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Maui News

Hawaiʻi State Senate highlights priority bills passed this session

After the Hawai’i State Senate session adjourned May 5, it released a roundup of priority bills that passed, including those in agriculture, housing, economic recovery, education and health.

Maui hospital updates visitor policy due to rising COVID-19 positivity rates

Effective Sunday, May 22, 2022, the Maui hospital will allow one visitor per patient, per day for a maximum of two hours a day during the hours of 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Maui Health officials note that some units and/or patients may be closed to visitors at certain times.

Open house showcases plans for proposed Hālau of ʻOiwi Art in Wailuku, Maui

The proposed multi-million project is described as a “first of its kind” and the “largest investment by any county or the state to establish a permanent place for hula and associated ʻōiwi arts.”

Maui council, state set aside money to buy 257 acres in Māʻalaea but developer beats them to it

Within days of a Maui County Council vote to set aside $6.2 million in order to keep 257 acres in Māʻalaea from development, one of Maui’s largest, most polarizing developers scooped up the land.

Maui police chief: vehicle thefts and burglaries are up, rape is down

Maui police saw a 4% increase in violent crime and a 17% increase in property crime so far this year. Meanwhile, arrests for violent crimes are up 2% and arrests for property crimes are up 43% year to date, as of Monday.

Sew a lei for Memorial Day

Residents are invited to honor fallen heroes at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Memorial Day by helping make fresh flower or ti-leaf lei for 38,000 gravesites at Punchbowl.

Maui classification moves to high-level of COVID-19 Community Level transmission

The COVID-19 community transmission level in Maui County increased to “high” on mapping tools provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Air 1 helicopter expands capabilities for rescue and firefighting operations on Maui

The aircraft named “Iolani” (royal hawk in Hawaiian), expands capabilities for both rescue and firefighting operations in Maui County.

Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia visit sacred heiau of Taputapuātea

The purpose of the stop was to honor the ancient protocol of Hawaiʻi’s Polynesian ancestors who would go to Taputapuātea, the spiritual center for voyagers, to ceremonially launch and close their voyages. 

Who is the new director of the Pacific Cancer Foundation?

The Pacific Cancer Foundation has named Linda Puppolo as its new executive director, succeeding Nancy LaJoy who is retiring after eight years of service.

Five spots left for Hawaiʻi Land Trust’s free summer program for h.s. students on Maui

Five spots are still available for Hawaiʻi Land Trust’s free Ahupua’a Stewards Leadership Program, which is for 16- to 18-year-old high school students on Maui.

Hayashi named state schools superintendent

Keith Hayashi, a former state public schools principal of the year, has been chosen to become the permanent state superintendent of the Hawaii Department of Education.

Maui Business

Central Pacific Bank names Jacob Simons Private Banking Team Manager for Maui

Central Pacific Bank announced the hire of Jacob Simons as its new Private Banking Team Manager for Maui.

Sustainably-minded retailer, Faherty, opens in Wailea

Faherty recently opened its first Hawaiʻi store at The Shops at Wailea in South Maui. The men, women and children’s clothing brand opened the store with a 1950s nostalgia theme and features the new Pura Vida summer collection. 

UH-Maui College students pitch logo designs to business planning class entrepreneurs

In a collaborative event called “The Real Deal,” UH-Maui College graphic design students pitched their logo designs May 9 to Maui Economic Opportunity business planning class entrepreneurs.

James Campbell Company announces appointment of Nekota and Sullivan to Board

James Campbell Company LLC , a $4.8 billion, nationally diversified real estate company based in Hawaii, announced today that Cameron Nekota and Jim Sullivan have been appointed to serve on its Board of Directors, effective May 6, 2022. 

Arts & Entertainment

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, May 19-25

For a list of upcoming events, concerts, shows and entertainment from May 19-25, find our comprehensive listing here.
May 21, 2022

Open house showcases plans for proposed Hālau of ʻOiwi Art in Wailuku, Maui

May 18, 2022

Maui Prep showcases Arts Program on annual Arts Night

May 18, 2022

Concert under the stars with Maoli at the MACC, June 17

May 18, 2022

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center hosts book signing and lecture by Dr. Gail Okawa

May 18, 2022

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, May 19-25

Election

Maui Charter Commission to review final report and voter guide
Election, campaign line-up: KCA mayoral forum; Tokuda launches campaign; SHOPO endorses Anderson
Election, campaign line-up: Bingo with Victorino; Bissen meet-and-greets; Union endorsements for Kahele
Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele makes official announcement of run for Hawaiʻi Governor
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Letters to the Editor

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Maui Real Estate

Maui council, state set aside money to buy 257 acres in Māʻalaea but developer beats them to it
James Campbell Company announces appointment of Nekota and Sullivan to Board
Report shows rent prices spiked 41% on Maui; residents worry about finding a place
State’s $192M housing, civic center project in Kahului advances

Maui Activities

Teens only: Dancing, games, educational info and Jordan T live at 2022 Expo in Kahului
Resort expands cultural programming for a behind the scenes look into the world of hula
What’s happening on Haleakalā for National Park Week that begins Saturday?
Pacific Whale Foundation announces 6th Annual World Whale Film Festival

Kauai News

Summer Swim Registration Takes Place Today in Kapa‘a, Waimea

Registration for summer swim classes takes place May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Kapa‘a and Waimea swimming pools.

Keith Hayashi Officially Named DOE Superintendent

Keith Hayashi, the interim Department of Education superintendent, was selected by the Board of Education to officially serve in the top post.

KPD to Increase Enforcement Over Graduation Season 

As the community prepares to celebrate this year’s graduates and the beginning of summer break, the Kaua‘i Police Department encourages motorists to drive safely and urges parents and the community to help prevent underage drinking and unsafe driving.

Weekly Road Closures: May 21-27

The state Department of Transportation issued its list of weekly road and lane closures for May 21-27. Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

Wilcox Goes Meatless on Mondays

In an effort to create a healthier Hawai‘i and increase use of local produce, the Wilcox Health Café will institute “Meatless Mondays” starting May 23.

Big Island News

Keith Hayashi Officially Named DOE Superintendent

Keith Hayashi, the interim Department of Education superintendent, was selected by the Board of Education to officially serve in the top post.

Police Investigate Early Morning Murder in Nānāwale

Hawai’i Island police have initiated a homicide investigation in Nānāwale Estates, in the Puna District.

4 Puna Officers Honored for Outstanding Police Work

Four police officers with Puna Patrol were recently honored as Officer of the Month by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i during a ceremony Thursday, April 28 at the Hilo Yacht Club in Hilo.

Hilo Man Charged With Firearm Offenses

A 27-year-old Hilo man was arrested and charged with possession of an unserialized semi-automatic handgun and felon in possession offenses in relation to an April 23 incident in Hilo.

Hawaii County Weather Forecast for May 21, 2022

Hilo Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs around 83 near the shore to 66 to 71 at 4000 feet. Northeast winds up to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with numerous showers. Lows 65 to 70 near the shore to around 54 at 4000 feet. Northwest winds up to 15 […]