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!
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.
Good News! The Hawaii State governments attempt to find clever new ways to tax us has been thwarted by the Hawaii High Court. Historically the four counties of Hawaii charge a tax on real estate to run the county. The State tried to grab part of that tax by charging it’s own tax on real estate. They promised to spend it on education but as we all know it never happens. To help the children many people feel they should eliminate the top-heavy State education department and pay the teachers a living wage and fix up our aging schools.
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.
Congratulations to the six Class of 2019 recipients of the Rising Senior Scholarship awards at Seabury Hall. The annual Seabury Hall Golf Tournament helps to generate the funds awarded for the scholarships as well as fund the athletic program.
Lucy Dustman, Lona Girardin, Jessica Griffiths, Kalena Pfaeltzer, Taylor-Ann Takatani, and Bryce Tarpey are the recipients for 2019. Criteria for receiving the honor are students who display leadership, serve their community, and have academic potential.
The next Seabury Hall Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place on September 8th at the Wailea Emerald Course.