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‘Resort fees’ raise tax issues

June 11, 2015 This week we will be talking about “resort fees.” In recent years, a number of hotels, including many in Hawaii, have been adding them to hotel bills. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 10, 2015 Apologies are in order, I’m afraid. more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 8, 2015 Q: Why is it that so many of the “Ask the Mayor” questions are about state issues and projects? Shouldn’t you stick to answering county-related topics? A: When we began this column we knew that we... more »»

Rebuilt Waikamoi flume captures more Upcountry water

June 7, 2015 On May 30, I had the great pleasure of attending a ceremony to bless the county’s Waikamoi flume. more »»

The State of Aloha

June 5, 2015 Jalisa Jose was on vacation celebrating her 21st birthday. At around 2 a.m., she and her girlfriends sat down to rest along the famous sands of Waikiki Beac. more »»

Maui Nei

June 4, 2015 The television ads are ubiquitous during newscasts. They tout the benefits of NextEra, a Florida outfit that wants to take over Hawaiian Electric Co., the parent company of Maui Electric. more »»

Calling Department of Taxation with a question? Good luck

June 4, 2015 One of the things I hate most when I call tech support or customer service is the time I have to wait before a human picks up the phone to take my call. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 3, 2015 When Willie K invited me, months ago, to serve as emcee for his upcoming GanjaFest at Mulligan’s on the Blue, I accepted without hesitation and without an inkling of the potential for controvers. more »»

Maui Connections

June 2, 2015 At the Maui Film Festival, each one of us is the projector of our own movie. more »»

Organic waste curbside bin could divert up to 35 percent of what goes in the landfill

June 2, 2015 Bureaucratic issues are often approached where solutions must solve 100 percent of the problem. more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 1, 2015 Q: Why does Pukalani only have one county bus stop? We are a community of over 7,500 residents, some of whom have to walk approximately two miles to reach the nearest county bus stop. more »»

June 10 deadline looms for fiscal ’16 budget

May 31, 2015 The Maui County Council will consider its $621 million fiscal year 2016 proposed budget for second and final reading on Friday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber. more »»

Maui Nei

May 28, 2015 His professional name is Jimmy C. On Maui radio stations dating back to the 1970s, he was known as Jimmy Christopher. His given name is Jimmy Coulter. Or, maybe it’s Christopher. more »»

Mounting debts, stagnant income recipe for disaster

May 28, 2015 I was recently on a television program with two very prominent local politicians, and the subject of unfunded liabilities came up. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

May 27, 2015 A while ago, I conducted an informal, highly unscientific poll, asking folks to name their favorite day of the week. more »»

Maui Connections

May 26, 2015 Cub Scouts in Pack 68 learn the meaning of Memorial Day in a special way each year, clearing the brush and weeds overgrowing Iao Cemetery at the end of Vineyard Street in Wailuk. more »»

Ask The Mayor

May 25, 2015 Q: Can someone register a cat colony in a residential area? If so, what is the limit of cats and what (if any) can the neighbors do to prevent them from invading their property (yards, garages,... more »»

Council work continues after budget session

May 24, 2015 The County Council Budget and Finance Committee’s $621 million proposal for the fiscal year 2016 budget will be considered for first reading on Tuesday at 10 a.. more »»

The State of Aloha

May 22, 2015 A while back some friends came over from Honolulu. They wanted to go out. Compared to the tropical metropolis on Oahu, Maui’s night life is a bit lacking. more »»

Budget’s first reading on Tuesday

May 22, 2015 The Maui County Council will take up first reading of its proposed fiscal 2016 budget on Tuesday. more »»



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