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Maui County Election Recap
2022-11-25 12:14
Maui County Election Recap Bissen Elected Mayor; Progressive Council Candidates Lose Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor Delayed initial results provided the only bump for the Bissen… Read More
Family Caregivers—Assisting With Love
2022-11-25 12:05
Photo courtesy Administration for Community LivingFamily Caregivers—Assisting With Love Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor 4:30 a.m. ‘Īao Intermediate School teacher… Read More
There Is So Much To Be Thankful For
2022-11-25 11:18
There is So Much to be Thankful For One of my favorite months of the year is November—when we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, usually on the fourth Thursday. An annual holiday in the USA… Read More
Remembering Maui’s Filipino Veterans
2022-10-23 11:45
Remembering Maui’s Filipino Veterans Including Unsung Heroes Maui Volunteers Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor Veterans Day will be celebrated on November 11. The federal holid… Read More
It’s Bissen Vs Victorino
2022-09-01 09:04
The top two mayoral vote-getters who will be in this November’s general election are Judge Richard Bissen (left) and incumbent Mayor Mike Victorino.It’s Bissen vs Victorino Maui… Read More
Filipino Americans  On The Move …
2022-07-21 13:08
Filipino Americans on the Move … Youth Leaders, Wise Investment My wife and I recently spent about two months in Los Angeles to welcome our newest grandson. What a blessing indeed to… Read More
Time To Concentrate On US Elections
2022-07-04 07:37
Time to Concentrate on US Elections Maui Mayor, Governor head list of Hot Races; Keith-Agaran and Hashimoto unopposed Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor Now that the Philippine elect… Read More
Maui Mayor’s Race Is On
2022-07-04 07:13
Maui Mayor’s Race is On Who would want to be a mayor to face these crises? • Lack of affordable workforce housing • Homelessness • Drug & alcohol abuse &mdas&helli…Read More
It’s Time For A Fiesta
2022-06-03 16:51
It’s Time for A Fiesta 53rd Annual Barrio Fiesta goes LIVE! Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor In the Philippines, the month of May is Fiesta time. And on Maui, the Barrio Fiest… Read More
Celebrating And Recognizing Nurses
2022-06-03 16:42
Celebrating and Recognizing Nurses Alfredo G. Evangelista, Assistant Editor and Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Contributing Writer Almost every Filipino family has someone working as a nurse or… Read More
We Remember … We Honor …
2022-06-03 16:27
We remember … We honor … Historians remind us all the Civil War which ended in 1865 claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establish… Read More
Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
2022-04-24 13:57
Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran The Ninth and final in a Series. Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Governor… Read More
Significance Of Easter
2022-04-24 13:41
Significance of Easter Making a Difference … For many around the world, April is a particularly important month. Easter comes in April this year and is the most celebrated holiday fo… Read More
Sen. Lynn DeCoite
2022-03-22 09:08
Sen. Lynn DeCoite The Eighth in a Series. Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Governor, Maui Mayor, Council, a… Read More
We All Need A Little Encouragement
2022-03-22 09:01
We All Need a Little Encouragement Every one of us has more than one memory of a specific time when we have felt hopeless, helpless, and at the brink, ready to give up on our dreams and wor… Read More
Troy Hashimoto And Justin Woodson
2022-02-17 10:57
Troy Hashimoto and Justin Woodson The Seventh in a Series. Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Governor, Maui… Read More
Electing Good Leaders Is Essential …
2022-02-17 10:40
Electing Good Leaders is Essential … Leadership matters. Voting, especially during this year’s election is our sacred duty as citizens. Our democratic process requires particip… Read More
Hopes And Expectations For 2022
2022-01-21 13:19
Mayor Michael Victorno, Grace Sales, Chancellor Luis Hokoana, Michelle Balala, Rep. Kai Kahele are just a few names who have hopeful expectations for the New Year 2022.Hopes and Expectations… Read More
New Year’s Resolution’s
2022-01-21 12:59
New Year’s Resolution’s Making New Year’s resolution’s is easy … Sticking with it is hard … “Why?” we ask ourselves, as we cont… Read More
Portrait Of A Sole Caregiver
2021-12-23 14:05
Portrait of a Sole Caregiver Lucy Peros | All Photos Courtesy Lucy Peros and ‘Ohana Caregiving can be a tough job! According to statistics in the United States, 43.5 million caregivers… Read More
Gabe Johnson, Tasha Kama & Mike Molina
2021-12-23 13:55
The Fifth in a Series. Gabe Johnson, Tasha Kama & Mike Molina Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Governor… Read More
Count Your Blessings One By One …
2021-12-23 13:39
Count Your Blessings One By One … The holiday season brings us to that special time when we reflect on all that happened to each of us … big, small, good, bad and… Read More
