Today Mayor Alan Arakawa proposed a new County budget of $573.6 million dollars. The increase is 4.3 percent over the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, and is based on increasing revenues from the tourism industry. Mayor Arakawa reiterated the need for increases in water rates to pay for improvements to the County’s aging water catchment and delivery system. He also proposed increases in fees for solid waste dumping.
The mayor emphasized, however, that property owners should not have to bear another tax rate increase after the significant increase imposed a year ago. The mayor also is basing his projections on the continued re-distribution of transient accommodation taxes – a step that has been proposed for elimination by the Hawai’i State Legislature.
The Mayor’s press conference in County Council chambers this morning was a multimedia event – employing pictures and graphs to underscore high points. Following is the unedited narrative of Mayor Arakawa’s 2014 Budget Proposal speech:
“Aloha and good morning.
Before I get into the numbers portion of our budget message, I’d like to share with you some images gathered from around Maui County. Much mahalo to Council Chair Gladys Baisa for giving up her seat so that we may use the projector screen today.
These are pictures of the kind of damage that has taken place at the Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool over the years.
You can see the concrete cracking from rusted rebar expanding below the surface.
Parks workers tell me the interior of the pool needed repairs about 15 years ago but that it was deemed too expensive. Instead the county placed a rubber liner to stop it from leaking.
Two years ago that rubber liner tore and ever since then we have been struggling to find a cost-effective fix for the pool.
This is a recent picture of the repaired pool, almost half a million dollars later.
Expect Sakamoto Pool to reopen before the kids are let out for summer break in a couple of months.
I wanted to show you these pictures because in many ways Sakamoto Pool represents the sorts of choices before Maui County right now.
Our infrastructure and facilities are old. Our maintenance workers are making repairs and extending operational life where they can, but it is only a temporary fix.
My point is that now is the time to do something about it. We need to act now, while interest rates are low and construction companies are charging less.
We must anticipate our needs and act, not react to situations. That is how you plan for the future, you do it in sequence. You plan each step because every step has a purpose.
As in chess, every move is part of a larger strategy.
Or look at it this way, every facility, every piece of infrastructure in Maui County is like a part of a car.
Brand new, that car runs well. But after a few years, it starts to need some repairs.
As it gets older those repairs become more complex and more expensive.
Some parts you can fix, just like we did with Sakamoto Pool.
And some parts you have to replace and upgrade because they just aren’t working anymore.
Which is exactly what we are doing with Waikamoi Flume.
Many of you have seen these pictures before, some have not.
Just from this picture I can see the flume leaking in about five different areas.
How many gallons of water do you think we are losing every hour because of those leaks?
How many gallons per day? Per week?
You, our Maui County Council members, know this and that is why you approved the funds to fix the flume.
But as we said before, these projects are part of a larger scheme, an overall plan. Fixing the flume alone will not change our water system.
But combined with other projects, like these high lift pumps at our Kamole Water Treatment facility.
As well as this three million gallon clear well in Haliimaile.
Together, these projects will help increase reliability and service for everyone.
To the point where Upcountry residents will have much less to worry about during summer dry spells.
This systematic upgrade to our water system, where we improve it section by section and piece by piece, is the same approach we have for the entire County.
You can see it when you look at our public transportation system, which we have continuously upgraded with more vehicles and new infrastructure . . .
You see it in our public health and safety operations, where we have purchased new equipment for the Ocean Safety division . . .
And you can see it in our new facilities for fire and police personnel . . .
This is a recent shot of the new Kihei Police Station, which will be open for business this summer.
And this is the old Kihei substation next to Foodland, off of South Kihei Road.
It doesn’t look so bad now but when it rains in Kihei, it looks more like this . . .
Last time this happened our officers had to abandon the substation and work out of the Wailea Fire Station.
As you can see, we must continue to make these structured improvements to our water system, our roads, our wastewater systems, our parks, offices and other facilities.
Only then will we have a Maui County that residents will be able to depend upon for generations to come.
