Opinion

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Our kids used to love Napili Park but it’s been closed for so long now. What’s the status of the park? Is it going to reopen again? A: Back in March we had to close the park indefinitely for safety reasons after we discovered damage to the support beams of the playground equipment. The ...

First king ended war

Editorial

Monday marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the islands into one kingdom and ruled benevolently by modifying the old ways to fit new conditions brought about by increased foreign influence. While some governmental offices and businesses will be closed Monday in holiday ...

Prefer ‘Ohana candidates? Be sure to vote in primary

Letters to the Editor

The June 3 Maui News article laid out the challenge we face if we want to change the way the county operates (“ ‘Old boy network’ in the crosshairs”). Colin Moore’s assessment made it clear that the big money is on the establishment (more of the same) candidates. If people prefer ...

Op-ed was an unfortunate, misguided commentary

Letters to the Editor

I entered Wailuku Elementary School in 1933 and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1944. Two friends who also attended Wailuku public schools during that time graduated from Harvard Law School. Others became physicians, engineers and educators. The May 20 Viewpoint published in The Maui ...

Song epitomizes where we are at this election

Letters to the Editor

“Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble. And if I stay it will be double.” Many of us have found ourselves in this dilemma about terminating our relationships — whether romantic, with an employer, a professional, etc. This famous song by the Clash epitomizes ...

Mayoral candidate creates sense of hope

Letters to the Editor

The increasing frustration and panic expressed by so many people in the greater community about the housing crisis, the increase in unaffordable rents, is making daily life on Maui for the local folks very stressful. The 45-days notice to vacate has to change; folks need 60 days at ...

‘When one rises, we all rise’

Columns

Two months from now, Dean Ishihara will attend a graduation ceremony at Hoapili Hale, the 2nd Circuit courthouse in Wailuku. There will be no tasseled caps, no gowns and no bands belting out “Pomp and Circumstance.” But there will be tears of joy, expressions of heartfelt gratitude and new ...

A cheap way to attention

Editorial

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine reported that doctors are more likely to prescribe a drug if a pharmaceutical company representative has bought the physician a meal. Now, lest you think doctors are being bribed with fancy wining and ...

Don’t reward the old guard with re-election

Letters to the Editor

The old boy network in the crosshairs (The Maui News, June 3). Once you have them on the ropes you have to knock them out. No turning back now. Do not reward this old guard of “ignoring the public voice” with re-election. The argument that it was the court’s decision to block the ...

Giuliani launching public relations, not legal battle against Mueller

Columns

President Donald Trump and the most visible member of his legal team, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, have fired up their campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller. They at- tacked people at the Department of Justice whom Trump appointed. They smeared career DOJ lawyers and FBI ...

Mill a piece of history that should be preserved

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the May 31 letter calling the sugar mill an eyesore, I for one consider it a piece of history to be preserved and cherished. I far more enjoy the rural sight of the sugar mill given the alternative of another mall, office complex, airport hotel or condo complex. Perhaps A&B ...

Dumping Roseanne and her show by ABC was quick, dirty and smart

Columns

Roseanne Barr’s divorce from civilization started 28 years ago. Given the honor of singing the national anthem at a San Diego Padres-Cincinnati Reds game, she shrieked the words and, upon concluding, spit at the ground and scratched her crotch. All choreographed for a national TV ...

Be careful on those calls

Editorial

We ran an editorial a few months ago expressing frustration with the increasing number of robot calls we are getting on our cellphone. As we expressed at the time, it is obvious from the outset that the company behind the call has absolutely no information about us and is phishing for some. ...

Mueller investigation may offer explanation for writer

Letters to the Editor

Wow! Interesting letter re: Russian-made automobiles in the June 1 paper. Unfortunately, the Russians stopped making the Lada recently. Had my heart set on one. Rather than attempting to cover every point, I would suggest to the writer that he might wait until the full Mueller investigation ...

Simple things candidates can do to win election

Letters to the Editor

It has dawned on me that if anyone would like to win an election to any local office, these are some simple things to do: 1. Promise to raise the minimum wage to $18/hour. Increase that promise to $25/hour and you should be a shoo-in. Since nobody has given any thought to where that money ...

Rodeo animals endure excruciating pain

Letters to the Editor

The Makawao Rodeo is just around the corner and hearing or reading ads for it actually makes me cringe instead of being excited about it. These normally tame, trusting animals are provoked into unnatural behaviors that make them appear to be aggressive and fierce. Bulls and horses will be ...

Support Colin Kaepernick by not supporting the NFL

Letters to the Editor

I will boycott the NFL this season. I will not resume watching an occasional football game until they rehire Colin Kaepernick. He made a beautiful peaceful statement about police brutality on blacks in America. It is having a profound effect. Remember, the NFL looked away when recently a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Gov. David Ige will be the featured speaker in the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s Leadership Series this Saturday. I’ve been entrusted with the honor of conducting an interview-style discussion with Ige, who is the first U.S. governor of Okinawan descent. We’ll talk about nisei values ...