Maui

Maui's Only Jail Severely Overcrowded

Aug 10, 2015
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jai Mansson / Flickr

Maui Community Correctional Center has gotten so crowded that some inmates are now sleeping on the floor. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Public safety officials say Maui's only jail is built to hold 301 inmates. But nearly 500 inmates are currently housed at the facility, which was constructed in 1978.

Campground for the Homeless on Maui?

Aug 3, 2015
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Michael Coghlan / Flickr

A Maui nonprofit wants to build a state-of-the-art campground facility that can be used by both recreational and homeless campers, but neighbors think it's a bad idea.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

The Ho'omoana Foundation wants to build the facility on two acres of private land in West Maui. Initially, the camp would have eight pods--sites with space for a tent and picnic table.  If the project is successful, it could be expanded to accommodate a total of 26 pods, or 80 campers.

Saving Fish and Helping Coral Off Maui’s Coast

Jul 27, 2015
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It's been six years since the state established the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area in West Maui.  Marine experts say it’s a program that’s working, and some fish species are on the rebound. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Herbivores like parrotfish, rudderfish, surgeonfish and urchin are critical for the health of coral reefs, as they keep algae levels in check.  Without them, algal blooms, especially in the summertime, can suffocate entire colonies of coral reef.

Maui’s Next Steps on GMOs

Jul 6, 2015
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vagawi  / Flickr

Seed companies on Maui are conducting business as usual this week. Last week, a federal judge struck down a voter-approved initiative that would have stopped the growing or testing of any genetically engineered crops. But protestors are not giving up. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

 

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Aaron Najera / Flickr

It’s been two weeks since three men were killed while riding in the back of a pickup truck on Maui. That tragic accident has increased attention on the question of whether new safety laws are needed across the state. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Howard Pruse, Eric Oguma and Tyree Kamaunu were riding in the back of a pickup truck that was turning left into the Maui Raceway Park when an oncoming vehicle sideswiped the truck. All three men were immediately ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Maui’s Hospital Prognosis

Jun 15, 2015
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Governor David Ige was on Maui last week to sign a historic bill about local health care. The measure will allow Maui's three public hospitals to partner with a private healthcare provider. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

South Maui Development Plans

Jun 1, 2015
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belindah / Flickr

South Maui is home to some of the island’s nicest beaches and resorts, but it may also become a busy downtown hub.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

More Challenges for Molokai Ferry

May 25, 2015
Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

Sea Link of Hawaii, which runs the ferry between Maui and Molokai, has been struggling to stay on top of its finances. With increasing airline competition, hopes to sustain boat operations is rapidly sinking. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Maui County’s Ferry Troubles

May 11, 2015
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taylorandayumi / Flickr

  For nearly three decades, the Molokai Princess has ferried residents and visitors between the islands of Molokai and Maui. But financial challenges have put the ferry in troubled waters. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Maui’s New Development Plan

May 4, 2015
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nottagolfer / Flickr

The owner of the Maui Tropical Plantation hopes to bring business back to the small town of Waikapu by building a new community. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Trashing Paradise: Maui County

Apr 1, 2015
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Herkko Hietanen / Flickr

We continue our series this week “Trashing Paradise”, taking a closer look at ‘ōpala across the islands. Today we focus on Maui, where a little more than a year ago, Mayor Alan Arakawa signed an agreement to build a waste-to-energy plant on the island. The deal would allow California-based Anaergia Services to build the Maui Resource Recovery Facility at the Central Maui Landfill.  Not everyone thinks the project is the best solution for the island’s trash.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Kaho‘olawe’s Future

Mar 23, 2015
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 In the 20 years since Kahoolawe was transferred back to the state of Hawaii, no commercial activity on or around the island has ever been permitted. But a bill currently making its way through the Legislature proposes to change that. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

Maui: State of the County

Mar 16, 2015
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hawaiiahe.com

  Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa took an optimistic view in his state of the county address last week. The Mayor spoke of the accomplishments of his administration over the past four years, but also looked to the future. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News. 

Stirring the Sugar on Maui?