We started with our wastewater facilities and infrastructure. We have made the necessary upgrades and now we are maintaining and improving the system.
Our Public Works Department has 960 lane miles to worry about and our 50 year road maintenance plan wasn’t able to keep up. We’ve moved on to a 20 to 30 year plan and we’re having good results.
This year we’re concentrating on our water systems, which is why we must ask for increases in water rates and water meter fees.
We will also be asking for an increase in the budget for Parks & Recreation, in order to better maintain our parks.
Next year we will likely ask for CIP funding to work on our aging park facilities, such as Sakamoto Pool. We need to upgrade these facilities not just for the sake of upgrading, but so we can avoid costly repair bills.
This budget isn’t about next year or the year after that. It’s part of a plan that is looking at 50 years down the road.
We are building solid, reliable services for our community, one that doesn’t have to worry about things like this . . .
This is the City and County of Honolulu dumping 48 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Ala Wai Canal, which runs right through Waikiki and empties out into the ocean.
As a result of the city’s actions they were fined by the federal government and sued by environmental groups.
The city did this because they said they had no other option after a 42 inch pressurized underground pipe broke during heavy rains in 2006.
As part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department, the state Department of Health and the state Attorney General’s Office as well as three environmental groups, the City and County of
Honolulu must spend 3.5 billion dollars to upgrade its wastewater collection and treatment system over the next 15 years.
That comes out to 230 million dollars a year.
So when we say, let’s pay for improvements now so that we don’t have to pay more later, this is the type of situation we are trying to avoid.
We know that we can’t do all of these projects at once, which is why we have everything spaced out in a certain order.
We are also saving money where we can by making sure the county is operating as efficiently as possible.
That’s why we have installed PV panels on many of our county facilities.
That’s why we are in the process of getting our waste to energy plant going at the Central Maui Landfill, so that we can convert mountains of trash into a valuable source of energy.
That’s why we tore down the old Wailuku Post Office . . . so that we can move our departments out of One Main Plaza and avoid paying 1.6 million dollars in rent every year.
That is why we continue to build our international partnerships, in order to grow our visitor industry and create new business opportunities.
It will not be easy, nothing good ever is. These are projects that will need your support now and again and again in the future.
This council has already helped our community by believing in our past budgets and approving the funds that we need to at least get started on these projects.
So let us continue that spirit of cooperation for Fiscal Year 2014.
Our proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 is based upon county revenue of $573.6 million, which is 4.3 percent larger than the previous budget.
That includes an operating budget of $482 million and Capital Improvement Program or CIP budget of $91 million.
Our proposed CIP is focused upon catching up to neglected infrastructure items such as road improvements, government facilities and developing new water sources. Major projects include:
$34.5 million for road resurfacing and improvements, up from $30.7 million in FY ‘13;
$28.6 million for Water Supply improvements, including source development, storage and transmission, up from $26.7 million in FY ‘13;
$15.5 million for various drainage improvement projects, an increase of nearly $5 million over FY ’13.
$20.7 million for Wastewater improvements and expansion, including sewer lines, reclamation facilities and pump stations;
$5.3 million for Parks facility improvements;
$3 million for Solid Waste improvements, including investments to reduce future operating costs.
To pay for these projects and to help us balance the budget, we will be slightly increasing Real Property Tax revenues. Estimated Property values for FY ‘14 is projected at $33.4 billion, which will generate an estimated $239 million in revenue.
Revenue derived from the Real Property Tax is the most significant source of revenue for the county. As part of the changes to the Real Property Tax rates we will be restoring parity to classifications that historically had the same rates.
The Residential, Apartment, Agricultural and Conservation classifications are all proposed to be equal. Similarly the Commercial and Industrial classifications are also proposed to be equal.
No tax rate increase is proposed for the Homeowner classification because they saw a significant increase last fiscal year. The average homeowner’s tax bill went up 24 percent last year.
