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Deliberations commence on county’s fiscal year 2015 budget

April 6, 2014 Upon receiving Mayor Alan Arakawa’s budget proposal on March 25, the Maui County Council officially entered into its deliberations on the fiscal year 2015 budget. The proposed budget totals $622. more »»

Aloha, Grandma Florence

April 4, 2014 In her final years, “Grandma Florence” became one of the island’s most beloved social media personalities. more »»

Maui Nei

April 3, 2014 Maui as a home is a paradise. Island views never fail to enchant. The ocean is inviting and connects us with them. Most importantly, most people are honest friends and neighbors. A paradise, indeed. more »»

Shouldn’t we do something about the gorillas in the bar?

April 3, 2014 I am often asked to summarize what’s going on with the tax bills in the current legislative session. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

April 2, 2014 Hello, darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again . . . “The Sound of Silence” has the distinction of being named on lists of both the best and the worst songs of all time. more »»

Maui Connections

April 1, 2014 Gas masks, fairy wings and costumes inspired by vegetables were in style Sunday as hundreds of marchers gathered at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot to make their voices heard on the subject of... more »»

Ask The Mayor

March 31, 2014 Q: Why do some of the safety stickers I see on cars have a 2016 expiration year, while others say 2015? And is there a new process for safety checks? I have to take my car in soon and wondered if... more »»

Council seeks to resolve issue of pay equality

March 30, 2014 Male-dominated jobs in Maui County government provide salaries and wages considerably higher than female-dominated jobs. more »»

The State of Aloha

March 28, 2014 That far-off chunk of land called Crimea is all over the news these days. At first, I didn’t think the crisis was all that relevant to our day-to-day existence in Hawaii. more »»

Maui Nei

March 27, 2014 Art has been defined as the distortion of fact to arrive at truth. The best fiction is an artful diversion, another world to occupy for a short length of time. more »»

Tax appeal? Beware the weekend

March 27, 2014 Once in a while, people fight with taxing agencies about their taxes. After all, legislatures, rather than tax agencies, write the laws, and the agencies might not always be right. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

March 26, 2014 Woe is me, I got the BlackBerry blues. Even wrote a song about it: I got the BlackBerry blues; my phone ain’t smart no more. My iFriends say, “Just throw it away!” But I’m BlackBerried to the core. more »»

Maui Connections

March 25, 2014 A group of “old ladies” is heading to Hilo, looking for some action this weekend. None of them is past her mid-20s; and the action they seek is on the volleyball court. more »»

Ask The Mayor

March 24, 2014 Q: I recently found out that Kauai is no longer the wettest place on Earth, now Maui is. more »»

Promoting greater access to facilities, services and information

March 23, 2014 A bill to be considered at Tuesday’s council meeting would allow families access to a cherished playground that has inspired residents to come together as a communit. more »»

All in a day’s work

March 21, 2014 Catching a ride on a helicopter, trekking through jungle and rappelling down cliffs are all in a day’s work for Palani Wright. more »»

Maui Nei

March 20, 2014 The phone rang twice that morning. The first call was bad news about one of the outdoor cats. Malone had come down with several terminal health problems exacerbated by old ag. more »»

Mayors are still after surcharge authority

March 20, 2014 A few weeks ago, I wrote of an effort by the state’s mayors to acquire the authority to slap a surcharge onto the general excise tax and use the tax just as it is in Honolulu, where there is a 0. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

March 19, 2014 Recently, I was amazed to learn that tourism accounts for more than 80 percent of our county’s economic activity. more »»

Maui Connections

March 18, 2014 It’s tax time. After the holidays, New Year’s Day, the Super Bowl and the Oscars, this doesn’t even pretend to be a season of happiness. more »»



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