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Maui family-owned Espresso Mafia serves up coffee, community at new spot in Makawao

At perhaps the most popular local coffee spot Upcountry, it’s hard to say what customers like better: the drinks or the owners. “The coffee is delicious, and the other thing I love about this place is the vibe. They’re so friendly and they’re really great people,” said Alfonso Segreti, who regularly drives from Kula to Makawao to get a decaf honey cream latte — even though he hasn’t had caffeine in four years.

Another former Maui County official charged with taking bribes

Another former Maui County official with the Maui County Department of Environmental Management, Wilfred Tamayo Savella, 71, is the latest individual to be charged with taking bribes in a scheme tied to Honolulu businessman Milton Choy.

Maui Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Alaska Airlines BizMixx, March 4

The Maui Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Alaska Airlines BizMixx Maui event takes place Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 6-11 p.m. at the Grand Wailea Resort.

Tourism, improved labor market will help Hawaiʻi escape US recession, state says

Thanks to strong tourism numbers and improved labor market conditions, Hawai’i’s economy will see little impact from the US recession predicted early next year, according to a new state report released Wednesday. 

Made on Maui: Small businesses hope shoppers will buy local this holiday season

The monthly Kīhei 4th Friday event was bustling on Black Friday with people holiday shopping from the local small business vendors set up in the Azeka Shopping Center parking lot.

“Shop the Street” on Small Business Saturday in Wailuku, Nov. 26

A Small Business Saturday event takes place this weekend, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wailuku Town. This year, there are 13 participating shops and retailers on Market and Main Streets.

Maui has the largest vacation rental supply in Hawaiʻi with 211,900 available unit nights

In October, Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply of all four counties with 211,900 available unit nights. That’s up +2.9% from 2021, but down -34.5% from 2019. 

OCEAN Organic Farm & Distillery donates $50,000 to Pacific Whale Foundation

Maui-based OCEAN also helped raise funds for the foundation’s research, education and conservation programs.

Maui Family YMCA welcomes new board members

Maui Family YMCA announced today the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Jason Economou, Charen Kepler and Dan Lang. “We are so excited to have our newest members of the Maui Family YMCA Board of Directors. Dan, Charen and Jason will help in shaping the future for the Y in the […]

Maui County led Hawai’i in revenue per available rooms at $344 for October 2022

Maui County hotels led Hawai’i in October 2022, with revenue per available room of $344 and average daily rate of $528. But Maui County’s occupancy was 65.1%, lowest in the state.

Lahaina Gateway welcomes new specialty retailers

The Lahaina Gateway shopping center has announced new and upcoming tenants, bringing more specialty retailers to the growing West Maui community starting this November through fall 2023.

Maui Street Market accepting applications for food truck entrepreneurs

Maui Food Technology Center will provide security cameras, water, trash service, relief stations and six gazebos with picnic tables.

Hawai’i Attorney General announces $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart over opioid epidemic allegations

The proposed settlement resolves allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores.

Maui County unemployment at 3.9% for October, slightly above state’s 3.5%

The breakdown for Maui County: Lāna’i 1.7%, Maui Island 3.8% and Molokaʻi 8.4%.

Hawai’i Medical Service Association invests $125,000 for youth mental health initiatives

Hawai‘i Medical Service Association is donating $25,000 each to five unique programs across the state that address youth mental health, including the Boys and Girls Club of Maui.

Pacific Media Group and Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau to launch Official Island Visitor Guidebooks

In 2023, Pacific Media Group will publish: Experience Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi; Experience Kauaʻi; Experience Oʻahu; and Experience the Island of Hawaiʻi.

Kulahaven Farms, rainbow trout aquaponics farm to close at year’s end

Kulahaven Farms LLC, Hawaiʻi’s first, and only, rainbow trout aquaponics farm will be closing operations by the end of this year, the business announced.

Open call for 2023 Creative Lab Hawai‘i music immersive program applications

CLMHI focuses on Hawai‘i singer songwriters looking to advance opportunities in licensing their works for global media and entertainment content. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 15 through Dec.15, 2022. 

Governor-elect Josh Green travels to Japan to promote travel between Japan and Hawaiʻi

Governor-elect Josh Green and his wife Jaime Green were scheduled to depart for Japan on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, to meet with government officials and travel industry partners to promote travel and business between Hawaiʻi and Japan.  

Hawai’i will receive $182,000 in Experian data breach settlements involving T-mobile

The settlement also requires Experian to offer 5 years of free credit monitoring services to affected consumers, and two free copies of their credit reports annually during that timeframe.
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