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AARP Hawaiʻi seeks 2024 Andrus Award nominees

AARP is accepting nominations for its 2024 Hawai`i Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawai`i volunteers, 50 and older, who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

Survey says isle residents support expanding renewable energy in Hawaiʻi

More than 90% of island residents support more alternative energy in the Hawaiian Islands, according to a survey commissioned by the Ulupono Initiative and released during the 11th Annual Hawaiʻi Energy Conference on Maui.

MEO employees recognized for work with Head Start and Maui Relief TANF programs

Head Start Family Case Manager Abegael Hernandez and Maui Relief TANF Program Manager Monni Nash and were named Maui Economic Opportunity Employees of the Month for February and March, respectively, for their care and empathy with the families and individuals they help.

Multi-Grammy award winning band and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago return to Maui in September

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, performs at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater & Yokouchi Pavilion with special guest, Henry Kapono, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2024. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation awards $10,000 in scholarships

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to Lahainaluna High School seniors and alumni for the 2024-2025 academic year. The scholarships for $1000 each were awarded based on eligibility criteria such as acceptance into accredited two- or four-year colleges and universities, as well as essay submissions.

Sumptuous dining on the menu at 43rd annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is getting ready to serve up a menu of “magical moments” with culinary, wine and music events during next month’s 43rd annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival.

Maui Bicycling League successfully hosts Memorial Ride of Silence

The Maui Bicycling League held its annual Ride of Silence on Saturday, joining over 400 locations worldwide in honoring cyclists who have been injured or lost their lives while riding. The event drew more than 30 bike riders and advocates who came together to ride in silence, dressed in white, to commemorate those who have tragically died while cycling.

Battling invasive species topic of County sustainability series, May 30

The County of Maui Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division has announced the third installment of its Sustainability Together: Community-led Regenerative Action speaker series from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Maui Ocean Center Sphere. This session, titled “Grassroots Guardians: Battling Invasives in Maui County,” is being held during Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Awareness Month.

MEO begins accepting energy credit applications June 1

Applications for the annual federally funded energy credit assistance program for low-income residents, who require help to pay their heating and cooling bills, will be accepted beginning June 1 via mail or in-person drop-offs through the month.

Ocean Exploration Trust launches 2024 expedition to map unknown areas of the Pacific Ocean 

An eight month-long exploration of unsurveyed seafloors across the Eastern, Central and Western Pacific, from Hawaiʻi to Canada, will bring views of never-before-seen seafloor to the world this year.

Council supports closures of Holomua Road for public safety in Pāʻia

Maui County members voted 9-0 on Tuesday to approve a bill on first reading to close the mauka portion Holomua Road above the entrance to old Maui High School to address concerns about brush fires and other public safety issues.

ARDA-Hawaiʻi makes $5,000 donation to Maui Food Bank

The Hawaiʻi Chapter of the American Resort Development Association, the timeshare trade group in Hawaiʻi, recently donated $5,000 to the Maui Food Bank. The donation will help empower the organization in extending its hunger relief programs to those in need.

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State releases performance report: Maui has largest vacation rental supply; average daily rate is up

In April 2024, Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply at 246,500 available unit nights (+4.7% vs. 2023, -4.4% vs. 2019), and Maui vacation rental unit supply continued to be impacted by the Aug. 8 wildfire. The data was included in the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism’s Hawaiʻi Vacation Rental Performance Report.

Queen Kaʻahumanu Center extends rent relief and stipend to businesses impacted by Maui fires

Four Maui businesses impacted by the fires last August were selected for three months of rent relief and a $2,000 business scholarship at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. As part of Pacific Retail Capital Partners and Queen Kaʻahumanu Center’s #ExtendAloha campaign to spread awareness and raise funds for the community, Maui businesses that needed help getting back on their feet were encouraged to apply for the leasing space opportunity within the center. 

Hawaiʻi Journalism Initiative launches nonprofit newsroom on Maui

A new nonprofit dedicated to in-depth reporting on Maui County issues is launching on the Valley Isle, with experienced local journalists at the helm.

Maui CARE Flights, travel gift program launched for Maui wildfire-impacted families

A new travel gift program was announced on Wednesday, providing more than 3,000 roundtrip Alaska Airlines flights, as well as Disneyland tickets and accommodations to Maui families affected by the Aug. 8 wildfires.

