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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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Community Viewpoint: Hospital Delay Heightens Vulnerability to Hurricanes

As I write this, Hurricane Lester is threatening Maui and the Big Island and the residents of those areas are preparing for the worst. Friends in the mainland who have never been on an island before an oncoming storm may not know just how scarce supplies can get…or how worrisome that can be. That’s why the onset of hurricane season …

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Community Viewpoint: Maui’s long waiting list for water

Getting water on Maui isn’t easy, especially upcountry. Almost 1,900 applicants have been waiting for years, often decades, to get hooked up to the county water system. You read that correctly: 1,900 applicants on Maui are still waiting for running water, meaning that they must either gather water using a catchment system or are unable to expand their property due to …

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Community Viewpoint: Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

During a special session this summer, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that is both illegal and unfunded. The bill offers a $60 million severance package to union workers at the Maui public hospital system who will lose their jobs due to privatization, even though all the workers have already been offered their jobs back. Lawmakers overlooked the fact that the …

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POLL: Hillary vs Bernie to win the Hawaii Caucus?

Hawai‘i helps choose the Democratic Presidential Nominee with a Presidential Preference Poll (Caucus) on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 PM. [socialpoll id=”2345822″ path=”/polls/2345822″ fif=”false” width=”660″] 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 …

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VIEWPOINT: Democratic nominating process arrives in Hawai‘i

Splashed across newspapers, televisions, the web and social media sites are headlines on candidates seeking the presidential nomination from their respective party. Many states have already indicated their preference either through a caucus or primary election. Now, the time has come for Hawai‘i Democrats to make our voice be heard. On Saturday, March 26, registered Democratic Party members across the …

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POLL: Should we build a H4 Highway to/from West Maui?

The last few weeks or even months for that matter, residents and visitors alike have all been caught in the horrific traffic on Honoapi’ilani Highway. Held hostage to just one major artery to access West Maui, emerging situations such as major accidents, brush fires, and even just whale season will snarl up traffic for miles. A discussion in our private …

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Community Viewpoint: ‘Show Me The Water’ needs repealing

Water on Maui can be difficult to come by — not because we are running out of water, but because of bureaucracy.  An ordinance called “Show Me the Water” has slowed down many home builders who desire to build communities that include affordable housing, who try to get their applications through a Water Department with a history of dragging it’s …

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OPINION: Despite Sugar’s Demise, Aloha The People

By: Mahina Martin For my entire life since first hearing as a teen the adage “I may not believe in what you say, but I believe in your right to say it” I have believed it wholeheartedly and it has served me well to learn tolerance. Yet, with the announcement of the closure of HC&S this tolerance that I value, …

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Community Viewpoint: Why is Island Hopping so Expensive?

Have you ever wondered why island hopping is so expensive? About $15.28 of every airline ticket goes to taxes and fees for security and administration, and this can add up for island residents who travel often to visit family. But part of the cost of every ticket goes to the monopoly pricing we pay for the lack of competition in …

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