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Council adopts resolution seeking recognition of emergency dispatchers as first responders

Resolution 23-29, FDI states that, although 911 emergency services dispatchers are not physically at the scene of emergencies, they often face job-related stress. Information gathered and communicated by the dispatchers can mean the difference between positive and negative outcomes in an array of emergency situations, said Council member Sugimura.

Hawaiian Telcom raises $13,343 for Maui United Way

Hawaiian Telcom ran their annual campaign with the employees contributing $2,843 and Hawaiian Telcom adding $10,500 to bring it to a total of $13,343 for Maui United Way’s 2022-2023 campaign.

Kīhei power outage leaves 3,000 South Maui customers in the dark

Crews with Hawaiian Electric Company on Maui are responding to a power outage in South Maui. Residents from the Kaonoulu Estates subdivision in North Kīhei and nearby neighborhoods report the outage started at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023.

$195,000 awarded to Maui County for medical outreach for unsheltered homeless

The County of Maui was among approximately 30 states and 173 local homelessness programs across the nation that were awarded a total of $315 million in funding to address unsheltered individuals and families with severe service needs.

Growers enlist international company to verify origin of Hawaiʻi macadamia nut products

Consumers purchasing products with packaging that may imply the products are made with Hawai‘i-grown macadamia nuts will soon be able to tell if what they are buying is actually the real deal.

Additional hearings announced for proposed Maui Nui forest additions and rule changes

Two additional hearings have been scheduled for Maui and Moloka‘i for people to comment on a proposal to protect nearly 100 unencumbered state land parcels across Hawai‘i as part of the State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Wildlife Sanctuaries systems. 

Maui County testifiers passionate over freedom to choose birth practitioner

Fervent testifiers over many hours at Maui County Council sought the freedom to choose birth practitioners regardless of licensure status. Apprenticeship-trained midwives would be criminalized after July 1 — when the current exemption expires — if the state doesn’t approve pending legislation.

Power surge likely a contributing factor to fuel spill at Haleakalā, official expresses remorse

Brigadier General Anthony Mastalir, commander of the US Space Forces Indo-Pacific, said equipment failed in a “catastrophic way,” and said a power surge during severe weather reported last weekend, was a likely contributing factor.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Event

In June 2022, the State of Hawaiʻi updated the Child Passenger Restraint Law. A child safety seat inspection event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kīhei Police Station.

Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program

The US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months.  The SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play, and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.

New mysterious viruses infecting hibiscus on Oʻahu discovered by UH researchers

Two new viruses are infecting hibiscus plants in Hawaiʻi and they could pose a threat to the state flower, the yellow hibiscus, according to researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Some Pukalani customers to be affected by water shutoff, Feb. 7

A portion of customers in the Pukalani area will have their water shut off from approximately 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, while work is done on the County of Maui water system.

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Hawaiian Telcom raises $13,343 for Maui United Way

Hawaiian Telcom ran their annual campaign with the employees contributing $2,843 and Hawaiian Telcom adding $10,500 to bring it to a total of $13,343 for Maui United Way’s 2022-2023 campaign.

Maui has a 95.1% recovery in visitors in 2022 compared to 2019

Maui had a 95.1% recovery in visitors in 2022, compared to 2019, with 2.9 million people visiting Maui last year.  Total visitor spending was $5.69 billion in 2022, up 11% from 2019.  The year-end data was released by the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism.  

Maui County sees largest vacation rental supply, occupancy, average rates in state

Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply, occupancy and average daily rates of all four counties last month, according to a recent state report.

Central Pacific reports 4Q earnings of $20.2M and 2022 earnings of $73.9M

Central Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF), parent company of Central Pacific Bank, recently reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2022 of $20.2 million, compared to $16.7 million in the previous quarter and $22.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

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Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, Feb. 9-15

For a list of upcoming events, concerts, shows and entertainment for Feb. 2-8, find our comprehensive listing HERE.

Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, Feb. 9-15

For a list of upcoming events, concerts, shows and entertainment for Feb. 2-8, find our comprehensive listing HERE.

