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Opinion

Prepare for human services tsunami in county budget

Letters to the Editor

We are looking at a human services tsunami heading toward Maui that will strain our nonprofit human service providers even more than what they are now currently experiencing. The elements of this pending disaster are: • A breakdown in the Hawaii state unemployment system that continues to ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Katsu Goto wasn’t your typical plantation worker. A surviving picture shows a serious man approaching middle age. His hair is cut short and looks surprisingly contemporary for the late 19th century. The modern hairstyle is in stark contrast to the massive black moustache covering the middle ...

Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

Columns

Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all, an economy doesn’t come with an “on” and “off” ...

Does Maui really need to be ‘grown out?’

Letters to the Editor

I arrived on Maui about 55 years ago. I had made a blessed trip away from Hollywood. It appears that Maui has been and still is much on the same path as Hollywood. Not quite. Hollywood is grown out. Only more transportation devices are filling almost all of whatever minuscule open space still ...

Transient tax rates hardship on owners

Letters to the Editor

The difference in the property tax rates between short-term rentals and non-resident owners leave people like me in an unfair situation. As a result of being classified as a short-term rental, I will now pay at even a higher rate than the big resort hotels on the island. I am retired, living ...

Tourism shutdown cost now exceeds benefits

Letters to the Editor

The cost of the continued tourism shutdown now exceeds the benefits. We need government leaders to do their job and find the balance in all risks — not just the risks of COVID-19.  We cannot truly be back on track to full employment as long as tourism is shut down. We cannot afford zero ...

Supporting Walter Ritte for State House D-13

Letters to the Editor

I am supporting Walter Ritte for State House D-13.  I appreciate him leading the fight against the GMO experimentation that has been happening in Maui County since before 2007. He was at the forefront on sounding the alarm for these dangerous and experimental seed production trials with ...

Like bats, Dems build their nests in hollow tree

Letters to the Editor

In many old cultures, religions and spiritual traditions, there is a recognition, dogma or teaching which asserts that when a soul no longer finds a pathway through mind to the brain, it grows dormant. This can occur as a result of injury, disease or old age. Adults in this condition spend ...

Partly remake our economy without reliance on tourism

Letters to the Editor

I’m reading about huge increases in data use in the health services, remote education, many conferences and thinking how to diversify our Hawaii economy. With a supercomputer in Maui Research and Technology Park, remote monitoring of telescopes and college level courses, empty hotels with ...

Reduce by half vehicles on Maui

Letters to the Editor

COVID-19 has resulted in drastic decisions, decimating the economy, both national and locally. A good result, if any, are open roads. This has resulted in excess speeding. Maui drivers speed because they can. Before the crisis, Maui had more tourists and cars exceeding capacity resulting in ...

No to Trump for opposing everything that I believe in

Letters to the Editor

In kindergarten, I learned honesty, getting along and respecting others regardless of whether they looked like me, or spoke funny, or wore nice clothes. In Sunday School, I learned to love thy neighbor and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In Boy Scouts, I learned to ...

Trump seeks control of property, culture

Letters to the Editor

I have a completely different idea of Trump from an arts and cultural standpoint. Keeping in mind that Trump comes from a real estate background, he seeks control of properties. After taking office, he proposed to eliminate federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and has ...

Future health care crisis: few health care workers

Letters to the Editor

We have entered into a health care crisis. I’m not talking about COVID-19; I’m talking about our future health care workers. Everyone who had been planning to enter the health field is now as financially at risk as most of us, making it impossible to pursue. We have hundreds of ...

Oppose six-story hotel in the middle of Wailuku

Letters to the Editor

I was born and raised in a sugar plantation camp in Lahaina in the ’40s and ’50s. My grandparents, father, uncles and aunties all worked for Pioneer Mill Sugar Co. As someone who loves, appreciates and cherishes the memories of the “good old days,” I was saddened to read in The Maui ...

Nuclear unnecessary to bring down adversary

Letters to the Editor

China and Russia see the U.S. as their biggest adversary in the world. Xi Jinping gave us the coronavirus and Vladimir Putin gave us Donald Trump. In this day and age, isn’t it comforting to know that you don’t need to use nuclear weapons to bring down an adversary? Richard ...

Our nation deserves better

Editorial

George Floyd and his family were owed a memorial to his full but tragically shortened life. Tuesday was a day of preaching and singing, praising and remembering. He was always more than a man who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police, even before his death reignited a national ...

No Ka Oi Health

Columns

It has been more than 125 days since the first confirmed presence of COVID-19 in Maui County; more than a hundred days of fear, suspicion and unknowns; and over four months of commonplace finger pointing at tourists, the media, the government, foreigners and your neighbors. The virus attacks in ...

Bountiful oceans support us in uncertain times

Columns

COVID-19 has taken a toll on families and communities across our ‘aina. It has also provided an unexpected respite for our oceans. In Polanui where I live, we have some of the lowest fish biomass in the state. Pollutants in our ocean exceed recommended limits set by the State Department of ...

Wearing masks in Japan out of consideration

Letters to the Editor

What kind of dangerous pandemic is going on here? I thought this when I took my first business trip to Japan a couple of decades ago. It turned out many people had the common cold as it was winter. Out of consideration, they wear masks so other people don’t catch their cold. After working a ...

Compared to flu danger, corona fear warranted?

Letters to the Editor

Like most citizens of the U.S. and of Hawaii, I am somewhat frightened of COVID-19. Shutting down the U.S. for flights from China and Europe was the right thing to do. Telling people to shelter at home seemed like the right thing to do. But now, almost three months after this pandemic hit the ...