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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 266 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “There’s not been a lot of transparency” regarding how wildfire relief funds are being spent ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rebuilding Nonconforming Structures After Lahaina Fire
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 PM :: 443 Views :: Maui County, Development

... After Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai in 1992, the Kauai County Council adopted an ordinance similar to this bill to foster the reconstruction of old, nonconforming structures ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 310 Views :: Maui County, Development

... reform the County’s emergency housing permitting policies to help facilitate a quicker recovery for the residents of Lahaina ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: Army Corps of Engineers Transfers Temporary School to DoE
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 426 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... turnover of the temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education Feb. 27 ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: State Senators Push for 1,000 Permanent FEMA Units
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 453 Views :: Maui County

"... to advocate for the construction of one-thousand permanent FEMA-built housing units to house the wildfire survivors ...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Green Launches Compensation Fund for Lahaina Dead, Injured
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 464 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

"...The Fund Will Help Families of Deceased Avoid Lengthy, Uncertain Litigation...."

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Monday, February 26, 2024
SHOPO & Maui County Reach Agreement on COVID Hazard Pay
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 485 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police, COVID-19

... officers who worked in a patrol function through the pandemic will receive 20% Hazard Pay based on the actual number of hours worked during the pandemic. All other officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay. All officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay for actual overtime hours ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii needs better budgeting for Maui recovery
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:16 PM :: 553 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... it was only a year ago that state lawmakers had a healthy budget surplus to work with. But then they went on an ill-advised spending spree ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
UHERO: Hawaii Economy Slowing
By UHERO @ 6:17 AM :: 760 Views :: Maui County, Economy, COVID-19

... disasters from COVID to Lahaina are the only thing holding Hawaii's economy together ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
SB3381: Stop Lahaina Property Owners from Rebuilding
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 2729 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Labor

... will Lahaina literally be handed over to the HCDA and an appointed ‘Community Board’ comprised of Josh Green’s hand-picked Carpenters Union representatives? ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Rule Forcing Corrupt Project Labor Agreements Will Face Legal Challenges
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 903 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... a construction contract that required a PLA would be more expensive ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
More cost, More delay: Green Signs 'PLA' for Lahaina Rebuild
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 953 Views :: Maui County, Labor

"...the rebuilding of housing units in Lahaina alone will require at least 2,000 additional construction workers...."

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Hawaiian Electric 2023 Annual report: Still profitable except for Lahaina Litigation
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1102 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaiian Electric is still profitable, unless litigation losses wipe company out ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
​Nearly 5,000 Maui fire victims remain in hotels
By Selected News Articles @ 7:46 PM :: 1229 Views :: Maui County

... To date, 7,796 people have been moved into housing through the American Red Cross non-congregate sheltering program, but 4,961 more people remain in hotels ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
Maui Fires: Green, Bissen Feds Six-Month Update
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 1053 Views :: Maui County

... An estimated 9,806 people have been displaced because of the wildfires, 3,971 properties were destroyed, and 100 souls were lost in the fires ....  

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
UHERO: After Six Months of 'Relief' Lahaina Survivors Health Worsens
By UHERO @ 3:30 PM :: 1236 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... About half of Maui residents impacted by the August wildfires say their health is worse now compared to a year ago ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Kula Fire Recovery: "No one is coming to save you"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1430 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

“For a long time, people looked to government like it was their job to take care of everything. But the best course of action is not to go through elected officials, it’s to stand up and do it."

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
DLNR: Court Ruling Protects Endangered Hawaii Birds from 'Save the Mosquito' Activists
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 1083 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... granting summary judgment and finding the Environmental Assessment prepared for using the Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) to control mosquito born avian malaria on east Maui ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Lahaina Fire: Maui PD After Action Report Full Text
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 1209 Views :: Maui County, Police

... the fires claimed 100 lives and destroyed dozens of homes upcountry and over 3,000 dwellings and units in Lahaina ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii: Never a shortage of costly and grandiose project proposals
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 1495 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... how to facilitate homebuilding in Hawaii at no cost to taxpayers ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Maui 'Renewable' Power Plant--Surprise, its Diesel!
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1239 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Biofuel power plant technology is identical to diesel.  When nobody is looking, the plant will switch to diesel, thus saving ratepayers a bundle.  Hawaiian Electric has already done this at least twice ....