Maui County’s share of the Transient Accommodation Tax, or TAT, for FY ’14 is $21 million, an increase of $2 million from FY ’13.
Even though our visitor industry has rebounded and is nearing an all time high, the artificial cap the state placed on our TAT revenue is in effect until 2015. After Real Property Tax, the TAT is the next largest single-source of General Fund revenue.
Also, as we stated during the State of the County address, we are proposing a rate increase of 5.2 percent for the Water Supply fund. These funds are required to properly operate and maintain our water system infrastructure.
In addition the Department of Environmental Management proposes an increase to the Solid Waste tipping fee at our landfills, from $61 per ton to $75 per ton. This rate increase is expected to generate $1.3 million in additional revenue, which will reduce the amount of general fund subsidies.
Finally the Department of Planning is proposing a new rate structure, as was discussed with the Council’s Planning Committee. This proposal will help recoup up to 30 percent of the cost of issuing planning permits.
Each of these projects is important, just as are the increases in revenue that we have proposed.
I just want you to know that your faith in our budgets these last several years is justified by the work that is going on right now, out there in the community.
You understood how important it was to fix Waikamoi Flume, and we are in the process of doing just that.
Our engineers predict this new, upgraded flume will be up and running by next year.
You also approved more funds for road improvements, so that we can repair and repave our roads more quickly.
Our crews are making use of those funds and repaving roads on a faster pace than before, utilizing a 20 year road maintenance schedule instead of our old 50 year maintenance schedule.
You were also open to new ideas, such as our own county work crews doing the repaving work themselves instead of hiring a contractor.
Here you see our crews proving themselves by repaving Pulehu Road.
This picture is probably the best example we have to show the stark difference of what Pulehu Road used to look like and the improvements that our county workers were able to make.
Maui County can continue to make a difference in the lives of our residents in every single one of our communities if given the proper resources. This budget is a continuation of that effort to prepare our islands for the next 50 years.
Earlier we said the County was like a car, but that’s not quite true. Unlike a car, we can’t just buy a new one if our County falls into disrepair. We MUST fix what is broken, otherwise we just pass along on our problems to the next generation. Let us not do that. Let us leave this place better than we inherited it. Because if the County is a car, then it is the people who are the engine. And as long as our engine works we can fix everything else. Mahalo, and thank you once again for working with us to make this a better community.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, and Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Don Horner today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached between the State of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).
The four-year tentative agreement that the HSTA will now take to its members for ratification, includes annual pay increases and performance evaluations for teachers.
“This is a major breakthrough for our teachers, our students, and the future of our state. I believe this contract is fair and provides
opportunities for pay increases, which are long overdue after years of sacrifice from teachers and other public employees,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “With the state now being administered in a fiscally sound manner and improving economic estimates by the Council of Revenues, we were able to offer a comprehensive and favorable contract.”
“Public school teachers and their union representatives are critical partners in transforming education for our students and our state,” stated Superintendent Matayoshi. ?We?ve worked very hard to get to this point, and we remain committed to providing teachers with necessary resources and support to achieve our strategic goals.”
“The Board is appreciative of the dedication, sacrifices, and achievements of our teachers,” stated BOE Chair Horner. “This agreement will allow us, together, to better support our teachers in reaching the objectives of our educational strategic plan.”
This tentative agreement comes after a week of mediation between the two parties. The HSTA membership will now review the agreement and vote on it.
A young Lahaina man died in a single-vehicle crash along Honoapi’ilani Highway at Mile Marker 16 in Olowalu early today.
Maui Police report that, at 2:34 a.m. today, a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling north along that stretch of road when the driver, identified as 19 year-old Jared K.S. Avarez, appears to have lost control of the Jeep. The vehicle left the road along the north shoulder before returning to the highway crossing the solid yellow lines. The Jeep then overturned onto the driver’s side of the vehicle – travelling onto the southbound shoulder, striking a telephone before coming to rest.