Feb 26, 2015
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Hawaii's last remaining sugar plantation might not stay a sugar plantation for long. An official with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company says it has been looking into diversifying its crop, possibly moving more toward biofuel. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Maui’s Newest Legislator

Feb 23, 2015
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mauidemocrats.org

  

On Friday, Moloka'i farmer Lynne DeCoite was sworn in as the newest member of the state legislature. She fills the seat of the late Mele Carroll, who stepped down for health reasons at the start of the month. But not everyone was happy with the selection made by Governor David Ige.   Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Maui Keeps Its Counsel

Feb 16, 2015
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  The future of genetically engineered crops in Maui County remains uncertain. A US District Court judge has delayed the implementation of a ballot initiative that would put a moratorium on those crops. Many backers of the moratorium are frustrated with the delay—and they’re blaming the county attorney, Patrick Wong. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Windmills for Maui Landfill

Jan 19, 2015
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 Along with the rest of the state, Maui residents pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. While many are still waiting for the regulatory approval that could lead to broader use of rooftop solar, the county is looking to wind. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

State hospitals in Maui are pursuing a partnership with the privately-run Hawai‘i Pacific Health. The state’s publicly-funded facilities have been struggling for years and plan to seek approval from the legislature. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Maui No. 1 for Vacation Rentals

Dec 26, 2014
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While hotels continue to be the accommodation of choice for most visitors to Hawaii, short-term vacation rental units have been growing in popularity. That’s especially true on Maui. A recent study commissioned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority reports that there are more vacation rental units on Maui than on any other island in the state. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

Little Fire Ants on Maui

Dec 19, 2014
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hdoa.hawaii.gov

Little fire ants are a problem usually associated with Hawaii Island. But in September, an established colony of fire ants was discovered on 20 acres of heavily forested land on Maui. It's the biggest infestation outside the Big Island.  And now a team is planning a counter attack not only on the ground, but also in the trees. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

Uber
Uber

A popular car service is expanding its operation to Maui.

Uber announced and expansion of its Uber X and high end Uber Black service to Maui. The company offers personal car service that’s summoned through a mobile app.  You bring out your phone, summon a car, and ride to your destination. Billing is handled directly through a credit card attached to the app so there is no cash transaction.

Affordable Housing Shifting on Maui

Dec 15, 2014
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  Maui's workforce housing law has long divided developers and residents.  On an island where the average home sells for more than half a million dollars, a lot of local families are left scrambling to find affordable housing.  The county is now working to change its rules in a move they hope will help stimulate housing development.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Maui GMO: Part III

Dec 10, 2014
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The Federal District Court in Hawai’i struck down Kaua’i and Hawai’i County ordinances that sought to restrict cultivation of genetically engineered crops.  Both cases are being appealed.  In his final report on the Maui GMO debate, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asked residents what actions can be taken beyond the Courts.

Maui GMO Part II

Dec 9, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Federal District Court in Hawai’i will decide if the Maui County ballot initiative on Genetically Engineered Crops is legal.   In his ongoing series, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asked Maui residents on both sides what actions can be taken to resolve this issue.

Maui County Abandons Recycling Pilot Program

Dec 1, 2014
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Georgie Hunter via mymauiblog.com

 

Recycling in Hawaii is not really a local operation. A lot of the material is shipped to the far East to be processed. Maui started a pilot project to encourage more recycling by offering curbside pickup, but the economics have not worked out. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

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www.lahainalunahighschoolfoundation.org

  A nearly 200 year old boarding program at Lahainaluna High School is struggling to stay open. Funding has become one issue, and there are other challenges as well.  Now, a working group made up of school staff, students, supporters and local politicians is trying to find ways to save the program.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Maui’s Public Hospital Challenge

Nov 17, 2014
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governor.hawaii.gov

  For years, Hawaii's public hospitals have relied on state subsidies to offset the rising cost of health care. That’s especially true on the Neighbor Islands.  But now hospitals are receiving less funding from the state, and on Maui, administrators are looking at other options.  Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

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www.unitedagrolife.com

  It's been a week since the controversial initiative calling for a moratorium on the cultivation of all genetically engineered crops in Maui County managed to squeak by in one of the closest races of this election. Now that the campaigning is over, its passage has left residents wondering, “What now?” Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

Maui Ballot Initiative to Ban GMOS Passes

Nov 4, 2014
The Associated Press
The Associated Press

A Maui County ban on genetically modified crops pulled off a stunning turnaround late Tuesday night. After trailing by 19 points in the first two printouts, the ballot initiative took the lead, passing by more than 1000 votes.

The new legislation would put a temporary moratorium on GMO crops, until a study is done to analyze the health and environmental impacts on the county.

Ashley Lukens is the Hawaii program director for the Center for Food Safety, a national organization that supports stronger regulation on GMO’s.

Water Flow to Be Returned to Iao Stream

Oct 13, 2014
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For the first time in more than a century, there will be a continuous flow of water from Mauka to Makai in Maui's Iao Stream beginning today. Since the 1800's, the Wailuku Water Company has diverted water from the Central Maui stream, but now that's changing. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

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