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Haleakalā / Image: Chris Archer
Free Entry to Haleakalā for President’s Day Weekend
February 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

Haleakalā National Park will waive entrance fees for all park visitors for the President’s Day holiday weekend. The free entry is being offered from Saturday, Feb. 14 to Monday Feb. 15, 2015.

File photo by Wendy Osher.
Hawaiʻi Marine Bills Draw Nearly 4,000 Pieces of Testimony
February 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

One of the bills, HB511 seeks to prohibit the harassment of anyone who is marine or aquarium fishing, and specifically tasks conservation officers with enforcing the harassment ban.

US Senator Brian Schatz delivering today's floor speech, 6/11/13.  Courtesy photo, Office of US Sen. Brian Schatz.
Hawaiʻi Senators Respond to Military Force Authorization Against ISIL
February 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

US Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono of Hawaiʻi today issued statements in response to the Administration’s proposed authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. Both expressed support for the authorization of force, but want the President to refrain from activating ground troops.

The rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera, normally clear on trade-wind days (left), became nearly obscured by vog (right) on some non-trade wind days beginning in 2008, when sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano’s summit increased to unusually high levels.  USGS photos.
New Study Looks at How People Cope with Vog
February 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

A new study to examine how people who live downwind of Hawaiʻi Island’s Kīlauea Volcano cope with volcanic gas emissions, or vog, is currently underway.

Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
3 Year $70 Million Kea Lani Renovation Complete
February 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Business, Maui News, Real Estate

Improvements spanned the 22-acre Wailea property, and included: the $5.1 million rebuild of Kō restaurant; the debut of the Willow Stream Spa in January 2014; the renovation of each one-bedroom suite with new contemporary designs; and refreshed décor at the resorts two-story villas.

Image courtesy University of Hawaiʻi.
Improvements Introduced to Native Hawaiian Education Act
February 11th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

The Hawaiʻi Congressional Delegation today introduced a bipartisan bill that seeks to extend and improve the Native Hawaiian Education Act, an existing program that is aimed at creating educational opportunities for Native Hawaiian children and families.

Mason Aquino. File photo courtesy Representative Angus L. K. McKelvey.
Maui 2015 Youth of the Year to be Announced
February 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

The Boys and Girls Club of Maui will honor several members during the 2015 Gene & Ruth Freedman Youth of the Year Competition and Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Haleakalā Moon / Image: Chris Archer
Haleakalā Park Accepting Applications for Commercial Tour Permits
February 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Business, Maui News

Haleakalā National Park began accepting applications for guided astronomy and hiking tour permits on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The permits, or Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs), will be valid for up to two years. Applications must be received by the end of Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015.

State seal.  Photo by Wendy Osher.
State Upgrades to Cloud Technology
February 11th, 2015 · 9 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Business, Maui News

The State of Hawai‘i has completed a major upgrade to its information technology system to utilize cloud technology in managing and supporting over 16,000 employees statewide. The Human Resources Management System Upgrade Project was completed on Jan. 20, 2015, resulting in a modernized system with vital backup capabilities and greater efficiency.

MMMC Outpatient Clinic reception area. Courtesy photo.
MMMC Welcomes New Physicians
February 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Business, Maui News

Three new physicians have joined the recently opened Maui Memorial Medical Center in Maui Lani to provide much-needed emergency on-call services. Dr. Robert Millan Dy (gastroenterologist), Dr. David J. Engle (neurosurgery), and Dr. Don Wilton Hill (oncology/hematology) have joined other physicians working in the MMMC Outpatient Clinic.

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