UHMC Native Hawaiian Leadership Program Receives OHA Grant

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University of Hawaii Maui College's Liko A'e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program was recently granted an $187,000 award from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The funds will be used to support the program's mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who are seeking to gain a college degree throughout Hawaii and the U.S. “I’m filled with pride to see that a program based at UH Maui College will … [Read more...]

Maui County Councilman Don Guzman Wants Volunteers To Fix County Parks Dept. Shambles

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Last time we checked, the County of Maui Parks Department was a mess. Director Glenn Correa–the subject of a Maui Police investigation into... something–is gone, and the state Attorney General's office is currently looking into the department for... something. We tried to ask new Parks chief Brianne Savage, but she refused to sit down with us "until things are a bit more settled," whenever that might be. In the mean time, the cleanliness and … [Read more...]

Lahaina Arts Society Honors George Allan as Living Treasure

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On June 25, the Lahaina Arts Society (LAS) held their annual meeting and celebration at Lahaina’s Pioneer Inn. Each year, LAS honors one of their members with a Living Treasure Award to recognize that individual’s outstanding service to the organization. This year’s recipient is Maui artist George Allan, who has helped shape the society through his contributions over the past 40 years. During the award ceremony, LAS president Michael Stark … [Read more...]

Maui Police Arrest Yet Another Mayoral Candidate

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Beau Hawkes makes his living at Maui Wowie, which sells bongs made from bamboo (pictured above), but that's not why Maui Police arrested him on Wednesday, July 23. No, a Maui cop tased Hawkes and then arrested him for a variety of traffic offenses, including but not limited to driving without license plates and the ever-popular resisting arrest. The Maui News ran a detailed story today on the arrest that includes a lot of juicy quotes from Hawkes … [Read more...]

Leilani Farm Sanctuary Needs Help To Deal With Tropical Storm Wali Damage

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Looks like Tropical Storm Wali did some damage to the eight-acre Leilani Farm Sanctuary, the volunteer-run refuge for rescued goats, cats, chickens, rabbits, deer, peahens, pigs, ducks and even donkeys in Haiku. "Huge trees crushed three animal houses and collapsed a section of fencing," wrote sanctuary founder Laurelee Blanchard in a July 25 email. "Miraculously, animals survived in small pockets of space of the wreckage, but they had to be … [Read more...]

Friends of Haleakala National Park Seek Volunteers For Service Project

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The Friends of Haleakala National Park has an opportunity for those looking to serve their community and experience the beauty of one of Maui's most treasured natural resources. FHNP is looking for volunteers for their monthly service project in the National Park Aug. 16-18. Those volunteering for the project will hike into the Crater and stay in Holua Cabin. The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for participants doing service work with … [Read more...]

County Of Maui Thinking About Banning Styrofoam Containers

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  The ubiquitous plate lunch has found a home in large polystyrene (known commercially as Styrofoam) containers since the dawn of time (or perhaps a bit later). But for those of you who largely subsist on large quantities of chicken katsu and loco moco, be warned that we may be living in the final days of the Great Styrofoam Era on Maui. On Monday, July 28, the Maui County Council's Infrastructure and Environmental Management … [Read more...]

Special Mostly Political Weekly Maui News Quiz!

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1. On July 21, the Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network announced their Primary Election endorsements. Just one of the following state officials representing Maui received their endorsement. Which one was it? A. Rep. Mele Carroll B. Rep. Angus McKelvey C. Rep. Joe Souki D. Sen. J. Kalani English E. Sen. Roz Baker   2. On Tuesday, July 22, The Maui News endorsed Colleen Hanabusa for U.S. Senate. But two days prior, … [Read more...]

Maui County Council primary elections are normally bland, but this year’s four-way race over Mike White’s Makawao-Haiku-Paia district is different

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He says it used to happen a lot more, but the last time was at about four or five years ago. Mike Molina was still a Maui County Councilmember then, and he’d just walked into the Burger King on Dairy Road in Kahului. Immediately, he says, the woman behind the counter began giggling. He says she then got her manager. “They thought I was Rick Moranis,” Molina is telling me at Wailuku Coffee Co. one recent Thursday morning. As he’s telling me … [Read more...]

Correction and Explanation Concerning Our Best Environmental Nonprofit Writeup From 2014 Best of Maui

When I originally wrote the blurb in our 2014 Best of Maui issue for the Best Environmental Nonprofit, I wrote that the SHAKA Movement–which won the readers poll–was actually not a nonprofit. In fact, they are a nonprofit–you can see their Domestic Nonprofit Corporation status in their filing here with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)–and I've since corrected and updated the blurb. But I wanted to explain why I … [Read more...]