Opinion

Council’s efforts to protect reefs cheered

Letters to the Editor

As a nonprofit organization working for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish for the islands of Maui County, the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is grateful for the recent ways that the Maui County Council has demonstrated a commitment to protecting our local reefs ...

More control needed of illegal fireworks

Letters to the Editor

Never you mind that council members or others are to get a raise. Hire more police officers, instead, that can control most areas of illegal fireworks. Kahului has been a battlefield of illegal fireworks. Bombs that shock. Aerial fireworks. You look at who are using. Illegal tinted ...

Article gives a distorted impression of death doulas

Letters to the Editor

The article in the May 5 paper regarding Fay Block and Heather Parsons was so deeply biased that I was shocked at that kind of reporting. It not only took the side of the prosecuting family, with no research into both sides. But further, it painted death doulas as criminally intended ...

Maui Tomorrow’s hypocrisy over water is on display

Letters to the Editor

The sheer sophistry of Maui Tomorrow’s recent “we support agriculture” statement demands a response (The Maui News, May 8). They basically said they “support” an agricultural future for Central Maui, but just not with East Maui water. The statement quoted Mahi Pono as saying they ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Last Wednesday, just before dawn, the quiet and empty streets of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island held a dignified procession. They quietly walked through the town in the darkness. The procession ended at the Ahu‘ena Heiau, a temple at the waters of Kailua Bay across from the pier. They had ...

Emergency housing may be possible with agreement

Columns

A collaborative effort led by Maui County cleared and cleaned out a homeless encampment last week on Kane Street property next to the Family Life Center in Kahului. Complaints about alleged illegal activity and trash at homeless “hot spots” are obviously a public health and safety ...

Catalyst for change

Editorial

There are a few Supreme Court rulings that are so significant that virtually everyone who attended school has heard of them: • Marbury v. Madison was the first case the court decided that deemed a law passed by Congress was unconstitutional, thereby establishing its right to do so. • ...

Department heads show no will to enforce fireworks laws

Letters to the Editor

The Maui department heads showed no leadership, no new ideas, and no attempt to solve this problem other than showing up for the Maui fireworks meeting (The Maui News, May 2). I was there. This is not a new problem. Everyone knows they’re coming in by cargo containers. Every cop and fireman ...

Story about death doula biased and inaccurate

Letters to the Editor

I read your May 5 article (smear) about Heather Parsons and death doulas. Your article was so prejudiced against both Heather and death midwives. I have known Heather for many years and have seen firsthand the selfless commitment she has made to help people who are ill and dying. Many ...

Woman is subject of false accusations

Letters to the Editor

I am shocked and appalled by your portrayal of Heather Parsons, filled with untruths and half-truths clearly from the bias of people and media who do not abide the new euthanasia law and are pursuing a witch hunt (The Maui News, May 5). Heather is a loving, kind, ethical woman who follows and ...

Unfunded liabilities are in the billions

Letters to the Editor

A correction to my May 3 letter: Unfunded liability for the public employee pension system is now $13,404,700,000. That is 13.4 billion, and the unfunded liability for other post-employment benefits is an additional $12.1 billion! Added together, that is $25.5 billion, not $25 million as ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: I get leg cramps when I walk. What could be causing this? Dr. Robert Connaughton, vascular surgeon, Maui Health System: Claudication is a condition that causes pain and weakness in the legs during exercise. It’s caused by blockages in the arteries that bring blood to your legs. When the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Graduation season is here, and even those of us who aren’t directly involved with the Class of 2019 can sense the excitement in the air. In the next few weeks, we’ll see congratulatory messages scrawled on car windows as each of the local high schools hold commencement exercises. I’ve ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Amid all the film festival buzz of late, a couple of Maui filmmakers have emailed to proudly announce that their works have been selected to screen at the Big Island’s second Made In Hawaii Film Festival, coming to the Hilo Palace Theater June 1 and 2, and Kona’s Aloha Theatre June ...

Council takes action to assist in securing affordable housing

Columns

During the recent review of the County of Maui fiscal year 2020 budget, the Maui County Council stepped up its support for the creation of affordable housing. The council’s current proposal increases the FY 2020 affordable housing budget over $6 million above the proposal that was submitted ...

Longevity in paradise

Editorial

We have written here repeatedly about dramatic increases in life spans in the United States. People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or ...

Homeowner fined for hosting cancer benefit

Letters to the Editor

I am a 60-year-old woman with terminal bone cancer that has metastasized into my liver. My days are numbered. On April 28, I was a guest at the Royal High Tea at Lona Ridge which benefitted the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats. The tea was a wonderful event with soft violin music and delicious ...

Sen. Hirono is a loose cannon with a big mouth

Letters to the Editor

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono seems to think she is Nancy Pelosi. She has decided that making a fool of herself (and Hawaii) is the best way to get her face on TV. She has slandered the president of the United States, the attorney general of the United States and many others. She is an embarrassment ...

The laws against illegal fireworks being ignored

Letters to the Editor

Regarding The Maui News story on the April 30 community meeting about fireworks: I’ve contacted every state lawmaker about this issue more than once. Most just ignored my correspondence and the few that responded mostly just referred me to the County Council and police. Officials present ...

Ask The Mayor

Editorial

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When Kulanihakoi Street access to Piilani Highway was first closed, those of us who live off Kulanihakoi Street were given a notice that this closure would last until April 30. Since this date ...