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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 »»

Council seeks to make wise investments in future

February 8, 2015 Along with other county officials, I had the honor of hosting this year’s Ka Ipu Kukui fellows at the county building last week for a day of discussing long-term issues facing local government. more »»

Neighbors: Safe haven

February 6, 2015 Laurelee Blanchard had long been an animal lover, but it was meeting a turkey that changed the course of her life. more »»

Measure in Legislature designed to better define independent contractors

February 6, 2015 Over the years, there have been many broad rulings by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to classify people as employees for unemployment benefits beyond the scope and intentions... more »»

Maui Nei

February 5, 2015 Maui is a blessing for a spinner of yarns. Here are five favorites that came to mind over one day’s first cup of coffee. * * * This is whale-watching season. Sometimes the whales do the watching. more »»

State gets short end of source shifting

February 5, 2015 All state income tax systems in the United States, including Hawaii’s, have a set of rules that are used to figure out which state has the primary right to tax income. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

February 4, 2015 Congratulations and condolences, respectively, to all you New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks fans. more »»

Maui Connections

February 3, 2015 Having Hawaii sportscaster Kanoa Leahey in the crowd added a nice touch to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s big Super Bowl party Sunda. more »»

Ask The Mayor

February 2, 2015 Q: Why is the Kula Forest Reserve/Polipoli still closed? There has been ample time for cleanup and repair. more »»

Committees are in full swing, taking up key issues

February 1, 2015 The Maui County Council’s standing committees are working hard to review an array of legislation and other policy issues before the council’s annual budget review begins at the end of next mont. more »»

The State of Aloha

January 30, 2015 Hawaii has long had a love affair with booze. It started with the Polynesian explorers who came to the islands and brought with them plants from home. more »»

Maui Nei

January 29, 2015 The sun is just beginning to push the temperature up. It’s the time of day when the cats are either prowling or sunbathing. Each has carved out its own territor. more »»

How progressive is state tax system?

January 29, 2015 On Jan. 15, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released a report ranking the states in terms of how progressive their tax systems are. more »»

Sharing Mana‘o

January 28, 2015 Monday’s Maui News, with its fond farewell to Henry Tasaka, sent me down Memory Lane, shaking my head in disbelief. The Guri Guri Man was 80 years old?! Impossible. more »»



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