Maui Discussion

Op-Ed by The Grassroot Institute of Hawaiʻi: Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead

Op-Ed: A plan to phase out more than 7,000 transient vacation rentals that have been operating legally in Maui apartment districts since 1989 likely has a long and rocky road ahead of it, according to The Grassroot Institute of Hawai’i.

Sen. Angus Mckelvey thanks governor for release of funds to improve Māla Wharf and boat ramp

Sen. Angus L.K. McKelvey (District 6 – West Maui, Māʻalaea, Waikapū, South Maui) thanked Gov. Josh Green for releasing $3,2000,000 in capital improvement project funds to finance improvements at Māla Wharf and Ramp in West Maui, including resurfacing of the roadway and parking areas, drainage and comfort station improvements, and new lighting.

Op-Ed: Lahaina Senator responds to newly announced Maui Interim Housing Plan

OP-ED: Senator Angus McKelvey (District 6, West Maui, Mā‘alaea, Waikapū, South Maui) issued a statement responding to Governor Green and Mayor Bissen’s interim housing plan for Maui wildfire survivors.

Op-Ed: Strengthening Our Community – Unveiling the True Cost of Nonprofit Support

Viewpoint/Op Ed by Debbie Cabebe, CEO of Maui Economic Opportunity: There’s a push by a group of nonprofits for government entities to include adequate funding for administration of grants. Often, government agencies expect 100% of funds allocated to go to clients – but there are also costs for nonprofits to administer programs, including staff and infrastructure.

Pink water at Keālia Pond on Maui likely due to halobacteria growth from high salinity

Preliminary analysis suggests that the pink color of water at Keālia Pond appears to be the result of a single-celled organism called halobacteria. Officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service say halobacteria are “salt-loving organisms” found in high salinity water bodies.

School bus driver shortage to impact services on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi

Ongoing school bus driver shortage to impact student transportation services on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi in upcoming school year. High school bus routes on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island have been modified due to the bus driver shortages, but school bus service will continue. School bus routes on Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi are currently not affected. School bus routes on all islands are subject to change should further staffing shortages occur.

Opinion: New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits to donate wild game meat to “under-resourced” communities, including the homeless.

Renaming of Puamana Beach Park gets initial backing

When explaining the significance of the name “Waiahiokole,” Keʻeaumoku Kapu, CEO of Aha Moku said “kole” means raw, and “waiahi” talks about the turbulence during the time of the shark birthing process. In addition to the literal translation, Kapu said scholars that he reached out to told him it was also named after a prominent chief that lived in the area. Dr. Janet Six, principal archaeologist for the County of Maui said, that while “Puamana definitely is a Hawaiian word–it just is one that was assigned to a large plantation house in the 1920s.” She explained that the area is historically a large grave site.

Concerns and comments welcome on draft air tour management plan for Haleakalā

A 30 day public comment period starts today on a draft air tour management plan for Haleakalā National Park on Maui.  The National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration are seeking input from anyone interested or concerned about air tours over Haleakalā.

Survey asks: What do you want public art to look like in your Maui County district?

A new survey has been released to Maui County residents by the SMALL TOWN * BIG ART initiative. Organizers say public demand led to the creation of a new 501c3 to expand programming into new neighborhoods beyond Wailuku.

Bill seeks a carrying capacity study for Mākena State Park due to increased visitors

Because of the increase of visitors, “amenities offered at the park are being stretched and park upkeep and maintenance are being tested,” according to the bill’s language.  The hearing on SB 1136, SD1, HD1 is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

Haleakalā NP to move forward with plan to use mosquitoes to reduce the transmission of avian malaria in forest birds

The NPS will use an incompatible insect technique (IIT) which consists of repeatedly releasing incompatible male mosquitoes into the wild to reduce the reproductive potential of female mosquitoes in the project area. 

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.

US Sen. Schatz calls for stronger Red Hill closure consent order, more public input

US Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai‘i today called on the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Navy, and the Defense Logistics Agency to strengthen its proposed consent order on the closure of Red Hill to include more input from Hawai‘i residents.

Waiehu land dispute lingers as ʻohana group begins retrieval of removed items from MEO

More than a dozen people involved in a Waiehu land dispute with nonprofit Maui Economic Opportunity, showed up at the organization’s Puʻunēnē baseyard Friday to retrieve items removed last week from the subject property.

Kāko’o Haleakalā calls for the removal of telescopes following diesel fuel spill on Maui

The Hawaiian rights group, Kākoʻo Haleakalā, is calling for the removal of “all telescopes” from both Haleakalā on Maui and Maunakea on Hawaiʻi Island. This comes following recent reports of a 700 gallon diesel fuel spill at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex near the summit of Haleakalā.

Proposed tourism carrying capacity study gets early support from Maui residents

Pointing to Haleakalā National Park, the road to Hāna and other visitor hotspots around Hawaiʻi, residents during a state hearing Thursday backed a plan to study tourism carrying capacity for Maui and other islands.

Breaking: Tulsi Gabbard announces she is leaving the Democratic Party

Former Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced that she is leaving the Democratic Party.

Maui Now Survey Results: majority report increase in household expenses, 67% believe the quality of public education declined

In September 2022, only 5% of Maui Now survey respondents reported that the quality of public education in Hawaiʻi has improved, 29% said the quality stayed about the same, and 67% said that quality declined.

Maui Now Survey: 71% affected by residential rental prices spiking, 93% concerned with increase in violent and property crimes

In June 2022, 46% of Maui Now survey respondents reported that residential rental prices spiking 41% on Maui strongly affected them, 25% said they were somewhat affected, and 29% said that they were not at all affected.
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