Opinion

Maui Connections

Columns

Lots of guitar cases made the trip from OGG to HNL last weekend as Maui musical artists were, as usual, all over the 41st Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. On one of those flights was Art Vento, president and CEO of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, who would be presenting the Slack Key Lifetime ...

Saluting this year’s grads

Editorial

As we’ve noted previously, Maui County is right in the middle of graduation season. Maui High School had its ceremony Saturday and over the course of the next two weeks another 15 schools will hold graduations. On Friday, May 11, The Maui News had its annual section saluting our ...

We need leaders who will facilitate our own vision

Letters to the Editor

The two announced candidates for the Kihei state House District 11 present themselves so far without a clear vision for Kihei’s future. The vision needs to be based on what has already been established in our community plan, Kihei 2000, and the South Maui Parks and Open Space Master Plan. ...

Sensible solution to ongoing traffic jam through Paia

Letters to the Editor

I agree with the April 22 letter writer regarding a sensible solution to the ongoing traffic jam through Paia. The State of Hawaii can’t afford to be building a longer-than-necessary route. No homes would be lost by routing the new road mauka of the old Paia Mill before returning to sea level ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I’m wondering why the keiki pool at Kihei Aquatic Center is closed. I have two toddlers and I would like to take them if the playground is too hot to play. I can’t take two toddlers to the deep pool by myself. Are there any plans to open consistently and/or posting the opening schedule ...

Using some new tools

Editorial

On a personal basis, we have been slow to adopt ties to social media. We readily admit that Facebook and Twitter are valuable business tools, that likes and thumbs-up can direct customers to a company. But it remains alarming to us how many folks are addicted to their phones, tablets and ...

Cochran campaign to use campaign signs sparingly

Letters to the Editor

A huge mahalo to everyone who has called and emailed us about wanting to get more of our “Elle for Mayor” campaign signs out. Our campaign is 100 percent grass roots, volunteer-driven, and your input is very much appreciated. While I recognize campaign signs play an important part in ...

Small compromise could save thousands of lives

Letters to the Editor

To the May 11 letter writer who shared numerous quotes from dignitaries, luminaries and notables written more than 220 years ago supporting the Second Amendment and right to bear arms in America, here’s a quote that’s a little more current: “We’ve been given an impossible life to ...

Don’t change Maui to suit your own needs

Letters to the Editor

I was born and raised, 1952 at MMH with Doc Ohata from Paia. He is now 101 and I will be 66 this November. Hawaii statehood in 1959, I was at Paia School and remember that day. I was 7. Maui has changed quickly since then, however it’s the kamaainas that I have known most of my life that ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

We can still see him just about everywhere we go. He proudly stands tall draped in his red-and-yellow feathered cape on a sign designating a point of interest. When I was a kid, his face was front and center on our license plates. Then there are the statues. In the tiny former plantation town ...

Senior campus could lessen impact on community resources

Columns

Maui County and Hale Makua Health Services are working on an important long-term project, the first of its kind on Maui, to benefit the current and future seniors of Maui. Working together, the county wants to help Hale Makua create our first senior care campus in Central Maui. The idea is ...

An opportunity presents itself

Editorial

When we were young, a very scary novel titled “On The Beach” described a post-nuclear war world where survivors await the eventual fallout that will kill them. Written by Nevil Shute and set in Australia, the book details how a nuclear attack by one small nation sets off a series of ...

Second Amendment doesn’t provide for overthrow

Letters to the Editor

The author of “Read the founders on Second Amendment” (Letters, May 10) provides no evidence that our Founding Fathers, or any of them, intended for the Second Amendment to provide for the violent overthrow of our newly formed nation. At their formation, the Federalist Papers comprised ...

Career politicians a huge part of problem

Letters to the Editor

Any politician who would include term limits on his/her platform would probably get my vote. I have expressed in past letters to the editor that “career” politicians are a huge part of our problem today with having a true democracy. Donald Trump gets away with his boorish behavior mainly ...

‘Humble, lovable Blackie’ in news again

Letters to the Editor

The late Blackie Gadarian is in the news again with the sale of dozens of mementos up for auction by his wife, Sara (The Maui News, May 6). Everyone has a story about Blackie. Among the 60 profiles of Maui people in my book “Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui” from my column in Lahaina News, ...

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. New York ...

County properties could be used for affordable housing

Letters to the Editor

Maui County keeps buying land and doing nothing with it. Recently, they paid $10,000,000 at Peahi Point that is now a dirt bike racing track and a community dump. Ten years ago, they bought about 30 acres across from the Valley Isle Cemetery for a fire station. It is now totally overgrown with ...