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Native Hawaiian farmers encouraged to apply for new program

Hawaiian Community Assets is working to build the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit, HUD-approved housing counseling agency and community lending ...

End the use of injection wells

It’s long past time for the County of Maui and Maalaea condominiums to end stone age wastewater treatment practices. Specifically, the use of injection wells — sending treated wastewater into the ground, where it mixes with groundwater and eventually pollutes the ocean. ...

Why are young professionals leaving Hawaii?

How many of your family members and friends have left Hawaii for the Mainland in search of job opportunities/careers, affordable housing and better climates to launch businesses? The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii last week pointed out that Hawaii has the third-fastest population ...

Contribute ideas to help diversify our economy

How can the Maui County Council support new and emerging industries during this post-COVID era? Maui County Council Chair Alice Lee seeks input from the community through a survey accessible from her newsletter. She noted, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark ...

Kaukau 4 Keiki helping Maui families

A recent University of Hawaii study found that nearly half of Hawaii families with children reported struggling to pay for meals as of March 2021, with an estimated 54,700 children facing hunger. According to Feeding America and the Maui Food Bank, one of every five children is ...

County can offer financial help

Mayor Michael Victorino last week encouraged more residents to apply for the Maui County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program. The county reported that 151 West Side families have applied for assistance, and more than 250 households are now receiving help from the ...

Solutions sought for workforce shortage

Friends who work at restaurants and hotels have been complaining about being overworked and understaffed since Maui’s visitor industry revved up again. Results of a recent survey by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii confirm that a workforce shortage is affecting Hawaii businesses. ...

Prepare for growing wildfire risk

Firefighting agencies statewide recently kicked off the annual Wildfire & Drought LOOKOUT! awareness campaign. The announcement came as the Big Island experienced a 1,400-acre brush fire that swept through former sugar cane fields in Pa‘auilo on June 4. It’s also ...

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 ...