Police said Alvarz was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. He was pronounced dead at Maui Memorial today at 7:02 a.m. Police say Alvarez was sitting in front of the buckled seatbelt.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol remain part of the investigation. Alvarez’ death is fourth traffic fatality of 2013. There were five at this time last year.
Watch Maui TV News for March 15, 2013 Coverage of Maui’s Top Entertainment Stories:
J: PAUL JANES-BROWN WAS OFF ISLAND LAST WEEK, BUT THAT DIDN’T KEEP HIM FROM FINDING SOMETHING OF ARTISTIC INTEREST TO REVIEW. HERE’S HIS REVIEW OF THE RAT PACK.
PJB: LAST WEEK I ATTENDED THE BEST FUNDRAISER I HAVE EVER BEEN TO ON THE CAMPUS OF THE LA PIETRA SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN HONOLULU. IT WAS FIRST CLASS IN EVERYWAY. THEY EVEN HAD BLACKBERRY’S FOR ALL OF THE BIDDERS SO YOU COULD KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BID FROM YOUR SEAT. BUT THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS WONDERFUL.
THEY REINCARNATED THREE OF FIVE RAT PACK AND THREW IN MARILYN MONROE FOR A KICKER. WELL, WHAT THEY REALLY DID WAS HIRE THREE GREAT IMPERSONATORS FROM THE SMASH HIT LAS VEGAS SHOW, THE RAT PACK IS BACK AND THE WORLD’S BEST MARILYN MONROE IMPERSONATOR.
ACTOR BRIAN DUPREY, WAS THE SHOW’S SOLID SINATRA, BANTERING WITH BOBBY MAYO JR. AS DEAN MARTIN, AND NICHOLAS BROOKS WHO DID SAMMY DAVIS JR.
OF COURSE THE PERFORMERS, THESE BRAVE MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO BECOME ARE BEYOND LEGENDS AND ANYONE WHO DARES TO STEP INTO THEIR SHOES HAS A PRETTY HIGH MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB, BUT NOT ONLY DID THEY CLIMB IT, THEY SUMITTED IT IN STYLE.
DUPREY BEARS A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE TO OLD BLUE EYES, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE DONNED SINATRA’S SIGNATURE STINGY BRIMMED FEDORA., BUT THE MOST REMARKABLE THING WAS THAT HE SOUNDED LIKE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, DOING HIS SIGNATURE SONGS LIKE THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, HIGH HOPES, FLY ME TO THE MOON AND A ROUSING RENDITION COMPLETE WITH AN AUDIENCE KICK LINE ON NEW YORK, NEW YORK.
JUST LIKE FRANK, DUPREY WAS IN CHARGE ON THE STAGE WITH THAT PATENTED COOL.
WHEN BOBBY MAYO, JR. ENTERED WITH A CIGARETTE LODGED BETWEEN HIS FINGERS AN INTONED THAT’S AMORE IT WAS UNCANNY. AND HE HAD MARTIN’S COOL DOWN COMPLETELY.
NICHOLAS BROOKS IS A SAMMY CLONE. I LOVED THE CANDY MAN OF COURSE AND I GOT TO BE AND IT WAS VERY FUNNY WHEN MAYO INTERRUPTED AND TRIED TO GET IN ON SAM’S SONG.
BUT THE ONE WHO GOT EVERYONE’S HEART POUNDING AND MOVED THE AUDIENCE THE MOST, WAS THE WORLD’S BEST IMPERSONATOR OF MARILYN, SUSIE GRIFFITH’S , WHO IT TURNS OUT SPENT SEVERAL YEARS ON OAHU. GRIFFITH’S WAS RECENTLY SEEN AS MARILYN ON THE COVER OF GQ WITH JIMMY KIMMEL. YOU MAY HAVE SEEN HER IN THE FILM MARILYN AND ME OR FEATURED IN PULP FICTION, QUANTUM LEAP, TIME COP, DARK SKIES, CYBILL, GROWING PAINS, OR THIRTY-SOMETHING TO NAME A FEW.
