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Maui's Upcountry: Laid-back vibe, cool breezes and farm-to-table food
Some people call Maui the world's best island. Yes, it has great beaches, but to me, it also has too many people and too much traffic. And Wailea, Kaanapali and Kapalua? Beautiful but bland.

Maui surfer fends off shark with fist, board
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) ? A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a weekend shark attack in waters off Maui.

Shark bites into Maui man's stand-up paddleboard
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) ? A spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says a shark knocked a Maui man off a stand-up paddleboard and left the tail of his board with bite marks.

Maui Land & Pineapple Announces Closing of Lipoa Point Sale
Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. is pleased to report that it has closed the sale of a 244-acre property to the State of Hawaii for $19.8 million. The property, c

Flights, hotels, dining on Maui
From LAX, United, Hawaiian, American and Delta offer nonstop service to Kahului, Maui, and United, Hawaiian, Alaska, US Airways and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares from $635, including taxes and fees.

Maui survey tallies 1,000 feral cats in proximity to endangered birds
Researchers are concerned about the number of cats near a Maui wildlife sanctuary that's home to endangered birds.

Maui County feels minimal effects of Hurricane Ana
Maui County may have dodged a bullet with Hurricane Ana, but heavier rains and flooding is still possible.

Reward for braving swells: Glorious snorkeling at Molokini off Maui
"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea," Rainer Maria Rilke wrote.

Rare dolphin capture 'shows more protection needed'
Dolphin advocates say the capture of an endangered Maui or Hector?s dolphin in a recreational set net this year shows more protection is needed.

Tiger Shark Attacks Maui Surfer, Bites Board
Crews worked to clear a section of beach in South Maui on Saturday, after a confirmed shark bite incident left one surfer with a row of teeth marks in his board and a lucky escape. Though the surfer was uninjured, he appeared shaken by the shark attack, according to witnesses who spoke with The Maui Tiger Shark Attacks Maui Surfer, Bites Board is an article from: The Inquisitr News

Monday, December 28, 2009

Maui's Weather is just about Perfect

Hawaii’s Climate is just about Perfect.

I grew up in the high desert regions of the west in Idaho, Utah, and Arizona with a four season’s lifestyle that included mild summers, beautiful fall colors, and very cold winters with lots of snow. (Because the word “cold” is subjective; let me just say that in Idaho, I remember mornings when it was 30 to 40 degrees below zero…Fahrenheit) As I grew up, it seemed that spring came later and later every year. March and April often were just sort of mud months. Things would start to warm up and bam - another snow storm would hit and send us back into winter. Luckily I did a lot of skiing and thought I could never give up my winters. I was pretty sure that I needed four seasons.

Then I got into bike and triathlon racing. In order to have a great racing season, it was necessary to have a long summer with lots of time on the bike. I started to spend my winters in Arizona so that I could train outdoors all winter. I soon realized it was pretty easy to go without snow. I didn’t miss it at all. Spending December in shorts and t-shirts was pretty nice. But let me tell you, summers in Arizona are brutal and worse than winters in Idaho. When people try to tell you that 120 degrees in the shade is okay because it’s a "dry heat" don’t listen to them. 120 degrees with or without humidity isn’t fun.

During the last 30 years or so, I’ve spend weeks and months at a time in Hawaii. Hawaii has an ideal climate year round. From the moment you step off the plane, the first thing that you notice it the moisture in the air; that and the fact that much of the airport in Honolulu is open air. Why have walls when the temperature outside is perfect?

The humidity is only a problem until you learn to dress down and relax. Ditch your shoes and socks and put on some sandals. Put on some shorts and a short sleeve Aloha shirt – after all you’re on vacation. Everybody in Hawaii is on vacation. Even if they don't know it, they're on vacation. Once you acclimatize, you’ll start to notice that your body actually likes moisture in the air. Your skin will feel better, your hair will look and feel better, and your sinuses will improve. Why wouldn't they, you’re breathing clean moist air that has just blown 3000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. When I fly home to the high desert plains of Utah, the first thing I notice is that my nose dries out and my sinuses starts to bleed, my hands and fingers develop painful cracks, and my hair gets all full of static and becomes brittle. My skin dries out and I get itchy. I long for moisture again.

Hawaii’s temperature stays nice all year round. The average temperature in Maui ranges from highs of about 80 to 88 Fahrenheit through the year and lows down to about 65 in January. Water temperatures range from about 75 in the winter to 73 in the summer. Kauai weather is a little cooler with temperatures averaging about 2 or 3 degrees below what you can expect on Maui.

Think of that the next time you’re out shoveling your driveway. I do.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Shortage of Rental Cars in Hawaii

By Doug Porter

An interesting thing happened this week. Hawaii car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Thrifty and all the others actually ran out of cars. Visitors to Hawaii are up and shortages exist on all islands.

For 8 or 9 months now, rental companies have been reducing the number of cars in their inventory to cut costs. Fleets have been reduced by more than 1500 cars, but the bump in visitors from President’s weekend and Mid-winter break caught rental companies by surprise. Either things aren’t as bad as they expected, or perhaps – dare I say it – we’ve rounded a corner?

Of course it’s too early to say, but the increase in visitors to the islands is a good sign. Not just for car rental companies, but for airlines, restaurants, hotels, vacation rentals and just about everyone else in Hawaii. And, if it’s the beginning of a national trend it could start to spread to other sectors. Rental car companies will start increasing fleets and helping automakers, etc.

I may be grasping at straws here, but I’ll take any good news I can get.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Residents of Maui County Can Vote Early

Early voting began today in 15 locations around the State of Hawaii.

For Maui County Residents:
The Wailuku and Lahaina early vote sites has all ballot types. The Molokai site has ballot types for that island only.

Office of the County Clerk - 200 S. High Street, #708, Wailuku
Monday - Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lahaina Civic Center - 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy.
Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(September 18 only: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
(Last Day for this location is October 31: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Molokai - Mitchell Pauole Center - 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, Conference room
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(September 18 only: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.))
(Last Day for this location is October 31: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.))

The state office of Elections is reminding Hawaii residents to bring picture identification with them. Registered voters can cast ballots in the presidential, congressional, state, and county elections. Early voting ends Nov. 1, three days before the general election.

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