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The hidden cost of exporting taxes; visitors won’t come if it’s too costly

February 26, 2015 In our Legislature, it looks like policymakers love surcharges on our general excise tax. There are bills to extend Oahu’s existing county surcharge to pay for rail in perpetuity. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

February 25, 2015 Those were the days, my friend; We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day . . . — Gene Raskin, “Those Were the Days” My son Jimmy called me from Michigan few nights ago. more »»

Maui Connections

February 24, 2015 Just in time for the Academy Awards on Sunday, Barry Wurst announced the creation of the brand-new Hawaii Film Critics Society (HFCS). more »»

Ask The Mayor

February 23, 2015 Q: I read that a recent wastewater spill in Waiehu was blamed on a power outage. more »»

Openness, efficiency council goals

February 22, 2015 As County Council chair, I’m committed to open government and civic engagement by supporting the community’s ability to obtain relevant information and documentation. After presiding over the Feb. more »»

Neighbors: Reclaiming history

February 20, 2015 John Guarin had walked past the woodpile dozens of times before the idea struck him. more »»

Our business is Maui business

February 20, 2015 The Maui Chamber of Commerce’s slogan has long been “Our business is Maui business” and that’s because it is true. more »»

Maui Nei

February 19, 2015 “Talk Pidgin; Speak English: Go Local; Go American” is a successful attempt by author Wayne Kiyosaki to make sense of the underpinnings of his life. more »»

Taxing hotels as renters complicated

February 19, 2015 One of the many unique things about Hawaii is its land ownership structure. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

February 18, 2015 Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and with it, over 58 million pounds of chocolate. That’s just in the U.S., where we spent nearly $450 million on candy during the week leading up to the big day. more »»

Maui Connections

February 17, 2015 As if to apologize for the sideways rain and battering winds Saturday, the weather turned gorgeous Upcountry Sunday. more »»

Ask The Mayor

February 16, 2015 Q: Are there any plans to maintain, repair and/or make improvements to the Keopuolani skate park? My son recently started skateboarding and I have been taking him to the various skate parks on Maui. more »»

Council reviews wide range of committee reports

February 15, 2015 Following a full round of deliberations by its nine standing committees earlier this month, the County Council will consider a wide range of committee reports on Wednesday at 1:30 p.. more »»

The State of Aloha

February 13, 2015 You can see it on Mokulele Highway. Near the halfway point between Central Maui and South Maui among the cane fields it comes into view even though you can’t make out the ocean ye. more »»

Legislation advances seeking clarity for independent contractor status

February 13, 2015 Two bills to clarify who is an independent contractor were recently heard on first reading at the state Legislature. The House Labor Committee, chaired by Rep. more »»

Maui Nei

February 12, 2015 The man was familiar sight around Baldwin Park and Paia. He had the habit of walking around naked from the waist down. Police were called on a regular basis, but the man hadn’t done anything seriou. more »»

Bill would increase everyone’s tax bill in name of fair taxation

February 12, 2015 Among the many tax bills we are following in the legislative hopper this session, most have generic titles, such as “Relating to Taxation,” that say very little about the bills’ contents. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

February 11, 2015 It has been almost a year since I left Mana‘o Radio, but as the station’s co-founder, I still have parental privileges. more »»

Maui Connections

February 10, 2015 Hana’s Kris Kristofferson had a special place in a special speech given by Bob Dylan in Los Angeles on Friday. more »»

Ask The Mayor

February 9, 2015 Q: When will the county be painting the parking stalls near the stadium? Is the reason we haven’t repainted the lines because the parking lot will be paved in the near future? A: You’re right. more »»



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