Bahay Kubo Renovations Complete
2021-11-19 13:42
The Bahay Kubo over the last 51 years: 1970—the original (Photo courtesy Sevilla ‘ohana); 1989—the first major renovation (Photo courtesy Sevilla ‘ohana); 2021—… Read More
Michael Victorino
2021-11-19 13:32
Michael Victorino The Fourth in a Series. Photos courtesy Michael Victorino Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections fo… Read More
Manny, Bongbong, Leni, Isko And More
2021-10-23 13:08
Bato – Ronald dela RosaBy Presidential Communications Operations Office – Presidential Communications Operations Office (Immediate: [1]), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia… Read More
Josh Green
2021-10-23 13:00
Josh Green The Third in a Series. Photos courtesy Josh Green Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Governor, Mau… Read More
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
2021-10-23 12:35
The Life You Save May Be Your Own Get the vaccine. Never before has the world faced a health crisis like this life and death pandemic. COVID-19 does not discriminate. It does not know or ca… Read More
2021-09-23 07:59
Back to School Woes Alfredo G. EvangelistaAssistant Editor A year ago, education was all about parents, teachers and students adjusting to a virtual classroom. Quite a problem on the fly the… Read More
Vicky Cayetano
2021-09-23 07:47
Vicky Cayetano The Second in a Series. Photos courtesy Vicky Cayetano Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Gove… Read More
We Are Going To Die One Day …
2021-09-23 07:39
We Are Going to Die One Day … How do we prepare for the inevitable? Like the old saying goes—there are two things for sure in life: death and taxes! It is not a matter of if; i… Read More
Managing Tourism: Searching For Balance
2021-08-18 09:19
Managing Tourism: Searching for Balance Alexis Viloria After a year and a half of travel restrictions, safety protocols, quarantines and vaccines, tourism is once again carving its path here… Read More
Kirk Caldwell
2021-08-18 09:06
Kirk Caldwell The First in a Series. Photos courtesy Kirk Caldwell Editor’s note: In 2022, Leadership for the State and Maui County will be at the forefront with elections for Governo… Read More
2021-07-20 11:49
Cravalho’s Photo at the Hawaiian Airlines mural.Photo: Gilbert Keith-AgaranThe MAYOR F. CRAVALHO WAY Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor When Mayor Elmer F. Cravalho passed in 2… Read More
The 2021 State Legislature Ends
2021-05-18 07:46
The 2021 State Legislature Ends Success or disappointment? Maui’s legislative team comments. Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor “This session was a little disappointing fo… Read More
Three Chefs And The Pandemic
2021-05-18 07:28
Three Chefs and the Pandemic Alexis Viloria Editor’s Note: With the Philippine Consulate General in Hawaii’s upcoming sponsorship of Filipino Food Week from June 6 through June 1… Read More
Anti-Asian Violence Erupts
2021-04-23 14:07
Anti-Asian Violence Erupts Alexis Joy Viloria A year after the COVID-19 virus started to wreak havoc on our country, another virus continues to make its mark on America with a target of its… Read More
2021 Legislative Session
2021-03-16 10:30
2021 Legislative Session COVID-19 Response, Balancing the State Budget and Looking for Money Troy Hashimoto and Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran Former President Barack Obama, in accepting the 2008… Read More
Cultural Connections
2021-03-16 10:13
Cultural Connections Relationships are deeper than commonly thought. The CD release of Kāwili starts new conversations raising questions about being one ‘ohana. Alfredo G. Evangel… Read More
Help Needed … NOW!
2021-03-16 09:57
Help Needed … NOW! The Hawai‘i State Legislature must address the economic impact of the pandemic on our residents. Help is needed NOW. Having recently returned from a visit wi… Read More
2021-02-16 08:25
Keep the Faith Happy New Year everyone! We pray 2021 will be a better year! Deacon Patrick Constantino 2020 was a challenging year for us. COVID-19 hit us and everything changed. Our life s… Read More
2021 Outlook
2021-01-16 12:25
2021 Outlook Island Officials and Community Influencers. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran and Alfredo G. Evangelista, Assistant Editor New Year 2021 exploded with the usual persistent weeks of lite… Read More
Welcoming The New Year
2021-01-16 11:46
Welcoming the New Year Enjoy you, so others can, too! I believe we all agree 2020 was wild and crazy with the pandemic we now want to forget. I don’t know about you but I certainly wi… Read More
Iti Salun-At Yo
2021-01-16 11:31
Vaccine for the COVID-19 Virus What you need to know! Errol Buntuyan, M.D. Our nation and our local Maui community have been hit hard with increased COVID positive cases in the last two mont… Read More
Have Faith
2020-12-12 10:46
Have Faith It’s easy to maintain your faith when times are good, but in challenging times—such as the Pandemic we’re now in—our faith gets tested and is proven to be… Read More
Goodbye 2020
2020-12-12 10:23
Goodbye 2020 Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor Cue Fade in … And that was 2020. Oh what a Year it was. Who would have thought our lives would be turned upside down… Read More
