County of Maui produces new Ocean Safety Guide, video


A new, comprehensive Ocean Safety Guide for Maui County is now available online, thanks to a collaborative effort by county, state and federal officials. The safety guide can be easily read, downloaded or printed at the Maui County website. “The beaches of Maui County are beautiful but not without dangers, as with any natural habitat,” […]

Will Hawaii Gov. David Ige force county Liquor Control departments to define ‘dancing?’


After something like a decade of earnest testimony and moneyless lobbying, it looks like the Maui Dance Advocates may finally–FINALLY!–win their fight to force the Maui County Department of Liquor Control to do something they’ve steadfastly refused to do: define “dancing.” For many years, the LC has forced liquor licensees to regulate where and when […]

Exhibit: Art Maui

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Celebrating its 37th year of presenting the work of artists from Maui County, this annual juried exhibit is a community favorite presented by the Art Maui organization. Always interesting and diverse with artists of many skill levels, this popular show offers something for everyone with a range of contemporary explorations in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know visitor industry worker attitudes?


1. According to data released by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on Mar. 25, Hawaii’s unemployment rate in February was 4.1 percent. What was Maui County’s unemployment rate that same month? A. 3.7 percent B. 4.1 percent C. 4.4 percent D. 4.8 percent E. 5.3 percent 2. On Mar. 24, the County […]

2014 Made in Maui County Festival

November 8, 2014 • 8 am – 4:30 pm Over 130 vendors will offer a wide variety of made in Maui County products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more; plus demonstrations and food trucks ALL in one location! Public admission is $3, children 12 and under are free. The Festival […]

Maui GMO Initiative Aside, County Voters Embrace Status Quo


Given the strong mobilization of voters for the GMO Initiative, you’d expect more of an impact on the rest of the couple dozen local races on the ballot. But no. In fact, no Maui County incumbent lost on election night. The pro-GMO Initiative people even put together a slate of candidates–with the exception of incumbent […]

Maui County GMO Ballot Initiative Passes; Monsanto Vows Lawsuit


Now that’s what I call an election. And yes, the voter initiative to bring about a “moratorium” on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the county passed. It was a real nail-biter, too. The first batch of votes (released around 7:30 or so) showed the initiative failing by nearly 20 percentage points. But when the state Office […]

The Initiative: Trying to understand Maui County’s GMO Ballot Measure


In the Haiku autumn dusk, a circle of farmers hand in hand stands to give thanks for the earth, food and the breath of life. In the sacred scene before a potluck of hand-grown and handmade foods, there are many hands, 120 heads, and waiting plates. At this September meeting of Maui Farmers United (a […]

Maui PD Releases ‘Stop Or Get Stopped’ Campaign Results

And yet another cutesy-titled Maui Police campaign has come to a close. You can breathe easier, kids: the MPD’s 14-day “Stop or Get Stopped” push against people who run red lights and stop signs is over. “As with all of our traffic enforcement campaigns our goal is to raise awareness, educate the public as well […]

POSTPONED: Maui County Cultural Resources Commission May Soon Decide New Lahaina Town Sign Guidelines


[Ed. Note: On Sept. 3, the county announced that a “lack of quorum” was forcing the postponement of the hearing described below. It is now scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 2.] Because the County of Maui considers much of Lahaina Town to be an “historic district,” there are a ton of rules and regulations […]

Maui Police Arrest Yet Another Mayoral Candidate


Beau Hawkes makes his living at Maui Wowie, which sells bongs made from bamboo (pictured above), but that’s not why Maui Police arrested him on Wednesday, July 23. No, a Maui cop tased Hawkes and then arrested him for a variety of traffic offenses, including but not limited to driving without license plates and the ever-popular resisting […]

Maui County Youth Attend Global Youth Leadership Summit in San Diego

As you read this, 40 young members of the Hawaii Leaders Core are gaining valuable leadership experience as they take part in the Global Youth Leadership Summit, an esteemed international convention at the University of California, San Diego. Running July 20-24, this five-day program allows children ages 14 to 17 from all over the world […]

Maui County Mayor’s Race Dwindles To Five Candidates When Maui PD Arrests Nelson Waikiki

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And then there were five. Last night, Maui Police arrested Maui mayoral candidate Nelson Waikiki moments after the big forum at Seabury Hall in Olinda concluded, states a Maui PD news release just sent out. The news release is pretty thin on why the police took Waikiki into custody, but this story in today’s Maui News […]

UPDATED AGAIN: Embattled Maui County Parks Dept. Director Glenn Correa Retires


[Editor’s note: I updated this post on June 18 with information from an official press release sent out by Mayor Alan Arakawa’s office, which wasn’t yet available when I first posted this on June 17.] [Second Editor’s note: I further updated this post on June 19 to include a statement from the Attorney General’s office] […]

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa Endorses Mufi Hannemann For Hawaii Governor


There are a dozen people running for Hawaii Governor this year (including Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who despite low poll numbers apparently would like a second term), but Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa has apparently already chosen his favorite: former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “I know in my heart of hearts that Mufi Hannemann is the best […]

An Early Look At The Money In Maui County’s 2014 Election


“In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”  -Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America With that bit of optimism, here’s my first look at the influence of money in the Maui County’s 2014 election. The first real campaign finance […]