Maui hospital considers cuts to cope with budget shortfall
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui's only acute care hospital is considering eliminating cardiology and a birthing unit to cope with a $28 million cut to the state hospital system's budget for the Maui region. That's about 10 percent of the region's budget, meaning deep cuts for Maui Memorial Medical Center. ...
Spirits soar on Kauai, Maui tour
The idea of touring Kauai?s spectacular Waimea Canyon by helicopter seemed thrilling enough, but then I learned we could explore the 3,600-feet-deep gorge, dubbed the ?Grand Canyon of the Pacific,? in a chopper with no doors. Nothing but the rush of wind in our faces to blur the view of its red-hued walls and verdant valley floor.
Leah Jenner Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump While On Vacation in Maui?See the Pic!
Maui wowie! Is that a growing baby bump we see? Leah Jenner showed off her growing baby bump in an Instagram pic Saturday while enjoying a tropical getaway in the Aloha...
Looming cuts at Maui Memorial
Struggling Maui Memorial Medical Center will eliminate 50 to 75 administrative positions as part of a plan to trim $28 million from its budget. ...
Maui snorkelers, want to be BFFs with an octopus? It just could happen
Here?s something that can turn a Maui snorkeling trip into an adventure to remember: holding an octopus or sea urchin.
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.
Hawaiian dining: Farm-to-fork Maui
"Top Chef" alumnus Sheldon Simeon's MiGRANT restaurant is part of a new wave of farm-to-fork restaurants on Maui. Simeon has topped "best Maui chef" award lists since 2011. He takes inspiration from his Filipino grandmother s cooking.
Maui Solar Project Offers ?Energy Appliance? to Help Hawaiians Save on Utilities
JLM Energy, Inc. and Maui Solar Project are changing the way renewable energy is collected, stored and used for storage and peak power reduction. Energizr is the only fully integrated residential solution in the market today capable of bringing together renewable energy, the grid and energy storage on a single platform.
Affordable ways to enjoy Maui, from beaches to scenic drives
KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) ? The perception of Maui as a destination for the rich is only partially true.
Father-Daughter Duo Bringing Maui Wowi to South Texas
Maui Wowi Hawaiian, gourmet coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, welcomes new franchisees who are teaming up to build a business where family is a priority. (PRWeb March 25, 2015) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/maui-wowi-hawaiian/franchisee-south-texas/prweb12594379.htm
Maui's Weather is just about Perfect
Hawaiiâ€™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 seasonâ€™s lifestyle that included mild summers, beautiful fall colors, and very cold winters with lots of snow. (Because the word â€ścoldâ€ť is subjective; let me just say that in Idaho, I remember mornings when it was 30 to 40 degrees below zeroâ€¦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 didnâ€™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 itâ€™s a "dry heat" donâ€™t listen to them. 120 degrees with or without humidity isnâ€™t fun.
During the last 30 years or so, Iâ€™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 â€“ after all youâ€™re on vacation. Everybody in Hawaii is on vacation. Even if they don't know it, they're on vacation. Once you acclimatize, youâ€™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, youâ€™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.
Hawaiiâ€™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 youâ€™re out shoveling your driveway. I do.
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 Presidentâ€™s weekend and Mid-winter break caught rental companies by surprise. Either things arenâ€™t as bad as they expected, or perhaps â€“ dare I say it â€“ weâ€™ve rounded a corner?
Of course itâ€™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 itâ€™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 Iâ€™ll take any good news I can get.
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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