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Editorial

New hotline launched to report derelict fishing gear

Marine debris is a major problem in West Maui and throughout the state. According to the state Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR), derelict fishing gear, such as nets, is responsible for entangling turtles, humpback whales and other marine life. It’s not ...

Participate in Hulihia

What dramatic changes can we make today to improve Maui County for the future? Thirty community leaders recently met at the University of Hawaii Maui College to launch Hulihia, which means “complete change” in Hawaiian. The two-year pilot project will apply ...

Prepare for hurricane season

For us, the Central Pacific hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. It’s a good time to establish a preparedness plan and assemble a disaster kit that you can grab on short notice. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific ...

Take advantage of new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of Internet connectivity in Hawaii today. “The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way we live, work and learn, and made it abundantly clear that Internet connectivity is a necessity,” said Gov. David Ige. “As many ...

Community loses Mike Casicas

He is man that manifested the strength of the West Side community and the integrity of personal commitment to the welfare of family and the general population. Charles Michael Casicas passed peacefully away on Feb. 19, 2021, but will be fondly remembered for the love he gave to ...

Portables leaves a legacy of service

He is a man that served his country and his community for his entire adult life. Manny Portables served in the United States Army National Guard, then as a firefighter for the County of Maui, and then as a vital part of the promotion of culture of the Hawaiian canoe here on the West Side. ...

Cherish Baybayan’s voyaging legacy

He is a man that manifested an unsurpassed dedication to the guidance of spiritual and physical life journeys in following the stars in the heavens. Chad Kalepa Baybayan passed away last week at the age of 64, but his legacy of growing up in Lahaina to live a life of malama pono ...

Help influence education at Lahainaluna High School

Lahainaluna High School seeks a community representative to serve on its School Community Council (SCC). According to the state Department of Education, “School Community Councils play a vital role in Hawaii’s education system. They are part of the leadership structure at each ...

Support Maui County charities

It’s a critical time to support Maui Food Bank and charities that help the needy in our county. In a recent mailing, Maui Food Bank explained that there are many hungry children in Maui County who need help right now. “They’re from families who were hit hard by last ...

Two important non-profits announce new partnership

Goodwill Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii (BBBS) have formed a new partnership and made it easy for Maui residents to make donations to these important non-profits. Donation pods that will benefit both organizations are located at Kihei Recycling and Redemption Center ...