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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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POLLWatch: Do some rocks in Hawaii have sacred meaning?

This morning on a local TV network, Mayor Alan Arakawa said, ‘No such thing’ as sacred rocks when speaking about the flood clean-up efforts in Iao Valley. We want to know what you think. Do you agree with the Mayor? Disclaimer: MAUIWatch.com online polls are not intended to be a scientific sample of local or national opinion. Instead, they are …

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Community Voices: 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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EDITORIAL: The ‘Hope’ that never came.

Maui had two fireworks shows to kick off 2017. The first was a traditional fireworks display filling the air with lighted spectacle. When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, Central Maui did its thing. (See our video coverage HERE.) The second was an epic organizational meeting for the new Maui County Council which began at 2 pm the next …

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EDITORIAL: Maui County Council’s ‘Rogue One’

Note: Star Wars references abound within. Use the Force to continue reading. Mike White’s transformation to the dark side was solidified this week after spreading his version of Holiday Cheer to those around him at the Office of Council Services where White holds the title of Chief Administrative Officer which happens when you are also the Council’s Chairman. The Maui …

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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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POLL: Capobianco Murder Trial Verdict

The murder trial for Steven Capobianco is coming to a close as the jury indicating a divide in its deliberation yesterday. Take our POLL: Disclaimer: MAUIWatch.com online polls are not intended to be a scientific sample of local or national opinion. Instead, they are a way for readers to share their views on the news with MAUIWatch reporters and editors …

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Community Voices: 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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EDITORIAL: They “Huli’ed” the system- small kine.

It took me awhile to digest the local election results of this 2016 General Election. Partly because of the first surprise that happened on the national stage: Donald Trump? Yes, the first signs of a national shift in politics but with the electoral college in place, a vote for president in Hawaii is regardless a vote for a Democrat. In …

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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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