CaptureCeremony to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Isolation at Kalaupapa
By Maui Now
January 5, 2016
A ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of when the first 12 people were sent to Kalaupapa in 1866 will be held at Hoaloha Park in front of the Hawaiian Canoe Club hale at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to advocating for the Kalaupapa community is organizing the event. The organization has been helping descendants learn about their ancestors who were at Kalaupapa and works in partnership to preserve the history at the location.On Jan. 6, 1866, the first 12 people – nine men and three women – were sent to Kalaupapa because of newly established government policies calling for the isolation of people affected by leprosy. Between 1866 and 1969, an estimated 8,000 people were taken from their families and relocated to Kalaupapa. There are still 15 people, all long cured, who have the right to live at Kalaupapa because they were isolated under the old laws. They continue to reside there by choice because it has become their home.
Mile long lei to be shipped to Paris from Maui
On Maui, efforts to send a token of aloha to Paris is in the works. Community members and local organizations are combining forces to make a mile long lei to send to France. Ti-leaf donations poured in as more than 50 lei makers lovingly weave everything together. Volunteers started this past weekend and were more than half way done Monday.Capture

Volunteers making mile long lei to send to Paris.

Record Donations from Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival
The 2015 Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival has presented checks totaling $350,000 to 16 local nonprofits, representing a record level of giving for one year. Total donations over the last five years have reached $1.3 million. Maui Culinary Academy, Imua Family Services and Maui County Farm Bureau were among the nonprofits who received donations. More than 7,500 residents and visitors attended the 2015 Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival, which spanned two weeks in August and September on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and O‘ahu.
Servco Subaru Maui Hosts “Share the Love” Pet Supplies DriveCapture
Servco Subaru Maui, in conjunction with its “Share the Love” campaign, is conducting a pet supplies drive for Maui Humane Society throughout the month of December. The public is invited to participate in the pet supplies drive for the Maui Humane Society by dropping off the items, anytime during the month of December.  Subaru Hawaiʻi’s “Share the Love” campaign has donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations in the past five years.
CaptureCongratulations to Joahnnalee Ucol, Winner of Miss Hawaiʻi Teen!
For the first time ever Miss Maui Teen has won the Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2016 title. Joahnnalee Ucol now advances to compete in the Miss Teen USA scholarship pageant in the Bahamas this summer.
Ucol is a junior at Maui High School and is the daughter of Juliette Ucol of Kahului. She was also a former Miss Haleakalā Outstanding Teen 2014.
It’s time to help Trucker Dukes!!!Capture
Maui’s Trucker Dukes Undergoes Surgery
Beloved Maui boy, Trucker Dukes, who has been battling a rare and aggressive cancer for about a year, underwent surgery this morning at a hospital in New York. At 6:23 a.m. HST, an update was posted on the “Team Trucker – Trucker Dukes Supporters” Facebook page saying, “Shauna (Trucker’s mom) just texted me Truckers done with surgery and they got it all she’s waiting to see him.” Trucker Dukes is the youngest son of Maui fire fighter Joshua Dukes and Maui jewelry maker Shauna Dukes. Monetary donations to the “Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund” can be made online and at any Bank of Hawaii branch or at the Give Forward “Baby Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund” webpage. Regular updates on Trucker and fundraising events are posted on
Screenshot 2015-09-01 at 12.55.23KOR/KORN Homeowners Come Up Big for Maui school children!
Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas Donates Tools for Schools
Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas homeowners have taken steps to help Maui’s school children get off to a good start this school year. In response to the Maui United Way’s Tools for Schools Drive, the resort’s homeowners association donated $2,500 as a way of saying mahalo to Maui County’s residents.
Maui hotels set record in room rates for May
Double-digit gains in revenue for rooms
The Maui News
Hotel room rates on Maui in May jumped 10 percent over last year and set a May record of $279.10 in growth that was driven by more higher-spending visitors on the island, according to a monthly report by Hospitality Advisors.
2 affordable housing bills require thinking outside the box
The Maui News
County Council Member Bob Carroll has sent two bills and a resolution to the council that would encourage the creation and maintenance of affordable housing with a centerpiece of allowing ohana affordable units on properties as small as 5,000 square feet. Carroll’s Affordable Housing O’hana bills seek to generate affordable housing in residential districts by providing incentives to create additional affordable housing and relaxing land use and zoning standards and to “make it easier for families to keep families home,” the council member said in a news release Friday. Maui County, which posted its highest homeless population in five years, has an estimated 1,137 homeless people – an increase of 12 percent over last year, which was the largest increase in the state.
Hospitality pros seek maintenance
Visitors are increasingly citing the cost of a Hawaii vacation as a barrier
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has estimated that travelers will increase the tally of visitors to Hawaii to 8.5 million by year’s end. However, a panel of tourism experts who spoke during a Hawaii Society of Business Professionals luncheon said maintaining such tourism growth amid increased competition requires continued investment and maintenance by the visitor industry and its public and private partners.
srf cleanup photoYou can be a hero! Volunteer for beach clean-ups today!
Surfrider Maui joins with other community groups to host monthly beach cleanups around the island of Maui. All beach cleanups, unless otherwise noted, are held from 9:00AM – 12:00PM on the third Saturday of each month. Beach cleanups are FREE and do not require reservations. Participants receive lunch and refreshments, which are graciously donated by local restaurants. All cleanup supplies are provided – just bring a hat, sunscreen, and a great attitude!Check out the 2015 beach cleanup schedule at: more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at
Lawmakers to convene in Makena this month
The Maui News
Council members and other policymakers from around the state will gather in Makena on June 24-26 for the Hawaii State Association of Counties’ annual conference, which will address investment success stories and impediments to investment.
Two Maui leaders throw hats into council ring
The Maui News
Two well-known Maui leaders have announced their bids for Maui County Council seats that are being vacated next year because of term limits. Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan intends to seek the council’s Wailuku residency seat, which is being vacated by Council Member Mike Victorino. Stacey Moniz, the executive director at Women Helping Women, intends to seek the Upcountry residency seat currently held by Council Member Gladys Baisa, who is also term-limited. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 13, 2016, with the general election on Nov. 8. County Council races are nonpartisan.