SHE NOT ONLY HAS THE LOOK DOWN, BUT SHE ALSO HAS MS M’S PHYSICAL AND VOCAL MANNERISM’S DOWN AS WELL. HER RENDITIONS OF I WANT TO BE LOVED BY YOU AND DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEN WERE BEAUTIFULLY DONE.
THE STARS MINGLED WITH THE AUDIENCE AND OF COURSE MARILYN REWARDED THOSE WHO PAID THE BIG BUCKS FOR PREMIUMS SEATS WITH A FLIRTATIOUS TOUCH OR SMOOCH. SHE ALSO SANG HER VERSION OF HAPPY BIRTHDAY WHICH SHE FAMOUSLY SANG TO THE LATE PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY TO ANOTHER PRESIDENT LAURAN BROMLEY OF BROMLEY, INC.
WHEN DOING THIS KIND OF A SHOW IT IS ALWAYS A DANGER THAT IT COULD LAPSE INTO A PARODY. I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT NEVER HAPPENED. EACH PERFORMER WAS RESPECTFUL OF THE IMAGE AND THE LEGACY THEY WERE PRIVILEGED TO CONTINUE.AND APART FROM BEING COMPLETELY ENTERTAINING IT WAS ALSO A TRIBUTE TO THE TALENT AND MEMORY OF EACH OF THESE GREAT PERFORMERS.
MY ONLY QUIBBLE IS THAT THIS GROUP TRAVELS WITH CHARTS AND A LOCAL BIG BAND IS EMPLOYED TO ACCOMPANY THEM . I KEEP THINKING HOW AMAZING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TO HAVE MATT CATINGOOB’S BIG BAND BACK UP THIS GREAT GROUP OF SINGERS AND PERFORMERS. IT WOULD HAVE SENT THE PERFORMANCE TO ANOTHER PLANE. AS IT WAS, EVEN WITH A RECORDED SOUNDTRACK, THESE SINGERS WERE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONALS AND EVERYONE HAD A MARVELOUS TIME.
WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN VEGAS, WHICH INCIDENTALLY IS HAWAII’S NUMBER ONE DESTINATION, BE SURE TO LOOK UP THE RAT PACK IS BACK. IF YOU LOVE SINATRA, MARTIN AND DAVIS, JR. AND WHO DOESN’T? BE SURE TO CATCH THIS ACT. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I’M PAUL JANES-BROWN A HUI HOU, NEXT WEEK I’LL HAVE A REVIEW OF THE NEW BLACK A BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT RUNNING AT THE HUI NOEAU INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER IN MAKAWAO, STAYED TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.
J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND A LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS, THE WEEKLY RUNDOWN OF ENTERTAINING, EDUCATIONAL AND TOTALLY FUN THINGS TO DO AROUND THE VALLEY ISLE.
AFTER AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL YEAR ON THE STAGE IN 2012, PRO ARTS OF THE PACIFIC PRESENTS THEIR FIRST SHOW THE SPRING SEASON. “LEND ME A TENOR” OPENED TO SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES AT THE PROARTS PLAYHOUSE IN KIHEI. AS HAS BECOME TRADITION OF PRO ARTS PRESENTATIONS, OUTSTANDING LOCAL TALENT, MUSIC AND OF COURSE FARCE. “LEND ME A TENOR” RUNS UNTIL THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 10. IT PLAYS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 7:30 PM AND SUNDAYS AT 3:00 PM PROARTS OFFERS RESERVED SEATS AT $20. WE’VE GOT MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE GO TO MAUI TV NEWS.COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.
