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Senate WAM Committee advances bills relating to wildfire recovery, economy, homelessness and housing

The Hawaiʻi State Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed out several bills aimed at addressing key priorities for the Senate, including bills to assist in wildfire recovery, agriculture, economic development, homelessness and housing.

Living Pono Project receives more than $650,000 for watershed preservation

The Living Pono Project has received more than $650,000 to support the nonprofit’s preservation efforts of the Pu‘u Kukui Watershed, the largest private nature preserve in Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiʻi Department of Health supports new CDC guidelines on COVID-19

The Hawai‘i Department of Health reports it is in general agreement with today’s updated COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, effectively dropping the five-day guidance on COVID isolation.

Mayor Richard T. Bissen, Jr. to present 2024 State of the County Address March 15 at Castle Theater

The public is invited to attend the 2024 State of the County Address, which will be presented by Mayor Richard T. Bissen, Jr. at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Applications open March 8 for Maui Office of Economic Development grants

Approximately $450,000 in funding is available through the County of Maui Office of Economic Development for grants toward programs, projects and events that promote and nurture economic development in Maui County. The department will accept new grant applications starting on March 8, and continuing until funds have been exhausted.

Electric production of ‘Grease’ premiers tonight at Baldwin Auditorium

Baldwin High School’s Performing Arts Learning Center will raise the curtain on their rendition of the iconic musical “Grease” at the Baldwin Auditorium tonight, Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7 p.m.

‘Shining Star Showcase’ spotlights talents of individuals with disabilities at ProArts Playhouse

Seventeen talented individuals with disabilities were spotlighted in a “Shining Star Showcase” at the ProArts Playhouse held Thursday in Kīhei.

Maui visitor arrivals down in January 2024; spending is up from 2019

“Locally, the Maui wildfires continued to impact visitors to Maui six months after the tragedy,” said Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Director James Kunane Tokioka. “Maui’s visitor counts decreased by 23.5% compared to January 2023, although there has been progress from August 2023 when visitor arrivals were down by 57.8%. With the active recovery efforts and campaigns, we hope to see continuous improvements over the upcoming months,” he said.

Nā Manu ʻElele Program aims to inform and connect people at legendary places

The Nā Manu ʻElele Steward Program, a collaboration between Kupu, Hawaiʻi’s largest youth-focused conservation and sustainability nonprofit; the US Economic Development Administration; and the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources aims to inform and connect the people at wahi pana (legendary places, and living, breathing spaces).

One ʻOhana Fund begins accepting applications; Governor weighs in on Maui wildfire legislation

Today marks the first day that wildfire survivors can apply for the One ‘Ohana Fund. The fund is for survivors who lost loved ones and survivors who suffered severe injuries and were hospitalized as a result of the disaster.

Homestead nonprofit partners with DHHL to serve waitlisted Hawaiians

Under a memorandum of agreement executed this month, Hawaiian Lending & Investments will administer Department of Hawaiian Home Lands matching down payment assistance grants of up to $5,000 to eligible DHHL beneficiaries toward the cost to build or purchase a home on Hawaiian Home Lands.  

Maui vacation rental supply no longer highest in the state, occupancy down from 2023

While a decrease was recorded in month-over-month data, Maui County vacation rental supply realized gains this January compared to January 2023.

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Grand Wailea announces opening of Kilolani Spa, inspired by the Hawaiian moon calendar

Maui’s Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, today announced the opening of its Kilolani Spa, a new 50,000 square foot open air luxury spa.

Hawaiian Electric delays launch of new solar, energy storage programs one month to make refinements

Hawaiian Electric will postpone the launch of its new rooftop solar and energy storage programs by one month while the company makes changes approved by the Public Utilities Commission, the company announced. The new programs, originally scheduled to launch March 1, will now be available to customers starting April 1.

New round of MEO Core Four Business Planning Course begins March 5

The Core Four Business Planning Course’s second series of 2024, classes focused on how to start and run a business, starts Tuesday, March 5, and runs twice weekly through Thursday, April 4.

Hirono hosts roundtable with US Trade Rep. and Hawaiʻi small business owners

US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaiʻi and US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai held a roundtable discussion with Hawaiʻi resource partners and local business owners.

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Top 20 Things to Do on Maui, Feb. 29-March 10: Free performance Brigham Young jazz orchestra, Billboard hitmaker Iration , Nāpili Farmers Market reopens after wildfires

This week on Maui, there are free performances by the Brigham Young university jazz orchestra, Brother Noland and renown pianist June Choi Oh, Billboard hitmaker Iration performs at the MAAC, Mantoku Mission holds its annual bazaar, and the Nāpili Farmers Market reopens after the Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfire.

