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Latest Maui News

Paltin to host virtual town hall on beach restoration and stabilization in Kahana

“I anticipate this meeting to serve as a resource for our community as we investigate various solutions to rising sea levels and accelerated coastal erosion,” said Paltin.

Habitat for Humanity, BOH volunteers build home for Veteran family in Waimanālo

After more than 50 years of waiting on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands list, the Young ʻohana in Waimanalo celebrated a dream come true on Thursday.

Suicide prevention training on Molokaʻi, Aug. 23-24

Suicide Prevention Basics, two-hour training workshops, will be offered by Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services on Aug. 23 and 24 at MEO in Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi.

Maui residents benefit from free “Test to Treat” program

Under Mauliola Pharmacy’s Test to Treat program, Maui County residents may be tested for COVID-19, and if positive, may receive prescription medication at the same location, free of charge.

Tools for School drive serves Maui keiki for 10 years

Maui United Way’s 10th Annual Tools for School Drive shifted its focus this year to requesting supplies that were the biggest financial burdens to families.

Two Native Hawaiians named to federal advisory committee addressing derogatory names of places

US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland named Native Hawaiians Niniaukapealiʻi Kawaihae and Kamanaʻolana Mills to serve on the new federal advisory group formed to help identify and recommend changes to derogatory terms of places throughout the country.

ʻŌiwi poet, Maui native has first book published

The Waiʻehu, Maui native’s first book of poetry is based on her dissertation which explores how aloha is possible in the face of colonization and sexual violence. Written primarily in English, Revilla’s 141-page poetry collection also features ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), which at times, better expresses some of her deepest thoughts and feelings.

The long-awaited opening of Kīhei High School is planned for January, but will it happen?

Construction of the upper campus of the beautiful new Kīhei High School is expected to finally be completed enough to open in January for a small inaugural class of ninth graders, but the lack of a state-mandated grade-separated crossing may delay the opening.

Maui Powerhouse Gym to open at Lahaina Gateway in the fall of 2023

The Lahaina Gateway shopping center in West Maui announced the addition of Maui Powerhouse Gym, which is expected to open in the fall of 2023.

Makawao man arrested in cold case involving the 1982 murder of teen girl in California

A 75-year-old Maui man was arrested at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in connection with a 1982 cold case murder in California involving the stabbing death of a teenage girl, authorities confirmed.

Voting delegates pass resolutions on Native Hawaiian housing, economic development

Councilmember and Presiding Officer Pro Tempore Tasha Kama (Kahului Residency District) today announced that both of the resolutions she introduced at the annual conference of the National Association of Counties were passed by voting delegates into NACo’s federal policy package.

Maui County had record 8,149 firearms registered in 2021

In 2021, Maui County had record high numbers for firearm permits processed (2,938), firearms registered (8,149) and firearms imported (3,763), according to an annual report released today by the Hawaiʻi Department of the Attorney General.

Maui Business

Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea has new executive chef

The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea has hired Michael Lofaro, who was named “Chef of the Year” at the 2016 ‘Aipono Awards, as its new executive chef.

Maui Powerhouse Gym to open at Lahaina Gateway in the fall of 2023

The Lahaina Gateway shopping center in West Maui announced the addition of Maui Powerhouse Gym, which is expected to open in the fall of 2023.

Energy-efficiency grants available to small businesses, nonprofits and restaurants

Hawaiʻi Energy is seeking applicants for its 2022-2023 EmPOWER Grant program, which is designed specifically for nonprofits, small businesses and restaurants that are pursuing energy efficiency projects at their facilities.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers hiring open house, Aug. 13

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Kahului is seeking to fill a few more crewmember positions for the opening of the brand’s first Maui restaurant later this month located by Lowe’s and American Saving Bank at 176 Ho’okele Street, Kahului, HI 96732 across from the Puʻunēnē Shopping Center.

Arts & Entertainment

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, August 11-17

For a list of upcoming events, concerts, shows and entertainment from Aug. 11-17, find our comprehensive listing here.
August 10, 2022

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, August 11-17

August 09, 2022

2022 Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival, Aug. 27 at Lahaina Banyan Tree

August 03, 2022

Paula Fuga sings “Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” plans a tour with award-winning album

August 03, 2022

Mana Wahine mural unveiling, Aug. 11

August 03, 2022

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, Aug. 4-10

Election

Three Maui County mayor candidates see tourism management as a platform priority
Maui County mayoral candidates blast budget, discuss other hot topics in debate
Voter resources available: Find Maui Voter Service Centers and Ballot Drop Boxes
MEO 50th Kūpuna Aloha Luncheon, July 30
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Letters to the Editor

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Maui Real Estate

Maui County home sales cool in June; single-family home median sales price at $1.1 million
Kaiāulu O Haleleʻa, Kīhei affordable rental housing announces application and lottery
Maui council votes to stop 100% affordable Hale Waipuʻilani housing project in Kīhei
AEI Housing Center: “Maui’s sky-high home prices are a self-inflicted wound”

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

Ige Approves Emergency Rules For Out-of-State Nurses to Temporarily Practice in Hawaiʻi

The emergency rules are effective immediately for no longer than 120 days.

Weekly Briefing: County to Receive Nearly $25M for Poʻipū Road Safety And Mobility Project

The county is getting a funding boost from the federal government for a project in Poʻipū.

Portion of Kua Road in Lāwaʻi Closed

Kua Road, about half a mile from Kaumuali‘i Highway, is closed because of a fallen tree.

EPA, Marines Reach Stormwater Discharge Agreement for Kāne‘ohe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today, Thursday, Aug. 11, a federal facility compliance agreement with the U.S. Marine Corps to make improvements related to stormwater discharges at the Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i on the Mokapu Peninsula of Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu.

Kouchi to Undergo Hip Surgery

A state lawmaker from Kauaʻi County is having a surgical procedure done today (Thursday, Aug. 11).

Big Island News

HFD Rescues 3 Swimmers Out of Rough Waters Off Government Beach Road

Three people were rescued in waters off of Government Beach Road on Thursday after a man was swept out to sea and two bystanders swam out with a paddle board to help him.

Ige Approves Emergency Rules For Out-of-State Nurses to Temporarily Practice in Hawaiʻi

The emergency rules are effective immediately for no longer than 120 days.

Puna Man Sentenced to 10 years for Domestic Abuse

A 26-year-old Puna man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for domestic abuse, Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary Seeks Help Relocating Dogs From Waimea Shelter

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary is asking the public to assist with finding positive outcomes for dogs now housed at its Waimea shelter because its lease will be ending sooner than expected.

Watch: Fire Nearly 10,000 Acres; Battle Will Last Awhile, State Says

A fast-moving, wind whipped wildfire on Hawai‘i Island has federal, state, and county firefighters preparing for a prolonged, intense firefight. Called the Leilani fire, Wednesday night it grew from an estimated 700-acres in size to 9,800 acres this afternoon.