Restoration Project Of Hakiowa Watershed

Hakiowa Watershed on Kahoolawe recently underwent restoration after over 100 years of animal overgrazing as well as over 50 years of live firearm training.

The project started in August 2017 and was completed in February 2019. During that timeframe, 3000 hours were put in by over 150 volunteers. The goal was to restore the native ecosystem and reduce erosion and runoff into the ocean. Ways to accomplish this included removing invasive plants and planting native plants in their place along with installing erosion control devices.

Funding was provided by Hawaii Department of Health, Clean Water Branch and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project site will be monitored for plant survival and levels of erosion.

Surf Advisory

High surf advisory is in effect until 6:00 am Friday along the north-facing shores of Maui and north-west facing shores of Molokai. This comes after high surf caused flooding and park closures on Sunday.

Although parks have been cleaned up and reopened, a new swell is coming in causing the advisory. Beachgoers should be aware of hefty waves and dangerous currents. Waves may reach between 15 and 20 feet along north shores and 10 to 14 feet along west shores.

For those planning a trip to the beach, be sure to check the weather advisory for any updates.

Limited Access On Kahakuloa Road

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday February 26th, the Department of Transportation will reinstate limited access of the main road through northwest Maui.

Rockfalls along Honoapiilani Highway were the cause of the previous closure that had been lifted on Sunday. Crews and a rockfall contractor have been inspecting the highway looking for other potential rock fall sites. Starting tomorrow boulders and rocks loosened from the recent storms will be removed. The area effected will begin at Mile Marker 41 and run toward Lahaina.

Work will begin at 6:30 am to 4:30 pm. During the crews work hours access will be for residents only. Full closures will be done in 15 minute intervals for debris clean up.


Families Receive Gifts From Lahaina Strong Benefit Concert

10 families were recipients of $5000 thanks to the Lahaina Strong Benefit Concert held on October 21st. 8 of the 10 families were present at Lowe’s to receive their gifts as well as 10% off purchases.

Entertainers that donated their time included Willie K, Amy Hanaialii, Ekolu, Damon Williams, Na Wai Eha, Nuff Sedd, Piilani Arias, John Cruz and Matagi. The concert organizers partnered up with Maui United Way to obtain donations. Other donations included hotel stays for silent auction and food donations. The community really came together not only with donations but volunteering time.

The Maui Fire Department determined the fire was fueled by winds caused by Hurricane Lane. In total 21 homes and 27 vehicles were destroyed. Families who received money raised by the benefit did not have insurance or other financial assistance at their disposal.

The true meaning of aloha was shown during the communities time in need. Mahalo to all!

October Tourism Survives Storms

Maui had growth in both visitor spending and visitor arrivals for the month of October in comparison to the same time last year according to the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Although visitor spending was down in August and September due to Hurricane Lane and Tropical Storm Olivia, spending was back up in October to $377 million. Even with the storms interrupting the months of August and September, for the 10 month span of January through October visitor spending was up 10.9% to $4.26 billion. This total puts Maui on track to break last year’s record.

Air travel to Maui has increased making it an easier destination for visitors which will in turn increase the amount of visitor spending. Although the tourism industry is fragile and affected by multiple sources, Maui remains focused on continuing to make Maui a top global destination.