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Opinion

Only in Hawaii live respect, aloha

Letters to the Editor

Last night on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, I watched a white Christian minister interview a black Christian minister and a well-known black former NFL player turned broadcaster as to how we can get both white people and black people together to live in peace and harmony. Their viewpoints ...

Minneapolis injustice happened in Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

In the 1931 Massie Trial, four innocent Hawaiians were wrongly accused of the rape and assault of Thalia Massie, a Caucasian woman who was actually raped and assaulted by white sailors stationed at Pearl Harbor. There are many untold stories not in books but passed around via the “coconut ...

Only certain types welcome here?

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter to the editor argued in favor of making sure the hotels are up and running well before allowing short-term rentals to function. This argument is misguided for at least two reasons. First, short-term rentals furnish employment for a large number of Maui citizens, including ...

Look before locking car

Editorial

Every summer, disturbing news reports arrive about children left in sweltering vehicles. Many of these cases are fatal. The National Safety Council reports that on average 39 children under the age of 15 die from heat stroke after being left in a vehicle each year in the U.S. More than half ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: I’m pregnant. Am I at greater risk of coronavirus? Dr. Stacy Ammerman, OB/GYN, Maui Lani Physicians & Surgeons: In the early weeks of the pandemic, doctors assumed pregnant women would be at greater risk from coronavirus. That’s because they’re typically more vulnerable to flu ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

The brightest silver lining I’ve found in this COVID-19 cloud is the leisure time spent with my mother. Three months ago, both our calendars were full, hers with kupuna activities and volunteer work, mine with storytelling and emcee gigs. We were in daily touch by phone, but only saw each ...

Having a healthy, happy baby in these far from ordinary times

Columns

As an OB-GYN, I’m hearing from many pregnant women who are concerned about staying healthy and having a safe delivery during the coronavirus pandemic. These fears are completely understandable. It’s common to feel nervous during pregnancy even in ordinary times — and these are far from ...

Show common courtesy by wearing a mask

Letters to the Editor

Those whining and complaining about wearing a mask need to stop being so self-centered and grow up; its not all about you. Wearing a mask in public places is a simple common courtesy toward others. The facts are: COVID-19 is highly contagious with a higher death rate than regular flu; the ...

Solution for homeless needed for Kanaha

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Victorino, please find a solution for Kanaha Beach Park. Converting the state’s premier and safest watersports venue into a permanent homeless encampment is unfair to residents and to the thousands of tourists who regularly use it. Keeping Kanaha closed forces watersports ...

Support people living with dementia

Letters to the Editor

As Congress addresses the needs of everyone impacted by COVID-19, they’re also continuing their work to address another devastating disease affecting millions of Americans — Alzheimer’s. Today, 65,000 people care for more than 29,000 people of Hawaii who have Alzheimer’s and other ...

Planning for the next school year

Editorial

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

Diversifying our economy through agricultural expansion

Columns

When we look back on the year 2020, I hope it will be remembered not just for the COVID-19 pandemic, but also as the time we finally recognized the importance of agriculture and food security for our islands. It may have taken a global public health crisis to get us here, but the council rose ...

Masks are new norm

Editorial

Wearing protective masks in public has become the norm on Maui. While out shopping you see all kinds of folks wearing all kinds of facial coverings. From plain surgical to bright homemade aloha prints, they run a gamut nearly as diverse as our island population. While most businesses have ...

County pools reopening unfair to swimmers

Letters to the Editor

The recent article about county pools reopening is misleading. Not only are the students unable to get a proper number of lanes in which to train, those that can are not provided a sufficient amount of time to train for competitive swimming. Maui high school swimmers have done very well in the ...

Now is not time to end Maui News collaboration

Letters to the Editor

With the threat of coronavirus in our community and the unprecedented changes the pandemic has brought to our economy and our way of life, it’s clear that local news is more important than ever. That’s why I’m writing to urge the management of The Maui News to continue to work ...

East Maui for all, open it back up

Letters to the Editor

The unrestrained language and fearmongering surrounding COVID-19 of Sen. English and Mayor Victorino has made the opening of East Maui contentious. After three months of scaring the people of East Maui, the time to open East Maui is on the table. I see three different opinions on opening ...

Maui needs to plant more trees urban areas

Letters to the Editor

I am glad to see that the War Memorial parking lot is taking shape and on schedule. With Maui’s warmer temperatures, I hope to see trees planted there according to the Maui County Planting Plan. What a pretty canopy of trees and shade that would make. Getting into cooler cars would also ...

Support paper’s workers in contract negotiations

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of The Maui News workers during their contract negotiations. As you might be able to tell by my last name, I am the daughter of sportswriter Rob Collias. Because of this, I have had an inside scoop into what goes into writing an article since I was a child, a side that ...

Our police accredited, Minnesota’s not

Letters to the Editor

All of our county police departments in Hawaii are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which is the national “gold standard.”   Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by police, has none in the whole state! There are national standards for ...