Opinion

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A last-minute emcee gig necessitated an overnighter on Oahu this past weekend. Yes, Memorial Day weekend — one of the five worst times of the year to travel, according to USA Today. To my surprise and relief, the airports were busy, but not insanely so. It only took 20 minutes or so to get ...

We can’t see it or touch it, but we can tax it

Columns

This week we look at HB 2416, a bill that applies Hawaii use tax to intangible property. The use tax is a tax designed to protect our local businesses. As a consumer, you often have a choice between buying a product from a local seller and one from somewhere out of state. Our general excise ...

Prepare for storm season

Editorial

Watching the storms in the Eastern United States over the weekend reminds us we will soon be entering storm season here in the Pacific. Every year we write editorials about preparation. June 1 through Nov. 30 is officially hurricane season here. The Hawaiian Islands lie in an area of the ...

Constitution compromised by NDAA and Patriot Act

Letters to the Editor

There must be some serious cognitive dissonance or denial going on in our local American minds. Constant references to a U.S. Constitution with a National Defense Authorization Act and Patriot Act in plain sight. Can someone please explain to the intentionally deluded you may have a U.S. ...

Two senators violated the will of the people

Letters to the Editor

Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono violated the will of the people who elected them when they did not carry the people’s wishes, as expressed in the Presidential Preference Primary of 2016, to support Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party nomination. Through that act, they are guilty of ...

Another candidate vows to use campaign signs sparingly

Letters to the Editor

Go, go, go. My drive for doing and producing has gotten me far in life. I have owned nice assets: a small consulting firm, a “castle” in Kula, expensive cars, and have travelled the world. I have succeeded in the material world. Like many of us now I want to satisfy my soul’s yearning. ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Tony Novak-Clifford took me to Bali last Saturday. I didn’t have to get on a plane. I just had to turn the pages of his new “BALI Portraits of Life, Culture & Ritual” to get lost in spellbinding landscapes and catch glimpses through the expressive eyes of these captivating people, ...

Maui Drug Court celebrates 18 years and 600-plus lives saved

Columns

When the Maui/Molokai Drug Court was in its infancy, the program participants organized a holiday party for their families. As I walked in and saw over 200 children, I was overwhelmed. It became crystal clear that the help our community provides participants through Drug Court has a direct ...

Old pros go to college

Editorial

What is an amateur? In old-time parlance, it was simply an athlete who did not receive monetary compensation for his participation in an athletic pursuit. For decades, that line has been winked at as athletes received educations valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for ...

Looking for final resting place of Maui-born brother

Letters to the Editor

My brother was born in Wailuku on April 6, 1943, and died later that day. According to my parents, he was buried in a small cemetery there in Wailuku, I believe. We moved to Oahu in 1944 because my father was stationed there during part of WWII. We later moved to the Mainland. My siblings ...

Abortions may be reason for declining U.S. birthrate

Letters to the Editor

In recent days there have been articles in the paper about the declining birthrate in America. There was also an article concerning abortions, that stated 881 babies were killed in the womb, every day. It appears to me that if the abortions were stopped, our declining birthrate would stop. ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I was wondering why the county would tear up a perfectly good field that many kids use for soccer and various sports to build a new skate park when the County of Maui owns an adjoining piece of property right between the school and baseball park. It would seem like a better solution to build ...

State’s hunger for TAT is out of control

Columns

For many years, travel companies marketing Hawaii on behalf of hotels and other accommodations charged our visitors the state’s general excise tax and transient accommodations tax on their share of the sales price of a unit. The companies then pocketed the taxes collected rather than paying ...

Memorial Day’s true meaning

Editorial

Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day intended to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. All too sadly, most of those who paid the sacrifice were young people who really never got to savor the benefits of freedom. ...

Band-Aid approach to road paving a poor use of money

Letters to the Editor

We, owners at the Kaanapali Hillside, and other communities waited for more than 15 years to have the Puukolli Road paved. It was in shambles, so less than two years ago our dreams of a newly paved road came about. The paving is far less than adequate as it is already deteriorating with ...

Column brought back memories of LHS tradition

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Lahainaluna Boarders Association, aloha to Ben Lowenthal for his awesome “State of Aloha” column on May 4. His writing was highly educational as well as memory inducing. Yes, this is the time of year that boarders at Lahainaluna trek up the mountain to continue a ...

Mental health, violent kids to blame for shootings

Letters to the Editor

Not again! Just weeks ago in Parkland, Fla., we had a deranged young man open fire in a school killing many innocent people and now in Santa Fe, Texas, we have a seemingly normal individual who murders 10 students and wounded many others. Folks, we have an epidemic of deranged and confused ...