Columns

The State of Aloha

Last summer was my first and only trip to New Orleans. I loved it. I had no official business being there other than to take ghost tours, drink ridiculous beverages and enjoy exotic eats like alligator pupu. A couple of days into the vacation, I took a walk out of the bustling French ...

Unsung heroes quietly serve

In a time when so much in the world seems to be going wrong, I want to emphasize that we live on an amazing island. One that I am very proud to be part of. Here on Maui, we have many unsung heroes and I want to sing the praises of those who quietly live and serve, usually without anyone ...

NFL players deserve workplace protection

Football is proven to be dangerous to players’ health. Why isn’t it regulated? Our government — both state and federal — has countless laws and regulations designed to keep citizens safe and healthy, from safety standards on the foods we eat and the cars we drive, to laws that ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Last week, for my birthday, I gave myself a special gift, one that I hope will last through my lifetime. I’d be lying if I told you I’m enjoying the gift, but I do plan to keep it, despite the discomfort it’s causing me. The gift was a pair of acupuncture sessions to help me become an ...

Legislature with U R missing

I was inspired by a sign this week at the First Baptist Church on Pensacola Street here in Honolulu. Their sign read, “CH _ _ C H — what’s missing? U R !” If you take away “U R” from “CHURCH,” you are left with “CHCH,” which isn’t even a word. Apparently, the point ...

Maui Connections

When they hear we’re from Maui, people here in Tucson, Ariz., where we’re spending the fall, want to know all about it. Not “the tourist parts.” That guidebook with the blue cover at Costco has sold lots of copies by promising to reveal the real deal to tourists who don’t want to ...

Permitted short-term rentals provide tax revenues and jobs

A question in The Maui News’ “Ask the Mayor” column of Aug. 21 concerned why Maui County continues to grant permits for short-term rental uses when the island continues to have a resident-housing shortage. While the mayor’s answer dealt with ongoing efforts to build new housing, and ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: When is the county going to host its next household hazardous waste collection here on Maui? We used to be able to take items to collection points at the landfill with an appointment. Hopefully you’ll soon have another event like this. A: The next county-funded household hazardous waste ...

Budget oversight is a top priority for County Council

Fiscal year 2018, which began on July 1, is now in full swing with oversight of the county budget remaining a top priority for the County Council. On Tuesday, the Budget and Finance Committee continued discussions relating to an appraisal of the property and infrastructure owned by Wailuku ...

As Montessori School of Maui’s new head of school, Eric Dustman is helping children become independent, confident and inquisitive learners. MAILE LOPES photo

Ahead of the class

There’s that one teacher. The one who greeted you at the classroom door every morning with a smile and a high-five. The one who inspired you to work hard and dream big. The one you’ll never forget. Eric Dustman is one of those teachers. “This career has afforded me so much — it’s ...

Council advances Wailuku Water appraisal

I am pleased to announce that earlier this week the Maui County Council took another step toward preserving our natural resources by approving the funds needed to appraise Wailuku Water Co. LLC. The request for an appropriation of $150,000 went before the Budget and Finance Committee on ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Advice columnist Ann Landers once described a lovely gesture by her daughter, Margo, her only child. On Margo’s birthday, she sent her mother a dozen red roses with a note that read, “Thanks for having me, Mom.” I was just a kid when I read that, an only child myself, and I remember ...

With rail, heads we win, tails lose

The rail tax bill that passed out of the special legislative session contains one provision that, to me, sticks out above the rest as a “heads we win, tails you lose” proposition. As you may remember, the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the state, contending that the “10 percent skim” ...

Maui Connections

Another film festival, another prize for “Kuleana.” The mystery-drama written and directed by Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer just won the best feature award from the Tribal Film Festival in Cherokee County, Okla. This is the third victory for the Maui-made production, filmed on ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Somebody has set up a construction equipment and storage yard on vacant land between South Kihei Road and Wela Street, almost across from Ahekolo Street. There are shipping containers, forklifts, backhoes and construction material. It’s an eyesore. Is this legal? A: The property you ...

Council prepares for ’18 legislative session

Now that the state Legislature’s special session is completed, the County Council and the Hawaii State Association of Counties turn their focus on prioritizing initiatives for the legislative session that begins in January. One of Maui County’s proposals that will be sent to HSAC for ...

The State of Aloha

Before you enter the main drag, you are greeted by a sign calling the place the “biggest little town” on Kauai. It’s true. Hanapepe is a small town. Ever since the highway was built to divert drivers heading farther west to avoid the main street all together, the small town of Hanapepe ...

Sharing Mana‘o

As a longtime subscriber to The Maui News, and having worked with senior citizens for nearly 30 years, I long ago developed the habit of checking the obituaries immediately after reading the lead story on the front page. And now that I am of — ahem — a certain age, I just glance at the ...

Maui Connections

“We were talking about the space between us all.” George Harrison’s still mind-blowing “Within You and Without You” is playing on the Sirius music channel as our rented Chevy Impala deftly weaves through eight lanes of traffic on the ribbons of roadways running like blood vessels ...

Ask the Mayor

Q: Who do I need to call to complain about smoking being allowed in the bathroom at my workplace? I know it’s against the law to smoke inside a workplace, but my employer continues to ignore the fact that many employees smoke inside our one men’s restroom, which is inside the building. ...