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Sharing Mana‘o

November 26, 2014 I’m so proud of myself. For the first time in my life, I have my Mainland Christmas presents wrapped and ready to send, well before the Postal Service’s suggested mailing dates. more »»

Maui Connections

November 25, 2014 It’s holiday season again, which can only mean one thing. Well, actually it can mean any number of things, but one of them is movies. more »»

Ask The Mayor

November 24, 2014 Q: With the EA Sports Maui Invitational basketball tournament coming up today to Wednesday, are there any ongoing traffic projects that might cause additional delays on the road? Thanks, I’m really... more »»

A closer look: Regulating single-use polystyrene food containers

November 23, 2014 On July 28, the County Council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee, which I chair, initially discussed a bill that would generally prohibit the use and sale of single-use... more »»

The State of Aloha

November 21, 2014 When you head down Market Street, you will see the efforts by community organizations, small businesses and the county to make Wailuku town more attractive for tourists, residents and investor. more »»

Maui Nei

November 20, 2014 It was a gorgeous day, but cool, particularly after a week or so of higher than normal temperatures. Up in Kula thermometers had dipped into the 50s before the sun made its debut. more »»

Looking at the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index

November 20, 2014 Recently, I discussed how Hawaii can grow its gross domestic product, or GDP, and mentioned that the tax system is something directly under our control so we can act on it relatively swiftly. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

November 19, 2014 Coffee, tea or me . . . ow? The nation’s first cat cafe opened its doors in Oakland, Calif., a few weeks ago, to purring reviews by patrons. more »»

Maui Connections

November 18, 2014 Upcountry Pool in Pukalani isn’t actually the center of the universe. It just feels that way to me and the friends I run into there almost every day. more »»

Ask The Mayor

November 17, 2014 Q: Are there penalties for bed-and-breakfast homes that are not in compliance? I live in an area that has a lot of B&Bs, and I know for certain not all of them are legal. A: Yes. more »»

45 years in glass

November 14, 2014 Walking into the Worcester Glassworks studio in Kula feels a bit like stepping into the laboratory of a steampunk scientist. A rainbow of powders and pellets in neat bins line the “wall of color. more »»

Maui Nei

November 13, 2014 For a country bumpkin, flying off to Oahu is a big deal. A few decades ago, it wasn’t. more »»

Tax advice for rideshare drivers

November 13, 2014 By now, pretty much everyone has heard about ridesharing. Big names in the market are Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. This industry presents itself as an alternative to taxi. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

November 12, 2014 Small town. Big hear. more »»

Maui Connections

November 11, 2014 Last Tuesday was one for the history books. One thing we learned is that on this island, fancy mailers aren’t worth the glossy paper they’re printed on. more »»

Ask The Mayor

November 10, 2014 Q: My question is regarding window stickers on the rear windows of vehicles. Vehicle inspection stations are now ordering the public to remove their rear window stickers in order to pass inspection. more »»

Illegal vacation rentals unfair to permitted operators

November 9, 2014 I’ve asked the County Council to look into current zoning-enforcement practices because illegal vacation rentals appear to be on the rise. more »»

Maui Nei

November 6, 2014 Wayne Tanaka was a colleague first, a friend later. There were shared interests: the photographic history of Maui, a devotion to hometown journalism and making the job priority No. 1. more »»

The great pension debate

November 6, 2014 One of the issues that popped up in the campaign debates is pensions. One candidate would slam another for voting to tax pensions. more »»



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