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March 5, 2015 Seldom straying far from Upcountry, it’s unusual to get into a conversation with tourists. more »»

Legislative bills pile on to the GET

March 5, 2015 Last week we mentioned that our Legislature was considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii general excise tax. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

March 4, 2015 Mahalo for your condolences and comments on last week’s column about the passing of my ex-husband Jim Collins. more »»

Maui Connections

March 3, 2015 As cities across the Mainland were setting records for snow and freezing temperatures in February, Andrea Harris was setting a different kind of record for Maui. more »»

Ask The Mayor

March 2, 2015 Q: With new infestations of the little fire ants, and with Maui Invasive Species Committee Manager Teya Penniman being quoted as saying they “clearly don’t have enough resources to stop it,” is the... more »»

Funding for water system improvements debated

March 1, 2015 The County Council set aside $12.6 million in the fiscal year 2015 budget for improvements to the county’s water system. The appropriation includes $10 million in bond funding and $2. more »»

The State of Aloha

February 27, 2015 The ancient Roman poet Juvenal seldom comes up in everyday conversation these days. more »»

Advocating for Maui businesses by tracking bills in the Legislature

February 27, 2015 The entire legislative season runs fast and furious. more »»

Maui Nei

February 26, 2015 Maui is as mellow as it gets, but there are pests, both two- and four-legged. The biggest pests are axis deer. They can ruin a farm field in one night. more »»

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 »»



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