Quizunderstood: How well do you know W.S. Merwin’s palms?


1. In September 2013, Molokai’s unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 10.8 percent. According to an Oct. 20, 2014 news release from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, what was Molokai’s unemployment rate in September of this year? A. 11.6 percent B. 12.6 percent C. 13.6 percent D. 14.6 percent E. 15.6 percent 2. According to a survey written about in the Oct. 20 Maui News, how many feral cats are estimated … [Read more...]

Election Wit & Wisdom From The Late Blackie Gadarian

Blackie in shop 2010

Arsene "Blackie" Gardarian did many things on Maui: bar owner, machinist, jazz enthusiast, county liquor commissioner, curmudgeon. It was in that last role that he really seemed to shine. In fact, Gadarian was an inveterate letter writer–mostly to The Maui News. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 91, but his wife Sara recently emailed some excerpts from a few of his letters on elections, a subject he obviously held dear. We're reprinting … [Read more...]

Conde Nast Traveler Says Maui Is NO LONGER Top Island In World


After two consecutive decades of getting named Conde Nast Traveler's "Top Island In The World," Maui has dropped to mere third in this year's rankings. "Hawaii’s second-largest island boasts rugged terrain, volcanic beaches, and the towering Mt. Haleakala," Conde Nast Traveler said about Maui this year. "It’s the place to be for snorkelers, hikers, and food lovers alike." Does this mean the Maui County Council won't be giving the Maui … [Read more...]

Wailea Beach Villas Named Top Resort in Hawaii

Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice awards has named Wailea Beach Villas Hawaii's top resort. The Maui property also was the only resort in the state to be listed as one of the Top 25 Resorts in the U.S.; it also was named as one of the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. “This is an incredible honor to be named among Hawaii’s and the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts,” said Ben Beaudoin, general manager of Destination Resorts … [Read more...]

Maui PD Releases ‘Stop Or Get Stopped’ Campaign Results


And yet another cutesy-titled Maui Police campaign has come to a close. You can breathe easier, kids: the MPD’s 14-day “Stop or Get Stopped” push against people who run red lights and stop signs is over. “As with all of our traffic enforcement campaigns our goal is to raise awareness, educate the public as well as our officers, and to gain voluntary compliance,” MPD Officer Nick Krau, the department’s DUI Task Force supervisor, said in an Oct. … [Read more...]

Hurricane Ana Coming Soon To A Hawaiian Island Near You


Though it's not forecast to hit Maui County directly, Hurricane Ana could still bring a lot of moisture, wind and swell to us this weekend. To be safe, Haleakala National Park closed today at noon and will remain closed "until park managers can assess the safety conditions of the park’s roads, trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers," according to a National Park Service press release sent out today. All county campgrounds are closed today, … [Read more...]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Planned Parenthood of Hawaii endorsements?


1. On Friday, Oct. 10, Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network released its list of endorsements for the upcoming general election. Which one of the following Democrats were NOT on the list? A. Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui B. Sen. Roz Baker C. Rep. Mele Carroll D. Rep. Angus McKelvey E. Sen. David Ige 2. The Hawaii State Archives announced new efforts at building digital archives, during an Oct. 10 briefing for officials. In which year did … [Read more...]

The Battle Of Kekaa: What Sydney Lehua Iaukea’s new book on the development of North Beach says about Maui land use, and ourselves


It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago, the Westside beaches that stretched from the Royal Lahaina Resort to Honokowai were largely empty. There were just grassy fields between the highway and the water. Known as Keka‘a or, more colloquially, North Beach, this was the capital of Maui. Kaka‘alaneo ruled there 500 years ago, and it was home to about 3,000 Hawaiians. That’s all in the past now–including the grassy fields. Go to Keka‘a today … [Read more...]

Roy’s Golf Classic Supports Imua Family Services


The 17th annual Roy's Restaurants Golf Classic recently raised $45,000 for Imua Family Services. Throughout the tournament's 17-year relationship with Imua, it has raised $672,000 to support Imua Family Services programs. To acknowledge the long-running commitment, the Sensory Therapy Room in Imua’s new Early Childhood Development Center will be named in honor of Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Restaurants of Hawaii, and the Roy’s Golf Classic Tournament, … [Read more...]

Lahaina’s Jr. Tennis Team Headed to National Championships


The Hawaii Pacific Intermediate tennis team from Lahaina is headed to South Carolina to compete in the 2014 United States Tennis Association Jr. Team Tennis 14U National Championships. The championship event will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina. The tournament will feature more than 250 participants representing the top 32 teams from across the U.S. Lahaina's team is made up of Kiana Bell, … [Read more...]