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“Chee Hoo! Celebrate Summer” at Kīhei 4th Friday Town Party

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The Kīhei 4th Friday Town Party takes place tomorrow night, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Azeka Shopping Center Mauka.

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The event features free entertainment, food booths and trucks, art, crafts, and local shopping. This month will celebrate the beginning of summer.

The event will feature free entertainment by Hawaiʻi’s Voice Contestants, Bad Kitty, Makawao Rodeo Court and Kaina Kountry.

The Entertainment lineup at the K4F Main Stage is as follows:

6 p.m. Opening Announcements by Emcee Kathy Collins
6:10 to 7:10 p.m.: Hawaiʻi’s Voice Contestants
7:15 to 7:55 p.m.: Bad Kitty
7:55 to 8 p.m.: Makawao Rodeo Court
8 to 8:55 p.m.: Kaina Kountry

There is free parking less than one block away at Azeka Makai, Kīhei Plaza and St. Theresa Church.

K4F Food Court: Food Booths and Food Trucks include: Jawz, Smoke N Spice, Jini’s Curry, Sumo Dog, Keoki’s Horhitos, Maui Cane Juice, Funnel Cakes, 808 Plates Maui, Poi Mochi, Al’s BBQ Pit, Tacos Maui 8th Wonder, El Taco Borracho, Three’s Bar & Grill, Aloha Kettle Corn, Z-Man’s Kitchen, Aloha Thai Fusion, Teppanyaki-2-Go, Wai Lemi, Sparky’s Food Company, Mbakery, D&M Noodles, Only Ono BBQ, and Pastele House.

K4F Arts and Crafts: DoTerra – Makana Oils, Schminga-Maui Mobile Showers, 57th Civil Air Patrol Squadron, 50th State of Mind, 808 Clothing, Alo(ha) Creations, Aloha Nectar, Anykine Spinners, Believe The Free Jewelry, Bodhi Waves, Boobie Shack, LLC, Bubbles & Bows, Burke Intl – Maui Fine Diamonds, D-Creations, Hawaiʻi Blue, Hawaiʻi Copters, Hawaiʻi Fudge Company, Hawaiʻi Real Estate Team, Healing Hands Past Present Future, HELO Health & Lifestyle Oracle, Hot Sand Swimwear, Inez Designs Maui, Jonerz and the Sparrow LLC truck, Judy’s Lasting Lip Color, Kai Wahine Designs, Kanakala Pacific Trade, KZZ Enterprise Cotton Candy Maui, Lako Kula Designs, Lularoe Monica Lindsey, Maui Fine Arts, Maui Helicopter Academy, Maui Island Treasure, Maui Tropsicles, Maui Vintage (Out of the blue), Mishni Bikini D-62, Native Armor Clothing, Ocean Jazz, Peace of Paradise Creations, Rise Maui LLC, Sol Chiropractic, South Maui animal Clinic, T-Mobile, Wilikina Creations and With Grace & Gold HI

In addition, Azeka Shopping Center has a variety of restaurants mauka and Makai including: Coconuts Fish Café, Diamonds Icebar & Grill, HomeMaid Café, Izakaya Matsu, Java Café, Maui Pie, Nalu’s South Shore Grill, Miso Phat Sushi, Ono Gelato/Maui Sandwich Shack, Panda Express, Peggy Sue’s, Roasted Chiles, Taco Bell, Wow Wow Lemonade, Vietnamese Cuisine, Peace Love Shave Ice, Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food, Fork & Salad and Shearwater Tavern.

Kīhei Friday Town Parties are on the 4th Friday of every month.

Maui Friday Town Parties is an initiative developed by the Maui County Office of Economic Development to showcase the island’s historic towns and celebrate the unique nature of their businesses communities.

There is a town party nearly every Friday of the month: Wailuku First Friday, Lahaina Second Friday, Makawao Third Friday, Kīhei Fourth Friday and Lānaʻi Fifth Friday.

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Kalani Pe‘a Coming to the MACC

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Grammy Award winner and Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner Kalani Pe‘a is coming to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.

Kalani Pe‘a will perform at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. Photo Courtesy

The performance will take place at the McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 24, at 10 a.m.

Pe‘a won a Grammy at the 2017 awards and also won contemporary album of the year at the 40th annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for “E Walea.” He is the first Hawai‘i recording artist to win a Grammy and a Nā Hōkū award for the same album.

Pe‘a will perform Hawaiian music, contemporary music, his original music, and some of his favorites from Luther Vandross, Joe Cocker, and Heatwave, along with special guest, Hawaiian falsetto sensation, Kason Gomes, and beautiful hula.

Tickets are $30 (plus applicable fees). Purchase tickets by visiting the MACC box office or call 242-SHOW.