Electric production of ‘Grease’ premiers tonight at Baldwin Auditorium

Baldwin High School’s Performing Arts Learning Center will raise the curtain on their rendition of the iconic musical “Grease” at the Baldwin Auditorium tonight, Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7 p.m.

‘Shining Star Showcase’ spotlights talents of individuals with disabilities at ProArts Playhouse

Seventeen talented individuals with disabilities were spotlighted in a “Shining Star Showcase” at the ProArts Playhouse held Thursday in Kīhei.

Silent auction bidding launches Maui Calls, the MACC’s signature fundraising gala

Entertainment, auctions, gourmet food and fine wine tasting will highlight “Maui Calls,” the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature fundraising gala, beginning with a silent auction Monday, via https://mauiarts.ejoinme.org/MauiCalls. The 26th anniversary Maui Calls event will take place 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Top 20 Things to Do on Maui, Feb. 29-March 10: Free performance Brigham Young jazz orchestra, Billboard hitmaker Iration , Nāpili Farmers Market reopens after wildfires

This week on Maui, there are free performances by the Brigham Young university jazz orchestra, Brother Noland and renown pianist June Choi Oh, Billboard hitmaker Iration performs at the MAAC, Mantoku Mission holds its annual bazaar, and the Nāpili Farmers Market reopens after the Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfire.

MACC hosts an evening with James Taylor and his All-Star Band on May 5

Music legend James Taylor has announced his return to Maui with his All-Star Band for a special outdoor concert under the stars at Alexander & Baldwin Amphitheater on Sunday, May 5.

Maui Food & Dining Chevron Forward

Jersey Mike’s Subs and Special Olympics Hawaiʻi team up for a ‘sub-stantial’ month of giving
‘Magic of Napa Valley’ cuisine set as fundraiser for Maui food service workers
Tails Up Maui in Wailuku reopens with a renewed mission of community support
Le Bazaar, traditional Moroccan cuisine opens Feb. 1 on Maui
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Maui vacation rental supply no longer highest in the state, occupancy down from 2023
Gov. Green extends Emergency Housing Proclamation relating to affordable housing
Draft environmental impact statement for Wailea development published; includes workforce housing
Group asks for extension of emergency protections for tenants facing evictions

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Top 20 Things to Do on Maui, Feb. 29-March 10: Free performance Brigham Young jazz orchestra, Billboard hitmaker Iration , Nāpili Farmers Market reopens after wildfires
Four Seasons Resort Maui celebrates spring break with seasonal experiences, March 10 to April 6, 2024
KS Maui celebrates 2024 Hoʻolauleʻa on March 2
Top 20 Things to Do on Maui, Feb. 22-March 3: Iration, Black Uhuru, Leslie Jones, Kīhei Fridays, Hui Noʻeau arts fundraiser

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Kauai Weather Forecast for March 02, 2024

High pressure far north of the main Hawaiian Islands will keep breezy trades blowing through the weekend. Trade winds will weaken on Sunday as the high moves...

Kauai Surf Forecast for March 02, 2024

Small to moderate swells from around the compass will continue into early next week. A small north-northeast swell will continue today, and a reinforcing...

Kaua‘i weekly lane closures: March 2-8

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.

UH Mānoa releases free Hawaiian language resources to help enhance kūpuna care

These resources were compiled as part of a bigger effort to explore the large repository of digitized Hawaiian language newspapers for Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) perspectives on elderhood. 

Senate committees advance marijuana legalization bill

A third reading in the full Senate for SB 3335 is likely to be scheduled in the coming days, as the bill has a March 7 deadline to cross over to the House for further consideration.

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Hawaii County Weather Forecast for March 02, 2024

High pressure far north of the main Hawaiian Islands will keep breezy trades blowing through the weekend. Trade winds will weaken on Sunday as the high moves...

Hawaii County Surf Forecast for March 02, 2024

Small to moderate swells from around the compass will continue into early next week. A small north-northeast swell will continue today, and a reinforcing...

Volcano Watch: Kīlauea intrusion was a textbook example of dike propagation

Dike intrusion is one of the fundamental processes for magma migration at volcanoes around the world.

NOAA proposes national marine sanctuary in Papahānaumokuākea

Public comment on the sanctuary draft proposal is requested through May 7.

Senate committees advance marijuana legalization bill

A third reading in the full Senate for SB 3335 is likely to be scheduled in the coming days, as the bill has a March 7 deadline to cross over to the House for further consideration.