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Editorial

Get tested and help keep Maui County safe

It’s great to see that Maui COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have been very low on Maui in October, even with the launch of the State Pre-Travel Testing Program three weeks ago. Regardless of daily test results, the outbreak on Lanai shows that we need to keep our guard ...

Our Kupuna needs volunteers

Recognizing a need in West Maui and across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Our Kupuna program connects sponsors with seniors. Our Kupuna is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that links Hawaii residents ages 60 and up with sponsors who are able to deliver groceries, ...

Help battle plastic pollution via Small Acts for Clean Shores

Love Beauty and Planet and the Surfrider Foundation invite Maui residents to participate in Small Acts for Clean Shores, a series of seemingly small actions that collectively add up to major impacts for our ocean, coasts, waterways and our island community. Throughout October, ...

Educating travelers will be important as Maui reopens

We are glad to see the County of Maui moving forward with the pre-travel testing program that starts on Thursday, Oct. 15. Although recovery will be slow, limited tourism and the return of Maui timeshare and condominium owners will have a positive impact on West Side businesses. ...

Help support Edward Toshio Morita’s family

Family, friends and the ohana at Na Hoaloha `Ekolu in Lahaina are mourning the loss of . Described as “a husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, chef, photographer, writer, innovator and nerd,” Morita passed away suddenly on Sept. 21. “Ed worked as the Executive ...

Training can empower students to become peer helpers

Students’ peers might be in the best position to recognize when a friend needs help.  To give young people ages 10-18 tools to support peers who may be struggling, Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will hold CONNECT: Prevent Suicide Virtual Training on Sept. 28 and 30 and Oct. 2 from ...

Take precautions to prevent wildfires

Just hours after firefighters put out a fast-moving 1,500-acre brushfire in Central Maui, the National Weather Service kicked off its annual Wildfire & Drought Awareness Campaign on Aug. 31. Fires can happen at any time, but the fall months of September and October are typically the ...

Give the public better COVID-19 data

A friend of mine is concerned about COVID-19. She is in her 70s and in the high-risk group with a history of respiratory problems.Similar to points made by John Bond in this week's letters, she questioned why the state and the County of Maui don't provide more details on COVID-19 cases.The ...

Programs support veteran small business owners

Are you a veteran small business owner? The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to offer support and access to resources.Get started by participating in SBA Veterans Small Business Advisory Committee virtual public meetings next week via Microsoft Teams. The U.S. Small Business ...

Lunas asked to rise up this year

It's great to see the 2020-21 school year underway at Lahainaluna High School - the focal point of our West Side community.Under the current plans, after a period of Virtual/Distance Learning from Aug. 17 to Sept. 21, students will have the option to go to school on campus from Sept. 22 until ...