Marcia Tagavilla appointed new Hawaii Republican Party executive director


We don’t get a chance too often to write anything about the Hawaii Republican Party because, well, we live in Hawaii. Sure, the dozen or so individuals trying to grab the Republican presidential nomination offer nothing but screaming headlines these days concerning their, well, let’s be generous and say “controversial” stances over immigration, racism, abortion, […]

Kelea Day FREE Sports Clinics


The Kelea Foundation offers Kelea Day this Sunday, Sept. 6. It’s dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and empowering women through water sports. The FREE event invites women (and men) to participate in one of four clinics. Surf with Kelly Potts and Maui Surfer Girls at Launiupoko Beach Park from 9am-12pm (spaces limited, must RSVP, 12-19 yrs old […]

Maui Keiki Revises Haleakala National Park’s New Junior Ranger Book

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Haleakala National Park’s new Junior Ranger Activity Book will be unveiled at a “Meet the Authors” event this Sunday, Aug. 30 at the Headquarters Visitor Center in the Summit District. The new book, the centerpiece of the park’s Junior Ranger program, was recently revised by six-year-old Eliot Carter and his mom, Lisa Carter, as part of […]

Hawaii state officials urge public to prepare for Hurricanes Ignacio, Jimena


If it seems like the Hawaiian Islands are pins in a giant Pacific Ocean bowling alley, just standing there while one after another hurricane hurls towards us (thanks Johnny A for the metaphor!), it’s because we are. We’ve already had our share of big storms pose potential trouble to Hawaii this summer, but now we’ve got […]

Victoria’s Secret to open at Queen Kaahumanu Center


Maui will soon have an easier way to get its sexy on with the opening of Victoria’s Secret at the Queen Ka`ahumanu Center in 2016. The national retailer’s Maui location is the first to open in Hawaii outside of Oahu. The intimate apparel store is the second recent addition scheduled to open at Queen K […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know the UH Maui College Chancellor’s views on telescopes?


1. On Aug. 20 the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced that the unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) for Hawaii in July was 3.7 percent. When was the last time the state’s unemployment rate was so low? A. April 2009 B. April 2008 C. April 2007 D. April 2006 E. April 2005 2. In […]

NOTW: Loaded snake attacks, bra protests and pets of the One Percent


PETS OF THE ONE PERCENT “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all Americans,” wrote an Atlantic Magazine blogger in July, describing the luxury terminal for animals under construction at New York’s JFK airport. The ARK will offer shower stalls for traveling horses, “conjugal stations” for ever-horny penguins, and housing for nearly […]

Here are 40 reasons to oppose the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra Energy merger


In Hawaii, a chain of islands in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth, the vulnerability of our power generation couldn’t be more apparent. Shipping in fossil fuels isn’t a mere luxury–it’s a potential disaster. Cut off the oil, and in no time at all our state returns to the 19th century. It’s a […]

Maui Pride Accepting Applications For 2015 Scholarship Awards


Maui Pride is a fun and festive non-profit that works to encourage, celebrate and educate people about the positive diversity of the LGBTQ community. Each year, it gives back to the community with a group of scholarships presented during Pride Festival Weekend, Oct. 2-4. The main purpose of the scholarship awards is to support and […]

Kurt Lesmerises named new executive chef at Makena resort

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Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s Chef De Cuisine Kurt Lesmerises has been promoted to Executive Chef. In his new position, Lesmerises will oversee the resort’s entire culinary and banquet programs. Resort General Manager Declan McCarthy said over the past year, Chef Lesmerises has done a tremendous job of leading the culinary team and elevating the […]

Here’s a list of Tropical Storm Kilo road and facility closures on Maui


Tropical Storm Kilo may be veering its path away from Hawaii but that doesn’t save Maui from its aftermath: lots and lots of impracticalities. A press release issued earlier today by the County of Maui Public Information Office listed today’s road closures: • Piilani Highway (31) MP 38 – 25 (Kipahulu/Kaupo area):  The road is closed and impassable.  There are numerous […]

Maui Redevelopment Agency talks ‘Parking Pricing’ this week


Early this year, I wrote about the distinct possibility that parking meters might be coming to Wailuku Town in the near future (click here for that story). It’s something planning consultants have been talking about for some years now. “[B]ecause there is currently a high level of dedicated parking enforcement, we believe the meter collection […]

Which Maui County town has the most Ashley Madison users?


So this morning OC Weekly put up a great little blog post about Malfideleco, a Spanish website that uses data visualization to break down last week’s massive Ashley Madison data dump (for those still new to the Internet being on computers, Ashley Madison is a (theoretically, now since disproven) anonymous dating site for people who […]

Something Old, Something New Collectibles Sale at Hale Pa`ahao


On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) invites you to their Something Old, Something New Collectibles Sale at the Hale Pa‘ahao/Old Prison yard. Collectors are welcome to shop a wide array of lamps and furniture from various time periods, along with modern souvenir items and logo shirts. Take a step back in time. Your purchase will support […]

UH Maui College Early Childhood Education program earns national accreditation


Want to receive an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in a nationally accredited program? Don’t want to leave Maui? Then here’s some good news: the ECE associate degree program at University of Hawaii Maui College was recently accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This year, 10 institutions across […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know MECO’s new solar projects?


1. On Aug. 5, Maui Electric Co. announced plans to build two new 2.87 megawatt solar projects on Maui. One will go in the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei. Where will the other go? A. Lahaina B. Haliimaile C. Kahului D. Olowalu E. Ukumehame 2. The high-end purveyor of koa wood products Martin […]