A small fire at the Maui Job Corps faciulity on Baldwin Avenue in Makawao was doused by volunteers tonight.
At 7:22 p.m., Maui Fire Department Units Engine 2 and Engine 5 were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the Maui Job Core facility in Makawao.
Engine 2 arrived on scene at 7:33 p.m. The business building on the campus was found filled with smoke but a small fire had already been doused by occupants using fire extinguishers.
The cause of the fire was undetermined. Damage was estimated at $1000.00. No injuries were reported.
Apparently Larry Ellison is not a fan of Asian art and furniture and favors a “more Hawaiian” theme at one of the two resorts he acquired when he bought the island of Lanai.
The Lanai Times noted in a monthly email to subscribers that the Pineapple Island has already seen visible changes since Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) bought most of the island from fellow billionaire David Murdock.
According to the email, there are plans to remove the Asian art and furniture at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay with “talk of [the furnishings] being replaced with a more Hawaiian theme.”
There’s also “word of larger TVs to be installed in all the resort guest and activity rooms [which] points to a greater financial investment in visitor experience,” the Lanai Times said.
Additionally, new optimism on the island seems to be on its way, as far as jobs go. The Lanai Times noted that there are recent postings for dozens of new jobs in transportation, landscaping and game management as well as a reported spike in real estate interest.
“With all of these changes already taking place, can the reopening of the Koele Clubhouse, community theatre and community fitness center be far behind?” Lanai Times asked.
Additionally, the newly-reopened community pool, which now features a snack bar, will eventually employ Lanai residents. Lifeguards from Maui have been manning the pool because there are no trained lifeguards on Lanai.
There’s also some action going on at the Lanai Times, which for 20 years, chronicled the happenings on the island. In June 2009, it suspended publication because of legal issues involving one of the publishers.
But those issues have now been resolved with publication set to resume in the fall.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
Hawaii’s first whale of the season was spotted this week off the Big Island, at least two months before humpback whales are typically seen in waters around the Islands.
Tour companies, including Atlantis Submarines, Captain Zodiac, Kona Diving Co. and Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures, sighted the adult humpback surfacing off Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona on Thursday.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary said it may be the earliest humpback sighting in recent history. Humpback whales typically migrate from the cold waters off Alaska from November through May.
“It’s important for everyone to be extra vigilant during whale season, for their own safety and the protection of the animals, and this year whale season seems to be starting early,” Justin Viezbicke, Hawaii Island Programs coordinator for the sanctuary, said in a statement.
The driver of a SUV involved in a near head-on collision Thursday has died from her injuries.
Maui Police say that 39 year-old Arlyn V. Visitacion of Lahaina was pronounced dead today at 3:45 p.m. She had been in the intensive care unit at Maui Memorial Medical Center since the accident yesterday afternoon.
Police investigating say Visitacion was driving, Lahaina-bound, just Lahaina side of the pali tunnel when a Ford pickup truck crossed the center double line and impacted the Isuzu Rodeo she was driving. The impact stopped the car immediately, wedging it against rocks. Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to extricate Visitacion and her female passenger – who is still listed in serious condition.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still being investigated.
This is Maui County’s 18th traffic fatality of 2012 – compared to 12 at this time last year.
A delegation of six Maui Democratic Party members will represent the State of Hawaii at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Convention begins on Tuesday, September 4, with the purpose of officially selecting President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph R. Biden as the party’s nominee for President and Vice-President.
Todd Craine, chairman of the Maui Democratic Party, although not attending, expressed his excitement about the event, “this Convention will give our party a great opportunity to come together and develop the momentum we need to ensure the reelection of President Obama and Vice-President Biden in November. I am glad that we have strong representatives from Maui attending the Convention.”
Maui residents Dottie Binder, Hope Busto-Keys, Loretta Gianotti, Michelle Sewell, Mary Wagner, and Hawaii State Senate President Shan Tsutsui are official party delegates and will cast votes on behalf of Hawaii.
