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Opinion

Point of column was not to offer solution to fires

Letters to the Editor

The writer of the letter to the editor titled “Upcountry-South Maui road not answer to recent fires” published in the Aug. 17-18 issue of The Maui News missed the target. In the Aug. 10-11 “Council’s 3 Minutes,” the point of my proposal to build a South Maui to Upcountry Road is ...

UH has contributed to the revival of Hawaiian culture

Letters to the Editor

We have lived in Hawaii since the Native Hawaiian Renaissance in the 1970s. Many of my family members were born here. My mother taught at UH and my daughter obtained a degree there. UH has contributed much to the re-emergence of Native Hawaiian cultural practices. Michele Paularena Kahului

Thief took valuable items on last day visiting Maui

Letters to the Editor

No thanks to whomever smashed and grabbed my carry-on at the mall during our last day in beautiful Maui with time to kill before our flights. My carry-on had my jewelry, a ring my daughter gave me for my 50th anniversary (which we were celebrating), and my mother’s ring that’s 40 years ...

The Kellogg Briand Pact made war illegal

Letters to the Editor

Aug. 27 is a special day. Not only is it the mayor’s birthday, it is also Kellogg Briand Pact day (KBP), the day that made war illegal. On Aug. 27,1928, our secretary of state and his French counterpart, Aristide Briand, created an international agreement signed by over 60 countries in ...

Fireworks are illegal but permitted to enter our state

Letters to the Editor

Fireworks are like drugs; they are illegal. However, they are permitted to enter our state. They have the necessary protection and cover. Corruption is contagious. Everyone wants a share of the profits. Meanwhile, summons can’t be delivered, in some cases over one year, because there ...

Reinstall the screens at Pukalani pool building

Letters to the Editor

We’ve had an incredibly hot summer and the newly renovated Pukalani pool has been a blessing to many. However, during the renovation the screens that surround the main building were removed for repair and never replaced. The dressing rooms and reception area have been shockingly hot and humid ...

On Mauna Kea, more than $3 million up in smoke

Letters to the Editor

According to recent reports, the costs associated with the TMT protests on Mauna Kea exceed $3 million to date, and the meter keeps running. I, for one, would have loved to see every penny of that money directed to salaries for new, qualified teachers in Hawaiian immersion ...

Climate change isn’t man-made but natural

Letters to the Editor

From the 1970s to now climate change has gone through an identity crisis — it’s been labeled global cooling to global warming and now climate change. Truth is, the narrative changes because the truth is this isn’t man-made but natural. However, in order for more government control the ...

The Supreme Court should decide injection well case

Letters to the Editor

I am grateful to Mayor Michael Victorino for standing up for regular Maui citizens and for the county as a whole. His recent column (“Our County,” Aug. 16) laid out the issues so I could understand them. Then later, I saw the photos on Hawaii News Now, and from my personal experience, ...

We lost our rights when judge dismissed local law

Letters to the Editor

I was asked recently about 5G and what to do about the dangers, being known for my activism regarding GMOs. I said I knew enough about 5G that we should be very concerned, especially considering Israel, where it was developed, and Japan, not known for being ignorant, has banned it. I relayed ...

Piecing it together

Columns

When Kathleen Kastles sat down to sew a jungle-themed quilt for her young grandson nearly two decades ago, she never expected it to inspire a new artistic passion. But as she stitched together the colorful monkeys, tigers and elephants, something clicked. “I loved the tactile nature of it,” ...

The bigger picture of the Lahaina injection well lawsuit

Columns

The Lahaina injection wells have been a hot topic lately, with members of the groups who sued Maui County now urging the County Council to withdraw from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee will hear the plaintiffs’ request that Maui County abandon its ...

Dopey Joe is as electable as was Hillary Clinton

Letters to the Editor

Democratic leaders are about to repeat the mistake of 2016. We have begun to hear excuses for a weak status quo candidate. But we need and we want someone who stands for necessary change. We are told that there are certainly better policies being offered by other candidates, and Joe Biden is ...

The time to reconnect with the aina is now

Letters to the Editor

There is a great uprising that is taking place in these islands. I find it inspiring and soul stirring. Steeped in Kapu Aloha, kanaka maoli are standing firm to protect a mauna that is sacred to them. This movement needs to happen and we are seeing it all around the world. Indigenous people are ...

Illegal TVR enforcement would solve problem

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Aug. 21 article in The Maui News titled “Testifiers: Action needed now to curb overtourism”: The county contracted a company to root out illegal vacation rentals in our neighborhoods. If they used this service the problem would be solved. No studies, no moratoriums, problem ...