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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 :: 1293 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 :: 1276 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 :: 1378 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 :: 1213 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 :: 1670 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 :: 1226 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 :: 1329 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 :: 1124 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 :: 2357 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 :: 1384 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 :: 1320 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 :: 1506 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 :: 1291 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 :: 1101 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 :: 1055 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 :: 1189 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 :: 1307 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 :: 1322 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 :: 1167 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 :: 1255 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 :: 2851 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 :: 1757 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 :: 1210 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 :: 1330 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 :: 1243 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 :: 1092 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 :: 1146 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 :: 1308 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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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Maui: Another Solar Project Collapses
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 311 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Of 5 solar projects approved on Maui since 2018, only 1 is being built ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
Fire: AG Subpoenas Maui County Officials
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1328 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Subpoenas have been served upon the Maui Emergency Management Agency, the County of Maui Department of Public Works, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
CBS: Maui County Uncooperative with Fire Investigation
By Video @ 5:15 PM :: 1940 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

“...Multiple sources are telling CBS News that Maui county officials, from Mayor Richard Bissen on down, are not responding to requests for interviews from Hawai`i state officials who are conducting an official investigation about the fire launched by governor Josh Green....”

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
'Upzoning' to address need for homes on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1341 Views :: Maui County, Development

...Other ideas presented to legislators in a Shelter Working Group were enacting a 'YIGBY' bill and allowing prefabricated housing....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Will history someday record an 'economic miracle' for Lahaina?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1430 Views :: Maui County, Development, Economy, Land Use

... how many years will depend on which path is taken ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
After FBI Raid, CNHA Demands Hawai'i Free Press 'Cease Operations'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 5321 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

... Song’s complaint was filed just weeks after the FBI raid on the offices of key CNHA financial backer Dawson Companies ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Green Socks are Expensive: $40M 'Stormwater Capture System' for Lahaina
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 1352 Views :: Maui County

... People may notice the Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the form of green “socks” or fences ....

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Monday, November 20, 2023
VIDEO: Roseanne Barr Running for Governor of Hawaii?
By Video @ 5:03 PM :: 1952 Views :: Maui County, Republican Party

"...They're gonna keep their property, I swear...."

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Monday, November 20, 2023
Maui can take lead in ‘Yes in God’s backyard’ housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 1539 Views :: Maui County, Development, Religion

... Family Life Center and King’s Cathedral in Kahului are partnering to put up 85 modular homes on 10 acres of the church’s land ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Tax relief for properties that house Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:21 PM :: 1471 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 95 would exempt from the Maui County property tax all residential real property in Lahaina and other residential real property that was damaged or destroyed by the fires ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
The Lahaina Recovery Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1432 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Claimants who want a distribution from the fund agree not to sue the fund contributors ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
VIDEO: Bissen open to Seizing Condotels Which Compete with Full-Service ILWU-Controlled Hotels
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 2697 Views :: Maui County, Development, Labor, Land Use

... 'Minatoya List' short-term rentals are condotels competing with the ILWU controlled hotels.  That is why they are being targeted ....

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Friday, November 17, 2023
VIDEO: “60 Minutes” Chronicles Lahaina Fire
By Video @ 4:45 AM :: 2656 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... '60 Minutes' interviews DLNR forester .... 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Fronting for the Contractors: CNHA Hosting Debris Removal Meeting
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1794 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Military

...  CNHA fronts for the 8a contractors which scored the lucrative no-bid USACE contracts to clean up properties in Kula and Lahaina ....  

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Democrats Taking Applications for House Dist 10 Vacancy
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1411 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... Applications will be accepted digitally beginning Wednesday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 28 ....

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Monday, November 13, 2023
While Lahaina Waits, One Business Quickly Allowed to Reopen
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1777 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Drugs

... its a cannabis dispensary ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Owning in a Burn Zone
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2126 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

“... It’s absurd, the socialist mentality, they think they own the land ....”

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Audio Reveals HECO Informing Maui PD Lahaina Power is Off
By Audio @ 7:23 PM :: 3473 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Police

“The BBC obtained audio of a conversation between Maui police and Hawaiian Electric in which the power company confirms that power has been turned off in the town of Lahaina.”

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Green Appoints Hashimoto to Senate Dist 5 Maui
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 3073 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... there is now a vacancy in HD 10 ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Hawaii's Wildfires
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 AM :: 1622 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... the role that ‘damaging clauses’ found in more than half of state constitutions across the United States play in inverse condemnation claims related to natural disasters ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: HECO Drops $75M to Buy Off Plaintiffs
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 1800 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Those who choose to participate will waive their ability to get compensated again through litigation related to associated claims ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: House Working Groups recommend disaster response changes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:35 AM :: 2961 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... On September 6, 2023, the House formed six bipartisan working groups to evaluate specific topics related to the Lāhainā wildfire ....

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