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Sunday, July 21, 2024
Rebuilding Lahaina: A breath of fresh air
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:05 PM :: 186 Views :: Maui County, Development

... All of these bills show that the Maui Council is making progress toward helping county residents find housing and rebuild their lives and businesses ....

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Sunday, July 21, 2024
Five Ways to Reduce Cost of Rebuilding on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 AM :: 182 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Waive street improvement costs for rebuilding in fire zones ....

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Saturday, July 20, 2024
EPA Orders Shutdown of Seven Cesspools at Maui County Facilities
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 204 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... the County of Maui has agreed to close the seven Cesspools by June 30, 2025, and pay a $193K penalty ....

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Friday, July 19, 2024
EPA: 'Emergency response missions on Maui are complete'
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 207 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development

... EPA Completes Drinking Water and Wastewater Mission in Lahaina ....

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Thursday, July 18, 2024
FAIL: Hawaiian Electric Among Firms in $4 Billion Maui Fire Deal
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 1656 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Cost of Living

... the whole plan is predicated on insurance companies walking away from $1.4B.  It may fail ....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Housing Emergency Proclamations: What has been accomplished?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 347 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

" ... The main value of the edicts so far has been to focus attention on barriers to homebuilding and prompt positive legislative action .... "

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Green Names Climate Advisory Team
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 404 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment, Hawaii State Government

... Team to Produce Policy Guidance for Climate Resilience and Disaster Recovery ....

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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Hotel Housing for Lahaina Survivors Ends
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 811 Views :: Maui County

... All remaining Lahaina survivors are evicted from their hotel rooms effective June 30, 2024 ....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Maui Fire, ATF officials 'clarify' process for ATF cause and origin report on Lahaina wildfire
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 201 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Maui County makes excuses for why they are not releasing ATF report yet ....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Makawao meth trafficker gets nine years in federal prison
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 AM :: 689 Views :: Maui County, Drugs

... Kitashima's associates helped him buy, ship, and transport methamphetamine between California, Oregon, and Hawaii ....

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
Green Announces Appointments, Creates Insurance Task Force
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 841 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... The positions and appointees are listed below; House and Senate appointees also are included ....

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Saturday, June 29, 2024
Scheme to Remake Lahaina as Touristy Water Park Advances in Congress
By Andrew Walden @ 5:12 PM :: 2095 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Hawaii History, Land Use, Tourism

... The remade Lahaina will be a tourist-oriented animation of the pre-plantation era when the economy was based on slaughtering lots of whales ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui TVR phase-out plan unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 931 Views :: Maui County, Development

... The county cannot ignore the constitutional rights of Maui property owners in its race to address its housing problems ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui TVR phase-out wrong means for good goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 620 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... virtually all local economists realize the main cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis is the state’s extremely high number of land-use and other housing-related regulations that have hindered homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui Short-Term Rentals, the Minatoya List, and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 6:37 PM :: 829 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... we would expect to see significant–possibly double digit–declines in condominium prices on Maui ....

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Monday, June 24, 2024
500 Lahaina Victims Still in Hotels--Deadline June 30
By News Release @ 12:24 PM :: 766 Views :: Maui County

... to support the 200 households (more than 500 individuals) currently residing in Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) hotels, the NCS program has been extended until June 30, 2024 ....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Maui Council updates county’s ‘circuit breaker’ home tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 AM :: 482 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

“...Increasing the maximum value of the credit is a good idea because it would offset some of the effects of increased assessments...."

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Saturday, June 15, 2024
Lahaina Burn Zone Water Service Partially Restored
By News Release @ 9:37 AM :: 1961 Views :: Maui County, Development

... type your address in the search bar on the County of Maui Sewer Service Status interactive map ....

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Friday, June 14, 2024
$11.3B Loss: Elimination of TVRs Would Drive Hawaii into Economic Depression
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 1988 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Small Business, Tourism

... Study shows short-term rentals generated $2.2 billion in economic activity for Maui and $11.3 billion across Hawaii in 2023 ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Lahaina: Hundreds Remaining in Hotels to be Kicked Out Monday, June 10
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 1205 Views :: Maui County

... all families in the NCS program who are 'actively participating' in their recovery efforts will continue to receive support ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Hawaii County Council follows through on proposal to cut homeowner taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 687 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Taxes

... Despite the bill's timidity, passage of the bill was still a welcome move .... 

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Charter Amendment another obstacle to Maui mayor's TVR phase-out plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 652 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... four of the districts have no representation, which could raise questions about fairness over any recommendations the planning body might make ....

