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Maui News

Tools for School Drive for Maui County students runs through July 15

Maui United Way’s annual Tools for School Drive — to provide essential supplies to children on Maui, Moloka’i and Lāna’i for the upcoming school year — runs through July 15.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council holds July 6 talk on nature-based solutions to cesspools

Are there effective nature-based solutions that can help replace the 90,000 cesspools in the State of Hawaiʻi that are currently releasing nearly 53 million gallons of raw, untreated human waste into the environment each day? Part of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly series, a free Zoom webinar called “Nature Based Solutions to Cesspools and Injection Wells — Latest Findings from Field Research” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.

Chick-fil-A Kahului expected to hire 100+ team members, hosts hiring events, July 5-8

The first Chick-fil-A restaurant on Maui is looking to hire more than 100 part-time and full-time team members as gears up to open its Kahului location.

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 Business

Chick-fil-A Kahului expected to hire 100+ team members, hosts hiring events, July 5-8

The first Chick-fil-A restaurant on Maui is looking to hire more than 100 part-time and full-time team members as gears up to open its Kahului location.

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.

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

DOT: If You’re Flying For The Fourth, Get to the Airport Early

If you are flying anywhere during the Fourth of July weekend, make sure you get to the airport early.

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.

Big Island News

Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff for Late Sen. Wong

Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaiʻi be flown at half-staff as a sign of respect for the late Richard “Dickie” Sung Hong Wong from unrise to sunset on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Join The Movement: Relay For Life Back In Person This Year at Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo

The community is invited to join the movement and fight back against cancer while honoring and remembering loved ones during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Big Island next month.

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 […]