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Volcano Watch: Magnetics, magma and monitoring — new technology for old questions

Earth’s magnetic field surrounds us every second of the day, everywhere on the planet. Anyone who has picked up a pocket compass and seen the magnetic needle quickly align itself has seen the action of this ever-present invisible field. But can we harness the magnetic field to forecast volcanic activity? Emerging technology in the field of “quantum” science may aid us in doing so.

Maui physician celebrated for volunteerism

O‘ahu’s Melanie Shim, MD, and Maui’s Felicitas Livaudais, MD, were both recognized for their outstanding volunteer activities that improve community health and wellness.

Hawaiʻi Gas welcomes new VP of Human Resources

Hawaiʻi Gas, the state’s only franchised gas utility, announced that it has expanded its executive team by welcoming Manu Bermudes in the role of Vice President of Human Resources.

Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi hosts Maui Strong Support Group, April 24 in Lahaina

Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi hosts a Maui Strong Support Group from 5:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Maui Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in West Maui, just below the Lahaina Civic Center.

Artist 2 Artist at the MACC features Kalaʻe & Kalena on April 26

Artist 2 Artist, a Maui concert series, sets the stage for beloved Hawaiʻi performing artist Henry Kapono to perform with husband-wife duo Kalaʻe & Kalena and special Maui guest artist Pat Simmons, Jr. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Friday, April 26.

Best Buddies Friendship Walk returns to Maui Mall Village, April 27

Maui Mall Village has announced it will host and sponsor the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, a fundraiser and community celebration for Best Buddies in Hawaiʻi. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 and continues until noon.

First look: 2024 Maui Marathon’s ‘Lahaina Town Memorial Run’ and 10K and 5K run/walk

The 54th annual Maui Marathon’s “Lahaina Town Memorial Run” got off to a smooth start this morning as hundreds of runners set off on a shorter half-marathon from the Puʻunēnē Sugar Mill, and 10K and 5K run/walks from the Maui Tropical Plantation. All races started before 6 a.m., and were set to conclude at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū. Live results are posted online.

Ceremony, candlelight vigil to honor victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The County of Maui Department of the Prosecuting Attorney will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by holding a ceremony and candlelight vigil on April 24 to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and available services.

County offers clarifications on mayor’s presence in the EOC, and a missing sign-in sheet noted in AG’s report on Lahaina fire

The County of Maui offered clarifications and response on details contained in the Attorney General’s Lahaina Fire Comprehensive Timeline Report, which was released on Wednesday. The Phase One report contains information related to Mayor Richard Bissen’s presence in the County Emergency Operations Center, the timing of his request for a Maui Emergency Proclamation, and the County’s efforts to comply with requests for documents. The County Communications Office issued clarifications, defending actions and efforts to provide timely response during and in the wake of the Lahaina Wildfire Disaster.

HTA report: Maui County hotels led state in average daily rate in March

Maui County hotel performance remains affected by the aftermath of the August wildfires, reports the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, but the county still led the state in revenue per available room in March due to comparatively higher average daily rate. 

Molokaʻi youth join MEO’s overnight Kamp Kāohi

During the second Maui Economic Opportunity-run Kamp Kāohi, 23 Moloka‘i youth participated in games and activities that highlighted the negative impacts of alcohol, tobacco and bullying and learned about their “sources of strength.”

J. Walter Cameron Center receives $10K grant from FHLB Des Moines and Wailuku Federal Credit Union

Local social-services nonprofit J. Walter Cameron Center announced on Tuesday the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Wailuku Federal Credit Union and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, as part of a nationwide grant-matching fund program.

Health officials issue smoke advisory due to fire at Maui’s Hammerhead Metal Recycling

The state Department of Health Clean Air Branch has issued a smoke advisory due to an ongoing fire at Hammerhead Metal Recycling in Puʻunēnē, Maui. The fire was first reported at 10:36 a.m., and has generated dense smoke in surrounding areas. The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch advises residents and visitors on […]

County’s new Recovery Permitting Center slated to open April 29 in Kahului

The County’s new Recovery Permitting Center is slated to open April 29, 2024, in Kahului, and a satellite location is in the works for Lahaina, the County of Maui announced Saturday.

Hawai‘i Energy announces new team members

Hawai‘i Energy, the state’s energy conservation program, last week announced the hiring of Dan Mestas as principal development engineer, and Travis Hiramoto and Melissa Onishi as energy advisors.

Firefighters battle blaze at Hammerhead Metals in Central Maui

Update: 6:57 a.m., April 21, 2024: The cause of a rubbish fire at the Central Maui Baseyard on Saturday is under investigation. The fire burned a pile of recyclable material starting at 10:36 a.m. on April 20, 2024. Maui fire crews accessed the area off of the Maui Veterans Highway and were able to extinguish the blaze by 11:50 p.m.

Lei Day Heritage Festival, May 1 at Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House hosts its annual celebration of Lei Day on May 1, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be filled with vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, and the spirit of aloha in honor of the rich tradition of lei-making in Hawaiian culture.

Sen. Schatz leads resolution highlighting importance of local news

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a group of 14 senators in introducing a resolution designating April 2024 as “Preserving and Protecting Local News Month.” The resolution recognizes local news as a public good that serves an essential function in American democracy.

Motherʻs Day Dinner and Show to feature Kamalei Kawaʻa from NBC’s ‘The Voice’

An exclusive Mother’s Day Dinner and Show featuring Maui’s own Kamalei Kawaʻa, a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” will take place at The King Kamehameha Golf Club from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Council refers Zielinski’s appointment as Finance director to committee

Maui County Council members referred Maria Zielinski’s appointment as director of the Department of Finance to committee during a full Council meeting Friday morning.
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