THE LIPOA STREET FARMER’S MARKET IS GROWING WITH THE ADDITION OF “MUSIC AT THE MARKET” STARTING AT 8 AM EACH SATURDAY AND WITH THE ADDITION OF MORE FARMERS AND VENDORS. IN CELEBRATION OF THE MARKET’S EXPANSION A SPECIAL “GROW SOME GOOD” RECOGNITION DAY WILL BE HELD ON THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9. “GROW SOME GOOD”, IS A SOUTH MAUI ORGANIZATION RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE NEW SCHOOL GARDENS AND A PROGRAM FOR INTRODUCING OUR KEKI TO THE JOYS OF GROWING FRESH PRODUCE & FRUITS. GEORGE KAHUMOKU WILL START THE CELEBRATION WITH HIS SLACK KEY MUSIC AT 8 AM, BEGINNING THE NEW MARKET FEATURE, “MUSIC AT THE MARKET”, WHICH WILL CONTINUE EVERY SATURDAY AT 8 AM SHOWCASING MANY LOCAL AND VISITING MUSICIANS. THEN THE FARMERS MARKET OPENS FOR BUSINESS AT 8:30 AM. AT 9:30 AM MAYOR ALAN ARAKAWA WILL BE PRESENTING A PROCLAMATION TO THOSE INVOLVED WITH “GROW SOME GOOD” IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR EFFORTS IN SOUTH MAUI. THEN FROM 10 AM TILL 12 NOON, THE MAYOR AND MANY OF HIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS AND HIS EXECUTIVE STAFF WILL BE HOSTING “COUNTY ON YOUR CORNER”, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO POSE QUESTIONS AND PROVIDE INPUT REGARDING PERTINENT COUNTY ISSUES TO OUR MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET IN A CASUAL SETTING.
OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS MAUI’S COMMUNITY WORK DAY PROGRAM HAS CONDUCTED AN ANNUAL HANA COMMUNITY RECYCLING EVENT. THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION. DURING THOSE THREE YEARS EVENT HAS REMOVED MORE THAN 2000 TIRES MORE THAN 1400 APPLIANCES AND MORE THAN 1600 VEHICLE BATTERIES FROM THE HANA COMMUNITY FOR RECYCLING. NOT ONLY DOES THIS CUT WAY DOWN ON ABANDONED VEHICLES ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, BUT IT’S ALSO THE ONLY EVENT THAT EXCEPT ITEMS THAT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE LANDFILL OR PUT IN THE TRASH. THE TWO-DAY EVENT WILL RUN ON FRIDAY, MARCH 8 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 9 FROM 8 AM TO 230 AT THE HANA LANDFILL. COMMITTEE WORK DAY OF TRANSFER EVERYTHING TO CENTRAL MAUI FOR PROPER DISPOSAL. WE MORE DETAILS ON WEBSITE BUT WE SHOULD TELL YOU THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING VEHICLES OR HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS AND THE FIVE DOLLAR PER TIRE RECYCLING FEE FOR ALL TIRES.
DO YOU BLOG? DO YOU BLOG FOR PROFIT? HOW IMPORTANT IS SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR BUSINESS? THE MAUI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD SOCIAL MEDIA BOOT CAMP OF 2013 WILL BE OFFERED FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9 BY HIGH TECH MAUI. IF YOU’RE NEW TO SOCIAL MEDIA, OR JUST GETTING YOUR FEET WET, OR STARTING TO THINK ABOUT AN OVERALL SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY FOR YOUR BUSINESS BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START PUTTING ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER, OR JUST CONFUSED, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU. THE WORKSHOP COSTS $65, WHICH INCLUDES LUNCH. SEATING IS LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE. THE EVENT WILL BE AT MEDB’S MALCOLM CENTER, 1305 HOLOPONO STREET, SUITE 5 IN KIHEI. PETER LIU, WHO HAS MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY, WILL DISCUSS SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESSES AND GIVE AN INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR SOCIAL NETWORKS.