Free Movie in the Park in Lahaina returns with ‘Humpback Whales’

“Humpback Whales” is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center presents What’s New: Recent Acquisitions Exhibit

The exhibit offers a first-person glimpse of precious artifacts from World War II, gifted to the Center over the past several months.  Items include everything from a Japanese canteen from the 1942 battle of Guadalcanal, to a Japanese aircraft mechanic’s toolbox from 1941, to medals from the personal collection of Nisei Veteran Toshio Kubota (gifted to NVMC by his daughter, Valerie Matsunaga). 

Public salon series aims to elevate community and conversation 

The first of the series will be a talk story with Naomi “Sissy” Lake-Farm, Executive Director of the Maui Historical Society/Hale Hō’ike’ike at the Bailey House. She will be joined by Kelly McHugh-White of Maui Public Art Corps. Both women have been active in the Wailuku Town revitalization movement through the SMALL TOWN * BIG ART initiative.

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s monthly movie matinee featuring ‘The Wind Rises’

“The Wind Rises” is a fictionalized film about Horikoshi Ito, designer of the A5M aircraft and its successor, theA6M Zero, that were used by the Japanese during World War II.

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Maui County Council appoints new clerk, deputy clerk in wake of election challenge
State’s highest court decides Alice Lee won Maui County Council seat
In election challenge, state’s highest court questions Maui County on ballot breakdown
US Rep. Jill Tokuda visits Maui on inaugural District II Congressional Work Period
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Letters to the Editor Chevron Forward

Letters: Flooding, Kīhei roundabout, missing people, shared-solar, axis deer and more
Op-Ed: Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi on Bill 107, well intended, but not the right fix
Letters: Upcountry water woes, tourism, housing plan, loud motorcycles and more
Letters: Speed bumps, roundabout, TSA, Jones Act, beach parking fees & more

Maui Real Estate Chevron Forward

$398,000 grant allows for launch of Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder project on Molokaʻi
Council to consider override of veto for Bill 103 relating to workforce housing
$4M to fund loans for new DHHL home construction and women-owned businesses
After pandemic buying frenzy, Maui home prices may ease — but not by much

Maui Activities Chevron Forward

Free Movie in the Park in Lahaina returns with ‘Humpback Whales’
‘Soul of the Ocean’ film and Jean-Michel Cousteau featured at Whale Tales Feb. 17-20
February is Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Language Month
17th Annual Whale Tales makes a splash this February at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua

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Kauai Surf Forecast for February 08, 2023

Surf along north and west facing shores will gradually climb through the day today as a fresh long-period northwest swell builds down the island chain. Surf...

Hawaiian Word of the Day for Feb. 8: Hana

Our favorite version is ʻAʻohe hana i koe, Hawaiian for "No work is left!"

State House committee taking up 7 ethics reform bills; 6 introduced by Kauaʻi’s Saiki

Hawai'i State Speaker of the House Scott K. Saiki of Kauaʻi introduced six of the bills on behalf of recommendations outlined in the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct Final Report.

Wind advisory for areas of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau from noon Wednesday through Friday

East winds of 25 to 35 mph with localized gusts more than 50 mph expected on Kauaʻi and Niʻihau.

Video: Big Island police body camera footage of suspect shot by officer getting first-aid

Aina Cachero, 32 of Hilo, was shot after two officers saw brandish a black and silver handgun while trying to run away after attempting to steal a truck, according to police.

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Hawaii County Surf Forecast for February 08, 2023

Surf along north and west facing shores will hold steady today as a northwest swell that arrived Monday continues to move through. As this swell begins to move...

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Hana

Wednesday is "hump day" or the middle of the workweek for most people. So for Feb. 8, our "Hawaiian Word of the Day" is hana.

State House committee taking up 7 ethics reform bills, including public records

"[T]he House reaffirms that ethics reform legislation sets the tone in ensuring the highest standards of integrity among our elected officials," said the committee's chair, Rep. David A. Tarnas of the Big Island.

Step forward for proposed new animal control agency on Big Island

Animal Control is currently being run as a pilot project under the Hawai‘i Police Department, with a current annual budget of approximately $3.4 million.

Wind advisory for Big Island summits and lower elevations

East winds of 35 to 55 mph with localized gusts of more than 60 mph are expected on the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Hawaiʻi Island.