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Budget Chair Joe Pontanilla discusses the impact of the TAT on the county budget during a public hearing in Lahaina.  File photo by Wendy Osher.
MAUI COUNCIL PASSES 2010 BUDGET UNANIMOUSLY ON 2ND & FINAL READING
May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News
 

The Maui County Council unanimously passed the FY2010 budget on second and final reading this morning.  The budget is $8.8 million less than the Mayor’s $573 million proposal, which translates to a 1.5% difference. Budget Chair Joe Pontanilla described the budget as austere and tight for both county departments and nonprofits, but also noted the […]


KULA HOSPITAL GEARS UP FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY: SEEKS PHOTOS, STORIES FOR CENTENNIAL BOOK
KULA HOSPITAL GEARS UP FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY: SEEKS PHOTOS, STORIES FOR CENTENNIAL BOOK
May 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Kula Hospital is gearing up to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2010, and as part of that celebration, the Kula Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a 100th centennial coffee table book. Alberta Canha is the project coordinator. “We are working on highlighting historical and current information, stories, and photos about Kula Hospital and the surrounding community,” […]


File Photo by Wendy Osher.
MAKENA WASTEWATER PLANT GOES SOLAR
May 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

The private sewage treatment plant at the Makena Resort is on its way to becoming the first net-zero energy wastewater treatment and reclamation plant in the state. A blessing was held today as Dowling Company unveiled the 549 panel system.  A second phase of the project calls for an additional 498 photovoltaic panels which will […]


Title: Akepa Honeycreeper Description: While the susceptibility of endangered akepa honeycreepers to avian malaria is unknown, it is likely very high given their current restriction to the highest elevation forests on the island of Hawaii. Location: USA Photographer: Carter Atkinson, U.S. Geological Survey
USGS: CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS ENDANGERED HONEYCREEPERS
May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News
 

A new report released by the U.S. Geological Survey says climate change could pose a threat to Hawaii’s endangered Honeycreeper population. According to the study, increased temperatures in Hawaii’s mountains would likely result in deadly non-native bird diseases creeping up the mountains. Researchers say current populations enjoy cool, high-elevations where mosquitoes do not thrive; but […]


Image Courtesy Haleakala National Park.
HORSE RIDER SUFFERS FATAL FALL AT HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Authorities identified the man who died in a fatal fall near the crater yesterday as long-time Maui resident and experienced horseman, Edward Wilson. A visitor reported the incident at around 1 p.m. on the Halemau’u Trail in the Summit District of Haleakala National Park. County spokesperson Mahina Martin said the man fell approximately 100 feet […]


E. Maui farmers urged to submit survey that could have impact on future instream flow standards.  Photo of Keanae Loi by Wendy Osher 2009)
SURVEY COULD INFLUENCE FUTURE STREAM FLOWS FOR E. MAUI FARMERS
May 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Farmers have until today (Thursday, May 28, 2009) to submit a survey that could influence future stream flows in east Maui.  The Maui County Farm Bureau began distributing the survey several months ago in the hopes of obtaining information on water usage and needs.  The information from the survey will help the farm bureau in […]


PHONE SERVICE RESTORED TO UPCOUNTRY MAUI FOLLOWING FIREY CRASH
PHONE SERVICE RESTORED TO UPCOUNTRY MAUI FOLLOWING FIREY CRASH
May 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News
 

Phone service to thousands of residents and business in Upcountry, Haiku and Paia, Maui was restored by 4 o’clock this afternoon (Sunday, May 24, 3009). The outage was sparked by a fire that started when a vehicle hit a propane tank on Lower Kula Road yesterday afternoon, igniting a house fire and resulting in damages […]


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HAWAII UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO 6.9 PERCENT IN APRIL
May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in April-down point-2 percent from the month before.  State records show there were 44,400 unemployed people in the state. Labor director Darwin L.D. Ching said that while the department is encouraged by the decrease, the road to recovery is not traveled quick or easily. Molokai had […]


Espiritu has been with Kaunakakai Elementary School for 30 years, 8 of which have been as Principal of the school.
KAUNAKAKAI PRINCIPAL ESPIRITU WINS $25,000 TOKIOKA AWARD
May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

A neighbor island principal from Molokai was given top honors for excellence in leadership for public education.  Kaunakakai Elementary School Principal Janice Espiritu earned the Island Insurance Foundation’s 6th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Award at a ceremony on Oahu this week. Espiritu’s winnings total $25,000, including $10,000 in cash and $15,000 for a school project of […]


LOW WATER PRESSURE EXPECTED IN LAHAINA FRIDAY NIGHT
LOW WATER PRESSURE EXPECTED IN LAHAINA FRIDAY NIGHT
May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Water customers in Lahaina town may experience low water pressure beginning at 10 o’clock tonight (Friday, May 22, 2009) and lasting until 5 o’clock tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 23, 2009).  This is due to work on the first phase of the Honoapiilani Highway Realignment Project.  Customers are asked to conserve water during the work period, […]


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