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Community Viewpoint: Why no trailer parks on Maui?

Have you ever wondered why there aren’t any trailer parks on Maui? Or why “tiny home” villages haven’t caught on in the islands yet? With the cost of housing displacing more local families every day, these affordable alternative communities are noticeably absent. So what’s preventing their development? Ironically, there are not actually any explicit legal barriers, according to the Maui …

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VIEWPOINT: Mansions easier to build on Maui than apartments

Have you ever wondered why developers on Maui spend their time building mansions instead of affordable homes? At first glance, it would seem they could make more money building mansions, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Surprisingly, developers often make less money on mansions than if they were to build low-end or mid-level homes or apartments. Why? The reason is …

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VIEWPOINT: Ad regarding school bus service was self-serving and misleading

The beginning of every school year is a time of great excitement for students, parents and staff, that also brings new challenges to overcome. Each year, our bus contractors enable the safe delivery of approximately 40,000 students statewide every day. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) recognizes that for 383 of its students on Maui these expectations were not …

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Letter: State Needs to Prioritize Teacher Contract

The state (Board of Education, Governor and superintendent) needs to prioritize retaining quality, experienced teachers. But the state is not taking the negotiations process seriously by: Not bringing all team members to the table including their chief negotiator and governor’s representatives Not engaging in any significant way in discussions of our proposals, even non-cost items Not being available to bargain …

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Community Viewpoint: County workers in Hawaii make highest wages in nation

County workers in the state of Hawaii make the highest wages on average in the entire nation compared to county workers in other states, according to research from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that county workers in Hawaii make a mean average wage of $61,365 a year. Private sector workers in …

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OPINION: A Slow, Yet Steady Fall from Grace

Voters have made it abundantly clear that they desire a change from the current backdoor-dealing, ‘establishment’ politics that have always existed here in Maui County; to a more lawful, transparent, inclusive way of doing things. When questioned about this inexplicable decision last Friday (specifically: the wasting of unnecessary money, energy and time by moving the three new incoming member’s offices …

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Community Viewpoint: Plantation Worker Pride and Perspective

The plantation era is over in Hawaii, and a new generation of leaders will determine what comes next. Like many of my friends, I am a product of our plantation history, stemming from seven generations of mixed-race workers here on Maui. My first job was picking pineapples at 14 years old to help my widowed mother with family bills. My …

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Letters: Maui, Ignorance Will Be Your Demise

To the Mayor, County Council, and citizens of Maui: As a time-share owner on Maui, I thought you might be interested in the ramifications of Maui’s war on time-shares, how this impacts me and what effect it will have on YOUR future. I purchased my ownership on Ka’anapali Beach, north of Black Rock in Jan. 2003. At this time, time-share …

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Community Viewpoint: Hawaii crime goes down, police spending goes up

Almost every morning, Hawaii residents wake up to news stories of violent crime in local papers, from road rage stabbings to burglaries. Most people in the islands might assume crime is getting worse, but surprise: crime in Hawaii is actually falling. Over the past two decades, crime in Hawaii has fallen by over 40 percent. This is during a time …

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Community Viewpoint: Maui Hospital Transfer Travesty – Lives Will Be Lost

As a resident of Maui, I am appalled at the travesty that is occurring at Maui Memorial Medical Center – the only acute-care hospital serving the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The inability of our government leaders and the unions to come to an agreement about the future of healthcare on Maui is staggering. For many years, our only …

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