Haleakala National Park Announces Five Commercial-Free Days In 2015

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In the summer of 2012, Haleakala National Park officials proposed a new "Commercial Services Plan" that would, among other things, restrict various commercial activities in hopes of reducing the "crowding and congestion" that's apparently been rising at the park. "Crowding and inappropriate behavior have contributed to a loss of sense of place, which is often the initial reason visitors come to the park; interference with traditional cultural … [Read more...]

Danny Mynar Takes Assistant GM Post At Destination Resorts

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Maui's Danny Mynar has been named the assistant general manager of Destination Resorts Hawaii by Destination Hotels & Resorts. In his new post, Mynar will oversee the daily operations of more than 200 private homes. He will also be called upon to increase owner and guest satisfaction, profitability and employee morale. Mynar's responsibilities include working with the executive team in implementing the vision, strategic growth, development … [Read more...]

MAPA Garden Party Tickets Now Available

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Tickets are now available for MAPA’s Garden Party, scheduled to take place Sunday, Sept. 21 from 1pm to 5pm at the Yokouchi family estate in Wailuku. The event marks MAPA's 40th birthday. The Garden Party will feature gourmet cuisine; fine wines, beers and coffees; a silent and live auction; and live music. Adding a special touch to the elegant afternoon will be one of the Garden Party's signature offerings–Fresh Art; some of Maui's top … [Read more...]

Quizunderstood: Do You Know What OGG Stands For?

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1. On Sept. 15, The Maui News published a story explaining how Kahului Airport got its three-letter airport code. According to the story, the “OGG” actually refers to Bertram James “Jimmy” Hogg. What was Hogg’s claim to fame? A. He was the first Inter-Island Airways pilot to land on each of the Hawaiian Islands B. He founded Aloha Airlines C. He was the first administrator of the old airport at Ma‘alaea D. He was a pilot for Inter-Island … [Read more...]

Larry Ellison Reportedly Resigns As Oracle CEO

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According to a Honolulu Star-Advertiser story posted moments ago, Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle and owner of 98 percent of the island of Lanai, has resigned as Oracle's CEO. The Star-Advertiser also played up Ellison's influence on today's tech world: "Ellison, who turned 70 last month, guided the Redwood City, Calif.-based company for more than 35 years to make it the world's largest database-software company and one of the biggest … [Read more...]

Here’s why Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Theo Morrison is one of Maui’s hardest working people

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When the young mother of two set sail with her husband for the South Pacific in 1979, she had no idea that one day she’d work at preserving Lahaina’s rich cultural heritage. After marrying a man from Hawaii who owned a sailboat, the family decided to sail from California to the South Pacific. But she never made it to the far reaches of the Pacific. The woman jumped ship with her children on the Big Island and has lived in Hawaii since. The woman … [Read more...]

Hyatt Regency Maui Earns Green Certification

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The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa recently earned LEED Silver EBOM (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) status, which was awarded for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The Kaanapali resort is the first building in the state to be granted the LEED-EBOM certification. “We are so pleased to have been awarded the LEED Silver EBOM status in recognition of our conservation and energy efficiency efforts, as well as our … [Read more...]

Doggies Will Dash At Keopuolani Park

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The Maui Humane Society will host Doggie Dash Maui on Oct. 11 at Keopuolani Park in Central Maui. The pet- and family-friendly event will feature a 1.5 mile course appropriate for all skill levels. Participants can run or walk the course with or without their canine family members. Doggie Dash also will feature pet entertainment; pet product vendors; and food vendors for pets and their people. The course at Keopuolani Park will have water … [Read more...]

Volunteers Needed To Help Refurbish Giggle Hill Playground

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The Haiku Community Association is working to re-open the Kalakupua Playground at 4th Marine Park (Giggle Hill) and it needs your help. HCA will hold a general meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Haiku Community Center to discuss what is needed to make the playground safe and operative for our community's keiki. The playground was closed nearly two years ago because the materials making up the play structure had deteriorated, causing safety … [Read more...]

This Thursday, Sept. 18: Meet The Final Five UH Maui College Chancellor Candidates

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Clyde Sakamoto has been chancellor of UH Maui College (and before that, Maui Community College) since 1991. But he retires next month. Finding a successor has been a tough job for the university, but now they've apparently narrowed the list of candidates to five. Though all the candidates have doctorates (which I guess is important if you want to run an entire university) and fundraising experience (college is many things, but it's not cheap), … [Read more...]