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Maui News

Help endangered plants survive with Haleakalā National Park service trip

Help endangered plants survive by transplanting, weeding or preparing seeds at the Haleakalā National Park plant nursery from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 5. 

Maui Fourth of July fireworks reminders: sales underway, public display in Lahaina

There are two public aerial displays planned this year–one on July 2 as part of the 26th Annual Lānaʻi Pineapple Festival, and the other on July 4, as part of the Lahaina Fourth of July Fireworks celebration.

Kahului boy, 6, battling eye cancer will finally get his wish to meet Mickey Mouse

Six-year-old Kahului resident, Cru, has been waiting for more than two years for “Mickey to get out of quarantine” so he can go to Walt Disney World. On Saturday, Make-A-Wish Hawai’i and community members surprised him with an event to let him know that his wish would soon come true, according to a news release. 

Takakura sworn in as new Deputy Director at Maui Department of Planning

Maui’s Jacky Takakura was sworn into office on Wednesday as deputy director of the Department of Planning. She succeeds Jordan Hart, who has moved to chief of the department’s Zoning Administration & Enforcement Division.

Hawaiʻi airports expect busy Fourth of July holiday weekend

The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation is advising anyone traveling out of Honolulu, Kahului, Līhuʻe, Kona, or Hilo to arrive early, especially if traveling between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Police investigation update: Male driver on Maui Veterans Highway sustains apparent gunshot wound

Maui police tell Maui Now that a male driver on Maui Veterans Highway sustained an apparent gunshot injury.  The investigation is still ongoing.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority extends contract with HVCB for 90 days to resolve protest

The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority announced today it has temporarily extended its current contract with the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau.

New Planning Department rates and fees take effect July 1

The Maui County Planning Department announced today that new rates and fees will take effect on July 1, 2022, with Maui County’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget.

Public libraries close ahead of Independence Day holiday; Makawao open special hours

In state observance of the Independence Day 2022 holiday, all public libraries and library support offices will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, a news release said. Makawao Public Library will be open with “special hours” on Friday, July 1, the release added.

Maui Family Support Services awarded $80,000 grant by Hawaiʻi Children’s Trust Fund

The Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund awarded a two-year $80,385 grant to Maui Family Support Services to fund the nonprofit’s Navigation Services that helps up to 150 participants per year. 

Back-to-school supply drives for Maui kids in need, through July 15

Maui County Federal Credit Union is holding school supply and backpack drives at its branches in Lahaina and Wailuku. The supply drives launched on June 13 and continue until July 15, 2022. These events will support The Salvation Army Maui’s annual efforts to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for Maui’s children in need.

Vot-ER gives first civic engagement award in Hawaiʻi to Molokaʻi health center

Molokaʻi Community Health Center has received Hawaiʻi’s first $4,500 Community Civic Engagement Program award from Vot-ER and its partners to support nonpartisan voter education and engagement.

Maui Business

Officers named for state’s Small Business Regulatory Review Board for FY 2022/23

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s has announced the officers for the Small Business Regulatory Review Board for Fiscal Year 2022/23. 

Hawaiian Telcom appoints three new directors

Hawaiian Telcom recently named three new directors to continue its statewide fiber network expansion and growth.

Female farmers in Hāna discuss their journeys tonight on free Zoom presentation

Four female farmers discuss their journeys with farming in the remote town of Hāna during a free online presentation June 22 by the Hāna Chapter of Hawai’i Farmers Union United.

Partners in Development Foundation appoints four people to all Native Hawaiian board

Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit Partners in Development Foundation appointed four community leaders to the all Native Hawaiian board of directors: Kawena Beaupre, Scott Seu, Pastor Elwin Ahu and Summer H. Kaiawe.

