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Opinion

Bills to satisfy sand moratorium pending before council committee

Columns

In an effort to mitigate the destruction and displacement of ancestral remains and Hawaiian cultural artifacts, the County Council passed a moratorium halting the drilling, extracting, tunneling, dredging, grading and stockpiling of inland sand in Central Maui on Jan. 5. On June 6, the ...

Admission Day marked

Editorial

State and county governments were closed Friday in observance of Admission Day — the day 59 years ago that Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Admission Day, also known as Statehood Day, was established as a holiday to be observed on the third Friday of August. The actual ...

Obnoxious car-honking fobs a blight on paradise

Letters to the Editor

Maui and Hawaii as a whole badly need some legislation to let paradise remain paradise. We can begin with a state law outlawing those obnoxious car-honking fobs on rental cars. One cannot go anywhere anymore without hearing that noise that no adult loves to hear. Tourists should not have to ...

Five-month-old dog has great day at shelter

Letters to the Editor

My name is Sally Shaka Harney of Hawaii. I am a 5-month-old goldendoodle. For transparency, my mom is typing this for me. My printing is not that good yet. Recently I had a great day at the Maui Humane Society. First of all, I met a really cute guy. He was a squatting body little mutt, like ...

Gay and lesbian community under fire by administration

Letters to the Editor

The media does not yet include news from the gay and lesbian community. But, I assure you it is pretty physical and pretty bad what is going on. It has been clear for some time Trump is preparing to run against gays and the public accommodations acts. Gays and transsexuals are the new Jews. ...

A rising economic tide lifts everyone’s boats

Letters to the Editor

Don’t worry about Trump’s finances. Everyone’s investments have done well with the healthier economy. Rejoice that the economy is improved! A dislike of President Trump shows ignorance about what Federal Reserve rate increases do: They increase homebuyers’ interest rates to begin ...

For the love of animals

Columns

When Judy Aikawa pays a visit to the Maui Humane Society, she rarely leaves empty-handed. On some days, she departs with an armful of grant forms and documents. And on other days, she drives away with a (meowing) pet carrier in the back seat of her car. Aikawa is the Maui Humane ...

A force of the universe

Editorial

Forty-one years ago Thursday, Aug. 16, 1977, we stepped off an airplane in Kansas City, Mo. Our nerves were somewhat frayed because it was the first day of an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Our attention was quickly diverted from nicotine withdrawal, though, when the business associate ...

Take down campaign signs; they are an eyesore

Letters to the Editor

The state primary election is over. Now it is time to remove the signs and posters which ask voters to support certain candidates. The signs (not the candidates) are an eyesore. Please, campaign workers, finish your job. Thanks. Patricia Brint Haiku

Creating a sense of belonging

Letters to the Editor

Community-based collaboration within Maui Coming Home Consortium has its members volunteering their time and professional expertise. Members represent a cross-section of service providers, cultural practitioners, businesses, faith and community groups, former offenders and family members. The ...

Candidates are looking out for themselves

Letters to the Editor

Here’s something to think about: How do people select their candidates for office? What do they know about them? Their background, education or the most signs around the island? What is it? Oh! Race or nationality counts a lot here in Hawaii. It’s not, “I try my best for the islands.” ...

Tradition should continue with Mauna Kea telescope

Letters to the Editor

The ancient Hawaiians studied the stars and used their knowledge of astronomy to come to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian astronomical tradition should be continued in Hawaii by building the telescope on Mauna Kea. It should be named the King Kamehameha Telescope. Great discoveries will be ...

We are not the enemy

Editorial

The Maui News has been serving this community since 1900. Our team is very proud of the fact that for over a century we’ve kept our readers informed on everything from governmental meetings to high school athletics. We strive to be sure that news stories are accurate, balanced and fair. We ...

Support Susan Schwab’s spirit of caring with donation

Letters to the Editor

Maui’s animals are in mourning. They lost an outstanding friend last month. Anyone who lives here and cares about our animals, as well as the humans who care for these creatures, is aware of the East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR), affectionately referred to as the The Boo Boo Zoo. See ...

Bilingual, musical education also important in classrooms

Letters to the Editor

The Spanish language, according to my observation, is the second most spoken in the United States of America. Very soon, there will be more Americans speaking Spanish than any other language, including English. While English will always be one of the leading languages, it will not always be ...

Composting toilets suggested to replace cesspools

Letters to the Editor

Some Maui property owners face hardships over replacing their cesspools. Why can’t waterless composting toilets be allowed? These would be less expensive, would save precious water and wouldn’t pollute groundwater. Can some readers research this to see if it is practical? Can the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

From my home in Kahului’s 12th increment, I can hear the Maui High Sabers Marching Band whenever they practice outdoors. In recent years, under Kerry Wasano’s direction, the MHS Band has built a reputation as one of the state’s top marching units and even participated in the 2015 Rose ...

Weekends are safe once again, maybe

Columns

Back in 2014, we wrote in this space about a nasty Honolulu City & County rule involving real property tax appeals. That rule said that if you as a property owner didn’t like your real property tax assessment and you wanted to appeal it, the appeal had better be in by Jan. 15. It didn’t ...