SEATTLE — Northwest residents from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle will have more options to escape the rain starting Nov. 8 when Alaska Airlines launches new seasonal service between Bellingham, Wash., and Maui. To introduce the four weekly flights, the carrier is offering low introductory one-way fares from $179* for tickets purchased by July 3 for travel Nov. 8 to Dec. 24, 2012.
Tickets are available for purchase today on www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-AlaskaAir (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228).
“Our growing service out of Bellingham gives customers across Western Washington and Southern British Columbia more ways to reach sunny Hawaii,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “With Alaska Airlines’ great low fares, no charge for a carry-on bag and award-winning service, travelers can enjoy peace of mind that they’re getting the best value and service for their money.”
Sprague said British Columbia residents can save even more money flying out of Bellingham International Airport, located 22 miles south of the Canadian border, thanks to lower government taxes and airport fees.
Summary of seasonal Bellingham-Maui flights:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Nov 8-April 13 Maui-Bellingham 3 p.m. 10:55 p.m. Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat
Nov 9-April 14 Bellingham-Maui 11 a.m. 3:20 p.m. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
All times based on local time zones
Alaska Airlines’ unique service offers many benefits for customers including:
• Free carry-on bags
• Free advance seat selection
• First class seating
• Complimentary inflight water, soft drinks, coffee and tea
• Complimentary Mai Tai or passion-orange-guava blend juice on flights
• An award-winning frequent flier program. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
members earn 5,362 miles flying between Bellingham and Maui, which are
good for travel on 15 airline partners to more than 700 destinations worldwide.
“We are extremely pleased that Alaska Airlines is expanding its service to offer flights from Bellingham to Kahului, Maui,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “These flights are perfectly timed to give visitors more time to enjoy Maui’s people, place and culture. The new route provides visitors from the Northwest with increased ease of access to visit the Hawaiian Islands while also boosting Maui’s economy and distributing the benefits of tourism across our state. We estimate the flights will provide
$16 million in visitor spending and $1.7 million in tax revenue annually.”
In addition to low fares, Alaska Airlines Vacations is offering Hawaii vacation packages starting at $575**, which includes airfare and three nights’ hotel stay at Aston at the Maui Banyan. Vacation packages must be booked by July 3 and travel completed between Nov. 8 and Dec. 17, 2012. Visit www.alaskaair.com/vacations or call 1-800-468-2248 for further details.
Alaska Airlines’ Maui flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights offer Alaska’s Northern Bites® meal service, which provides passengers in the main cabin with a hot meal for $6 or a cheese and fruit platter for $7.
The flights also offer Alaska’s inflight entertainment system, a handheld video-on-demand device featuring more than 70 hit movies, along with television programs and other entertainment. The inflight entertainment players are complimentary in first class and available for $10 in the main cabin.
Alaska Airlines currently flies from Bellingham to Honolulu, Las Vegas and Seattle, and offers one daily flight to Portland, Ore., through Aug. 25.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i– The County of Mauiis commencing with its fourth year of funding for its First-Time Home Buyer’s Grant Program. The First-Time Home Buyer’s Grant Program was established to assist low-to-moderate income first time homebuyers with down payment and/or closing cost assistance. The County’s Housing Division will administer the program. Applicants will be selected through a lottery drawing process.
Applications are available for pick up from the County’s Housing Division Administration office at35 Lunalilo Street, Suite 102,Wailuku,HI. Those unable to pick up an application may call 270-7351, or mail a written request to the Housing Division Administration office to request that an application be mailed to them.
A credit pre-approval (not pre-qualification) letter from a mortgage lender that is authorized to do business in Hawaii must be turned in with the completed application. The credit pre-approval letter must be for the applicants listed on the application. No application will be accepted without the pre-approval letter.
Deadline to return the completed application and credit pre-approval letter to the Housing Division Administration office is 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2012, by mail or hand delivered.
The lottery drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., at the Cameron Center auditorium located at 95 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.
