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Sacred Hawaiian site is reborn in Maui's Maliko Gulch
Landowners cleaning up a longtime garbage dump discover stone-carved pictographs revealing an ancient birthing pool. MAKAWAO, Maui ? "Don't ask for anything while you are in this canyon," Sydney Smith, my guide and a longtime Hawaii resident, said as we balanced precariously on rocks, descending deep into Maliko Gulch.

Maui sugar plantation: Still need to burn cane
KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - The state's last remaining sugar company has been researching alternatives to burning leaves off its sugar cane crop before harvest. But Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. said it hasn't found an alternative yet, The Maui News (http://bit.ly/1iu3OmQ) reported. For now, the company still needs ...

Officials take ferry to first meeting since crash
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) ? Maui County officials chose to ride a ferry to attend the first Lanai Planning Commission meeting since a February crash of a chartered plane killed two county workers and injured three other employees. Richard Rooney, the 66-year-old pilot of the plane chartered from Maui Air Tours, also died in the Feb. 26 crash, which occurred shortly after takeoff following a planning ...

Maui group gathers signatures for GMO initiative
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui group says it has submitted more than 9,500 signatures in support of a temporary ban on growing or testing genetically modified organisms in Maui County. The measure will be heard by the Maui County Council if the group, the Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture ...

Maui police arrest ex-boyfriend of Charli Scott
Maui police have arrested Steven Capobianco in connection with a burglary that happened last year in Haiku.

Maui Search and Rescue Emerges
When Carly "Charli" Scott and Moreira "Mo" Monsalve went missing earlier this year, Maui County did not have a search and rescue team like Kaua'i (KSAR) and Hawai'i Island (HSAR).

Maui Couples Vacation Contest Begins at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Kicking Off Couples Season this Fall, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Announces #DreamingofFSMaui Social Media Vacation Contest (PRWeb April 16, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11768084.htm

Arrest made in fatal Maui hit-and-run
Maui police has arrested a Wailuku man in connection with Tuesday night's hit and run crash that killed 51-year-old Viki Deardorff.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Sets Up Shop in Coney Island
The fruit smoothie retailer opens its newest location at Luna Park, a New York amusement park in historic Coney Island. (PRWeb April 16, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/maui-wowi-hawaiian/coney-island-new-york/prweb11767960.htm

Maui man finds explosives in dad's belongings
Maui officials say a man cleaning out belongings of his recently deceased father found a grenade and mortar round, prompting the evacuation of a nearby county office as a precaution.

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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