Trial Verdict: State Of Hawaii Owns Old Haleakala Trail

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So it turns out that the public owns the historic old Haleakala Trail after all. Since early 2011, the nonprofit group Public Access Trails Hawaii (PATH) has been fighting to reopen that trail, which was already in place when the Mahele took place in 1848 and introduced the concept of private land ownership to Hawaii. In her 2012 book Haleakala, author Jill Engeldow described the trail in some detail: "The original trail began in Makawao near … [Read more...]

Maui Teacher Wins School Supplies in Toyota Hawaii’s Dream Car Art Contest

  Maui's Carolyn Bush of Kamali'i Elementary School was presented with a $250 gift card for participating in Toyota Hawaii's 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Bush was one of only four teachers recognized in this new component of the contest. Additional winners included Kerry Ogawa of Mt. View Elementary on the Big Island; Glenda Salvador of Holomua Elementary on Oahu; and Darlene Oshiro of Wahiawa Middle School (Oahu). The gift card is to be … [Read more...]

Maui County Office On Aging Announces Outstanding Older American Nominees

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Ten Maui residents were recently nominated as Outstanding Older Americans by the Maui County Office on Aging. Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize elder citizens for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. Maui's 46th Annual Outstanding Older American Awards ceremony will be held May 6 at the Maui Beach Hotel's Elleair Ballroom. In addition to honoring the … [Read more...]

After Decade-Long Legal Fight, State Of Hawaii Restores Na Wai ‘Eha Stream Flows

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It's hard to believe, but the legal machinations and lawsuits over the diversion of water from the Iao, Waihee, Waiehu and Waikapu Streams (collectively known as the "Na Wai 'Eha," the "Four Great Waters") has ended. On Apr. 21, the state Commission on Water Resource Management announced that all parties in the fight over the water–Hui O Na Wai 'Eha, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, … [Read more...]

New Book ‘Kua’aina Kahiko’ Explores Maui’s Remote Kahikinui Region

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Now and then, publishers will send over free books to MauiTime, in hopes of getting badly needed publicity. Most are pretty weak. Kua‘aina Kahiko, a new book by Patrick Vinton Kirch, is a refreshing departure from that trend. Published by University of Hawaii Press, the book is a stunning, eminently readable account of Kirch’s 17 years of archaeological research into Maui’s Kahikinui region, located between Ulupalakua and Kaupo. It’s a part of … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Sierra Club Maui Expand Baldwin Beach Park

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In the history of environmentalism, there are few more important names than John Muir. A naturalist and author, he also founded the Sierra Club. Though born in the United Kingdom back in 1838, Muir’s legacy stretches all the way to Maui. This week, to honor his 176th birthday, the Sierra Club’s local chapter will hold a little party celebrating him in Spreckelsville on Tuesday, Apr. 22. That’s not actually Muir’s birthday (which is on Apr. 21), … [Read more...]

9 Green Initiatives On Maui You Need To Know About

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By Rob Parsons With the arrival of Earth Day each spring, our focus is sometimes drawn to the difficult environmental challenges we face, here in Hawaii and globally. Whether we choose to take on invasive species, cane-burning, climate change, biotech seed corporations, storm runoff, or the ever-increasing human population that’s the root cause of all our eco-issues, the enormity of what’s needed to solve the problems often lends a David and … [Read more...]

Lokelani Intermediate School Wins Cooke Foundation Beautification Award

Lokelani Intermediate School recently won the Cooke Foundation Beautification Award for their campus transformations and way of inspiring a kindness culture among students. The award includes grant of $5,000 to help complete and maintain beautification projects throughout the campus. The award is given each year to one elementary, one middle and one high school in Hawaii. Hawaii Community Foundation's Deborah Rice and Inger Tully represented … [Read more...]

How Plant A Wish Balances Our Ancient Relationship With The Land

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By Sara Tekula We grabbed our bags at the baggage claim and walked to the curb, where our friend handed us a baby goat. At Kahului Airport. In front of everyone: tourists arriving and smelling the island air for the first time, security guards rushing us along and auntie waiting for her keiki to jump in the car. My husband Joe and I knew we were finally home. This wasn’t just any trip back to Maui for us. Rather, this was our homecoming … [Read more...]

Malama Maui Nui Program Challenges Keiki’s View of Trash

Malama Maui Nui (Community Work Day) has launched a new Youth Education program to challenge the way young people look at trash. The new program—launched in March—was designed to engage Maui's youth with a hands-on art project that emphasizes the positive impact that litter prevention and recycling can have on their lives. MMN will host 12 youth eduction projects over the course of the spring. The projects, held at various youth organizations, … [Read more...]