THE “BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE,” UNDISCLOSED CELEBRITIES AND A DELUXE LUXURY RAFFLE PACKAGE – THEY’RE ALMOST HERE. THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9, THE MAYOR ARAKAWA COMMUNITY KOKUA FUND, A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT AGENCY IS HOSTING THE MAYOR’S KOKUA BALL, A FUND RAISER FOR THE PRIVATE CHARITY FROM 5:30 PM TO 9:30 PM AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF COURSE, WAIKAPU. RYAN KAVANAUGH, CEO OF RELATIVITY MEDIA IS THIS YEAR’S HONORARY CHAIRPERSON. THIS ELEGANT EVENING FEATURES A CELEBRITY STYLE RED CARPET WALK WITH COMPLIMENTARY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS AND A CHAMPAGNE GREETING DURING THE NO HOST COCKTAIL HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC. GUESTS, ALONG WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED “BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE” AND UNDISCLOSED CELEBRITIES ATTENDING THE EVENT WILL ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BID ON STUNNING ARTWORK DONATED BY A SELECT GROUP OF MAUI’S TALENTED ARTISTS DURING THE SILENT ART AUCTION, AS WELL AS PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THAT DELUXE LUXURY RAFFLE PACKAGE. THE RECEPTION IS FOLLOWED BY CHEF MUNOZ’S AWARD-WINNING CUISINE WITH MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT BY DÉJÀ VU BAND, ALOHA BALLROOM DANCE ACADEMY, AND OPEN DANCING THROUGHOUT THE EVENING-ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE!
ARE YOUR KEIKI CREATIVE? WOULD YOU LIKE THEM TO BE EVEN MORE SO? CAMP KALUANUI AT THE HUI NOEAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER IN MAKAWAO, IS GEARING UP FOR SPRING BREAK 2013 BEGINNING NEXT MONDAY FOR KEIKI AGES FIVE AND UP. CAMPS WILL BE OFFERED FOR TWO WEEKS DURING MARCH, WITH MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS LED BY HUI TEACHING ARTISTS CONNECTED THROUGH CREATIVE THEMES: SESSION 1: MARCH 11 -15 “ON THE WILD SIDE: TO THE DEEPEST DEPTHS OF YOUR IMAGINATION”. SESSION 2: MARCH 18 -22
“WWPD (WHAT WOULD PICASSO DO?): LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS”. CAMP KALUANUI ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY, ENGAGEMENT, DISCOVERY AND SELF-EXPRESSION WHILE OFFERING A FUN, OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT WITH FRESH AIR AND ROOM TO EXPLORE. PROGRAMS ARE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE EACH CAMPER WITH A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THAT NURTURES THEIR INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE SPIRIT WHILE BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS, GAINING ARTISTIC UNDERSTANDING, AND-MOST IMPORTANTLY-HAVING FUN! SPACE IS LIMITED. FOR DETAILS CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS @ MAUITVNEWS.COM.
NINE TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BONNIE RAITT WILL OPEN HER ALL-TOO BRIEF HAWAII TOUR WITH A PERFORMANCE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 15 AT THE MACC AND SATURDAY, MARCH 16 AT THE WAIKIKI SHELL. BOTH SHOWS START AT 7:30 PM. TICKET PRICES RANGE FROM $45-$125. JOHN CRUZ WILL BE OPENING THE SHOW.
FOR THOSE OF US WERE STILL WAITING FOR HALLOWE’EN, I’VE GOT BAD NEWS FOR YOU. IT’S ALMOST ST. PATRICK’S DAY. AND YOU’RE INVITED WERE YOUR GREEN AND JOIN THE TRADITIONAL IRISH AND CELTIC CELEBRATION AT THE MAUI POPS ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT, ST. PADDY’S POPS. THE CONCERT IS AT 3 PM SUNDAY, MARCH 17, IN THE MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER’S CASTLE THEATER. LED BY MUSIC DIR. JIM DURHAM, THE ORCHESTRA WILL PERFORM IRISH THEMED PIECES, AND EVEN THE AUDIENCE WILL GET IN ON THE ACT, WITH A GRAND FINALE AUDIENCE SING-ALONG TO TWO FAVORITE IRISH TUNES. THE ST. PADDY’S DAY CONCERT FOCUSES ON ONE OF THE MISSIONS OF THE MAUI POPS ORCHESTRA – TO HIGHLIGHT LOCAL TALENT. IN ADDITION TO MORE THAN 30 HAWAII MUSICIANS IN THE ORCHESTRA, THIS CONCERT WILL FEATURE DANCERS FROM THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, GUEST DANCERS ELLEN PETERSON AND LORNE DIRENFELD AND CELLIST SILVINA SAMUEL. TICKETS FOR ST. PADDY’S POPS ARE $10-$45, PLUS THE MACC’S FEES. MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE.