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Friday, June 7, 2024
DBEDT Projects 'Sluggish' Economic Growth in Aftermath of Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 549 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Between January and April 2024, visitor arrivals by air to Maui County fell 24.0 percent and expenditures decreased 22.6 percent compared to the same four months in 2023 ....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Court Upholds Governor's Emergency Proclamation on Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 663 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the Sixth Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing—remains in full effect ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
65 Lahaina Fire Victims Opt in to Settlement Fund
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 1131 Views :: Maui County

... Another Deadline Extension Will Allow Additional Applicants to Begin and Complete the Process ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
DoH Awards Ambulance Contract for Maui, Kauai
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 757 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Health Care

... Hawai‘i State Department of Health awards ground ambulance contracts to American Medical Response ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Green Announces Plan: Fly 3,000 Lahaina Survivors to Mainland
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 3586 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living

... To make a buck, CNHA will help move Hawaiians out of Hawaii ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
DoE Begins Process of Convincing Lahaina Community to Accept School Relocation Plan
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 852 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... HIDOE presents three possible sites to rebuild permanent campus for King Kamehameha III Elementary ....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Green Cuts off Food to Lahaina Survivors
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 2011 Views :: Maui County

... FEMA's current extension for the Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) Program is now set for June 10, 2024. On May 31, 2024, the state of Hawaiʻi will cease its feeding operations ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 2414 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The plan will have its first hearing on June 25 before the Maui Planning Commission ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Akina lauds Legislature’s Lahaina-response spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 1104 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... legislators earmark $1 billion to cover costs such as emergency housing and rental assistance ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
40% of Lahaina Burn Zone Survivors Face Difficulty Accessing Medical Care
By UHERO @ 2:54 PM :: 1061 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... More than four in ten people reported difficulties accessing medical care and medications, compared to about one in ten before the fires ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Blasting and drilling to begin soon at the Kilohana temporary housing site
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 777 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The USACE lead contractor on the project, Aktarius, LLC dba Dawson AKT ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
Lahaina Lesson? "Prepare for quick evacuation"
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1550 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

..."Practices are improved from lessons learned in previous disasters"....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
UHERO: 'Population slowing will reduce future growth'
By UHERO @ 2:58 AM :: 1357 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Tourism

... Hawaii’s economy will grow at a slower pace than in past years ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Hawaiian Electric completes West Maui transmission line work
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 1142 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... A critical transmission line that serves as a back-up route of power to approximately 11,000 customers in West Maui is now online ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
After Nine Months of Toxic Lies, DoH Finally Admits: "We do not expect to find health impacts caused by toxins in the wildfire ash"
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1476 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Tourism

... “Economic pressures will cause ‘toxic’ hysteria to be hyped up until locals sell out.  Then the hysteria will evaporate and be forgotten as Lahaina is rebuilt as Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature.”  -- HFP, Nov 2023 ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Property tax hikes wrong way to rebuild Lahaina
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 1466 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... rate would increase by 82% for B&Bs worth $3 million or more ....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
DOBOR Clears Bums and Junk Cars from Kahului Harbor
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 2230 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

... Social service providers have made numerous visits to the camps at Kahului, attempting to place people into transitionary or permanent housing. However, most decline ....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
SB2919: Hotel Industry 'worked hand-in-hand with community partners and the government'
By News Release @ 5:44 AM :: 1533 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Labor, Tourism

“We thank Gov. Green, Hawai‘i legislators, and our partners at the Hawai‘i Hotel Alliance, UNITE HERE Local 5, and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 142 for their leadership in passing this important law."--AHLA Interim President & CEO Kevin Carey

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
Legislature comes through big time
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:00 AM :: 1683 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his much-touted "Green Affordability Plan." ....

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
FBI Raids? No problem--Dawson Begins Construction of Lahaina Housing
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2023 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Military

... Because USACE is involved, 8a companies such as Dawson score no-bid contracts.  Hopefully the FBI investigation and any future indictments and arrests won't interfere with construction.  It also helps that Robin Danner scored a gig in the Governor's office ....

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Saturday, May 4, 2024
Green 'Climate Team' Headed by A&B Exec to Lead Maui 'Recovery'
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1855 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Three Words: 'Conflict Of Interest' ....

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Saturday, May 4, 2024
Green Signs SB2919: Pretending to Allow Counties to Seize TVRs
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1880 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The bill clarifies the counties’ authority to control the time, place, manner, and duration of land uses, particularly transient accommodations including short-term rentals ....

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Friday, May 3, 2024
Maui: Enviros File Another Bird Lights Lawsuit
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 1305 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Tourism

... over the last 16 years, one bird died ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Green Signs SB582: $385M for Maui Relief -- mostly for 'FEMA Ineligible Persons'
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1302 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

... $297 million has been designated to aid non-FEMA eligible families ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Tokuda: Make Lahaina Federally Controlled 'National Heritage Area'
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1504 Views :: Maui County, Development

... In establishing a new NHA, Congress designates a local coordinating entity—usually nonfederal—to coordinate and oversee administration of the area ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Maui County to (attempt to) Outlaw 'Minatoya List' Condotels
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 7364 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Greenmail, Drugs

... "Too bad Maui didn’t learn from the City getting spanked for unconstitutionally attempting to legislatively phase out vested property rights to STRs" ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Bill 85: Update Maui’s ‘circuit breaker’ property tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:16 AM :: 1309 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

... Maui’s circuit breaker offers relief to people who own and live in their homes and have filed for property tax homeowner exemptions ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Maui County files complaint seeking to hold cell carriers responsible for failure to report outages during fires
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1132 Views :: Maui County, Police

... to hold the Cell Carriers responsible for their failure to properly inform the Maui Police Department in a timely manner of widespread cellular service outages on August 8 to 9, 2023 ....

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