Waiehu Golf Course Saved

Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee finalized the budget for 2018. The budget includes saving Waiehu Golf Course, and funds to resurface roads. The budget for 2018 fiscal year will take effect on July 1.

The proposed budget is $45.3 million more than the current fiscal years budget. $5.2 million is allocated for road resurfacing, and $2.5 million on environmental protection. Saving the golf course was a priority for the committee.  Other Budget highlights include $4.3 Million for the revitalization of Wailuku town, $25 million for a new county service center at the Maui Business Park in Kahului, $1.2 Million for the expansion of Kula Agricultural Park, just to name a few.

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Budget For Kaiser Agreed On

A budget for the Maui County hospitals to be run by Kaiser Permanente was agreed upon by legislative officials on Monday.  The $33.4 million budget would include improvement and expansion plans as well.

The final total figure has not been agreed upon, but the two-year budget is expect to run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. Lawmakers could go to vote as early as tomorrow on budget bills.

Other budget items that may be voted on include $3.7 million for the Paia bypass design, $103 million for Kahului Airport improvements, $9.3 million for Kaanapali Beach restoration, $2 million to replace the gym floor and make band room expansions at Maui High School, and many others! All budget worksheet details are available in the Office of Executive Judiciary and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

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Grid Solar Supply

For a short time, MECO is processing Maui Customer Grid Supply Solar solar applications again, without the need for batteries.  This won’t last long! Right now, you have an opportunity to get your solar PV system pre-approved, and save you thousands of dollars, since you can do it without batteries. If you are even contemplating solar PV, you should submit an application now. This will keep your options open for the next 18 months. Pacific Energy does not charge an application processing fee, like almost all other solar companies. Contact Pacific Energy to submit an application within the next few weeks, to be sure you can take advantage of this opportunity. Please tell your clients, friends and family.
*Disclosure: The owner of Pacific Energy is related to the owners of Maui Luxury Real Estate.

Hospitals Need Workers

Maui County is encouraging applicants interested in employment to apply now. The three public hospitals in Maui County do not want the transition to Kaiser to hold those back whom may be searching for employment.  The transition to Kaiser will take place on July 1.

Over 93% of the employees at the three public hospitals have accepted jobs at Kaiser. Still in need are nurses, nurse aides, lab, physical and occupational therapists, and clerical positions. Those accepting employment now before the transition will begin accruing benefits.

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Possible Usage For Sugar Fields

Alexander & Baldwin (A&B), general manager Rick Volner spoke at the Maui Energy Conference las week.  The main topic of his presentation was the possibility of new agriculture on the former sugar can plantations that are now fallow.

Some possibilities include biodiesel producing tree orchards, coffee and cacao cops, and livestock irrigated pastures. With agricultural land use decreasing due to development and fallow areas becoming difficult to reutilize, A&B realizes they face many challenges.

Rick Volner hopes that by diversifying the agriculture the state can reach its goal of food and fuel self-sufficiency.  More announcements are expected to be made in the near future.

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