Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Gives State Of The County, And Saw That It Was Good

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So last night Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa delivered the fourth and last State of the County address at the Maui Art & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. We couldn't make it, but have a copy of the speech and today's Maui News, which described the attending crowd as "standing room only." Speeches like this, whether they're given by mayors, governors or presidents, have three main points. The first is to make clear to the audience … [Read more...]

Hey Kids, It’s Maui County Community Budget Meeting Time!

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We know the county doesn't thrash out a new budget until May, but that's no reason why you can't start discussing spending and revenue priorities now. "Feedback from these meetings provides valuable direction to for us," said Mayor Alan Arakawa in an Aug. 22 press release. "I would invite and encourage all residents of Maui County to take some time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts on how we create a balanced budget that … [Read more...]

Earth To Maui Residents: County Council Members Have Long Hated The Sunshine Law

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So it looks like open meeting lawsuits against the Maui County Council are becoming a regular thing. On Aug. 19, according to this story (subscription required) in today's Maui News, some Ka'anapali timeshare owners associations filed suit against the county saying "a Sunshine Law violation occurred when council members considered property tax rates for fiscal 2014." As expected, this new lawsuit cites the Aug. 8 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling in … [Read more...]

County of Maui Unveils Red, White and Blue Sparkly Seats on New Double Decker Bus

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Remember back in March the County of Maui announced that it was adding a big new (used) $378,362 double decker bus to its public transportation fleet? Well, on Saturday, July 6, the bus finally went into service. And while the county had sent out numerous photos of the pastel white, green and blue flowery exterior of the bus back in March, they were clearly holding out on us. Because as the photo above clearly shows, the interior of the bus is … [Read more...]

Two programs offer free health care to Maui County residents

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Tropic Care Maui County continues to offer free  medical, dental and vision care through military-staffed clinics in Kihei, Wailuku, Hana and Lanai. The Hana clinic ends on June 6, while a clinic will operate on Molokai June 7-10, and in Lahaina on June 11. Hundreds of people have already taken advantage of the free health care and thousands more Maui County residents are expected to come out before the program ends on June 12. "We assigned … [Read more...]

New Alliance of Maui Community Associations Offers Sobering Picture of Maui’s Future

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This is for anyone concerned about such things as population growth and land development. And no, I’m not talking about all the homeowners associations of the island hooking up into one monolithic bloc seeking to standardize rules about house paint colors and how often you mow your lawn all while enclosing the entire island behind a giant metal gate. Because such things have happened, though about 98 percent of them took place in James Bond … [Read more...]

Mysterious Maui News Reporter Covers Former Maui County Family Court Judge Mimi DesJardins’ Trial

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So it looks like Maui has lost a judge to criminal activity. On Thursday, May 9, Maui Family Court judge Mimi DesJardins pleaded no contest to a single charge of tampering with a government record. The state Attorney General’s office originally charged her with 10 counts, but her plea deal brought it down to one. In fact, DesJardins went out of her way not to fight the case, resigning back on April 23, the day the AG first filed a criminal … [Read more...]

Maui Environment Status Report: Earth Day may be over, but Maui County Environmental Coordinator Rob Parsons is busier than ever

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Just because Earth Day has passed, that doesn’t mean we can all go back to our fast food meals, sports utility vehicles and 15 gadget chargers. Sure, Maui seems more enlightened than many places on matters like protection for endangered species and clean energy, but on others we can use considerable improvement. To get a read on the county’s environmental situation, I recently sat down with Maui County Environmental Coordinator (and former … [Read more...]

County of Maui Receives EPA Grant for Sustainable Development

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On Feb. 7, Hawaii’s U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, along with freshman 2nd District Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, announced that the County of Maui has won a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Maui County was one of 43 communities selected from 121 applicants. Winners were chosen by the EPA in consultation with … [Read more...]

This Friday, Jan. 25: Maui Redevelopment Agency To Discuss Proposed Iao Square, Which Will Eliminate Even More Wailuku Town Parking

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The top, preeminent, number one most valued commodity in Wailuku Town has got to be parking spaces. There just aren't enough of them to go around, and not enough residents and visitors use the bus. It's why it's difficult to find a spot during weekday business hours (which can be rather tough on those of us who actually work in Wailuku Town), and it's why Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma is so relentless at enforcing the town's posted parking … [Read more...]