The Meaning Of Christmas
2020-12-12 10:05
The Meaning of Christmas Reason to Celebrate … 2020 was a challenging year due to the pandemic that altered the way we celebrate special holidays like not meeting in person wit… Read More
The Pandemic Dampens The Holiday Season
2020-11-12 13:01
COVID doesn’t take a holiday. Vanessa Joy Domingo Last year, who would have thought the 2020 Holiday season would need to be celebrated differently? For the past eight months, the COVI… Read More
Turning The Page, Beginning Anew …
2020-11-12 12:41
Whew! What a dramatic ending to the 2020 presidential election! The Biden and Harris team are projected as president and vice president elect. This is a very historic moment for our nation… Read More
2020-10-17 15:40
Key Words of Advice: Ask Questions, Budget, Be Patient, Keep Your Customers Happy Vanessa Joy Domingo Local businesses across the island face the predicament of adjusting to the effecs of th… Read More
Our Centenarians
2020-10-17 15:31
Alejandra Quia Cabudoy Cabalo Lucy Peros | Photos courtesy Lucy Peros My mother, Alejandra Quia Cabudoy Cabalo is an amazing woman. She was born on August 7, 1920 in Cagayungan, Narvacan, Il… Read More
Open Our Economy Safely
2020-10-17 15:18
Open Our Economy Safely Our Working Families Need to Get Back to Work … Oh, what a relief. After over seven months of shutting down our Maui economy, we are finally beginning… Read More
Coping With Distance Learning
2020-09-12 12:00
Students, teachers and parents struggle to cope. Vanessa Joy Domingo When the 2019–2020 school year ended with drive-by graduations, no one knew what to expect for the 2020–2021… Read More
To Cha-Cha Or Not?
2020-09-12 11:36
County Council Approves Seven Charter Changes (Amendments) to be placed on Ballot. Alfredo G. EvangelistaAssistant Editor For most Filipinos who tune in to Philippine politics, Cha-Cha is no… Read More
Make Your Voice Heard… VOTE!
2020-09-12 11:03
The 2020 elections are like no other in Maui’s history—one that will be transformational. During this election, voters can change how and who will manage Maui’s government… Read More
Vote By Mail Raises Turnout
2020-08-17 09:21
COVID-19 Supports Name Recognition Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor The first Statewide all vote by mail election resulted in a higher turnout than in recent years with over 406,425… Read More
Behind The Scenes
2020-07-17 12:26
Behind the Scenes Vanessa Joy Domingo | Photos courtesy of the owners Work life has radically changed for the United States workforce once the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world. We re… Read More
2020 Elections To Be Conducted By Mail
2020-06-17 13:58
2020 Elections to be Conducted by Mail Vanessa Joy Domingo I recall when my Dad first brought me along to vote when I was in the first grade. I remember being in awe at the number of cars fi… Read More
And They’re Off
2020-06-17 13:50
And They’re Off The Race for the 2020 Elections Begin Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the #blacklivesmatter protests, the 2020 elect… Read More
Your Vote, Our Voice …
2020-06-17 13:21
Your Vote, Our Voice … Your vote is our voiceLet us lead the way.Your vote is our voiceWe are here to stay.Your vote is our voiceFor our dreams’ pathway.Your vote is our… Read More
Agluto Tayo!
2020-05-18 18:32
“Let’s Cook!” Pinoy Recipe of the Month Compiled by Lucy Peros Lauya: Pig’s Feet Soup courtesy of Shirley Evangelista The post Agluto Tayo! appeared first on Fil-Am… Read More
Importance Of Higher Education
2020-05-18 10:03
Importance of Higher Education In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As an iconic world leader whose li… Read More
Our Disrupted Year
2020-05-18 09:25
Maui’s graduating high school seniors share how COVID-19 has affected their final year of high school Ghenesis Jhay Balaan and Romelyn Joy Tabangcura Pomp and Circumstance. Walking ac… Read More
We Are All Affected
2020-04-18 12:20
We Are All Affected COVID-19 disrupts our lives. Vanessa Joy Domingo and Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor From students to small business owners to those in the health field and hos… Read More
Coping With Crisis
2020-04-18 11:51
Coping With Crisis Most across the world agree the coronavirus is touching every part of the world, without exception. Early warnings came as early as December 2019 and the world leaders w… Read More
2020-03-15 13:24
Stand Up And Be Counted National Census Day is April 1 Alfredo G. Evangelista | Assistant Editor In 2010, the U.S. Census determined Filipinos constituted the second largest ethnic group in… Read More
2020-03-15 13:08
The Corona Virus A public health situation constantly changing. Vanessa Joy Domingo Since its debut in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the Coronavirus has taken the world by storm. To date, t… Read More
2020-03-15 12:37
The Greatest Threats to Democracy Democracy in America is not perfect but offers the best framework for our government and continues to inspire people across the world. Today, we face a nat… Read More

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