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Crater Road fire at Haleakalā still at 80% containment headed into Day 10

The Crater Road fire at Haleakalā remains at 80% containment as firefighting efforts enter a 10th day on Saturday. The fire started on July 10, blocking access to the Summit District of Haleakala National Park and putting Upcountry communities on edge nearly a year after the devastating wildfires of 2023.

County Council adopts resolution authorizing ‘global settlement’ of wildfire lawsuits

Maui County Council members unanimously approved today a resolution authorizing a global settlement of all wildfire litigation filed against the county for wrongful deaths, injuries and property damage stemming from the Aug. 8-9 wildfires in Lahaina and Upcountry.

Amended sewer service status announced for several areas of Lahaina, Maui

The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management’s Wastewater Reclamation Division announced that it has amended the Sewer Service Status from “red,” which indicates a property does not currently have active sewer service, to “green,” meaning the sewer service is active for a property, in the following areas: Near Puʻunoa Place and Ala Moana Street near the Jodo Mission; and south of Lahainaluna Road near Paunau Street.

Webinar for Lahaina homeowners impacted by wildfire to be held July 25

Lahaina homeowners impacted by the August 2023 wildfire are encouraged to attend the County of Maui Office of Recovery’s Homeowners Webinar on Thursday, July 25, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

$10M NOAA grant for ‘Summit to Sea’ project to protect West Maui reefs

The $9,909,551 Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grant will be used to support a comprehensive approach to restoring and protecting West Maui reefs, particularly the 1,000-acre leeward Pāpalaua to Olowalu reef. It is considered globally significant and plays a vital role in coastal resilience, in reducing shoreline wave energy, and moderating coastal flooding.

Navy provides wastewater treatment plant centrifuge to Maui County

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) working with the State of Hawaii, transferred two centrifuge units to the County of Maui this week to support their wastewater operations. Weighing nearly 7,300 pounds each, the centrifuge operates by separating water from digested sludge so that the solid waste can be properly disposed of.

Summit District of Haleakalā National Park remains closed as firefighting efforts continue along Crater Road

The Crater Road Fire remained 80% contained at 574 acres at last report, with the closure of the Summit District of Haleakalā National Park still in effect. The fire started nine days ago on July 10. Containment and acreage has not changed since Monday, July 15.

EPA orders closure of seven cesspools on Maui and Molokaʻi; Imposes $193K fine

Under the proposed terms, the County of Maui has agreed to close the seven Cesspools by June 30, 2025, and pay a penalty. The County will also review all County owned or operated properties to identify any additional Large Capacity Cesspools and close them within an agreed upon time frame.

Maui motorcyclist fatally injured after attempting to overtake vehicle on Pūlehu Road

A 68-year-old Kīhei man suffered fatal injuries following a motorcycle collision on Pūlehu Road Thursday afternoon. Police say the man was operating a black 2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback motorcycle and was traveling northwest on Pūlehu Road when he attempted to overtake a vehicle on a double solid yellow line. The motorcyclist lost control of the motorcycle upon failing to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and drove into bushes.  

Molokaʻi kumu sets sail on deep sea exploration of Central Pacific Ocean aboard Nautilus vessel

A Hawaiian immersion program teacher from Molokaʻi sets sail this week as a Science Communication Fellow in a deep ocean exploration expedition with the Ocean Exploration Trust. Gandharva Mahina Hou Ross, a kumu at Molokaʻi High School’s O Hina I Ka Malama program, joins Ocean Exploration Trust’s (OET) expedition to Jarvis Island, in the US Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, as part of a team of scientists and explorers.

Travel Advisory Update: Some flights resume at Hawai’i airports after global technology outage

The airline communications systems impacted by a global technology outage are back online. Some flights have been able to depart Hawai‘i airports, while others were cancelled or rescheduled. Passengers should check with their airline prior to going to the airport and should expect delays.

Koholā Brewery poised for another comeback after Lahaina wildfire

Koholā Brewery is set for a grand opening July 21 as a taproom and restaurant at the Wailea Village shopping center. This marks the second comeback for the independent craft beer brewery founded in Lahaina in 2014.

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Revived water polo league aims to grow talent pool on Maui
Drones have been crucial in the Crater Road fire — and MFD’s reliance on them is growing
‘It’s triggering’: Kula residents keep a wary eye on Crater Road fire amid memories of last year’s blaze
Maui nonprofit feeds local families, puts displaced residents back to work
Stream restoration, water supply needs prompt a closer look at Ha‘ikū streams

Maui Business Chevron Forward

Koholā Brewery poised for another comeback after Lahaina wildfire

Koholā Brewery is set for a grand opening July 21 as a taproom and restaurant at the Wailea Village shopping center. This marks the second comeback for the independent craft beer brewery founded in Lahaina in 2014.

MEO’s chief administrative officer Maggie Batangan earns certified professional credential

Maui Economic Opportunity Chief Administrative Officer Maggie Batangan has earned a certified professional credential from the Society for Human Resource Management, joining the ranks of a worldwide organization dedicated to creating better workplaces.

Maui businesses share stories of resilience after Lahaina wildfire disaster

With the one-year anniversary of the Lahaina and Upcountry wildfires drawing near, business owners are pausing to reflect on their resilience and ability to withstand adversity, including losses of life, property and livelihood.

