PBS Hawaii’s Student News Program Receives $2 Million Grant

PBS Hawaii's student news program HIKI NO has received a $2.1 million grant to develop its curriculum and establish elective courses that will be held in the state's middle and high schools. The three-year grant was made possible by the Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. The grant for HIKI NO—which is PBS Hawaii's student news program and statewide digital media learning initiative—is intended to be a game changer for the … [Read more...]

We Audit Rick Chatenever’s Friend List/Maui News Column

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Every Tuesday since January, The Maui News runs a column on Page A3 called "Maui Connections." Written by Rick Chatenever (who used to edit the paper's Maui Scene insert), the column highlights Chatenever's previous week, usually with an eye towards music and the arts. Oh, and he name-drops now and then. Actually, he name-drops all the time: in fact, some times his columns include whole paragraphs where he lists friends he saw at a concert or art … [Read more...]

Maui County Councilman Riki Hokama To Hold Big Money Fundraiser In Honolulu

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State Campaign Spending Commission (CSC) records show that Maui County Councilman Riki Hokama has held one fundraiser in the last two years. It was a modest $50/head deal at the Maui Beach Hotel on June 26, 2013. This isn't surprising considering that the councilman who represents Lanai rarely has to campaign for office (he's unopposed in his reelection bid this year). But times are changing. Hokama–though he has no opponent going into the … [Read more...]

Brian Schatz Wins Democratic U.S. Senate Primary, We Think

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It’s hard to know for sure, but we think that U.S. Senator Brian Schatz has won his Democratic Primary race against challenger Colleen Hanabusa. That’s what all the papers were reporting after the Aug. 15 special election in hurricane-ravaged Puna, but they were also reporting that the state Office of Elections suddenly found 800 ballots from Maui County that had previously gone uncounted. “Hawaii elections officials say 800 uncounted ballots … [Read more...]

Maui PD To Start Big DUI Crackdown TONIGHT

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Starting tonight and running through Sept. 1, the Maui Police Department will be undertaking a "crackdown" on drunk driving, as part of the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. "We are sending a message and we want the people of Maui County to know the Maui Police Department does not tolerate impaired driving," states an Aug. 15 press release from Sergeant Nick Krau of the Maui PD's DUI Task Force. "Impaired driving is … [Read more...]

Will Smith Foundation Gives Surf Scholarship to Maui Girl

Eight-year-old Maddie Vierra recently got a week at Maui Surfer Girls camp. The Will Smith Charitable Foundation made it possible. The WSF has funded the week-long surf camp adventure for several Maui girls since Smith's tragic death. Smith was just eight when he died in automobile accident in 2007. A year later, Smith's mother, Susan Moulton, met MSG founder Dustin Tester at the spot where the accident occurred. Moulton was commemorating what … [Read more...]

This Week’s Super Special News Quiz!

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1. According to the Aug. 11 Maui News, Alexander & Baldwin’s second quarter report shows that the company’s agribusiness division made $400,000 in profits. What did their ag bring in profit-wise during the same quarter last year? A. $506,000 B. $1.8 million C. $3.1 million D. $5.9 million E. $8.3 million   2. Though Neldon “AZD” Mamuad, the founder of the MauiWatch Facebook page, was not a legal candidate for the … [Read more...]

Maui News Says It’s News When Cops Refuse To Name Shooter, Unless It’s Here

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Was it just me, or did anyone else find the above Associated Press story about the recent shooting in Ferguson, Missouri that ran in today's Maui News to be bitterly funny? Of course, there's nothing funny about the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Or the fact that residents and activists are outraged over the death and the department's refusal to name the officer who killed Brown. "The local authorities have put themselves in a … [Read more...]

Christy Laird Appointed Honua Kai’s New Homeowner Experience Manager

Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Ka'anapali has appointed Christy Laird as its new Homeowner Experience Manager. As part of her responsibilities, Laird will oversee the maintenance of owner assets. She will also be in charge of providing services outlined in the rental agreements at the beachfront, all-suite condominium resort. Laird brings more than a decade of experience in luxury property management and homeowner relations in condominium … [Read more...]

CORRECTED: This Thursday, Aug. 14: Maui County Councilman Mike White To Speak At TEA Party Maui Gathering

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For those of you just joining us, Maui County Councilman Mike White is in trouble. Two years ago he was unopposed when he ran for reelection to the Makawao-Haiku-Paia seat on the council, but this year he had to face three challengers. One of them, former Maui County Councilman Mike Molina, ended up being the top vote winner in the Hawaii Primary Election. Here are the final results of that vote: Mike Molina:                11,125 votes … [Read more...]