This Monday, Sept. 15: County Of Maui To Start New Community Budget Meetings Series

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I know, I know, the thrill and excitement of community budget meetings is just too much for most people to handle. But County of Maui officials are saying hold on, they've revamped the annual series of meetings, where they go on the road to various locations around the county and ask people what they want the next budget to look like. "As a new feature this year to the Mayor's annual community Budget meetings, tables will be set up to allow … [Read more...]

County of Maui Sponsoring Workshop On Welcoming Visitors From China

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I always laugh whenever I read some right-winger use the term “communist China,” as though 1950 never ended. China is an extremely large, ancient and complex country that is, quite literally, “communist” in name only. In fact, China is so decidedly non-communist that officials with the County of Maui and the Maui Visitors Bureau are doing all they can to get them to come to our fair island and spend money here on our capitalist trinkets and … [Read more...]

All Non-Emergency Departments Of County Of Maui Shut Down Thursday At Noon

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Looks like the county is closing up shop on just about everything it does tomorrow because of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio: "In preparation for Tropical Storm Iselle, all non-emergency County personnel will be sent home at noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 7) with the possible exception of County elections employees," stated a county news release sent out earlier today. "Determinations regarding County elections employees and walk-in voting … [Read more...]

County Will Suspend Maui Bus Service Thursday & Friday Because of Storms Iselle & Julio

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Concerned about safety on the eve of Tropical Cyclones Iselle and Julio, Maui County officials announced at noon today that they will suspend Maui Bus service Thursday and Friday. Here's the schedule they just sent out with last departure times: MAUI BUS FIXED ROUTE SERVICE*All Maui Bus fixed routes will be suspended some time between 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, depending on the route.  Last departure times for each route are … [Read more...]

Prepare Now: Hurricanes Iselle, Julio Headed To Hawaii Later This Week

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As you've no doubt heard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that two hurricanes are currently on track to hit Hawaii later this week. First up is Hurricane Iselle, which is scheduled to hit Maui–as a tropical storm–late Thursday, early Friday. Then Julio, assuming it stays on its current track–hits the Big Island on Saturday or Sunday. Of course, big storms move in ways computer modeling sometimes misses. For that … [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...]

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...]

County Of Maui Appeals Kawano’s Ruling Throwing Out Criminal Case Against MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo

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So remember a couple weeks ago when we ran this story saying District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano had thrown out the criminal case against MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo over his photographing Maui police officers two years ago because the cops didn't have probable cause to arrest him in the first place? Well, that turned out to be a bit premature–this morning, County of Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Artemio C. Baxa appealed the decision. … [Read more...]

Judge Kelsey Kawano Ends Prosecution Of MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo–No Probable Cause

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After nearly two years, Wailuku District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano has finally ended the travesty that was the case State of Hawaii v. Thomas Russo, the publisher of MauiTime. On Wednesday, July 9, Judge Kawano ruled that Maui Police Officers Rusty Lawson and John Fairchild had no probable cause to arrest Russo on Nov. 20, 2012 when he was photographing them on Haleakala Highway during their Operation Recon traffic stop and threw out the whole … [Read more...]