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Friday, February 2, 2024
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Wall That Heals Coming to Maui
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 1025 Views :: Maui County, Military

... Over 250 volunteers are needed to support its 24-hour display ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
PUC Approves $95M Rate Hike for 5-year HECO grid resilience plan
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1017 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... The estimated impact on a typical monthly bill for a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours will be $0.17 on Oahu, $0.47 on Hawaii Island and $0.39 in Maui County ...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1007 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the minimum lot size on Maui of 6,000 square feet incentivizes the construction of large homes rather than smaller, more affordable ones ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Five Straight Months of Tourism Decline Since Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 1109 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Since the August 2023 Maui wildfires, visitor arrivals have decreased in four out of the last five months while visitor spending recorded five straight months of decline compared to 2022 ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Eco-Lawyers to Sue Hawaiian Electric Because Birds Hit Power Lines?
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 964 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... possible litigation challenging harm to imperiled Hawaiian seabirds caused by power lines and streetlights on Maui and Lāna‘i ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
FEMA to Build Hawaii's First Mobile Home Park
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1367 Views :: Maui County, Development

"...Draft Environmental Assessment For Alternative Temporary Transportable Housing Unit Group Site Known as the Kaʻanapali Temporary Group Site...."

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
House Introduces Maui Wildfire Bills
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1043 Views :: Maui County

... Measures stem from proposals in the House Interim Working Groups Final Report ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Recovery? Maui County Greets New Year with GE Tax Increase
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 1103 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County surcharge and GET is 4.5% as of Jan. 1, 2024 ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Ways to improve Maui Interim Housing Plan
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:08 AM :: 940 Views :: Maui County

... $500 million plan is fine but could be improved to more quickly help displaced fire victims ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Saiki Opening Day Speech: Don’t let Lahaina property owners rebuild
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2086 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism

... Turn Lahaina into Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature ....

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Saturday, January 13, 2024
Lahaina Building Permit: Corps of Engineers has 75-point test
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1215 Views :: Maui County, Development

... First FEMA trailers in July? ....

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Housing regulations add up to solid brick wall against homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:44 AM :: 1078 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation ....

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Sunday, January 7, 2024
Lahaina Senator Slams Housing Plan
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 1346 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... the plan will not only continue to exacerbate the rental market's hyperinflation but also displace West Maui families by relocating them to long-term accommodations at Maui Lani ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
No Nukes: Green Announces $500M “Maui Interim Housing Plan”
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1062 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 2,400-plus households, totaling more than 5,928 individuals, remain housed in more than 30 hotels throughout Maui ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Bissen Picks New Administrator for Maui Emergency Management Agency
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 946 Views :: Maui County

... retired MFD batallion chief Amos Lonokailua-Hewett ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Maui: Unemployment drops to 6.5%
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 897 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... In November, 655,600 persons were employed and 19,550 were unemployed statewide ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
​Maui County diverts UIPA requests to 'online portal'
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 990 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Starting Jan. 24, 2024 ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:06 PM :: 1111 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Green has acknowledged that an STR ban would probably result in legal challenges, but he shouldn’t ignore the fact that a back-door ban through a tax hike also could result in legal and political headaches ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Voluntary tax incentives could encourage landlords to house displaced Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 1121 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... provide anyone who rents to Lahaina residents displaced by the August 2023 wildfires a 100% exemption from Maui County’s property tax ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Green announces plan to use short-term rentals to help with Maui housing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 937 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Should the incentives fail to motivate enough STRs to become available, Green may impose a short-term moratorium by mid-January, he said ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Legislative Working Groups Publish Final Report
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 1089 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... from six bipartisan working groups, formed to evaluate topics related to the Lahaina wildfire ....

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Friday, December 15, 2023
Green Picks Miyake for HD10 Vacancy
By Andrew Walden @ 9:58 PM :: 2502 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Tyson Miyake--Construction boss and former Maui County Chief of Staff under Victorino, now Vice President of Corporate Affairs for lobbying firm, Karey Kapoi LLC ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fixation on short-term rentals called distraction from 'true culprit'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1504 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... government actions created the demand for STRs in the first place, and government regulatory failures “created housing unaffordability long before STRs even came into existence." ....

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Friday, December 8, 2023
Toxins? What Toxins? Maui Air Monitoring and Sampling Shows Good Air Quality
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 999 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... no toxins here ....

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
DHS Offers $11K/Month for TVRs to House Lahaina Victims
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 1132 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Program will house FEMA-ineligible survivors of Maui wildfires for up to 12 months ....

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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 1045 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... looking for a “win-win” result ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
HTA: Input Invited on Tourism’s Role in Supporting Maui’s Recovery
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 920 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Community Meeting to be Held at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, December 4 ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
EPA Completes Removal of Hazardous Materials Following Wildfires on Maui
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 945 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Removed batteries from 94 electric and hybrid vehicles and decommissioned 274 power walls in homes and businesses. Two containers with more than 30 tons of decommissioned battery material were shipped off the island ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Tourist Arrivals Down for Third Straight Month
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 1102 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Maui: 35,526 visitors in October 2023, compared to 59,372 visitors (-40.2%) in October 2022 and 59,620 visitors (-40.4%) in October 2019 ....

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