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October 18, 2010

Council to vote on Park Dedication Approval Process

Members of the Maui County Council this week will vote on the approval process for the dedication of land and improvements for new county parks.  The bill was designed so that park requirements would be fulfilled prior to final subdivision approval. Under existing laws, approval at times of a park dedication, takes place after the... Read more »
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October 18, 2010

Maui Police confiscate $86,000 in Crystal Meth during Pukalani Drug bust

By Wendy Osher Maui Police have arrested a Pukalani man on drug charges after searching a vehicle and his home last week.  Tracy Ibara, 46, was arrested on Tuesday, October 12 when police executed a search warrant on a Ford Ranger pickup truck he was operating. Authorities confiscated 287 grams of crystal methamphetamine or ice... Read more »
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October 15, 2010

VIDEO: LAHAINA ROYAL HO’IKE: From the Keiki to Ka’iulani and the Crown

A celebration marking the 135th Birthday of Crown Princess Ka’iulani took place this Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the historic Waiola Church and the nearby sacred grounds of Moku’ula in Lahaina, Maui.  The event entitled “Lahaina Royal Ho’ike: From the Keiki to Ka’iulani and the Crown” included a full day of festivities, Hawaiian entertainment, cultural... Read more »
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October 14, 2010

3 arrests made and $661,000 worth of ice and cocaine recovered in Haiku drug bust

By Wendy Osher Maui police arrested three people and recovered more than 2,000 grams (4.6 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine worth an estimated street value of more than $627,000 during a drug bust in Haiku last week.  Police executed a search warrant on a Haiku home at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7, 2010.  There, they arrested... Read more »
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October 14, 2010

Maui Police investigate after man shot in head drives himself to the ER

By Wendy Osher Maui police are investigating a shooting incident reported early Wednesday morning in Kaupo.  A 33-year-old man, said he was picking opihi in the area known as Plenty Kiawe when he heard gunshots in the distance.  He tells police he was walking to his car at around 12:30 a.m. when the shots were... Read more »
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October 11, 2010

Thousands of homes proposed in A&B Properties’ Waiale development

Posted by Wendy Osher A&B Properties has filed an EIS Preparation Notice with the state for the proposed Waiale community development.  The project calls for the development of 2,550 residential units on approximately 545 acres of land south of Wailuku and Kahului.  The property is adjacent to Maui Lani and Waikapu with the Kuihelani Highway... Read more »
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October 04, 2010

VIDEO: Maui kicks of Fire Prevention Week with two public demonstrations planned

By Wendy Osher A proclamation was signed by Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares this morning, kicking off Fire Prevention Week in Maui County. “I try to do everything I can to get you the tools that you need in order to keep our community safe.  That’s my number one job,” Tavares said in her address to... Read more »
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October 03, 2010

4.0 Eathquake off Mauna Loa, NO tsunami expected

A 4.0 earthquake occurred off the Southeastern flank of Mauna Loa on the Big Island this morning (Sunday October 3, 2010).  The quake occured at 9:39 a.m. at the 19.2 North and 155.5 West coordinated.  Officials with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach say no tsunami is expected, however, some areas may have... Read more »
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October 01, 2010

Visitor arrivals on the upswing with Maui arrivals up 10 percent

(Posted by Wendy Osher) The state’s visitor industry is showing signs of economic recovery.  Visitor arrivals in August increased 11.8 percent and spending increased 30 percent compared to last year.  That translates to an additional $250 million in visitor spending for Hawaii’s successful summer travel season. The positive performance is being attributed in part to... Read more »
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September 29, 2010

Third place primary finisher Piltz backs Arakawa in mayoral bid

By Wendy Osher The third place finisher in the primary race for Mayor has announced his support for one of the candidates advancing to the general election in November.  Retired electrical contractor Randy Piltz, who was among the 11 primary candidates in the crowded race for mayor, is now backing Alan Arakawa saying his beliefs... Read more »
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September 28, 2010

Former Maui Planning Director Hunt accepts directorship in Santa Barbara

By Wendy Osher Former Maui Planning Director Jeff Hunt will be leaving Maui next month to take on a job as the director of Long Range Planning for the County of Santa Barbara in California.   The new job includes a $3.5 million budget with the responsibility of supervising 18 planners and updating the Comprehensive Plan... Read more »
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September 28, 2010

Maui Bus to Be Re-Routed During the County Fair Parade

The Wailuku-Kapalua (Stadium) Commuter parking, normally allowed at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot, will be relocated to the Kahului Boat Ramp during the Maui County Fair from Wednesday, September 29th through Sunday, October 3rd, the Department of Transportation has announced. Also, due to the partial closure of Kaahumanu Avenue on Thursday, September 30 to... Read more »
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September 26, 2010

Two pedestrians struck in South Maui hit and run accident

Two pedestrians were transported to the hospital after they were struck by a pickup truck in a hit and run accident on South Kihei Road early Sunday morning, September 26, 2010.  The accident was reported at 2:04 a.m. on South Kihei Road at the Kupuna Street intersection in South Maui. The two pedestrians were crossing... Read more »
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September 21, 2010

Elderly Kahului couple pulled from burning home called act of heroism

By Wendy Osher (Update: 6:28 p.m. 9/21/10) An elderly couple was pulled to safety after their home accidentally caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the couple’s single-story home located at 237 Molokai-Hema Street in Kahului. “It’s always sad to see,” said Acting Batallion Chief... Read more »
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September 18, 2010

Primary Election FINAL 2010 Results

By Wendy Osher (Click on story and Scroll down to see results) (Update: 7:23 a.m. 9/19/10) The Final Summary Report for the 2010 primary election was released shortly before 7:30 this morning.  In the Mayor’s race it will be a rematch between current Mayor Charmaine Tavares and former Mayor Alan Arakawa.  Tavares had 7,307 votes—268... Read more »
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