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February 06, 2009

MAUI’S GRAMMY NOMINEES DEPART FOR CEREMONY IN L.A.

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009) Maui’s George Kahumoku, Jr. and fellow musicians featured on The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar album depart for Los Angeles today, bound for the 51st Grammy Awards ceremony. The Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar have previously been honored with three consecutive Grammy Awards for their compilation CDs... Read more »
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February 05, 2009

“I WORK FOR ALOHA” CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM

(By Wendy OSHER © 2009) The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) is expanding its “I Work for Aloha” campaign.  With many of the jobs in the county directly tied to the visitor industry, MHLA launched the campaign to heighten awareness of the connections between the visitor industry and the average county resident. The campaign... Read more »
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February 05, 2009

West Maui Proposed for Medical Enterprise Zone

By Wendy Osher Maui could be the site of a medical enterprise zone under a bill being considered at the state legislature. The 7-year pilot program would be based on the West side of the Valley Isle a region that has long been the focus of discussion for a second island hospital. Rep. Angus McKelvey... Read more »
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February 05, 2009

STATE INVESTIGATES DEAD FISH OFF OF NI`IHAU

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009) The state is investigating a report of a large number of dead fish found along the Niihau shoreline. The report was made on Monday, February 2nd by the owner of the private island, located off the west coast of Kauai. DLNR aquatic biologist Don Heacock, along with Department of... Read more »
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February 05, 2009

AKAKA BILL REINTRODUCED IN CONGRESS

(Posted By Wendy OSHER © 2009) U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) reintroduced The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act yesterday, while Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is designed to begin a process to form a Native Hawaiian government that could negotiate with the state... Read more »
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February 05, 2009

BE PREPARED AT THE 2009 WEST MAUI SAFETY FAIR

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009) More than a dozen local, state and federal agencies will share information on crime prevention, disaster preparedness, public health, personal safety at the 2009 West Maui Safety Fair. The event will be held a the Lahaina Cannery Mall on Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The... Read more »
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February 05, 2009

MFD ADDS TWO NEW VEHICLES TO FLEET

(Story & Photos by Wendy OSHER © 2009) The Maui Fire Department added two new vehicles to its fleet yesterday-an engine for West Maui and an Air/Light Truck for large scale incident response. The new Engine 3 will be stationed at the Lahaina Fire Station and will be used in protecting the West Maui Community.... Read more »
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February 04, 2009

GOVERNOR LINGLE RELEASES $250,000 FOR ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS AT HAWAI`I STATE PARKS

(By Wendy OSHER © 2009) Two Maui facilities are on a list of areas set to receive state funding for energy efficiency improvements.  The Kahului Baseyard and East Maui’s Waianapanapa State Park were among a list of 15 state facilities that will get a share of the $250,000 released by the Governor’s office today.  Currently,... Read more »
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February 03, 2009

POSSIBLE REGULATIONS FOR CERTAIN MARINE FISH

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009) The state has added a Molokai meeting to a list of public discussions on possible regulations for certain marine fish species. The Department of Land and Natural Resources is considering minimum size rules to protect some species from over harvesting including Parrotfish (uhu), Goatfish (weke), and Jacks (ulua/papio). The... Read more »
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February 03, 2009

MAUI INVITATIONAL CONTRIBUTES $8 M-PLUS TO ISLAND ECONOMY

(Story & Photos by Wendy OSHER © 2009) Maui’s economy got an $8.3 million boost this winter from the 2008 EA SPORTSTM Maui Invitational® basketball tournament played at the Lahaina Civic Center. The tournament welcomed nearly 5,000 out-of-state participants who spent an average of six days on Maui, according to the latest data released by... Read more »
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February 03, 2009

GRAND OPENING OF LONGS, PUKALANI

(Story & Photos By Wendy OSHER © 2009) While other retailers are closing shop amid economic hardship, Longs Drug Store is bucking the trend-at least on Maui.  A new Longs Drug Store at the Kulamalu Center in Pukalani opens its doors at 9 o’clock this morning with grand opening specials to mark the occasion.  The... Read more »
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February 02, 2009

MOKULELE AIRLINES LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FLIGHT FROM KAHULUI TO HONOLULU

(Photos and story By Wendy Osher © 2009) Mokulele Airlines’ inaugural Flight 215 from Kahului Airport marks the beginning of expanded service for the interisland carrier. The Airlines’ Kahului Station Manager Ipo Mossman said the Kahului to Honolulu route helps to meet passenger demands following the exit of Aloha Airline’s passenger service nearly one year... Read more »
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February 02, 2009

NEW PLAQUE COMMEMORATES SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP

(Photos and Story By: Wendy OSHER © 2009) Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares joined officials from Taiwan’s Ping Tung Province today in commemorating the town’s 27th year as a Sister City of Maui County. A plaque was unveiled at the Sun Yat Sen Park in Kula marking the occasion. The sister city partnership was formed in... Read more »
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February 02, 2009

WHALE COUNT KEEPS KAHOOLAWE VOLUNTEERS BUSY

(By Wendy OSHER © 2009) Volunteers across the state counted an average of 8 whales every 15 minutes during a statewide count conducted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. 650 volunteers collected data from 56 sites with the most sightings reported off of Kahoolawe where 14 whales were sighted every 15 minutes... Read more »
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February 02, 2009

HOOSER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RUN FOR LT. GOVERNOR

(By Wendy OSHER © 2009) State Senator Gary Hooser of Kauai announced his plans to run for Lt. Governor in 2010.  The announcement came in the form of an email to supporters.  In it, Hooser said that while his role as Senate Majority Leader is important, he has an opportunity to serve an even stronger... Read more »
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