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Multi-Grammy award winning band and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago return to Maui in September

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, performs at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater & Yokouchi Pavilion with special guest, Henry Kapono, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2024. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Kīhei 4th Friday town party features Jason Arcilla on May 24

The May Kīhei 4th Friday town party will take place at Azeka Shopping Center Mauka, the “Heart and Soul” of Kīhei, on Friday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celebrate Japanese culture at UHMC on May 25: Drumming, dancing, food and more

The 22nd annual Maui Matsuri Japanese Festival is planned to take place at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College campus on Saturday, May 25. The Japanese Festival event is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include free entertainment, kids crafts, food booths and trucks, crafters, exhibits, hands-on activities, passport activity, and much more.

Fairmont Kea Lani hosts ‘Behind the Curtain: A Journey Through Hula,’ June 1

Fairmont Kea Lani hosts “Behind the Curtain: A Journey Through Hula,” an event dedicated to celebrating and sharing the art of hula, taking place Saturday, June 1, 2024. Through the lens of three Maui-based hālau, guests will hear first-hand what it takes to prepare for the prestigious Merrie Monarch hula competition and experience the beautiful art form as the hālau perform a hana hou of presentations shared during the festival this past April.

Zenshin Daiko’s 25th Annual Taiko Festival Concert returns to the MACC on June 15

Zenshin Daiko’s 25th Annual Taiko Festival Concert, a celebration of outstanding muscienaship played with upbeat fun and boundless heart, hits the stage at Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

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Sumptuous dining on the menu at 43rd annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Annual Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival set for Oct. 18-Nov. 10 on three islands
Food & Wine Festival donates more than $195K to 14 beneficiaries statewide
Fresh local poi served at 36 Hawaiʻi public schools as part of effort to boost local menu items
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Nonprofit launches to strengthen Hawai‘i’s rental housing landscape, amasses 17,500 member units
Home sales hit 25-year low, housing crisis explained in UHERO factbook
Kaiāulu o Kūkuʻia affordable housing waitlist opening; lottery planned
Council Committee advances bill to allow more space for secondary farm dwellings

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Sumptuous dining on the menu at 43rd annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
USA Today: Maui Ocean Center is a top 10 best aquarium in the nation
Camp Imua returns to Keʻanae for its 47th year in June with special guest magician Derek McKee
Pacific Whale Foundation to host 8th annual World Whale Film Festival fundraiser

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Heightened unrest resumes beneath Big Island’s Kīlauea volcano

At about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the number of earthquakes beneath the summit increased and low frequency energy pulses set in. Ground deformation also continues beneath Halemaʻumaʻu crater and the south caldera area.

Newly discovered exoplanet will help understand why life appeared on Earth

An international team of scientists, with the help of three observatories atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island, discovered the relatively close exoplanet dubbed Gliese 12 b in our galactic neighborhood.

Kauai Weather Forecast for May 26, 2024

Broad high pressure north and northeast of the state will maintain moderate to locally breezy easterly trade winds through the week. Showers will mainly favor...

Kauai Surf Forecast for May 26, 2024

Surf along exposed south-facing shores will remain small throughout much of the week, mainly due to a combination of background south- southwest and...

Kaua‘i Master Gardeners bringing free home gardening classes to Puhi farmers market

The monthly courses begin June 1 and will be held behind the master gardeners' longtime 'plant doctor' booth.

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Pele stirring again as heightened unrest resumes beneath Kīlauea

At about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the number of earthquakes beneath the summit increased and low frequency energy pulses set in. Ground deformation also continues beneath Halemaʻumaʻu crater and the south caldera area.

Hawaii County Weather Forecast for May 26, 2024

Broad high pressure north and northeast of the state will maintain moderate to locally breezy easterly trade winds through the week. Showers will mainly favor...

Hawaii County Surf Forecast for May 26, 2024

Surf along exposed south-facing shores will remain small throughout much of the week, mainly due to a combination of background south- southwest and...

Playground at Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area to temporarily close

The closure is expected to last approximately one week, and the playground will be fenced off during this time.

Poll results: Legalizing cannabis gets most individual votes for what bills Hawai‘i lawmakers should have passed but didn’t

Senate Bills 3335 and 2487, relating to the legalization of recreational marijuana and expanding marijuana decriminalization, respectively, received 537 votes, or 43% of the total 1,236 cast.