generations of archaeologists are familiar with the site. It is Nebraska’s richest source of information about some of the state’s earliest inhabitants. Native peoples lived there long before our ...