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DHHL urges customers of Sandwich Isles Communications to immediately switch phone and internet service providers

Sandwich Isles Communications is a private company that is required to provide reliable telecommunications service on Hawaiian Home Lands. The company is facing foreclosure by the federal government due to nonpayment of a major loan. An estimated 1,500 households and businesses on Hawaiian Home Lands are facing sudden loss of service as a result.

$1.55B for Hawaiʻi projects included in House Appropriations’ bill covering military construction, veterans affairs

US Congressman Ed Case reported that the Fiscal Year 2025 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, approved today by the US House Committee on Appropriations, includes more than $1.55 billion in military construction projects for Hawai‘i, the most of any state.

Maui teachers call on Board of Education for more support nine months after Lahaina wildfire

More than a dozen Maui teachers flew to Oʻahu on Thursday to ask for more support following devastating wildfires last August. Designated as a hard-to-staff location for years, West Maui is experiencing a critical teacher shortage as many educators are still piecing together their lives, or were forced to leave the area entirely, according to the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association. Educators on Maui are asking for increased shortage differentials for West Maui teachers, the creation of a fire relief leave bank, and more robust mental health support for all who were impacted, including displaced students. 

Final EIS published for Kūlanihākoʻi High School Pedestrian Overpass across Pi‘ilani Highway

A final environmental impact statement and finding of no significant impact has been completed for the $16 million Pi‘ilani Highway overpass project.

Ukumehame stream protection project begins Friday 

A County of Maui stream protection project will begin Friday, May 24, in Ukumehame, where two concrete Jersey barriers will be installed to prevent vehicles from entering the waterway.

Flags to be lowered on Monday to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Flags will be flown at half-staff at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol and at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaiʻi National Guard in the state of Hawaiʻi, effective from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 27 in recognition of Memorial Day.

Hawaiʻi Attorney General joins coalition to defend EPA’s greenhouse gas emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles

The EPA’s final rule will reduce 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and result in $10 billion annual climate benefits, $300 million in annual non-greenhouse gas public health benefits, and $3.5 billion in annual operational savings for the trucking industry over the lifetime of these vehicles, according to rule backers. Currently, the EPA’s final rule is being challenged by 25 other states, which seek to stop emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles from taking effect.

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.

Lahainaluna seeks head coach applicants for cross country, cheerleading and baseball

Lahainaluna High School is seeking head coach applicants to fill vacancies in three sports programs including girls and boys cross country, cheerleading and baseball. The deadline to apply for all positions is July 4, 2024.

USA Today: Maui Ocean Center is a top 10 best aquarium in the nation

Maui Ocean Center has been named the seventh best aquarium in the nation as part of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2024.

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

Five 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.

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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

Five 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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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.

Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony to receive $50K grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony has been approved for a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony’s annual Pacific Music Institute summer program, strategic planning initiatives for board members, faculty, and staff, and a neighbor island performance tour for young musicians.

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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
‘Taste Education’ Series returns as a highlight of Maui AgFest & 4-Livestock Fair 2024
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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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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
Students travel to Maui to share aloha for Lahaina through free performance, May 21

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Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs revamps website

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, or DCCA, launched its newly redesigned website pages, aimed at providing visitors with a seamless and intuitive browsing experience. The revamped homepage, coupled with a new complaint management webpage is meant to enhance user accessibility and engagement. The updated homepage features a streamlined, function-driven layout and improved navigation […]

Department of Hawaiian Homelands lessees face telecommunication disruption

The private company required to provide reliable telecommunication services is facing foreclosure due to nonpayment of a major loan.

Kauai Weather Forecast for May 24, 2024

A high pressure ridge north of the islands will keep moderate to breezy easterly trade winds over the islands, peaking today and then decreasing slightly...

Kauai Surf Forecast for May 24, 2024

South shore surf will remain small and below the summer average through the middle of next week, with only small and inconsistent pulses of southwest swell...

Flags ordered to half-staff for Memorial Day

This action is taken to honor the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Department of Hawaiian Homelands lessees face telecommunication disruption

The private company required to provide reliable telecommunication services is facing foreclosure due to nonpayment of a major loan.

Hawai‘i Island police renew request for information on missing Pāhoa man

The 34-year-old was last seen in Pāhoa town on May 19, 2023.

Hawaii County Weather Forecast for May 24, 2024

A high pressure ridge north of the islands will keep moderate to breezy easterly trade winds over the islands, peaking today and then decreasing slightly...

Hawaii County Surf Forecast for May 24, 2024

South shore surf will remain small and below the summer average through the middle of next week, with only small and inconsistent pulses of southwest swell...

Illuminate the night in remembrance, honor for loved ones who’s lights were snuffed out

For one evening each year, at the end of May, thousands of Big Island community members gather at Reeds Bay Beach Park in Hilo during the annual Hawai‘i Care Choices Celebration of Life to launch lanterns to pay tribute to the lives lived by loved ones who passed away and how they touched the lives of others.