Stating it Out

Stating it Out

Maui County has a local council, and we also elect two Senators and one member of the U.S. House to represent us in Washington, D.C. But what about the folks we send to Oahu?

Tips for Filling in Your Ballot

Tips for Filling in Your Ballot

So you’ve done your civic duty—kudos! Get that “I Voted” sticker and pat yourself on the back. But, uh oh,  what if you made a manini mistake and your vote isn’t counted? No good

Your Vote Matters

Your Vote Matters

In August, Maui County held a primary election. If you’re among the 75.2 percent of eligible voters who didn’t turn in a ballot, maybe you forgot. Maybe you didn’t care

Chartering a Course

Chartering a Course

The Maui County Charter is, essentially, our local constitution. It sets the rules for county government and the way things operate, from mayor’s office to the council to codes of ethics to finances and so on. In short, it’s a pretty big deal

Campaign Cash

Campaign Cash

Money. It’s been a force in politics practically since the birth of American democracy, and its influence doesn’t seem to be diminishing despite widespread agreement that it gives certain individuals and groups an outsized advantage come election day

I’m Just a Bill Sitting on Wailuku Hill

I’m Just a Bill Sitting on Wailuku Hill

The list of things that make Hawaiʻi unique among U.S. states is a long one. Our pristine waters, world-class surf, towering volcanoes, tropical climate, and the complex and beautiful Polynesian host culture all set us apart and give island residents a sense of pride

Skunks on  Maui: What’s the Stink?

Skunks on Maui: What’s the Stink?

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) trapped a live skunk in the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary in August. That’s a big deal for a couple of reasons. First, unlike mongoose and feral cats (the intended targets of the DLNR traps), skunks are...
What Do the Unsheltered Need?

What Do the Unsheltered Need?

We quickly learned that existing shelters were viewed unfavorably by just about everyone in this population. A few share tales of being denied a bed, poor treatment by staff, and rules being unfairly applied. Granted, these aren’t the folks presently living at the shelters, and some hold animosity towards them, having been told to leave. But the negative perception is pervasive.

The Explainer: Climate Change and Drought

The Explainer: Climate Change and Drought

It’s a familiar refrain as we slog through the hot, dry months: Maui is in a drought. Parts of South and Central Maui were elevated to “exceptional drought,” the National Weather Service’s highest designation. Most of the rest of the county and state is somewhere...