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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

Four 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.

Applications available for TOMODACHI Kibou Maui Cohort: program empowers students impacted by the Lahaina wildfires

The program is open to high school juniors and seniors who were directly impacted by the Maui wildfires. Selected cohort members will participate in training sessions on Maui, followed by a week-long trip to Higashimatsushima in the Tohoku region of Japan. Cohort members will learn about disaster recovery, meet with students from Higashimatsushima, and participate in workshops led by local community organizers directly involved in the recovery efforts following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Maui’s youth hope to come back after graduation. Will the economy let them?

Students are graduating at a time when median home prices on Maui are $1.3 million and thousands of Lahaina families struggle with displacement. They’re facing big choices that could keep them on Maui or send them to the Mainland. And while some say they want to return, they’re well aware of the cost. 

Kahului fire results in $2,000 in damage to outside of commercial building on Wākea Ave.

Maui fire crews doused a fire reportedly burning in materials located at the exterior of a commercial structure in Kahului on Wednesday night. The fire was reported at 8:31 p.m. on May 22, 2024 outside of a building located at the 200 block of Wākea Ave. The fire was contained to the exterior of the […]

Three options considered for permanent site of King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina

On Tuesday night, the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) sought community feedback on the site selection for King Kamehameha III Elementary School to rebuild its permanent location, after its original campus was lost to the Aug. 8, 2023 wildfire.

Maui Catholic churches to host eucharistic procession, congress as signs of unity and reverence

Maui Catholics will hold a Eucharistic procession on Sunday, June 2, from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wailuku to Christ the King Church in Kahului. The event celebrates the sacrament of Eucharist, originating from the Greek word “eucharistia,” or thanksgiving.

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.

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.

Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset shares ethics activity with Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary School students

Five members and friends of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset visited the third-grade classes at Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary School on Monday to engage in an ethics activity.

Maui students March for climate action and policy participation, aligned with International Biodiversity Day

Today, as the world commemorates International Biodiversity Day, the Maui Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Sustainability, in partnership with ʻĪao Intermediate School, successfully concluded an event aimed at fostering climate justice education and youth engagement in public policy.

Maui Health chief philanthropy officer honored with Women Who Mean Business Award

Maui Health’s Chief Philanthropy Officer Melinda Sweany has been honored with the prestigious “Women Who Mean Business Award” by Pacific Business News (PBN). Sweany was recognized for her outstanding leadership at the 2024 Women Who Mean Business Award Gala, held on March 28, 2024, in Waikīkī, Oʻahu.

Drivers in Hawai‘i can soon get ‘shaka plates’

The Shaka License Plate Program is the culmination of a two-year statewide review process, according to Project Shaka.

Council passes fiscal 2025 budget on first reading

Maui County Council members gave initial approval Tuesday to their version of the county’s fiscal 2025 budget.

10 Maui County students win $39K in scholarships from Takitani Foundation

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc. (Takitani Foundation) has named 10 high school students from Maui County as scholarship recipients of its annual Legacy Scholarship Program.

Maui youth seek climate justice in ‘Wednesday Walk for Our World’ event and presentations before the County Council

The Maui Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Sustainability is partnering with ʻĪao Intermediate School to continue climate justice education and youth participation in public policy.  More than 150 students will march to Kalana O Maui this morning to share their research in the Maui County Council Chambers regarding sustainability, resilience and human rights. 

First-ever Hawaiʻi delegation to the USDA visits D.C. to advocate for agricultural support

Hawaiʻi Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke and Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture Chairperson Sharon Hurd last week led some of Hawaiʻi’s agricultural leaders in a first-ever Hawaiʻi delegation to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Nonprofit launches to strengthen Hawai‘i’s rental housing landscape, amasses 17,500 member units

Since launching in January 2024, volunteer-led nonprofit Pacific Housing Association has swiftly amassed a membership exceeding 17,500 rental units statewide. It becomes the state’s first and only organization dedicated to supporting market-rate and affordable long-term rental housing providers.

Hirono announces $5.6M in wildfire preparation funds for Hawaiʻi

US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) announced that the US Forest Service is awarding more than $5.6 million to help plan for and prevent wildfires in Hawaiʻi. The funding, made available through the Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) Program, will be allocated to nine projects across the state to help at-risk communities plan for and reduce the risk of wildfires.
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