For more information, click here.

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Celebration of Life for Sue Cooley at Stadium Named in Her Honor

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*ESPN’s Neil Everett’s tribute to Sue D. Cooley. Video via Louisa Shelton Facebook Page via ESPN/Neil Everett.

Sue D. Cooley. PC: courtesy Hale Makua Health Services.

On February 18, 2017, Hale Makua Health Services and the Maui community lost a dear friend and generous supporter, Sue D. Cooley. When it came to creating homes for the frail elderly and disabled individuals, Sue was described as “a true visionary” and had high aspirations for Hale Makua.

She dreamt of something more than the traditional nursing home, and had visions of Hale Makua taking the next step in providing healthcare services in homes that would house and care for no more than a dozen individuals. A place where seniors who needed around the clock care could have a private room and feel like they lived in a home, not an institution.

Sue and her family started visiting the islands in the sixties. Their love for Maui grew with each visit and they became very passionate about the island, and the people who live here. In the early eighties they discovered a love for Kapalua and purchased a home, becoming part time residents.

Sue developed interest in the organizations that her close friends, Mitch Mitchell (former Hale Makua Board Director and longtime supporter) and Roy (current Board Treasurer) and Betty Sakamoto were involved with, and soon made those organizations her passion as well.

The Sakamotos took Sue to a Lahainaluna High School football game at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, where the team played their “home” games. The team lost that night, but as they walked past the locker room, they were struck by 40 inspired voices singing their alma mater in the Hawaiian language. In that moment Sue was overwhelmingly moved.

When she learned about Lahainaluna’s drive to build a new sports stadium for their athletes, Sue immediately contributed $7.5 million of the $9 million needed to complete the stadium. When asked about the significant contribution, Sue humbly replied, “It’s my hope that these gifts will inspire others to give and support public education in Hawaiʻi.”

Over the course of Sue’s three decade friendship with Mitch and the Sakamotos, they also introduced her to another organization dear to their hearts, Hale Makua Health Services. They thought Sue would be fond of the organization because of the services it provided to so many in the Maui community.

“Sue was the kind of person that always wanted to give back to the community she loved. She always believed that no matter what your status in life was, you always had something you could give back”, says Mitch Mitchell. Not long after hearing about Hale Makua, Sue became a fan. She told her friends that she wanted to help with providing the resources for the frail and elderly to receive the care they deserve.  Representative with Hale Makua say that what she’s has done for the organization is “truly inspirational.”

In 2003, Sue made it possible to make major improvements to our kitchen, which has helped to efficiently prepare over 1,000 meals for residents and clients daily. In 2012, she impacted the lives of over 450 employees by making it possible to give employees a much deserved one time pay bonus after Medicaid reimbursement rates were frozen for several years. Sue quietly made numerous gifts to Hale Makua Health Services totaling an astounding $4.6 million, all of which she wished to remain anonymous for until her significant gifts for the Lahainaluna Stadium became public in 2014.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by Sue, and would not be able to continue the work we do or pursue our vision without the unwavering support she has shown us over the years. Sue will be missed by many. While we weren’t able to fulfill her dream of creating small homes during her lifetime, we strive to continue her dream, and hope that in the near future we will be able to have Hale Makua small homes for frail seniors and disabled individuals become a part of her ongoing legacy,” said representatives with Hale Makua Health Services.

The public is invited to join Hale Makua Health Services in a celebration of life for Sue Cooley on Saturday, June 24th, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Lahainaluna High School’s Sue D. Cooley stadium. Light refreshments will be served.

On Friday, June 23rd, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. a silent auction of Sue’s personal art collection will be held at the Village Galleries on 120 Dickenson Street in Lahaina. Or visit the Village Galleries website at http://www.villagegalleriesmaui.com/VillageGalleriesMaui/CooleyAuction.html for a complete listing of paintings, plus an option to purchase paintings outright. Proceeds from the art sold at the auction will benefit Hale Makua Health Services and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

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Man Sentenced 10 Years for Child Pornography

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State circuit judge Glenn J. Kim sentenced Donovan Soto to ten years in prison for disseminating and possessing child pornography.

Donovan Soto.

Attorney General Doug Chin said Soto was convicted of possessing and disseminating images of children being sexually exploited, including possession of over 94 movie files, with 58 of the files depicting children under the age of twelve.

Nine of the files reportedly depicted children being bound or tortured.

Attorney General Chin said, “Child pornography is child abuse. Children were hurt when these movies and pictures were made and they were hurt again every time they were watched and shared. The ten-year prison term this man received is appropriate.”

