New Ashley Homestore Opening in Kahului

Saturday, August 24th, Ashley HomeStore will be having it’s grand opening celebration from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in Kahului. The new store is located at 237 Dairy Road.

The 20,000 square foot store is brand new and will showcase furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and home office. This is the fifth Ashley store in Hawaii, but the first outside of Oahu. Festivities on Saturday will include face painting, food and refreshments.

Ashley HomeStore was established in 1945. Its considered one of the largest furniture manufacturer’s in the world. Representatives are excited to be opening the new store in Kahului and bringing the residents of Maui their best selling furniture.

Paul Simon Next Week!

Paul Simon will be performing next week at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th. Show time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Simon and his own unique sound of folk rock has earned 16 grammys. His bio includes singer, songwriter, and actor. Simon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named in 2011 by Rolling Stone magazine as one of top 100 greatest guitarists and again by Rolling Stone in 2015 as one of the top 100 greatest songwriters.

After the breakup of former duo Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon went solo starting in 1971. Some of his greatest hits include Something So Right, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Peace Like a River plus many more.

Obon Festival Paia

The traditional Obon Celebration was brought over to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants. The tradition has continued throughout the years as a cultural and religious celebration that includes dancing and music.

Paia Mantokuji Mission will be holding the Obon Dance & Festival on both Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th. The Mission is located at 253 Hana Highway.

On both Friday and Saturday nights, services will begin at 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm food booths will be opening for food and refreshment purchases. Friday Night at 7:00 pm Maui Taiko will be performing. Saturday night at 7:00 Zenshin Daiko will be performing. Both Friday and Saturday night will conclude with the traditional Bon Dance from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

This is a free family friendly event!

64th Annual Makawao Rodeo

Starting Thursday, July 4th and running through Sunday, July 7th is the 64th Annual Makawao Rodeo at the Oskie Rice Arena. This four day event is a favorite for locals and visitors to attend every year during the 4th of July holiday celebration.

The Makawao Parade is one of the highlights for the event. The parade will take place on Saturday, July 6th starting at 9:00 am. The parade is full of colorful floats, decorated horses, and lots of people marching along the route.

The schedule starts on July 4 with the prelims for the qualifying. On Friday the 5th, it’s BullBash. Gates will open at 4:00 pm with the show scheduled to begin at 6:30. On this day expect a beer garden and food vendors.  On Saturday, July 6th, gates will open at 1:00 pm with the rodeo starting at 3:00 pm. Rodeo events include mugging, barrels, and sheep riding! On the final day Sunday, July 7th, gates will open at 10:00 am and the rodeo will begin at 12:30 pm. Sunday’s events include the finals and awards presentation.

Guests in attendance may want to bring an umbrella for shelter from various weather elements. Seating is provided by bleachers so plan accordingly.

Livestream On The Horizon For Maui Traffic

Good news for motor vehicles! In approximately one month, real time cameras should be completely installed at ten different intersections. These cameras will be used to monitor traffic only, not any kind of violations.

Currently, only Oahu uses the real time traffic cameras. Oahu currently has 200 cameras located throughout the island providing real time traffic information.

Goakamai.org is the site drivers can look to for viewing traffic in a specific area. Mygoakamai is a service you can specify areas you want to watch traffic conditions in and receive updates via text and or email.

Current intersections for the cameras to be installed are:

Haleakala and Hana Highways, Honoapiilani Highway and North Kihei Road, Airport Access Road and Hana Highway, Piilani Highway and Piikea Street, Maui Veterans Highway and North Kihei Road, Kaahumanu Avenue and Kahului Beach Road, Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue, Haleakala and Kula highways, Honoapiilani Highway and Keane Street, and lastly Kuihelani Highway and Puunene Avenue.

The goal is to have the cameras installed and fully operational by the end of summer. Commuters are already looking forward to the new system helping to decrease travel time.