Arts & Entertainment

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, June 30-July 6

For a list of upcoming events, concerts, shows and entertainment from June 30 to July 6, find our comprehensive listing here.
June 30, 2022

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, June 30-July 6

June 28, 2022

Jazz Maui hosts summer concert series, Fourth of July event and free workshops

June 27, 2022

Maui Film Festival’s honorees include Yellowjackets’ Christina Ricci

June 26, 2022

Maui film premieres shine over 5 nights at Maui Film Festival’s Stardust Cinema

June 25, 2022

‘White Hawaiian’ coming to ProArts, highlights many talents of Maui’s Eric Gilliom


Election, campaign line-up: Sylvia Luke gets ILWU endorsement, Maui Mayoral candidates launch websites, roll out events
Election, campaign line-up: HawaiiKidsCAN forum features Democratic candidates for Governor
Election, campaign line-up: McKelvey endorsed by HSTA; Bissen and Tokuda endorsed by HGEA; Schwartz announces candidacy
Candidates beat filing deadline to round out final names on 2022 election ballot

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Speed bumps, roundabout, TSA, Jones Act, beach parking fees & more
Letters: Healthcare, drought, second-home taxes, dirty restrooms, Jones Act, Smirnoff & more
Letters: Church steeple, bike lanes, beach access, drink tax, underage drinking, Russian vodka & more
Letters: Vaccines, Tax Relief, Taxes, Pickleball, Black Rock Trash, Kanaha Pond Stench & More

Maui Real Estate

Council committee recommends that Maui County acquire controversial Nāpili house
Owners give Lahaina tenants more time; rally highlights Maui’s housing woes
100% affordable project Hale Waipuʻilani in Kīhei advances
Tenants forced out of Lahaina Crossroads Apartments; rent nearly doubling

Maui Activities

South Maui marks grand reopening of Kalama Skate Park in Kīhei
Cabin in Haleakalā Crater gets upgrades after 85 years
Maui Ocean Center hosts Summer Aquari-OM yoga classes for a cause
Visitor education efforts ramp up at Kahului Airport ahead of summer travel season

Kauai News

Free Program Helps Kauaʻi Residents Change Their Communities

A Hawaiʻi nonprofit is offering Kauaʻi residents free training to get the tools and knowledge to make positive changes in their communities.

Lane Closures Scheduled For Several Island Roadways

Lane closures are scheduled next week and beyond for several of the island's roadways, according to the county.

Monthly Test of Statewide Warning Sirens Scheduled This Week

The state is notifying the public that the monthly test of the all-hazard Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, July 1.

COVID Weekly Update: State Reports 5,362 New Cases

The state Department of Health reported 5,362 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, June 29, bringing the statewide total to 308,695. Fifteen new fatalities were reported.

Native Hawaiian High-Schoolers Immersed in Science, More at UH-Mānoa

Nearly 20 haumāna from high schools throughout the islands and the mainland are being immersed in science, Native Hawaiian culture and more as part of a 12-day summer residential program at a University of Hawaiʻi campus on Oʻahu.

Big Island News

Nighttime Paving Work Scheduled in Keaukaha

The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation has scheduled nighttime paving work on Kalanianaole Avenue in Keaukaha, starting July 5.

Free Program Helps Big Island Residents Change Their Communities

A Hawaiʻi nonprofit is offering Big Island parents and residents free training to get the tools and knowledge to make positive changes in their communities.

Hawaii County Weather Forecast for June 30, 2022

Hilo Today: Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs around 82 near the shore to 68 to 73 at 4000 feet. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 66 to 71 near the shore to around 54 at 4000 feet. Northwest winds 10 […]

Hawaii County Surf Forecast for June 30, 2022

Forecast for Big Island Leeward Shores Today Friday Surf Surf AM PM AM PM West Facing 4-6 4-6 3-5 3-5 South Facing 5-7 4-6 3-5 2-4 TODAY Weather Sunny until 12 PM, then partly sunny. Scattered showers. High Temperature In the mid 80s. Winds West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tides Kona Low -0.2 feet […]

Big Island Police Remind Residents About Fireworks Rules, Offer Safety Tips

In an effort to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend, Big Island police are reminding the public about the rules governing the use of fireworks.