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Council welcomes fiscal year with more transparency

June 28, 2015 The county’s $620.7 million budget for fiscal year 2016 will take effect Wednesday. The council approved the budget with significant public input in more than two dozen public meetings. more »»

Neighbors: The future looks bright

June 26, 2015 At first glance, Jennifer Suzuki’s Kahului home looks like a typical suburban household — until you reach the kitchen, where you’ll find the family’s dining table engulfed by a 12-foot by 12-foot... more »»

Unfounded attacks have no place when testifying for or against a bill

June 26, 2015 Last week, the Maui Chamber of Commerce, along with several other individuals, testified in support of a bill (PC21) to amend Chapter 2. more »»

Maui Nei

June 25, 2015 The history of government hospitals on Maui began in Lahaina as a party house for Kamehameha III. After the king began spending more time in Honolulu, his hideaway on Front Street was leased to the U. more »»

Friends don’t let friends pay higher taxes, do they?

June 25, 2015 “Friends don’t let friends pay higher taxes. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 24, 2015 A little touch, a warm embrace, The fading light on your sweet face; Smiles in the corners of your eyes And mine open wide in deep surpris. more »»

Maui Connections

June 23, 2015 Hansen Road remains closed for repaving to through traffic, but you can still take a dusty ride down a bumpy road to Maui’s past if you turn at the sugar mill. more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 22, 2015 Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I live on Hui Road F and it is a mess, filled with potholes. more »»

Special council meeting to consider veto override

June 21, 2015 This is an important week for Maui County Council members and, more important, our constituents. In a special meeting Monday at 9 a.. more »»

The State of Aloha

June 19, 2015 Complaining about tourists is a favorite pastime here. Sure, their dollars keep our economy running. And yes, I get it. more »»

Maui chamber showcases county at gathering in Washington, D.C.

June 19, 2015 Last week the Maui Chamber of Commerce participated with approximately 50 companies and 100 individuals from Hawaii in the “Hawaii On The Hill” event in Washington, D.C. more »»

Maui Nei

June 18, 2015 Cecil Paul Elkins was a true Upcountry character, full of stories, opinions and aloha. more »»

Where’s the tax stamp on that eggplant?

June 18, 2015 Being a lawmaker is never easy. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

June 17, 2015 For me, the best part of last Sunday’s Diana Ross concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center was not the medley of Supremes hits, the fabulous costume changes, nor the heartwarming “Reach Out and... more »»

Maui Connections

June 16, 2015 Overheard in the Costco food court recently, this conversation between two young boys who must have been tourists: “Which would you like better, frequent visits to Hawaii, or to live here?” “Frequen... more »»

Ask The Mayor

June 15, 2015 Q: Does a marijuana dispensary need to be registered with the county? A: No, the county is not involved. Hawaii’s “Medical Use of Marijuana” program is administered by the state Department of Healt. more »»

Seeking transparency, frugality in county budget

June 14, 2015 When I became chair on Jan. 2, I pledged to lead the Maui County Council with fiscal responsibility and transparency. more »»

Neighbors: ‘An Angel Among Us’

June 12, 2015 When you meet Judy Kitagawa, there’s a good chance she’ll be wearing a sparkly angel-shaped pin on her shirt collar. “I collect them,” she said. “I collect a lot of angel things. more »»

Maui Nei

June 11, 2015 There’s more than one way to get bitten in the butt by crooks who troll social media on the Internet. The scam involves a telephone call saying a relative is in dire straits and needs money. more »»

‘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 »»



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