Warren retires from Hawaiʻi State Federal Credit Union after 30 years of service

After 30 years of work as an executive in financial services, Hawaiʻi State Federal Credit Union’s Craig Warren will retire at the end of the year as executive vice president and chief operating officer, the credit union announced.

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The Sewing Hui collaborates with Maui OnStage for the production of Seussical

Most recently, The Sewing Hui collaborated with Maui OnStage for their production of the musical Seussical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. This production runs from July 12 to Aug. 4, 2024 at the Historical ‘Īao Theater in Wailuku. Costume Director Jennifer Oberg led the passionate team of volunteers in creating a unique costume wardrobe for this whimsical production.

‘Spring Awakening’ kicks off ProArts Playhouse’s 2024-25 theatrical season

ProArts Playhouse will stage “Spring Awakening,” a Tony Award-winning musical 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from July 27 through Aug. 17 at the Azeka Shopping Center (makai side), 1280 South Kīhei Road.

The Sewing Hui collaborates with Maui OnStage for the production of Seussical

Most recently, The Sewing Hui collaborated with Maui OnStage for their production of the musical Seussical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. This production runs from July 12 to Aug. 4, 2024 at the Historical ‘Īao Theater in Wailuku. Costume Director Jennifer Oberg led the passionate team of volunteers in creating a unique costume wardrobe for this whimsical production.

Waylon Nihipali Make it Country 2 Performance, July 13 at Grand Wailea

Cravalho Entertainment presents a special summer evening of music and entertainment for all ages, welcoming back to the stage Big Island native, Waylon Nihipali to Maui on Saturday. The Waylon Nihipali: Make it Country 2 Performance takes place July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Wailea’s Molokini Garden.

Theatre Theatre Maui hosts Lahaina summer youth production – Mean Girls Jr., July 18-21

Theatre Theatre Maui (TTM) announced their summer youth performance schedule of Mean Girls Jr., sponsored by Wave of Harmony Foundation. Shows will be held July 18, 19, 20 and 21 in Lahaina on the campus of Lahaina Intermediate School in their Cafeteria. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Bacon Universal takes grandstand sponsorship of the Makawao Stampede 2024

Bacon Universal announced its role as the grandstand sponsor for the upcoming Makawao Stampede 2024, taking place July 5-7 at the Oskie Rice Event Center. As the exclusive Kubota dealer in Hawaiʻi, Bacon Universal will feature a significant display showcasing the latest Kubota equipment, including tractors, excavators, track loaders, and utility vehicles. Highlighting the weekend’s festivities, Bacon Universal offers a meet and greet opportunity with six-time pro rodeo world champion Kaycee Feild.

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Koholā Brewery poised for another comeback after Lahaina wildfire
Fairmont Kea Lani announces Taste of Kō[racha], Aug. 10
Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival announces ‘Meet Us in Maui’ Sweepstakes
Jamba Hawaiʻi and Kemper ‘Ohana launch #FillYourCup Campaign
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Dreams of homeownership comes true in Maui Lani through Na Hale O Maui
Maui single-family home prices rise to $1.35 million in June while condos remain at $980,000
Barcelona reins in vacation rentals to protect housing for residents
Maui Planning Commission lacks quorum, TVR phase-out hearing postponed

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‘Marine Science Night’ debuts July 27 
Create your own Hawaiian beauty products in DIY workshops hosted by Maui Farm Events, Leiʻohu Cosmetics
Epic Swim Maui honors legacy of Duke Kahanamoku
Queen Kaʻahumanu Center seeks cultural organizations and vendors to join ‘808 Bash’

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Lieutenant governor issues emergency proclamation for Kokeʻe brush fire

This proclamation authorizes the use of government resources to protect public health and safety, property and natural resources. It authorizes the Adjutant General to activate the Hawai‘i National Guard to deploy state resources, as needed, to aid in fire suppression and evacuation.

Department of Attorney General seeks public help finding convicted sex offender

Failure to comply with covered sex offender registration requirements is a class C felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Decomposing body found near Nāwiliwili Harbor

The body is in an advantaged stage of decomposition, making it more challenging to identify the body.

Update: Most services restored at Department of Motor Vehicles following technology outage

The Department of Water and Department of Motor Vehicles had limited functions due to the outage.

Airline communications back online; some Hawai‘i flights able to depart amid worldwide tech outage

Six flights at Kahului Airport on Maui, 6 flights at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on the Big Island, 9 flights at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and 2 flights at Lῑhu'e Airport on Kaua‘i were impacted overnight, affecting more than 5,000 travelers.

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Hawai‘i Island police seek public help finding missing Kona man

The man was last seen on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Kona Community Aquatic Center to temporarily close in August

The work will require draining all water from the pool basin as well as balancing the water chemistry following refilling.

Update: Second teen suspect arrested in connection to breaking into 2 Hilo schools

The second teen was arrested Friday afternoon.

Some Hawai‘i flights depart amid global tech outage; Hawaiʻi County IT Department acts swiftly to restore any affected systems

Six flights at Kahului Airport on Maui, 6 flights at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on the Big Island, 9 flights at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and 2 flights at Lῑhu'e Airport on Kaua‘i were impacted overnight, affecting more than 5,000 travelers.

Department of Attorney General seeks public help finding convicted sex offender

Failure to comply with covered sex offender registration requirements is a class C felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years.