Soto was charged with two counts of child abuse in the second degree and one count of child abuse in the third degree. The second degree charges were punishable by up to ten years in prison and the third degree charge was punishable by up to five years in prison. The prosecution asked the court to sentence Soto to an open ten-year prison term for the second degree counts and a five-year prison term for the third degree counts, which the court did, sentencing Soto to serve the terms concurrently.

Soto, 54 years old and an Ewa Beach resident, will begin serving his ten-year prison term today.

The sentencing resulted from a joint investigation by special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Hawaiʻi Internet Crimes Against Children task force in the Hawaiʻi Attorney General’s office. HICAC is part of a cooperative nationwide network of Internet Crimes Against Children task forces dedicated to protecting children in the online environment.

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Hawaiian Electric Donation Funds Google Trekker Program

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A $10,000 donation from Hawaiian Electric to The Outdoor Circle will help put 360-degree imagery of many of Hawaiʻi’s impressive sites into Google Maps using the Google Trekker.

‘Ōhi‘a tree in the foreground with the Kilauea Volcano as a backdrop, file photo by Wendy Osher.

The Street View Trekker camera is a wearable 50-pound backpack outfitted with a 15-camera system that collects panoramic imagery every 2.5 seconds to create a virtual tour.

This summer, The Outdoor Circle’s two-man crew will trek throughout the state visually mapping scenic locations valued for their natural beauty, historic significance and other special qualities.

Imagery will be collected from locations on Hawaiʻi Island, Oʻahu, Maui and Kauaʻi along with the potential additions of Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi at a later date. The imagery will be uploaded to Google Maps sometime this fall.

Hawaiian Electric says the project will promote Hawaii and support conservation efforts.

“As a company doing business in Hawaiʻi for 125 years, we care deeply about being good stewards of the environment,” said Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric Senior Vice President – Public Affairs. “We’re excited to support The Outdoor Circle as this is an incredible opportunity to spotlight Hawaiʻi’s appeal as a top destination, attract more visitors to stimulate the economy, and raise awareness for the protection and conservation of these islands.”

For the last 105 years, The Outdoor Circle has strived to keep Hawaiʻi clean, green and beautiful through advocacy, beautification events and innovative programs, such as the Google Trekker loan program. Myles Ritchie, The Outdoor Circle’s Programs Director notes, “We are thrilled to be able to work on such a cutting-edge program which will allow for people who are interested locally, nationally and internationally, the ability to experience virtually some of Hawaiʻi’s most unique locations regardless of physical, financial or other limitations. The Outdoor Circle is grateful for Hawaiian Electric’s generosity in supporting us as we carry out this statewide program.”

The Outdoor Circle donation will be added to Hawaiian Electric’s growing list of “125 Acts of Aloha” for the community as the company commemorates its 125th anniversary. “Acts of Aloha” are charitable donations and service projects benefiting agencies and programs committed to building a more sustainable future for Hawaiʻi.

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June 27 Meeting on Options for Waiehu Golf Course

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The Council’s Parks, Recreation, Energy and Legal Affairs Committee will host a meeting next week to consider options for the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course.

Waiehu Golf course sign. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The Mayor had proposed the closure of the course because of financial and operational shortfalls; but the Council decided to keep the course open and included the item in its budget during recent negotiations.

Parks committee chair Don Guzman said, “Each Budget session, the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee is faced with numbers that show the golf course is falling short of the goal of becoming self-supporting, as envisioned by Section 13.16.040 of the Maui County Code,” said Guzman. “Options to address financial and operational expectations and improvements simply cannot be handled during discussions on the County’s annual budget. For that reason, the PRL Committee has been given this task, and Tuesday’s meeting will get the conversation started.”

Representatives from Kauaʻi and Oʻahu will be on hand to contribute their insight and expertise on municipal golf course administration, finance, greens, and maintenance.

“We can learn from our sister counties,” said Guzman. “They confront the same challenges we do when it comes to managing municipal courses. It’s my hope that folks familiar with the Ala Wai and Wailua Golf Courses will provide the Committee with good information on which sound decisions can be made for Waiehu.”

No proposed legislation has been posted for this meeting. The Waiehu Golf Course Superintendent and Maintenance Supervisor will also participate, and the Committee anticipates hearing from representatives from the County’s Department of Finance and Budget office.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend or view the meeting on Akakū. Written testimony may be emailed to prl.committee@mauicounty.us, referencing PRL-30.

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Winds to 10 to 20 mph Today in Maui County

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

High Surf Advisory: South facing shores of all islands through 6 p.m. Thursday.

Small Craft Advisory: Through Thursday at 6 p.m.

