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Letters to the Editor

Cane fire complainers, are you happy now?

I sincerely hope the newcomers who came to Maui that complained about the controlled cane fires are now happy with what has happened to our beautiful island. We old-timers and locals accepted the cane fires and did not complain. The cane industry provided many jobs for us. Now we see ...

Kapu Aloha is about love for our land and people

In a letter on Aug. 24, “Understanding your role in the making of Hawaiian history,” the writer examines her freedom of speech to many people who visit Hawaii and folks who have moved here part time. Mauna Kea is our lifeline, period. We are the people of this land, and we must stand to ...

Vehicle not allowed on road or bike lane

A riddle: I have three wheels, I can ride on the sidewalk, I am not legally allowed in the bike lane, I can’t get registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles, electricity powers me, at the hare speed setting I can drive 10 miles per hour whereas at the turtle speed setting I barely move, ...

Mayor’s attendance at Little League game says a lot

I was very moved by the fact that our mayor attended the Little League game in person. I am sure his attendance was much appreciated by the players and fans. It was a long way to go and it shows the kind of man he was when he paid for it himself and used vacation time. I do not know the ...

Wastewater detrimental to coral reefs off Kahekili

In response to misinformation in previous articles and opinion pieces regarding the condition of coral reefs off of Kahekili Beach Park in Kaanapali, we have scientific evidence of the negative impacts that the wastewater injected into the ground at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility ...

It’s time for leadership in the Lahaina injection wells case

For the past three years, we’ve been continually bombarded with news of the Trump administration’s all-out war against the environment and our planet. These trying times remind us how lucky we are to live in Hawaii — and especially a place like Maui, known to locals and visitors alike for ...

Point of column was not to offer solution to fires

The writer of the letter to the editor titled “Upcountry-South Maui road not answer to recent fires” published in the Aug. 17-18 issue of The Maui News missed the target. In the Aug. 10-11 “Council’s 3 Minutes,” the point of my proposal to build a South Maui to Upcountry Road is ...

Kudos for mayor’s proposal to limit commercial beach use

Mayor Mike Victorino just hit a grand-slam home run for the local people when he announced that his administration will be working to amend the relevant law so it can deny permits to companies that are engaged in ocean activities to operate on Sundays and holidays. As a kamaaina who was born ...

UH has contributed to the revival of Hawaiian culture

We have lived in Hawaii since the Native Hawaiian Renaissance in the 1970s. Many of my family members were born here. My mother taught at UH and my daughter obtained a degree there. UH has contributed much to the re-emergence of Native Hawaiian cultural practices. Michele Paularena Kahului

Give Mahi Pono a chance for success before pointing fingers

In response to a letter from Aug. 16, it’s not fair to point fingers at Mahi Pono over the abandoned sugar cane fields that blanket central Maui. If I’m not mistaken, they only recently took possession of this acreage once owned by A&B. In reality, Mahi Pono is attempting to revitalize ...

Thief took valuable items on last day visiting Maui

No thanks to whomever smashed and grabbed my carry-on at the mall during our last day in beautiful Maui with time to kill before our flights. My carry-on had my jewelry, a ring my daughter gave me for my 50th anniversary (which we were celebrating), and my mother’s ring that’s 40 years ...

The Kellogg Briand Pact made war illegal

Aug. 27 is a special day. Not only is it the mayor’s birthday, it is also Kellogg Briand Pact day (KBP), the day that made war illegal. On Aug. 27,1928, our secretary of state and his French counterpart, Aristide Briand, created an international agreement signed by over 60 countries in ...

Fireworks are illegal but permitted to enter our state

Fireworks are like drugs; they are illegal. However, they are permitted to enter our state. They have the necessary protection and cover. Corruption is contagious. Everyone wants a share of the profits. Meanwhile, summons can’t be delivered, in some cases over one year, because there ...

Reinstall the screens at Pukalani pool building

We’ve had an incredibly hot summer and the newly renovated Pukalani pool has been a blessing to many. However, during the renovation the screens that surround the main building were removed for repair and never replaced. The dressing rooms and reception area have been shockingly hot and humid ...

On Mauna Kea, more than $3 million up in smoke

According to recent reports, the costs associated with the TMT protests on Mauna Kea exceed $3 million to date, and the meter keeps running. I, for one, would have loved to see every penny of that money directed to salaries for new, qualified teachers in Hawaiian immersion ...

Climate change isn’t man-made but natural

From the 1970s to now climate change has gone through an identity crisis — it’s been labeled global cooling to global warming and now climate change. Truth is, the narrative changes because the truth is this isn’t man-made but natural. However, in order for more government control the ...

The Supreme Court should decide injection well case

I am grateful to Mayor Michael Victorino for standing up for regular Maui citizens and for the county as a whole. His recent column (“Our County,” Aug. 16) laid out the issues so I could understand them. Then later, I saw the photos on Hawaii News Now, and from my personal experience, ...

We lost our rights when judge dismissed local law

I was asked recently about 5G and what to do about the dangers, being known for my activism regarding GMOs. I said I knew enough about 5G that we should be very concerned, especially considering Israel, where it was developed, and Japan, not known for being ignorant, has banned it. I relayed ...

Mauna Kea large enough for scientific and religious pursuits

Fifty years ago I worked as a union carpenter atop Mauna Kea on the UH 88 observatory, which, although not the first one built there, is world famous for discoveries and contributions made to the science of astronomy. For me, and many others similarly employed, this was both a good job and a ...

Place rat poison responsibly to prevent unintended deaths

Yesterday our dog died. The landlord hired someone to put rat poison around the houses but never told the folks on the property. Our dog ate some and died. Please, if you put poison of any kind out, do so responsibly. Tell the folks that are in the area so they can protect their pets and ...