It seems there’s been some drama at the County Building. This time, it stems from the 250th Celebration of Queen Ka‘ahumanu, the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the County of Maui managed by Brian Bardellini, an executive assistant to Councilmember Alika Atay. The situation starts off messy: The funds for this event were proposed by Atay and inserted into the budget… then … [Read more...] about County vs. Atay?
The annual Made in Maui County Festival has received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The national awards honor innovative and effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. The annual MIMCF was established by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Maui Chamber of Commerce in an … [Read more...] about Made in Maui earns national award
So the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) just released their new Maui County Tourism Industry Strategic Plan (TISP) for 2017-2026. It’s a 10-year plan that, at least on paper, is supposed to guide the visitor in the county. “This strategic plan addresses the pillars of a healthy tourism economy that must be of benefit to local residents,” said Teena Rasmussen, OED … [Read more...] about New Maui County tourism plan calls for more visitors, infrastructure, international flights and reef protection
The organization formerly known as TEACH (Technology, Education, Agriculture, Community, Health) disappeared so quickly this week that the door couldn’t even hit its butt on the way out. In much the same way as it arrived last year, TEACH vanished in a haze of hubris and new age babble. Frontmen Mark Chasan and Jason Hobson made no public statements, opting only to write a … [Read more...] about Did the County of Maui learn anything from TEACH’s failure?
How to put this nicely? TEACH executives Mark Chasan and Jason Hobson had their asses handed to them by an angry, raucous crowd at the Paia Community Center Monday night ,who told them to take their idea to turn the 23.5 acre Old Maui High School campus into a for-profit “regenerative” Eden and go back to the mainland. “I can drive you to the airport; I have a big truck,” … [Read more...] about Community Flunks TEACH: North Shore residents speak out against plans for Old Maui High