At some point today my bedroom, which now functions as an office, school, and meeting room, will be turned into a wild playground. While trying to write these words, my three school-aged children will pile in out of routine boredom, looking for something to do after making their daily rounds through the house. When this ruckus happens, as is inevitable after weeks stuck at … [Read more...] about Parenting in the Time of COVID: How the pandemic presents challenges and opportunities for Maui’s mothers
Until Monday, hospital staff was not allowed to wear masks in "common areas" Across the country, medical personnel have expressed alarm at the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) – masks, googles, gowns – available to them as hospitals struggle to conserve scarce supplies in the face of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases. A similar situation came to a head here … [Read more...] about Maui Memorial Quickly Pivots to Address Health Workers’ Mask Concerns
The mayor's budget proposal cuts the hotel tax rate and increases funding for the Maui County Visitor Association Against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino released his $870-million county budget proposal last week. It includes a number of measures that Victorino said were responses to the impacts of COVID-19, such as $10 million allocated for … [Read more...] about Mayor’s Budget Boosts Tourism: Is it the Best Way to Recover from COVID-19?
Funding for the long-awaited yet controversial Wailuku Civic Complex was subject to scrutiny Tuesday, as councilmembers of the Economic Development and Budget Committee debated the scope and need of Phase 1B of the project, the parking structure. Councilmembers voted 6-3 to cut the budget for the parking structure in half, allowing for a down-sizing of the proposed four-story … [Read more...] about Committee Votes to Reduce Funding for Wailuku Parking Garage
More than three weeks have passed since Governor David Ige made the announcement that the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was “set to start construction,” and yet no equipment has made the ascent up Maunakea. Instead, at Mauna Kea Access Road, kia‘i, or protectors, have set up camp. Through non-violent action and kapu aloha, bound by culture and identity, and grounded in arguments … [Read more...] about ‘Unacceptable and Irresponsible’: Councilmember Tamara Paltin writes to UH president David Lassner regarding TMT