Unsuccessful County Council Candidate Ka’ala Buenconsejo Takes Over Maui County Parks Department

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Ka‘ala Buenconsejo became the new County of Maui Parks Department Director, according to an inter-office email sent out by the department’s interim director. “This is to let you know all know there has been an appointment to the Director of Parks and Recreation position,” interim Parks chief Brianne Savage said in the Dec. […]

This Wednesday, Dec. 3: Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Will Discuss 2015 Plans on Akaku Channel 54

If you find yourself in front of a television screen Wednesday night–say, around 7pm–you might want to tune into Akaku Channel 54. If you do, you’ll see Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s regular one-hour show Your County With Mayor Arakawa, but this episode will be be a bit different. According to a Dec. 2 news release, […]

County Of Maui Wants You To Volunteer For Boards And Commissions

The County of Maui would like you to volunteer to be a member of one of their many boards and commissions. Yes, you. “Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years,” states a Nov. 18 county news release. “While no monetary compensation is provided for […]

Attorneys Declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ In War Over Maui GMO Initiative

So the other legal shoe finally dropped yesterday: as they promised, the forces lined up against the Maui County GMO Initiative filed suit in U.S. District Court in Honolulu against the County of Maui to have the measure overturned (click here for Honolulu Civil Beat’s story on the filing, which also contains a pdf of the […]

Monsanto Election Spending Is Out Of Control But We’re Still Saying To Vote No On The Maui County GMO Initiative

So by now most everyone on the island knows that Monsanto–a giant corporation that says it cares about feeding the world but is far more concerned about profits and market share–has spent more than $6 million to try to defeat the upcoming Maui County ballot measure that would slap a “moratorium” on all genetically modified crops. Together […]

Big Kaanapali Beach Restoration Takes Small Step Forward

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Way back in 1964, when the Ka‘anapali Resort was still in its infancy, its owner American Factors paid for a 19-minute promotional film to bring rich tourists to Maui (click here to watch it on Youtube). Titled Kaanapali, the film called the area a “Polynesian Riviera” and didn’t undersell the importance of the resort’s expansive […]

Hurricane Ana Coming Soon To A Hawaiian Island Near You

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Though it’s not forecast to hit Maui County directly, Hurricane Ana could still bring a lot of moisture, wind and swell to us this weekend. To be safe, Haleakala National Park closed today at noon and will remain closed “until park managers can assess the safety conditions of the park’s roads, trails, campgrounds, and visitor […]

Here’s A Little Corporate Welfare, County of Maui Style

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Looks like the County of Maui may soon spend about a million tax dollars on beer brewing, deep well drilling, patient care software, stem cell research and a new restaurant called “Da Car Wash Cafe.” Back in February, the Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED) started a new experiment of sorts in the world of corporate welfare (as […]

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 […]

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 […]