All of the applications will be drawn at the lottery. The first 13 applications drawn will be notified in writing that they must complete and sign a formal application and submit it with signed tax returns for the last three years. The formal application and tax returns must be returned within 10 days of the date of the letter. The remaining applicants will be alternates prioritized in the order that their applications were drawn should any of the first 13 applicants fail to meet their obligations or grant qualification criteria.
Program assistance will be made available to eligible applicants in form of a grant for eligible properties within theCountyofMaui.
The following are basic provisions of the First-Time Home Buyer’s Grant Program:
1. The maximum grant amount is fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
2. Eligible Properties include the following: a) Single-family detached dwelling; b) Multi-family dwelling; c) Residential lot with plans to construct a single-family detached dwelling; d) Homestead leasehold property under the jurisdiction of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).
3. Grants will be secured by a lien document in favor of the County and shall have a term of fifteen (15) years from the date of purchase (except DHHL leasehold properties).
4. Grants must be repaid if one of the following events occurs during the 15 year term: a) grantee refinances the first mortgage loan and takes cash out; b) grantee no longer uses the property as the borrower’s principle residence; or c) borrower sells the property.
To qualify for a grant, the applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. a) Be a resident of the County of Maui at the time the application is submitted; b) be a United States citizen or resident alien; c) be at least 18 years of age;
2. Agree to occupy the eligible property to be purchased as the applicant’s principle residence;
3. For the taxable year preceding the application and for the duration of the application process, have a household income of 140% or less of the County’s median annual income (currently $107,940), as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or, if the applicant is a resident of Lana`i, Moloka`i, or Hana, 140% or less of the adjusted median income for Lana`i (currently $94,010), Moloka`i (currently $71,820), or Hana (currently $92,946), as determined by the Department of Housing and Human Concerns;
4. Shall not have a fifty percent or greater interest in fee simple or leasehold land suitable for dwelling purposes, as determined by the Director of Housing and Human Concerns, for a period of at least three (3) calendar years prior to the date the application is submitted; and
5. Shall not have assets amounting to more than $75,000, including cash (on hand, checking, savings, certificate of deposits, etc.), securities, stocks or bonds. Retirement accounts and pension funds will not be included in determining an applicant’s total assets.
For more information, please call Buddy Almeida of the Housing Division Administration office at 270-5746.
Former U. S. Congressman Ed Case and former Governor Linda Lingle have agreed to the first debate of Hawaii’s U. S. Senate general election campaign.
The debate will be hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 15th, four days after the August 11th primary election, and will focus on business issues. The Chamber’s invitation is to the primary winners.
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono was also invited but has not accepted.
“Real debates highlight records, beliefs, agendas and values,” said Case. “There are major differences between Linda and me that voters deserve to consider. With growing our economy, helping our small businesses and maintaining and creating good jobs our number one priority, the Maui Chamber’s debate is a great one to start with.
“But real debates aren’t just about substance, they’re about leadership. I’m ready to fight for our future, all of our futures. It’s not going to be easy, and these debates with Linda will be about who can get the job done, over the next generation.
“I look forward to many real debates with Linda throughout the general. I’m sure she, like me, will accept all reasonable opportunities to reach voters including statewide televised debates on our main stations.”
KAHULUI — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is responding to a shark incident reported about 10 a.m. today at Kahana Beach, fronting the Hololani Resort, 4401 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., located a third of a mile north of the surf area known as “S-turns.”
Maui County reported that Maui County Ocean Safety and Maui Fire Department officers arrived and found a 16-year-old female from Livermore, Calif., with lacerations to her lower left calf, and described the wound as 3- to 5-inch missing “flap” or avulsion. Fire personnel provided medical treatment and dressed the wound. The family declined medical transport, instead driving the female in a personal vehicle to seek treatment.
The girl told DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) that when she was bit she was sitting in nearshore waters with her dad about 2-3 feet deep and did not see anything. Her dad was kneeling in the water next to her and felt something bump his lower back. Shortly thereafter she said something had bit her. The injury appears to have been caused by a small reef shark, species unknown. However, it was not a tiger shark.