Special Weather Statement: King tides are possible each day into the upcoming weekend, especially for south facing shores. The best chance for coastal flooding impacts is in the afternoon and during peak tides.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County high/low forecasted temperatures, projected winds, projected localized weather conditions and expected wave heights.**

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Looking Ahead

Trade winds are expected the next couple of days with passing clouds and showers for our usual windward and mauka showers. A weak disturbance is approaching the state this weekend and early next week winds could drop off and showers increase.

 

Today 

We expect east winds around 10 to 20 mph. High temperatures are forecast from 85° to 90°. Partly cloudy skies with scattered morning windward and mauka showers and sunny skies for the leeward spots.

UV index at 12 (“extreme” exposure level)

 

Tonight 

Partly cloudy skies with scattered windward showers. Low temperatures from 68° to 73°. Winds are expected to be east around 10 to 20 mph.

 

Our Maui Now Weather homepage always includes daily: Sunrise | Sunset | Moonrise | Moonset | Moon Phase | Live Weather Cams | 5-day Forecast | Current Temperature & Conditions

***Click here for your marine outlook and surf report.***

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Spring Tides Affecting Southern Exposures Today

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

High Surf Advisory: South facing shores of all islands through 6 p.m. Thursday.

Small Craft Advisory: Through Thursday at 6 p.m.

Special Weather Statement: King tides are possible each day into the upcoming weekend, especially for south facing shores. The best chance for coastal flooding impacts is in the afternoon and during peak tides.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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Maui Surf Forecast

North: Surf heights are expected to be knee/waist high at the best breaks open to the swell.

West: Surf heights are expected to be chest/head high today, some spots will be overhead on the sets.

South: Surf heights are expected to be chest/head high today, some spots will be overhead on the sets.

Our current south-southwest swell continues to hold Thursday before beginning to ease late Thursday. Still, it will keep surf in the “fun” range through the weekend. Another couple swells are on the horizon around June 29 and July 3.

Nothing much is expected out of the North Pacific at this time.

Trade swell will be decreasing as winds decrease.

Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.  

**Click here for your detailed Maui County weather report.**

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King Tides Roll In: Monk Seal Slows Traffic on Honoapiʻilani Hwy

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A monk seal came up partially on the road on the Honoapiʻilani Highway in Olowalu this afternoon, slowing traffic on the busy thoroughfare that connects West Maui to the Central Valley.  Police and volunteers responded to the report in an effort to protect the animal from oncoming traffic.

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The tides were especially high today, washing up on the road and came amid a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service, advising the public of coastal flooding due to the next king tide event rolling in to the islands.

“King tides” were forecast to occur over a couple days with the first affecting the islands around the Memorial Day weekend on May 26. This latest king tide event is forecast for the days leading up to and June 23, and the third event of the season will occur around July 21, 2017.

The National Weather Service says coastal flooding associated with the king tides will become a possibility each day going into the upcoming weekend, especially along south facing shores due to elevated surf. The best chance for coastal flooding impacts will be through the afternoon periods around the times of the peak daily tides.

 

The agency says impacts will include flooding of beaches that are normally dry, due to a combination of wave run-up from the surf along south facing shores and higher than normal water levels. Ocean water could also inundate the typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps and other coastal infrastructure. 

 

The NWS reports that the potential for coastal flooding will begin to lower later in the weekend and early next week as the peak daily tides and surf steadily trend down.

Monk seal on Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

Monk seal on Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

Monk seal on Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

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High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

High tide along Honoapiʻilani Highway. (6.21.17) PC: Asa Ellison

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Attorney Lee Ohigashi to Fill Maui Seat on LUC

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Gov. David Ige today announced the nomination of Mr. Lee A. Ohigashi to the Maui County seat on the State Land Use Commission for a term beginning June 21, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

 

Lee Ohigashi

Ohigashi lives with his wife in Wailuku where he operates a private law practice emphasizing family and administrative law. From 1980 to 1985 he served as a deputy corporation counsel for the County of Maui. He is an active member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the Japanese Cultural Association of Maui. He has also served on the State of Hawaiʻi Criminal Justice Commission, University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents, State of Hawaiʻi Board for Vocational Education, the University of Hawaiʻi Board for Vocational Education, the University of Hawaiʻi Research Corporation and the County of Maui Liquor Commission.

Ohigashi graduated from Baldwin High School, completed his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Redlands, California, and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii School of Law (now William S. Richardson School of Law).

“Lee’s legal expertise will be an asset to the Land Use Commission, and his community service has kept him in touch with the issues our community cares about most. I know he will make a significant contribution on the LUC,” said Gov. Ige.

“As I take on this responsibility, I will continue to follow my father’s advice to listen, be fair and make up my own mind on issues before the commission. My goal is to support initiatives that will address the critical lack of affordable housing for all segments of the population and the ever-increasing statewide challenge of homelessness,” said Ohigashi.

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