Maui County Council Member Keani Rawlins-Fernandez proposes changes to grant process Community-based organizations fill essential gaps in services to our residents and deliver millions of dollars worth of assistance to our County. After the global pandemic arrived at our shores, our partnership with these organizations became more vital, as the County alone could not keep up … [Read more...] about Op Ed: Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Advanced Grants Benefit Maui County Community
The mayor's budget proposal cuts the hotel tax rate and increases funding for the Maui County Visitor Association Against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino released his $870-million county budget proposal last week. It includes a number of measures that Victorino said were responses to the impacts of COVID-19, such as $10 million allocated for … [Read more...] about Mayor’s Budget Boosts Tourism: Is it the Best Way to Recover from COVID-19?
It’s said that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. So it goes for Maui’s Island Plan, a long-range planning document adopted in 2012 to guide the county’s decisions until 2030. It contains this bit of policy direction: “Promote a desirable island population by striving to not exceed an island-wide visitor population of roughly 33 percent of the resident … [Read more...] about Maui County Council Debates the Future of the Island’s ‘Golden Goose,’ Tourism
1. On Mar. 25, the state Department of Health announced that they were fining Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar for violating their burn permit last summer. How much was the fine? A. $5,300 B. $6,300 C. $7,300 D. $8,300 E. $9,300 2. Though overshadowed by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, real estate developer Roque De La Fuente was also on the ballot of the Mar. 26 … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know cane burning permit violations?
1. On Mar. 17, business reporter Howard Dicus said on Hawaii Public Radio that one state legislator had taken the side of the Air Line Pilots Association in their ongoing dispute with Hawaiian Airlines, and had even issued a press release asserting that. Though Dicus didn’t name the legislator in his report, the legislator is from Maui. Who is the legislator? A. Sen. Roz … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: What do you know about Maui politicians taking sides in a Hawaiian Airlines union dispute?