Lahaina Bypass Set To Open April 23rd

On Sunday the controversial southern terminus Lahaina bypass was blessed.  The $48.7 million project runs 2.6 miles. The project will redirect Lahaina bound traffic. This section is scheduled to open on April 23rd.

Not everyone is please with the new traffic redirection. Director Jade Butay has vowed his commitment that any issues that arise from the new bypass will be addressed. The hope for all involved with the project is that the new section will run smoothly once people get used to it.

Congratulations Maui High!

Congratulations to both the Maui High School boys and girls tennis teams! The girls tennis won their first ever title with a win over Lanai. The boys beat out Lahainaluna to claim their first championship title since 2014.

This is the first time since Baldwin in 2009 that both the boys and the girls teams have won a championship together.  Congratulations to all the players on both teams and your historic season!

Pacific Whale Foundation Gets A New Vessel

Ocean Guardian is the new vessel blessed into the Pacific Whale Foundation family. The vessel has the capacity for 149 passengers and is equipped with whale protection equipment. It is energy-efficient and has low emission engines. Ocean Guardian has two decks, shaded seating, plus restrooms equipped for the disabled.

The vessel will be used for whale-watching tours as well as snorkeling trips. Passengers can enjoy onboard barbecue meals prepared by chefs from one of two stainless steel grills. The Ocean Guardian made its maiden cruise on March 24th.

Best wishes on the success of the new vessel!

Maui Native Earns National Nod

42 year old Mahesh Cleveland, a native of Huelo, has been selected as one of the nations top 20 Law School Students Of The Year! This award is given to students who have made the most contributions to their law schools and their community over the past year.

Cleveland has worked numerous jobs over the course off his lifetime including construction and as a musician. He decided to head back to college at the age of 39. Although the schedule was grueling, he knew he had found his passion.

Congratulation Mahesh Cleveland on your hard work and great recognition!

Maui Dancer Crowned

Congratulations to Maui’s Shalia Kapuau’ionalani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani for being crowned this years Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula! Shalia is a resident of Haliimaile and studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been doing hula dancing since she was 4 years old.

This is the competitions 55th year. Shalia beat out 11 other dancers for the crown. Her years of practice and hard work paid off! Congratulations on your big achievement!