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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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Viewpoint: Our Commitment to Hawai‘i – A More Affordable, 100 Percent Renewable Energy Future

Gov. David Ige’s recent comments raised important questions about our pending merger and Hawaiʻi’s clean energy future, questions that we continue to work diligently and transparently to address with all of our stakeholders. We want to make our position clear and reiterate our full and unequivocal support of the State of Hawaiʻi’s goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by …

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Community Viewpoint: Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayers’ Pockets

Lack of transparency is always a concern in public departments, especially when it can be so tempting for public employees to abuse the system to spike their pensions. One common way public employees increase their pensions is by maximizing overtime. The money spent on overtime expenditures is not “free money”, it comes from somewhere (or rather someone). Any guesses to …

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Letters: Wailea Shops Parking a prime example of greed

So we have been shopping at the Shops At Wailea since the place was built. Over the years we have spent thousands of dollars at this place. We frequently bring our out of town guests here to eat, as well as to shop. I never had to pay for parking here before. After a 3 hour visit here with my …

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