Maui News

Maui United Way receives $2,000 donation from Koholā Brewery

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Hula Badger beer was designated to benefit Maui United Way’s initiatives, which strive to address critical needs and promote the well-being of individuals and families across Maui County.

MEO BEST program nets $4,550 at Construction Industry of Maui event

Maui Economic Opportunity’s program that assists individuals released from jail and prison by helping them to reintegrate into society, received $4,550 donations from the Construction Industry of Maui and three other attendees of the group’s scholarship banquet Wednesday. 

Maui County supply leads state in April 2023 Hawai‘i Vacation Rental Performance Report

Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply in the state in April 2023. In comparison to pre-pandemic April 2019, ADR was higher in April 2023, but vacation rental supply, demand and occupancy were lower.

Maui Humane Society issues urgent plea to address extreme overcrowding of kennels

There are currently more than 130 dogs in the shelter’s care, but only 40 kennels. The organization reports that for the first time in years, the shelter has a list of at-risk animals for euthanasia.

NOAA forecasts near or above normal 2023 Central Pacific hurricane season

There is a 50% chance of above-normal tropical cyclone activity during the Central Pacific hurricane season this year, according to the outlook from NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. For the 2023 season, 4 to 7 tropical cyclones are predicted for the Central Pacific hurricane region.

Sentry Tournament of Champions announces record $694,705 raised for charity in 2023

The Sentry Tournament of Champions raised a record $694,705 for charity in 2023. It’s the largest charitable impact figure raised for the local community since the event moved to Maui in 1999.

Julia Golding named Hawaiʻi Catholic Schools Teacher of the Year

Julia Golding, a teacher and performing arts director at St. Anthony School in Wailuku, was honored as the Hawaiʻi Catholic Schools Teacher of the Year.

Two Maui High School seniors awarded $32,500 Bob Poulson Scholarship

Congratulations to Maui Preparatory Academy’s Yuna Lee and Lahainaluna High School’s Jaysen Akahi-Vida! They are the recipients of the prestigious Bob Poulson Scholarship from the Construction Industry of Maui. Each was awarded $32,500 in scholarship funds.

Federal and state officers raid antique shop, Maui man arrested on suspicion of wildlife trafficking

Dozens of items were confiscated during a raid of the Antique Freak shop in Wailuku, Tuesday. A 42-year-old man was arrested and charged on suspicion of multiple misdemeanors including prohibited wildlife trafficking and possession of endangered and protected wildlife.

Monk seal pup to be relocated after weaning

The recently named Hawaiian monk seal pup, Pualani (previously known as PO5) will be relocated from Kaimana Beach in Waikīkī after she is weaned, according to NOAA. The pup was born to mother seal Kaʻiwi in mid-April. 

Groundbreaking of infrastructure for planned Puʻunani subdivision provides hope for Maui DHHL waitlist beneficiaries

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, marking the start of a $17 million capital improvement project to install infrastructure for the planned Puʻunani subdivision in Waikapū. DHHL reports the funding is the first from the $600 million appropriated under Act 279 to serve beneficiaries on the DHHL waitlist.

Maui police remind public to buckle up, install child safety seats correctly

The Maui Police Department hosts a child safety seat inspection event Saturday to ensure keiki are properly secured, and drivers follow proper seat installation. The event takes place May 27, 2023, from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Maui Marketplace parking lot.

Outrigger Hospitality Group to acquire Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel on Maui

Mauiʻs Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel is being acquired by Outrigger Hospitality Group, according to a joint news release announcement.  The transaction is expected to close on July 26, at which time the property will be rebranded as OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Resort. 

Wailuku brush fire on Mahalani Street burns 1/4 acre

A brush fire burned approximately 1/4 acre along Mahalani Street in Wailuku near the Maui Memorial Medical Center. Crews battled the fire under windy conditions with gusty trades blowing at 10-20 mph.

Man medevaced after he was pulled from waters at Honolua Bay

A man believed to be in his 60s was pulled from waters at Honolua Bay on Tuesday afternoon, fire officials confirm.

Maui Specialty Chocolates receives $10K Fiserv Back2Business Grant

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Bank of Hawai‘i presented local business Maui Specialty Chocolates with a $10,000 grant from Fiserv as part of its Back2Business program.

Maui Brewing Co to host Pint Night benefit for Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

The Maui Brewing Company Brewpub in Lahaina is set to host a Pint Night for the Birds on May 26 from 6-10 p.m.

Maui Huliau’s youth film festival returns to Imua Discovery Garden, May 28

Maui Huliau Foundation, an environmental education nonprofit serving Maui’s youth, will host their annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival at the Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku on Sunday, May 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This outdoor showing will feature nine short environmental films created by Maui students from various schools over the past school year.

Foundation offers up to $100K matching grant for new major donors to Maui United Way

The Bendon Family Foundation has offered a matching grant of up to $100,000 in total for new major donor contributions to Maui United Way. This opportunity allows new donors, as well as returning donors who haven’t contributed in that capacity, to double their contributions to MUW.

Water Department night operations in Wailuku, May 25-26, 2023

All homes in the Kehalani Koa Subdivision and the Villas at Kehalani will have their water shut-off from 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 to 5 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023.
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