Royal High Tea Fundraiser Raises $25,000

Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats hosted its first Royal High Tea Fundraiser at Lona Ridge in Wailuku on April 28. The event raised $25,000! This will provide scholarships to 30 cancer survivors to attend the wellness retreat September 20th to September 22nd at Napili Kai Resort.

The 90 guests that were in attendance participated in both a live and silent auction. Entertainment was provided by a harpist and violinist, with the food menu prepared by chef Bev Gannon. Owner of Lona Ridge estate, Leona Wilson, donated the venue for the event.

The retreats are a way to help cancer survivors rejuvenate and focus on wellness and healing. The Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats is a non-profit organization that has been serving Maui County for over 20 years.

Congratulations on the success of your inaugural fundraising event!

Flash Flood Watch

Maui County has issued a 24 hour flash flood watch starting later today at 6:00 pm. Deep tropical moisture is expected to cause heavy rain and thunderstorms. The flood watch will last through tomorrow at 6:00pm.

Although Haleakala National Park reopened, the severe weather conditions are expected to continue for the early portion of this week. Weather is expected to show improvement hopefully starting on Wednesday.

Beachgoers and swimmers should be cautious. Large waves and strong currents are expected.

Hurricane Lane Update

Closures for Wednesday due to Hurricane Lane include all public schools, Haleakala National Park, state and county parks and trails, University of Hawaii Maui College, and most county offices and services.

After school practices and sporting events have been cancelled as well starting today and throughout the weekend. Normal activity should hopefully resume on Monday. County office closures effected by Hurricane Lane include DMV, Real Property Tax Offices, and senior services. These too should hopefully reopen and resume normal activity Monday. Last trash pick up will be today until further notice.

Residents and visitors should not plan to travel at this time. Please go to www.mauicounty.gov  for storm updates and information.

 

 

 

Outstanding Older American Awards

Maui County has named two citizens for their 2018 Outstanding Older American Award. Congratulations to Clara Felix of Kihei and William Kinaka of Wailuku.

Clara has been a dedicated volunteer for the past 15 years. She has volunteered for such organizations as Pacific Whale Foundation, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and the National Kidney Foundation among many others!

William has been a volunteer for the past 39 years. He has been a volunteer to such organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Maui Adult Day Care Centers, Maui Judicial Court System, and Bank of Hawaii just to name a few.

This award is part of the May Older Americans celebration. The awards ceremony was on May 10th. Congratulations again to you both!

Great Economic News!

Hawaiian Tourism Authority reported the single largest month ever on record in Maui County for January at $548.5 million. That is a whopping 18 percent increase from the same time last year. Increase in visitors from both Coasts of the Mainland as well as Canada helped contribute to the large visitor expenditures.

Maui County’s tourism isn’t the only thing booming. The real estate market is red-hot too! Median home prices rose 1.8 percent to $685,000. Median condo prices also increased from this time last year to $472,500. Up 1.6 percent from the same time last year.

Also pleasing to know, Maui County’s unemployment rate for the end of 2017 was half of what the rest of the nation saw.