Presently, both Maui County Ocean Safety and DLNR are responding according to standard shark incident protocols. Shark warning signs are being posted to close a portion of the beach. DLNR enforcement officers will be warning the public both on land and on jet skis in this area. The beach will be closed at least through sunset this evening. Officials will reassess the situation at that time to determine whether to reopen the beach.
UPDATE: DLNR and the County will be be keeping Kahana beach closed from “S-turns” (Pohaku park). to Kahana Outrigger until sundown today. DOCARE is on scene keeping people out of the water in that area until sundown. Area condos are assisting. County lifeguards will assist with another assessment first thing tomorrow morning. We expect this area to remain closed until noon tomorrow.
HONOLULU – In support of increasing the sustainability of Hawai’i’s long-term care system, Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed into law Senate Bill 2466. The measure establishes a nursing facility sustainability fee. Fees collected will go towards a Nursing Facility Sustainability Program special fund. These funds will result in matching federal dollars.
“This bill is the result of a collaborative effort by long-term care providers and the State,” stated Governor Abercrombie. “The signing of this measure will enable the Department of Human Services to continue to maintain and provide long-term care assistance to all who need it.”
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will charge and collect a provider fee on health care items or services provided by nursing facilities.
“Hawai’i’s long term care facilities provide compassionate, needed care for our most vulnerable residents,” stated DHS Director Patricia McManaman. “The enhanced revenue from this measure will offset the unreimbursed Medicaid and uninsured costs incurred by long-term care facilities.”
The Nursing Facility Sustainability Program special fund is expected to generate $11.5 million. Twelve percent of the revenue shall be used by the DHS to restore funding for the 3 percent reduction in reimbursements to nursing facilities. In addition, this measure provides that Med-Quest will be able to draw down $9.5 million in federal matching funds and pay the nursing facilities $21 million to cover their uncompensated care losses.
There are 47 other states and the District of Columbia that have a provider fee as a means of drawing down federal funds to sustain their Medicaid programs.
“The provider fee will help preserve access to health care for the Medicaid population and sustain the State’s health care system,” said Governor Abercrombie. “This bill adequately strikes a balance.”
Governor Abercrombie continues to review and sign measures into law. Tomorrow the Governor will be enacting several energy-related bills. He has until July 10 to either veto or sign measures into law, or allow them to become law without his signature.
Could Oracle Corp. billionaire CEO Larry Ellison do whatever he wants to Hawaii’s island of Lanai once he owns most of it?
The quick answer is no, according to new Hawaii Land Use Commission Executive Director Daniel Orodenker.
The attorney and real estate and land-use consultant told PBN that in the case of Lanai, which is mostly zoned as agriculture or conservation lands, if the new owner wants to undertake a resort development per say, on ag land, he will have to ask the commission for a district boundary amendment.
“If a landowner wants to do something on their property that is inconsistent with the commission’s designation, they have to apply to the commission for a special use permit in minor cases or a ask for a change in designation, which calls for a district boundary amendment,” Orodenker said.
He says that everything in Hawaii is covered by the commission’s general zoning requirements and that anywhere in the state, if you have land that’s in the ag district, you have to adhere to those uses.
Two recent cases come to mind that required a district boundary amendment: Castle & Cooke’s planned 5,000-home Koa Ridge development in Central Oahu and D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes Division’s proposed 11,750-home Hoopili community in West Oahu.
Both were asking to change the current land designations from ag to urban and both were successful.
It still remains to be seen what Ellison’s plans are for Lanai, but there are some uses on ag lands that wouldn’t need a district boundary amendment.
“Wind energy projects are allowed on ag lands,” Orodenker said. “Even biofuels processing centers are okay.”
As far as a wind farm goes, Ellison may own the land but Murdock will retain the rights to develop it. The controversial proposed 200 megawatt development on the remote northwestern part of Lanai, is still up in the air.
And until we hear from the owner himself, there will continue to be more questions than answers — about the wind farm or other possibilities.
(Report Provided by Hawai’i Pacific News)
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