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Maui High School Wins State Auto Skills Competition
April 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Featured, Maui News

The Maui High team comprised of Chayce Mimura and Devin Vea now advance to compete in the national competition to be held in Dearborn, MI in June.

ʻĪao Valley is one of Maui's most visited destinations.  The state is implementing a new non-resident parking fee to help maintain the facility into the future. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Maui Visitor Spending Up, Arrivals Down in March
April 29th, 2014 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (6) · Featured, Maui Business

Visitor arrivals to Maui fell in March, but higher average daily spending contributed to a 5.7% increase in Maui visitor expenditures, according to updated data released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.

Mike White. File image by Wendy Osher.
Council Budget Proposal Calls for 9% Real Property Tax Cut
April 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (1) · Featured, Maui News

Budget and Finance Committee Chair Mike White today announced a proposed average 9% reduction to real property tax rates for the fiscal year 2015 budget. White’s proposal also calls for the elimination of expansion positions.

Pāʻia School, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Pāʻia School to Benefit from Safe Routes to School Grants
April 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (5) · Featured, Maui News

Maui’s Pāʻia School will benefit from nearly $1 million in infrastructure funds awarded to the Maui Public Works Department to improve sidewalk and safety near the school, transportation officials announced today.

Photo by Wendy Osher.
Bill Seeking Minimum Wage Hike Advances
April 28th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (6) · Featured, Maui News

The bill seeks incremental increases from the current $7.25 an hour to: $7.75 in 2015; $8.50 in 2016; $9.25 in 2017; and $10.10 in 2018.

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Stella Blues Cafe Closes After 23 Years
April 28th, 2014 · 16 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (100) · Featured, Maui Business

Late last night, Stella Blues Cafe posted the following, “I’m very saddened to say that after 23 years Stella Blues Cafe is closing its doors.”

Merrie Monarch, Photo by Wendy Osher.
2014 Merrie Monarch Festival – Results
April 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Featured, Maui Arts & Entertainment

Complete results… The men of Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, under the direction of kumu hula Kaleo Trinidad, finished on top with a total of 1,194 points, winning: the Lokalia Montgomery perpetual trophy for the best overall performance; 1st place in the Overall Kāne division; 1st place in the Kāne ʻAuana division; and 2nd place in the Kāne Kahiko division.

Central Maui Regional Park by Wendy Osher.
Committees Approve $82 Million in Funds for Central Maui Projects
April 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (17) · Featured, Maui News

Funding was included for several key capital improvement projects in Central Maui, including funds for: the widening of Puʻunēnē Avenue; planning and design of a new middle school in Central Maui; and design and construction of a Central Maui Regional Park and Sports Complex.

Maui Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi, under the direction of nā kumu hula ʻIliahi and Haunani Paredes, earned a second place finish for the Kahiko Kāne division. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Maui Hālau Compete in Hula Competition at Merrie Monarch
April 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (1) · Featured, Maui Arts & Entertainment

The week-long 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island continues with kahiko or ancient style hula performances tonight. The competition portion of the festival got underway on Thursday night with the crowning of the new Miss Aloha Hula for 2014.

Scenic Hāna Highway. File photo by Wendy Osher.
3,721 Acres of East Maui Rainforest Added to Waikamoi Preserve
April 25th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (8) · Featured, Maui News

An estimated 3,721 acres of undeveloped rainforest is being granted to The Nature Conservancy as a conservation easement, under an agreement that will create the largest private nature reserve in Hawaiʻi, organization representatives said in an announcement.

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