Today, Air Canada rouge launches its first flights to the Hawaiian Islands, providing additional access for visitors from our core North America market.
The first flight from Vancouver to Honolulu is scheduled to arrive today at 9:40 p.m. with air seat capacity of up to 280 passengers. Air Canada rouge will also establish a Vancouver to Kahului flight which will commence in December. These two routes will operate daily during the peak winter months from November 2014 through April 2015. A Toronto to Honolulu route will also launch in December and operate twice weekly. This new route for Hawaii will provide access from Canada’s third largest market area. These three routes are anticipated to generate an estimated $57 million in visitor expenditures or $6 million in tax revenue for the state, during the winter period.
Interim Hawaii Tourism Authority Ronald Williams, commented, “As we look to reaching a record 11.1 million air seats in 2015, we will continue to work with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and our industry partners to ensure there is sufficient demand to sustain these seats.”
A Kula man has become the 20th traffic fatality of 2014. It happened Thursday afternoon near the Central Maui Landfill.
Police say 44 year-old Frederick Brittain II was driving a Ford Ranger eastbound on Pulehu Road. Around 3:53 p.m., Brittain’s Ranger was impacted by a Toyota pickup truck that had crossed the center line, heading in the opposite direction. The Ranger was not equipped with airbags and Police say Brittain was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The victim was ejected from the vehicle, sustaining fatal injuries. The 22 year-old man driving the Toyota was not injured. The possible involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still under investigation.
At this time last year, 14 people had died in traffic accidents on Maui County roads.
By Jeff King
“Oh give me a home…where the buffalo roam…” Wait, where’s Buffalo?
By Friday evening, New York forecasters say Buffalo may be hiding under as much as seven feet of snow. As of now, kickoff is still set for 1 p.m. Sunday EST (8 a.m. HST) between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, if…and it’s a big IF…they can clear the field and at least enough of the stands to allow people to sit in seats that will likely be different than the seat number on their tickets.
On top of the chilly predicament – or perhaps better phrased, “under it” – if the snow should melt on its own there will be a chance of local flooding. Even the governor is getting into the act. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says playing the game would be “impractical.”
So why report on such a frozen hot mess as this from 6,000 miles away? “Lucky we Live Hawai’i!”
Read the entire puzzling conundrum narrative here. Then settle back into your Tommy Bahama beach chair and gaze across the channel at Moloka’i, or Lana’i, or Kaho’olawe, or Molokini, or…anywhere but whatever’s on the other side of Lake Eerie.
Honolulu – In the early 1950’s Joseph M. Souki left the island of Maui for Southern California to attend, what was then called, Woodbury College. He worked three jobs to pay for his tuition and living expenses and, in what might be considered his first venture into the leadership arena, also was President of Woodbury’s Hawaiian Club. In 1954 he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Woodbury and returned to Maui.
For his many accomplishments and service to the people of Maui and the State, Woodbury University presented Speaker Souki with its Distinguished Alumni Award at a dinner honoring him earlier this past weekend in Honolulu.
“Speaker Joe Souki is the embodiment of the Woodbury alumnus that we seek. He has demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills in his profession as a realtor. He has demonstrated design thinking when he initiated the Maui Economic Opportunity wheelchair accessible bus service, the senior citizen discount card program, Meals on Wheels, and Youth Transportation Services that help young people today to have fun and be productive. His civic engagement is best evident in his advocacy for the women and children who are victims of domestic violence,” said Woodbury President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo.
“Representative Souki has transcended disciplinary boundaries by applying his organizational and management skills to political leadership as Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives. Entrepreneurship, design thinking, civic engagement, and transdisciplinarity – these are the Four Pillars of Woodbury Education, all epitomized in the Honorable Speaker Joseph M. Souki,” said President Calingo.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award from my Alma Mater Woodbury University. Never did I imagine when I first traveled to Los Angeles to pursue my education, that such a recognition would be possible for me. Back then I wasn’t sure that I would even make it through,” joked Speaker Souki.
“Every phase in a person’s life begins with a significant moment and decision. For me, one of those moments began with the decision to attend Woodbury, and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to further my education at such a fine institution,” said Souki.
Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Founded in 1884, Woodbury offers bachelor’s degrees from the School of Architecture, the School of Business, and the School of Media, Culture and Design.
A Happy ending. Mary Rose Charrete-O’Brien returned home in good health this past Saturday.
Charrete-O’Brien spoke to the Detective, explaining that she had some personal issues she needed to rectify before returning home.
Maui Police expressed their thanks to public and media for your assistance.
The Maui Fire Department is honored to announce the promotions of Five Fire Fighters. Each promotion became effective yesterday, November 16.
The five are as follows:
Chad Pacheco – promoted from Fire Fighter III (FFIII) to Fire Captain at the Kaunakakai Fire Station on Molokai. Captain Pacheco is a 15-year veteran with nine years served at the Lahaina Fire Station. He was promoted to a FFII on HazMat for six months, and then promoted to FF III working out of the Pukoo Fire Station on Molokai for the next year. From Pukoo, he transferred to the Kahului Fire Station where he was stationed until his recent promotion.
Modesto Jacinto – promoted from FFII to FFIII. He is a nine-year veteran, joining the department in April 2005. FF III Jacinto has spent time at the Makawao, Wailea and Kahului Fire Stations. He was a FF II, both on the Hazmat and Rescue Companies and is assigned to the Training Bureau.
John Rosa – promoted from FFI to FFIII. Joining the department in July, 2002 , Rosa is a 12-year veteran with four years served at the Ho’olehua Fire Station and eight years at the Kaunakakai Fire Station. He will be assigned to the Ho’olehua Fire Station.
Shane Adolpho – promoted from FF I to FF II Hazmat Technician. Hired in April, 2005, FF II Adolpho has worked at the Wailea, Hoolehua and Kahului Fire Stations. He is the first fire fighter from Molokai to earn promotion to a FF II Hazmat Technincian. He is being assigned to the Hazmat Company at the Kahului Fire Station.
Owen Deatrick – promoted from FF I to FF II Hazmat Technician. FF II Deatrick has been employed with the Fire Department for more than 12 years. He began his career with the opening of Wailea Station on Ladder 14. He transitioned to Ladder 3 in Lahaina for 2 ½ years. His last eight years has been on an Engine company in Napili on Engine 11. He is being assigned to the Hazmat Company at the Kahului Fire Station.
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