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Mayor hosts Holomua Kākou on Lānaʻi, July 11-12

Maui Mayor Richard Bissen is bringing Holomua Kākou to Lānaʻi as part of his ongoing effort to take county government to the diverse communities that make up Maui County. “I believe our rural communities deserve more opportunities to access government in their hometowns. By bringing my team directly to Lānaʻi, we can be available to […]

Lahaina Recreation Center playground closed until further notice due to damaged surface

Lahaina Recreation Center playground was closed until further notice due to safety concerns over damaged playground surface, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced today.

Maui’s Teruya named to National Association of Counties committee on artificial intelligence

The Artificial Intelligence Exploratory Committee will examine emerging policies, practices and potential applications of artificial intelligence, as well as the consequences associated with its implementation.

Hale Makua Food Service Summer Internship offers $2,000 stipend to program graduates

Hale Makua is currently accepting applications for its new Food Service Summer Internship. The program runs for six to eight weeks through July 2023, and interns will receive a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion. Applications will be accepted until June 16.

Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation awards $37K in scholarships

The Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships each to 37 students from Maui County. 

Pediatric Therapies Hawaii expands to West Maui, improves access to care

Pediatric Therapies Hawaii is Maui County’s first multidisciplinary pediatric therapy clinic and the Lahaina Clinic, at 40 Kupuohi St. #206, is its third location.

New law seeks to mitigate impacts of over tourism at state parks

Governor Josh Green, M.D. signed into law, Act 72 (HB1183), establishing a path toward mitigating overtourism impacts on state parks. The new law exempts nonprofit parking lot and concession operators from bidding requirements for operating at certain state parks.

Volcano Watch: Reflections of recent eruptions

Kīlauea volcano began erupting within Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit during the early morning of June 7. The eruption marks another in a series of recent eruptions that the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has been able to successfully forecast.

Mayor signs $1.07 billion budget into law; includes funds for affordable housing

Mayor Richard Bissen signed into law a $1.07 billion Fiscal Year 2024 budget that provides for a decrease in tax rates for owner-occupied homes assessed at $3 million or less, increased funding for affordable housing and $184 million in capital projects and infrastructure for Maui County.

Hawaiʻi gas prices remain steady

Hawaiʻi gas prices remain steady compared to last week according to the AAA Hawaiʻi Weekend Gas Watch.

School supplies drive for MEO Head Start by Valley Isle Community FCU, June 26-July 28

Valley Isle Community Federal Credit Union hosts a school supplies drive, June 26 to July 28 to benefit children who have completed Maui Economic Opportunity Head Start program and are transitioning to kindergarten.

Maui United Way announces its new Community Impact Grant awardees

Maui United Way announced its 23 new Community Impact Grant awardees for the 2023-2025 cycle. Organization leaders say these awardees have “demonstrated an exceptional commitment to creating measurable, lasting change in the Maui community.”

Committee to discuss general excise tax and Central Maui’s wastewater facilities

Maui County Council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development committee will meet June 9 at 9 a.m. to discuss the county’s new authority on general excise tax. The committee will also discuss the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility and the Central Maui Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

Saint Anthony School commemorates 175 years

Saint Anthony School on Maui commemorates 175 years with celebratory events throughout the year. The celebration starts in June 2023, and continues through July 2024.

Wildfire awareness campaign launches amid predictions of prolonged drought

Derek Wroe of the National Weather Service cautioned about weather complacency: “While everything is green and lush right now, we are expecting below-average rainfall, as we enter the dry season in Hawai‘i. Our long-range modeling shows that even our normally wet winter (2023-2024) will be abnormally dry.”

Maui County waitlist reopening for Section 8 rent subsidy program

The County of Maui is reopening its waitlist for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program that provides rental assistance to eligible low-income households with federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Grillo, Day, Clark and Finau qualify for Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua

With their recent titles, Emiliano Grillo, Jason Day, Wyndham Clark and Tony Finau are among the latest players to qualify for the 2024 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Shoreline advocates block machines at Kā’anapali Beach, seek community input on dune restoration

Shoreline advocates blocked heavy machinery at Kā’anapali Beach Tuesday, amid ongoing concerns over how sea level rise and continued beach erosion is handled.

Kīlauea volcano continues a brilliant summit eruption; watch LIVE stream

Kīlauea’s alert level was lowered from Warning to Watch amid decreased effusion rates. Kīlauea’s summit eruption is expected to continue and remain confined to Halemaʻumaʻu crater within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Maui Nui Strong website evolves into catalyst for connecting community

The County of Maui’s Maui Nui Strong website was originally established as an online COVID-19 resource, but has evolved into a catalyst for connecting communities on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.
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