New York Times Tries To Explore Lanai Under Overlord Larry Ellison


The photo above, which was taken on Lanai a few decades ago, dates to a time when the Dole Pineapple empire ran Lanai. But the attitude very much remains, according to a major New York Times Magazine story on Lanai and its new owner Larry Ellison that dropped today. A few days ago, Ellison–reportedly worth $46 billion–retired as CEO of Oracle, a major tech company that Ellison helped found. Whether that means Ellison–the latest in a series of … [Read more...]

3 Killed, 3 Injured In Lanai Plane Crash


[NOTE: County officials rescheduled the press conference listed below to 11:45am today.] County of Maui officials are reporting that three people died and three others badly injured last night when a twin-engine charter aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Lanai Airport. Names of the deceased and injured haven't been officially released yet, but County of Maui Communications Director Rod Antone said in an email that the county had … [Read more...]

Kanemitsu’s Bakery On Molokai Agrees To Pay Lots Of Dough To Hawaii Health Department


It seems that Molokai residents finally have some good news about their beloved Kanemitsu’s Bakery, which has been taking serious fire from the State of Hawaii Health Department for violations dating back to 2000. In fact, the Health Department closed the bakery for the better part of 2012 because of the alleged unsanitary way in which food was prepared and served. Anyway, all that seems to be in the past now, according to this Feb. 14 Pacific … [Read more...]

Here’s What Happens When A Lanai ‘Lab Rat’ Calls Out Island Lord Larry Ellison


Larry Ellison, the supreme landowner of the island of Lanai, has been getting a lot of very positive press these days throughout Hawaii, including from us. But I couldn’t help but smile at the pushback he got last week in Honolulu Civil Beat from one Lanai resident who can’t quite bring herself to kiss her overlord’s ring. See, Lanai may be one of the smallest inhabited islands in Hawaii, but it’s (mostly) owned by one of the biggest names in … [Read more...]

Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission To Get Grant For Hakioawa Watershed Work


If each of the Hawaiian Islands were able to experience some sort of emotional state of being, then Kaho‘olawe would definitely fall in the not-very-happy category. For five decades, the U.S. Navy used the island for target practice–dropping bombs and firing torpedoes into it in the hopes that it make us all safer. It’s hard to say if the navy ever achieved that goal, but they certainly did pump ordnance into the island–in fact, there are still … [Read more...]

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Celebrates Earth Day with Reef Protection Efforts

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Earth Day marks a special day to give back to our home planet, and this year even companies are getting into the spirit. This April, the Fairmont Kea Lani sponsored and participated in a community reef cleanup as well as donated $1,000 to the Coral Reef Alliance. The community reef cleanup took place on April 7 through the efforts of more than 50 Maui residents and visitors, Trilogy Excursion crew volunteers, representatives from the Coral … [Read more...]

This Tuesday, April 9: Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project Lecture on Hawaiian Seabirds


Quick, think of everything you know about Hawaiian seabirds. If you’re like me and can only recall that one time you saw that bird at the beach which was, like, totally hanging motionless in the sky, maybe now’s the time to bone up. The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project is giving residents just that opportunity on Tuesday, April 9. From 6-8pm the Recovery Project will be presenting a lecture about Hawaiian seabird identification, natural … [Read more...]

Maui Farmers Union Needs Your Help To Push Industrial Hemp


Hawaii’s Farmers Union United and its Maui chapter are calling for statements from local citizens and companies regarding their opinions on industrial hemp. They're trying to educate our senators about the often misunderstood crop. "The institutional bias against hemp on Capitol Hill is no small matter," said Michael Bowman, a Colorado farmer and hemp lobbyist who recently visited the islands, who was quoted in a Feb. 7 statement from Vincent … [Read more...]

NOAA Completes Watershed Management Plan For West Maui


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) completed a watershed management plan for West Maui on Feb. 13, outlining actions the government, private sector and community can do to lower pollutant damage to corals. More than a quarter of these living corals along the Ka'anapali coast have been lost in the last 13 years, damaging a reef rich with social, cultural, economic and ecological value. The plan focuses on the … [Read more...]

Maui AIDS Foundation raises $19,000 with Mardi Gras


Maui AIDS Foundation raised $19,000 during this year’s Mardi Gras fundraising party in what the organization is calling a “roaring success.” This grassroots event was the foundation’s second annual Mardi Gras, developed and organized in response to “serious and ongoing funding challenges experienced by Maui AIDS Foundation in carrying out its mission to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS across the three islands that make up Maui County.” The … [Read more...]