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Maui artist creates St. Marianne mural
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - When he was commissioned to create a mural portraying St. Marianne Cope, Maui artist Philip Sabado remembered a photo captioned "Sunday morning in Kalaupapa" in a book he had found decades earlier in an antique bookstore in California. The early 1900s photo, showing two nuns walking ...

2 large projects signal uptick in Maui private construction
Construction on Maui that fell off in late 2007 is making a comeback.

Hyundai Tournament of Champions Announces More than $340,000 Raised for Charity at 2015 Event
KAPALUA, MAUI, HAWAII -- April 9, 2015: The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is proud to announce that the 2015 event has raised a grand total of $341,000 for Maui charities.

Hana, Maui, festival to celebrate taro -- and poi
Taro, a crop whose roots date back centuries in Hawaii, will be celebrated this month in the remote Maui village of Hana.

Rooms at Maui Sheraton at Kaanapali Beach are 20% off through 2015
The Sheraton Maui is offering savings of more than 20% off its rooms if you act by April 7. The savings are good through 2015.

Fishing vessel runs aground off Maui
The Maui County Fire Department says a 50-foot fishing vessel ran aground off Hana. The department says the two men on board were not injured.

Maui's dolphin sighted in new oil block - Greens
The sighting of a Maui?s dolphin in an area the Government has just opened up to oil and gas exploration shows how willing Energy Minister Simon Bridges is to sacrifice the environment for oil, the Green Party said today.

Maui festival offers tasty lessons in agriculture
A working farm is the classroom and tasty morsels are the textbooks for an upcoming lesson on the importance of farming to Maui?s economy.

Maui County Council seeks subsidy for Molokai ferry
The money would come from the county's economic development revolving fund, which has a $1 million balance, The Maui News (http://bit.ly/1ChKaS1 ) reported. "The Molokai ferry is a lifeline for the people of Molokai who rely on it to travel to work on Maui, and reduction in services or a loss of the ferry would limit our ability to participate in academic, athletic, cultural, social and ...

Maui to explore making MECO a public utility
Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa says he wants the county to look into making Maui Electric Co. a public utility. His comments come as a Florida-based company is trying to acquire Maui Electric's parent company, Hawaiian Electric Industries. Arakawa says NextEra Energy Inc. has no Hawaii roots and that the company's profits wouldn't stay on Maui. Arakawa told Wailuku newspaper The Maui News in an ...

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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