Opinion

Building telescope is only way to see heaven

Letters to the Editor

Scientists, like some civilians, need to see facts. There is no heaven, unless proven that there is one. No God, since no one has seen God. Yet many believe in Jesus, since he was seen and said to be seen again. When? Wonder if scientists like some civilians are atheists? Building a telescope ...

Media misleads with assisted suicide article

Letters to the Editor

“In face of death, the party of a lifetime” Associated Press article in The Maui News of Sept. 2 came with a picture and caption that were gravely misleading. The Catholic Church in no way condones “medical aid in dying,” yet the photograph accompanying the article shows Mr. Fuller on ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

The Louvre houses the most iconic artwork in the world. It also houses a lot of tourists. In 2018, the Louvre saw a record-breaking 10.2 million visitors. For many this was seen as a sign of a healthy tourist economy. But for others, it was a disturbing symptom. Last May, workers shut down ...

Wailuku parking structure in trouble

Columns

The long-awaited parking structure project for Wailuku town is in danger of being destroyed by the Maui County Council, immediately before its construction is set to begin. This move seems at best arbitrary and capricious, without rational logic being presented to the public, and follows ...

Aftermath of an attack

Editorial

This Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Nineteen al-Qaida infiltrators hijacked four commercial airliners, slamming two into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, ...

Beatles tribute band takes audience down memory lane

Letters to the Editor

I missed Woodstock: too young; too far away. The recent possible redo fizzled, this time: too old; still too far away. These two disappointments were shattered when Silver Lining Productions brought Beat-Lele to our Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The three ukulele and one beatbox Beatles ...

Exemption leaves taxpayers with bill for improvements

Letters to the Editor

In 2015 an Upcountry Water Bill County Ordinance 4255 was passed which amended Title 18, secretly in the water bill, exempting all commercial development and investment properties, doing two-lot subdivisions, islandwide from all roadway improvement infrastructure requirements. That means county ...

‘Tough on crime’ policies driving prison population

Letters to the Editor

Trusting in the Lord, I volunteer for the 39th year in the state Department of Public Safety as Hawaii’s prison population has been increasing at an alarming rate! This has happened in other states due to the “get tough on crime” policies enacting to the rising crime rate, fueled by drug ...

Find agreement, not discord on Mauna Kea observatory

Letters to the Editor

The Mauna Kea observatory issue reminds me of a proposed hydroelectric dam project I worked on as staff for a wildlife agency in Alaska. A national conservation organization considered it an environmental disaster, but there was tremendous pro-development pressure too. One day my boss told ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: What’s the difference between a CT scan and an MRI? Dr. Turgut Berkmen, neuroradiologist, Maui Memorial Medical Center: Both a CT scanner and an MRI scanner are used to take pictures of things inside your body, but they do so in different ways. An MRI scanner uses magnets and radio waves ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

One of the perks of being a professional storyteller is doing the research, collecting information and ideas. Several times a year, I find gently used treasures at the Maui Friends of the Library bookstore and newly minted gems at other shops. My bookshelves are beginning to sag under the ...

Lahaina’s wastewater injection wells are a problem

Columns

I am aghast at the misinformation being put forward regarding the Lahaina wastewater injection wells. As a retired EPA scientist, I like facts and referencing peer-reviewed published scientific papers. Here are the facts as I know them: Wastewater from the injection wells moves through ...

Arizona Memorial reopens to visitors

Editorial

One very welcome bit of good news occurred over the weekend as visitors were allowed to set foot on the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor for the first time in 15 months. The National Park Service reopened foot traffic on the memorial Sunday for the first time since May 2018. Visitors were ...

Cutting service is not the way to promote newspapers

Letters to the Editor

Its been several weeks now with no Sunday print edition and I hope management is reconsidering this poor decision. I understand that newspapers are struggling to survive, but cutting the Sunday edition is not the answer to increase circulation and revenues. Instead, The Maui News should be ...

Cane fire complainers, are you happy now?

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Does the county have a program that accepts scrap vehicles for free? Do people have to cut the vehicles up into little pieces before Hammerhead Metals Recycling will accept them? A: Mahalo for your question, and I am very proud to say that the County of Maui does have a Junk Vehicle ...