“I look forward to spreading the spirit of aloha in Charlotte and representing our State at the Convention. It is important that the White House remains Democratic so we can continue to pursue an agenda that assists working families, especially since our economy has not yet fully recovered. Most importantly, don’t forget to vote on November 6,” said Tsutsui.
WAILUKU – On Friday, August 31, at 1:30 p.m., Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC and EAH Housing will hold a land blessing ceremony using traditional o’o sticks to turn the soil and break ground for 4-story 28-unit affordable housing development Imi Ikena Apartments at 511 Imi Place. Presiding over the blessing will be Kahu Kamuela Rodrigues. Elected officials and business leaders will join in the land blessing.
“Affordable housing is crucial to our community. Through new workforce housing developments we ensure that men, women, children and the elders of Maui can remain in their community without worrying about the limited availability of affordable housing. Imi Ikena Apartments is a much welcomed contribution to Wailuku,” said Councilmember Mike Victorino.
With the average cost of single family homes in the islands projected to increase dramatically over the next couple of years, the demand for affordable housing has never been greater. Answering this call for quality workforce housing is Imi Ikena Apartments, which will cater to working families by featuring rental prices between 30% to 50% of the area median income (AMI) while also stimulating the economy with the creation of 70-80 predevelopment, construction and ongoing property management jobs.
“A lot of hard work and persistence by many individuals went into getting this affordable housing project to this day,” said Jo-Ann Ridao, Director of Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns. “I want to take this opportunity to thank Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC, EAH Housing, the many consultants and government agencies that worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.”
Imi Ikena Apartments would not have been possible without $9.4 million of proceeds from Low Income Housing Tax Credits by the Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC) and an award of Affordable Housing Funds from the County of Maui.
“HHFDC is fulfilling its mission to increase workforce housing through public-private partnerships. In Imi Ikena, we are galvanizing our local communities, providing homes to families and creating valuable construction jobs vital to the continued economic growth of Maui,” said Karen Seddon, Executive Director of the HHFDC.
The development is the result of a public-private partnership between Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC and non-profit affordable housing developer/manager EAH Housing. Both organizations are experienced affordable housing developers. Four years ago, Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC was formed for the sole mission of developing Imi Ikena Apartments. The group is a joint venture between DBR Development LLC, Horizon Development Consulting LLC and Affordable Housing Specialists LLC. Established in 1968, EAH develops and manages affordable housing on Maui, Kauai and Oahu. When development is complete, EAH Housing will manage the 28-unit affordable apartments of Imi Ikena.
“Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC and EAH Housing are proud to be a part of the solution to the high cost of housing in the islands,” said Kevin Carney, EAH Housing Vice President. “Imi Ikena Apartments, with its affordable rental units, will help ensure that the needs of Maui’s working families are being met.”
Imi Ikena Apartments will consist of two- and three- bedroom floor plans ideal for small and multi-generational families. It will feature a tot lot, and picnic area. Imi Ikena will adhere to Green design principles by using low-VOC paints, solar water heating, water conserving plumbing fixtures and ENERGY STAR appliances and light fixtures. Units will feature ceiling fans, a built-in washer and dryer and access to high-speed Internet. Residents of Imi Ikena Apartments will enjoy close proximity to Maui Community College, Kahului Public Library and is just a few minutes away from the downtown area.
“This piece of land was originally planned by the previous owner as a ‘for sale’ condominium project. When that plan failed we saw it as an opportunity to create affordable housing for working families and single parents,” said Dave Billings, Managing Member of Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC. “We work diligently to find ways to increase quality of life while lowering the cost of living.”
Imi Ikena Housing Partners LLC brings more than 50 years of experience in developing, funding and managing affordable multifamily homes. The company specializes in developing affordable housing for families; its core mission is to create high quality affordable housing that enhances lifestyles while affirming basic human dignity and to provide a stable, safe environment for seniors and families.
EAH Housing is one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit developers/managers in the western United States. With properties in 49 municipalities in California and Hawaii, EAH has developed over 6,400 homes and manages 97 properties, serving over 20,000 families, seniors, students and persons with disabilities. Visit EAH.org for more information.
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