Maui News

‘Get Out the Vote’ event set for July 20

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is sponsoring an inaugural “Get Out the Vote” community event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center in Kahului.

Scouting America, Aloha Council receives funding to replace cabins at Camp Maluhia

Whittier Trust has donated $100,000 to the Scouting America, Aloha Council to replace five Pop Hutton cabins at Camp Maluhia.

Hawaiian Electric to perform aerial inspections in Wailuku area using drone technology

Hawaiian Electric will be using unmanned aircraft, or drones, for aerial inspections of its infrastructure near Kaʻahumanu Ave. and Liholiho Street in the Wailuku area on Thursday, July 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Live opossum captured in downtown Honolulu

A live opossum was captured early Wednesday morning, July 17, outside a downtown office building. An office worker in the area saw the opossum on a window ledge in the gated doorway outside the Austin Building at 223 S. King St. (former Hawaiian Electric Company building) and reported it to the Honolulu Police Department. Arriving officers were able to climb over the locked gate and capture the animal using a broomstick and a plastic bin. Plant Quarantine inspectors from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture were called at about 7:30 a.m. and were dispatched to scene and took custody of the opossum.

EPA completes drinking water and wastewater mission in Lahaina

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently completed its Drinking Water and Wastewater mission in Lahaina as part of a multi-agency emergency response to the 2023 Maui wildfires. This mission is helping the County of Maui restore drinking water and wastewater services to the community in the wildfire-impacted areas of Lahaina.

Gov. Green names Climate Advisory team members

Understanding the growing threat that climate-related natural disasters pose to our islands, Green created the CAT to recommend policies that will help promote resilience and recovery from the impacts of such events. The CAT includes local experts in climate, environmental stewardship and finance and insurance, who are dedicated to finding solutions that emphasize justice, equity and aloha ʻāina, according to the governor’s announcement.

Department of Agriculture announces record funding for biosecurity measures and invasive species programs

Record funding for biosecurity measures approved by the state legislature this year will expand the state’s efforts to stop the spread of invasive species such as little fire ants, the coconut rhinoceros beetle and coqui frogs, the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture (HDOA) announced Monday.

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.

Fairmont Kea Lani announces Taste of Kō[racha], Aug. 10

Kō Restaurant at Fairmont Kea Lani is introducing Taste of Kō[racha], a one-night culinary event highlighting the innovative multicultural cuisine of Kō elevated with Kōracha, the venue’s new, locally crafted hot sauce created in collaboration with HiSpice. 

Two Maui graduates receive $20K Fukunaga Scholarships

Maui’s Chanel Higa, of H.P. Baldwin High School, and Harmony Powers, of Seabury Hall, were among 10 Hawaiʻi high school graduates to receive the Fukunaga Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year, announced the Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation on Monday.

Missing Kahului woman last seen Tuesday morning

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with any information on the whereabouts of Mimmie “Mele” Hoffman, 81, of Kahului. Hoffman was reported missing on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, by a family member after she failed to return home.  She was last seen leaving her residence in Kahului around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2024.  Hoffman is known to frequent the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center and Kahului Library.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation president to speak on post-wildfire recovery efforts

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will host Lahaina Restoration Foundation President David Allaire on Aug. 6 for a talk on post-wildfire recovery efforts.

Paddles and wings ready: Molokaʻi 2 Oʻahu Paddleboard World Championships launch Sunday

The first of two race weekends at the 25th anniversary Molokaʻi 2 Oʻahu Paddleboard World Championships (M20) kicks off with the standup (SUP) and wing foil races on Sunday, July 21.

Wednesday Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting to be held in Lahaina Civic Center gym, July 17

The meeting will include a presentation on the status of sampling and monitoring of the Olowalu Temporary Debris Storage site, sewer infrastructure updates and an update from the Parks Department. The US Army Corps of Engineers will report on the status of debris clearing.

Hawaiian Electric deploys AI video cameras for early detection of wildfire ignitions; First station is in Lahaina, Maui

Hawaiian Electric recently installed the first camera station in Lahaina and has plans to deploy a total of 78 stations in elevated fire risk areas on the five islands served by the company, with each location having two cameras to provide a full 360-degree view. The camera feeds will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Zero-interest loan program available for low-income engineering students at UH Mānoa

A new, zero interest, no fee loan program will be available to low-income students enrolled in the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa beginning in fall 2024.

Maui United Way to host free community grant writing workshops

Maui United Way has partnered with federal and state agencies to present a grant workshop series to local nonprofits, grassroots organizations and public/governmental employees to increase success when writing grants to help the people of Maui County.

AIA National President and CEO urge mayor to appoint chief architect in first Maui visit

This June, the local Maui and Honolulu chapters of AIA (American Institute of Architects), including AIA Maui President and Principal Architect at Hawaiʻi Off Grid David Sellers, welcomed AIA National President Kimberly Dowdell and AIA National CEO Laksiha Ann Woods to Hawaii. The visit to the AIA Hawaii chapters was its first in over 20 years.

Crater Road Fire, a bird’s eye view: Stamping out hot spots in rough terrain

Lance DeSilva, Forest Management Supervisor, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife said he hopes to get things settled down by Wednesday, “But we’ll stay out here as long as we have to,” he said.

Queen Kaʻahumanu Center’s Summer Sidewalk Sale, July 19

Shoppers at the all-day event can expect discounts on a wide range of products including fashion, electronics, home goods, and more from their favorite retailers. Participating stores will set up special sidewalk displays to showcase their best summer deals.
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