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Maui Electric’s Troy Connatser demonstrates plugging in an electric vehicle to the island’s first “open access” DC fast charger that is now open to the public at the company’s Kahului office. Courtesy photo.
MECO Debuts “Open Access” Electric Vehicle Charging Station
June 24th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Maui Business, Maui News

The station is open to the public around the clock, and is the first open access charging station on the island. That means drivers are not required to sign up for a membership or subscription to use the charger.

Foodland Kehalani. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Foodland Kehalani Hosts Grand Opening, June 25
June 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (49) · Maui Business, Maui News

The 35,000 square foot store is located at the new Kehalani Village Center in Wailuku, and is the seventh Foodland, Sack N Saev and Foodland Farms store located on Maui.

Council Chair Gladys Baisa. File photo by Wendy Osher.
Maui Council Overrides Mayor’s Line-Item Vetoes
June 24th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (14) · Featured, Maui News

The Maui County Council on Monday unanimously voted to override Mayor Alan Arakawa’s line-item vetoes for the fiscal year 2015 budget. The county’s $603.6 million budget is now official and will go into effect on July 1.

Honolua Bay. File photo: Carlos Rock
$19.5M Released to Protect Līpoa Point from Development
June 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (27) · Featured, Maui News

Governor Neil Abercrombie on Friday released $19.5 million in Capitol Improvement Project funds for the acquisition of Līpoa Point at Honolua in West Maui.

Hawaiian stilts. Photo courtesy DLNR.
Keālia Refuge Visitor Center Closure Extended
June 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (3) · Maui News

The Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is tentatively scheduled to be closed through September 2014 due to mechanical issues with the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system.

Waihe'e Valley, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Woman Suffers Puncture Wounds in Waiheʻe Dog Attack
June 23rd, 2014 · 68 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (41) · Featured, Maui News

A female hiker was treated and released for puncture wounds after she reported being bitten by an aggressive pit bull dog on the Waiheʻe Ridge Trail above Camp Maluhia over the weekend, police said.

MFD logo. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Fire at Haʻikū Home Burns Kitchen
June 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (5) · Maui News

Damage estimates were estimated to be at $250,000: $150,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents. The fire cause was determined to be electrical but deemed accidental.

Maui Now graphic.
Maui Firefighters Battle Stubborn Pāʻia Fire
June 22nd, 2014 · 3 Comments · Featured, Maui News

UPDATE: 4 p.m. 6/20/14. The cane fire has been turned over to HC&S. Fire crews are leaving the scene. The revised estimate for the area involved is 270 acres.

File photo Pāʻia. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.
Body of Diver Recovered in Pāʻia Waters
June 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (64) · Featured, Maui News

The body of a 32-year-old Kahului man was recovered from waters in Pāʻia late Friday night. The diver was located approximately 25 yards offshore near the Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission in Pāʻia.

Image courtesy W. Nagamine & the Hawaiʻi State Department of Agriculture.
Andaz Maui Issues Statement on Fire Ant Eradication Effort
June 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (10) · Featured, Maui News

The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort issued a statement today confirming that they conducted an eradication effort after a small infestation of the invasive little fire ant was found at the property in May. “There is no known threat to the public or hotel guests. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort takes the welfare and safety of its guests very seriously and is committed to long-term monitoring and treatment as necessary,” the statement said.

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