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Rep. Case urges congress to pass amendment renewing COFA, military rights in Western Pacific

The COFA Amendments Act of 2023 would update and extend for 20 years COFA provisions that provide economic assistance and federal programs to the FAS.

Whale calf injury off Māʻalaea, Maui is likely from a vessel strike, boaters urged to keep distance

A whale calf spotted in distress off of Māʻalaea Bay on Maui today, is likely suffering from blunt force injuries caused by a vessel strike. That’s the determination made by researchers with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The organization received reports from various on-water vessel operators of the suspected injury. Researchers with […]

UH Wildfire Exposure Study seeks more participants during community outreach, Feb. 23-25

The grassroots, community based initiative aims to recruit at least 1,000 individuals affected by the wildfires to participate in the study. Current recruitment events take place: Feb. 23 from 3-7 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center, and Feb. 25 from 10 am. to 2 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua. 

Nighttime lane closures on Honoapiʻilani Highway from Kaniau Rd. to Keawe St. for sewer system project

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation advises the public of nighttime lane closures along Honoapi‘ilani Highway (Route 30) beginning Monday, Feb. 26. Lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day, through Friday, March 1, in the vicinity of Kaniau Road to Keawe Street.

Hawaiian Electric awards Maui renewable power project to ʻŪkiu Energy

Ameresco Inc., a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, has been awarded a contract from Hawaiian Electric Co. for the proposed ‘Ūkiu Energy 40-megawatt renewable energy site in Puʻu-nēnē.

Gov. Green extends Emergency Housing Proclamation relating to affordable housing

Gov. Josh Green, M.D., has signed the fifth Emergency Proclamation relating to Affordable Housing. Developers must now produce 60% of their units at 140% of the area median income or less – instead of the previous 50%-plus requirement.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Wailea development published; includes workforce housing

Although zoned for 2,137 residential units, the Ledcor Maui project proposes construction of a maximum of 975 residential homes, which includes the Wailea resort community’s first workforce housing units. The state mandated public comment period of 45 days ends on April 8, 2024.

First Hawaiian Bank to open new branch at Lahaina Cannery Mall following August wildfires

The bank’s employees from the former Lahaina Branch on Papalaua Street that was lost in the fire will be staffing the new location. FHB will be submitting applications for permits to begin construction at the Lahaina Cannery location and hopes to expedite the development of the new location.

US Trade Representative visits Maui for listening session on wildfire recovery

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai visited Maui Economic Opportunity’s Wailuku offices Wednesday, Feb. 21, for a listening session about the wildfire recovery.

UHERO: Construction up following Lahaina wildfires, partial recovery of visitor and labor market on Maui

Hawaiʻi’s economy has been sustained by a resilient US economy and the gradual return of international visitors. According to the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization’s first quarter forecast for 2024, with the islands’ post-pandemic recovery now largely complete, the economy will downshift this year, and growth will increasingly come from local sources, including a robust construction sector bolstered by the rebuilding of Lahaina, Maui.

Group asks for extension of emergency protections for tenants facing evictions

A group rallying to help secondary victims of the August fires is asking Gov. Josh Green to extend protections for tenants facing evictions from landlords seeking more lucrative rental income tied to subsidized housing for wildfire survivors.

Senate WAM Committee advances bills on wildfire emergencies, workforce development

“The State needs to be better prepared for wildfires,” said Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means. “Our Committee believes these forward thinking bills make sure we are not as susceptible to another catastrophic wildfire, and that we stand ready to efficiently and strategically respond if we find ourselves facing fire again.”

2,700 respond to surveys on possible Permanent Disposal Sites for Maui wildfire debris

More than 2,700 people over a two-week period participated in County of Maui surveys on proposed Permanent Disposal Sites for Lahaina wildfire ash and debris. March 1 is the target date for selecting the Permanent Disposal Site.

Alternative wildfire debris removal workshop in Lahaina, Feb. 24

The County of Maui announces an informational workshop aimed at assisting owners whose properties were destroyed in the August wildfires, and who have not signed up for government-assisted clean-up.

Recent Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony concerts on Maui benefit students, residents

The performances marked the first time since the pandemic that an HYS concert tour has returned to Maui. It also marked the Maui debut of Maestro Joseph Stepec, HYS Director of Orchestral Activities and conductor for the performances.

Police: Man suffers vision loss from New Year’s aerial fireworks accident in Hāna, Maui

Maui police released details from a New Year’s aerial fireworks accident in East Maui that left one man with permanent loss of sight in one eye.

Fond memories shared of Hawaiʻi radio and TV broadcast veteran Emme Tomimbang

Hawaiʻi is mourning the loss of veteran radio and television broadcaster Emmeline “Emme” Tomimbang Burns. She passed away Feb. 19 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu during an emergency aortic surgery.

Lahaina wildfire survivors updated on debris removal, survey results for final disposal site

Lahaina wildfire survivors were updated Wednesday on the progress of ash and debris removal from residential properties destroyed Aug. 8, and they learned the results of surveys aimed at assessing public sentiment in how to determine the final disposal site for thousands of burned homes.

EPA begins night operations on sanitary sewer lines in Lahaina starting Feb. 26

The US Environmental Protection Agency will begin clearing and inspecting sanitary sewer lines on Honoapiʻilani Highway and Keawe Street in Lahaina starting the week of Feb. 26. Department officials say work will take place between Leialiʻi Parkway and Keawe Street (from Wahikuli Wayside Park to Safeway on Honoapiʻilani Highway and from Minit Stop to Honoapiʻilani Highway on Keawe Street).

US Sen. Mazie Hirono visits MEO Head Start Lahaina site

US Sen. Mazie Hirono visited the preschool next to Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary School for about a half-hour as part of her tour of west side sites. The Lahaina Head Start site, the only preschool to survive the fires, reopened Feb. 1 after cleanup and renovations. 
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