Kahului Airport Expansion

Kahului Airport is in the planning phase of a $36 million dollar improvement to the southern concourse. The improvements would add an additional 400 seats for travelers and an additional 27,000 square feet.

The goal is to keep the unique design the current airport has while increasing areas for walkway traffic, seating and enlarging restroom facilities. Also proposed is an outdoor garden deck that would feature native plants.

Construction will hopefully begin in early 2020. The first phase of the project is estimated to take a year to complete and phase two over two years.

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!