NOT ONE TO SHRINK AND THE CHALLENGE, DIRECTOR DAVID JOHNSTON IS TAKING ON THE FORMIDABLE JOB CREATING THE MAUI VERSION OF THE EPIC STAGE MUSICAL LES MISERABLES, TO BE PERFORMED ON MAUI LIVE THIS SUMMER. THE TENTATIVE PERFORMANCE DATES FOR MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION OF LES MISERABLES ARE AUGUST 15 THROUGH THE 25TH. AUDITIONS BEGIN FRIDAY, MARCH 22 AT THE MAPA STUDIO BUILDING AND CONTINUE ON MARCH 23 AND MARCH 27. THEY’LL BE CASTING FOR THE ACTING ENSEMBLE AS WELL AS AN OFFSTAGE CHORUS AND ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE. FOR DETAILS ON THE ELABORATE PRODUCTION AND THE AUDITIONS INCLUDING WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS @ MAUITVNEWS.COM.
YOU MIGHT THINK OF IT AS A ONE-WOMAN SHOW, BUT THERE’LL PROBABLY BE VERY LITTLE ACTING AND I’M PRETTY SURE ABSOLUTELY NO SINGING OR DANCING. BUT COMING UP ON MONDAY, MARCH 25 FROM 5-30 TO 8-30 AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION IT’S “AN EVENING WITH TULSI GABBARD.” CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD WILL SPEAK ABOUT ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL ISSUES IMPACTING THE LIVES OF INDIGENOUS HAWAIIANS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE ON MAUI. THE COMMUNITY MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND THE TROPICAL PLANTATIONS BUFFET STYLE DINNER IS JUST $20. WE’LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION AS EVENT GETS CLOSER.
FIVE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER JAMES TAYLOR WILL TAKE OVER THE YOKOUCHI PAVILION AND THE A&B AMPHITHEATER ON FRIDAY, APRIL 12. YOU KNOW THE HITS “FIRE AND RAIN,” ” HOW SWEET IT IS, SHOWER THE PEOPLE, UP ON THE ROOF, AND MOST RECENTLY “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” AT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S SECOND INAUGURATION. TICKET PRICES RANGE FROM $50-$110. MORE DETAILS ON WEBSITE. AND JAMES TAYLOR WILL ALSO BE PLAYING THE BLADESDELL ARENA IN HONOLULU ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13.
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HONOLULU – Island Air announced Friday that it will re-launch service to Kahului, Maui, starting April 15. New daily routes will be added between Honolulu and Kahului and between Kahului and Lāna ʻ i. The new service is made possible with the recent addition of a new ATR 72 aircraft to Island Air’s fleet. The airline also announced that it will end service to Kapalua, in West Maui, as it phases out its fleet of Dash 8 aircraft. The last flights to and from Kapalua will take place on May 31.
“We are pleased that we can expand service to Kahului with the addition of our new ATR 72 aircraft,” said Les Murashige, Island Air president. “We regret that we will no longer serve Kapalua. However, as we phase out the Dash 8 aircraft which are reaching the end of their economic life, our larger aircraft will not be able to land on Kapalua Airport’s short runway.”
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and MAUI, in effect until 6:00 a.m. SATURDAY.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: The high surf will gradually lower tonight. Surf will be 12 to 15 feet for north facing shores and 8 to 12 feet for west facing shores.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING HARBOR CHANNELS TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
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