Maui County protests against Haleakala telescope, TPP are really heating up

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For those of us in the business of chronicling conflict in Maui County, we live in good times. For the first time since, well, that long crisis known as the Hawaii Superferry, residents and activists are regularly going into the streets to voice their displeasure at the status quo. And now they’re getting arrested doing […]

New T.J.Maxx to open at Maui Mall in Kahului

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Off-price retailer T.J.Maxx opens its new store at Maui Mall in Kahului on Thursday, Aug. 6. The newest of more than 1,000 stores–one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers—Maui’s T.J.Maxx will offer a range of items including fashion, accessories, jewelry, home décor, pet products, toys and more. T.J.Maxx, which opened its first store in 1977, offers […]

Maui students learn forensics during 4-H Tech Connect

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4-H isn’t just about showcasing beautiful rabbit specimens at the Maui County fair. On July 29, 2015, the organization’s annual event 4-H Tech Connect staged a mock kidnapping crime scene as part of its theme “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Sixty-five kids were given the tools of science to track the perpetrator, and by “tools” we don’t […]

T.J. Maxx Grand Opening at Maui Mall

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T.J.Maxx, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers invites the public to its Grand Opening this Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Maui Mall. The grand opening will feature a traditional Hawaiian blessing, followed by a check presentation to local nonprofit Women Helping Women, giveaways and more. The first 1,000 shoppers will receive a reusable bag and […]

Keith Regan holding fundraiser at Maui County Corp Counsel Pat Wong’s house

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We have more than a year to go before the 2016 elections get here, but County of Maui Managing Director Keith Regan isn’t wasting any time. Regan, who’s running for the Maui County Council seat currently held by Mike Victorino (who’s prevented from running again in 2016 because of term limits), recently filed papers announcing […]

Paia Youth and Cultural Center Announces Scholarship Fund Recipients

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The Paia Youth & Cultural Center (PYCC) has rewarded the loyalty of four of its members. These young adults were picked from their exceptional applications and personal interviews to receive the PYCC Scholarship Fund, which was open to high school seniors, GED holders, and first year community college students who have been members of PYCC […]

Maui Police reportedly arrest ‘at least 20′ activists trying to block Haleakala telescope construction

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Late last night, Maui Police arrested “at least 20″ activists attempting to block trucks at the Maui Baseyard from carrying equipment to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) atop Haleakala, Hawaii News Now is reporting. “At least 30 Maui County Police officers also showed up at the site to assist in getting the trucks out […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know this week’s TPP trade talks?

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1. Negotiators from a dozen nations are meeting on Maui this week to finalize the free trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Where on Maui are they meeting? A. Grand Wailea B. Westin Maui Resort & Spa C. Four Seasons Maui D. Hyatt Regency Maui E. Fairmont Kealani 2. This week, Maui […]

Petition Launched To Save Cute Dog Mural In Kula

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Who knew innocent images of dogs and sunflowers might have ulterior motives? Paintings of such are now being treated as illegal advertising for a residence in Kula. Officials with the County of Maui have asked homeowner Lisa Giesick to cover up the mural which runs along her fence, saying that the artwork is just a “sign” […]

Entrepreneurial Psychology Basics and You

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The Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) presents “Minding Your Own Business: Entrepreneurial Psychology Basics and You” by Dr. Jennifer Johnston-Jones this Tuesday, Aug. 4. Attendees are invited to explore the psychological aspect to business, live coaching, personalized advice and heightened awareness to building their companies. Advanced RSVP required. Light continental breakfast and lunch included. $20. 9:30am-2 pm. […]

Protests Planned For TPP Trade Talks At Westin Maui Resort

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A group of anti-corporate and pro-labor and environment organizations are planning a series of demonstrations against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks taking place this week at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Ka`anapali, says Sierra Club Hawaii Director Marti Townshend in a July 27 news release. “TPP negotiators cannot escape public scrutiny in […]

Haleakala Road Closure this Thursday, Friday

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You might want to cancel your plans for that trip up to Haleakala for sunset viewing on Thursday and sunrise watching on Friday. Visitors will be unable to access the Crater Road (Rt. 378) and Haleakala National Park’s summit road from 6pm on Thursday, July 30, 2015 to 2pm on Friday, July 31, 2015. A […]

Maui’s own Shane Victorino traded to Angels

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That’s right–Shane Victorino, Maui’s most famous Major League baseball player is leaving the Boston Red Sox (where he’s played since the 2013 season) and headed to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to this NBC Sports blog post put up a few minutes ago. “The Angels have been in the market for an outfield bat […]

Maui PD conducting active shooter training exercises at various local schools

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The Maui Police Department just announced that today and tomorrow they’ll be conducting four “Joint Agency Emergency Preparedness Exercises” (read: active shooter training exercises) at various schools around Maui. The exercises will reportedly involve “simulated gunfire and shouting.” So if you see a large contingent around cops at any of the schools listed below, that’s […]

Aloha House Maui agrees to pay $45,000 in overtime dispute

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Got some bad news the other day about the nonprofit organization Aloha House Maui, which does substance abuse treatment and also operates under the name Maui Behavioral Health Resources. It seems there was a problem with their paying overtime wages to their employees, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is none too pleased. “Aloha […]