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Friday, March 15, 2019
Seeking Applications for Independent Grand Jury Counsel – Second Circuit
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 3849 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...The Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai) is seeking applications for independent grand jury counsel for 2019 to 2020....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
WOTUS: Lahaina Injection Wells Case to be Heard by US Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 4971 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...Maui’s attorneys argue the Ninth Circuit’s “radical expansion of point source permitting” goes beyond the CWA’s scope....

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Hearing: Should Auwahi Windfarm Be Allowed to Kill 140 Bats?
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 4722 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... the DOFAW hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on February 15, 2019 at Kula Elementary School, 5000 Kula Highway in Kula ....

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Friday, January 18, 2019
$10 Maui Oceanfront Parcel? Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:40 AM :: 4982 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Land Use

...Would You Pay $10 for Maui Beachfront Land?....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
DoH cites Maui Land & Pineapple for wastewater violations
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 4098 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...The company has been ordered to pay a penalty of $230,000 and construct a new wastewater treatment plant....

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Friday, January 4, 2019
US Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court to Hear Maui Injection Wells Case
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 4199 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...the petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 18-260 should be granted, limited to the first question presented ... whether a “discharge of a pollutant” occurs when a pollutant is released from a point source, travels through groundwater, and ultimately migrates to navigable waters....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Maui Woke? Hindus urge Hawaii firm to withdraw Lord Ganesha shoes
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 5299 Views :: Maui County, Religion

...Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to adorn one’s feet for mercantile greed....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
HC&S Land Sold to Real Farmer
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 6014 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

...All of A&B's existing agricultural personnel will be offered positions with Mahi Pono....

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Monday, December 17, 2018
Maui County Pays Vendors Ripped Off by Anti-GMO Activist
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 5110 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, GMOs

...The Mayor's Office of Economic Development (OED) announced today that its office received a total of $8,730.28 in requests for payments for unpaid invoices for the 250th Celebration of Queen Kaahumanu grant, which was terminated in October....

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 4)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4565 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing Maui County seeking to invalidate its “Time Share” property classification, with the county then striking back.... 

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Sunday, December 9, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4554 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing the county, with the county then back assessing the association for $10 million.... 

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Saturday, December 8, 2018
Auwahi Wind Farm Requests Approval to Kill 140 Hoary Bats
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 5793 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

...The requested total bat take is 140 bats (119 in addition to the 21 authorized).... 

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Monday, December 3, 2018
WOTUS: Supreme Court Asks US Solicitor General to Weigh in on Maui Injection Wells
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 4145 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...In its petition for certiorari, Maui calls the 9th Circuit Court ruling a “radical expansion of point source permitting,” poised to carry massive liability for Maui and its taxpayers....

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4694 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million.... 

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Stream Flow Ruling Cuts off Lahaina Water Supply
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 4938 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development

...the County intends to develop a new groundwater source within five years, or sooner, which will eventually provide for the full instream flow standard....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Wanna Buy a House on Maui? County has $30K to Give You
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 3924 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

...Public Encouraged to Apply for the County's First-Time Buyer's Program....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:03 PM :: 4537 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Maui rental fines not fine
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 AM :: 5077 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...Renting out your room illegally to someone vacationing on the island for 10 days would mean more than $100,000 in fines....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Applications Being Accepted for Maui County Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 2935 Views :: Maui County

...Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years....

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Sunday, November 4, 2018
It’s Real Property Because We Said So!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4882 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Taxes

...a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes and their limits....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Did Anti-GMO Activist Rip You Off?  Maui County Can Help
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 5471 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, GMOs

...Maui County Office of Economic Development is accepting invoices from vendors who provided goods and services under the recently terminated $100,000 grant awarded to an executive assistant of County Council Member (and anti-GMO activist) Alika Atay....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Would You Pay $10 for Maui Beachfront Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 4623 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...Welcome to newspeak, takings edition.... 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Lawsuit Challenges 'Illegal' Maui Council Frankenbill
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 5295 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

...changing of the ordinance to benefit of private developers, at the expense of the residents, was never publicly noticed as required under the State of Hawai’i Sunshine Laws, and, that it violated adopted Council Rules....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Process Begins for Maui County to Acquire a Portion of Wailuku Water Company
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 4040 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...the county to obtain approximately 8,764 acres of WWC land in the West Maui watershed area along with its water conveyance system. The proposed acquisition price is $9.5 million....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Supreme Court to Decide if Land Can be Stolen from Owners Without Compensation?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:51 AM :: 4846 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...The land was zoned for single-family residences, but the County of Maui decided it should be used as a public park. Instead of buying the land, however, the County wielded its regulatory authority to prevent the Leones from developing their property in any way....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Former Maui Police Department Officer Sentenced For Stealing Money And Conspiring To Bribe Witness
By News Release @ 2:33 PM :: 5381 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

...Former Maui police officer Anthony Maldonado stole $1,800 from a motorist because he thought the motorist was a drug dealer, had stolen drugs and money from drug dealers before, gave some of the drugs to his mistress and sold steroids to at least one other officer....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
“It’s not me, it’s us.” Tupola finds receptive audience on Maui
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 PM :: 5403 Views :: Maui County, Republican Party

...“I’m here to change your mind,” said Andria Tupola, Republican nominee for Hawaii governor....

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Sunday, August 19, 2018
Maui County Community Budget Meetings Announced
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2874 Views :: Maui County

...Mayor Alan Arakawa and his administration will host a series of community meetings in September and October to receive comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Fast-Track Process Helps Two Affordable Housing Projects
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 5344 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

...Mayor Alan Arakawa instructed all departments to give priority to processing permits for affordable housing projects....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Another Hawaii Hi-Tech Scam Busted
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 4329 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

...Also named in the lawsuit is Maui-based artist and sculptor Spar Street, who the SEC says received investor money as commissions for indentifying and recruiting new investors....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii Sierra Club Leader Hit With $1000 per day SMA Fines
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 PM :: 9380 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Land Use

... Fines in excess of $236,000—still accruing at $1000 a day—and a lawsuit--are forcing into the open a 13-year battle over alleged violations of numerous State and County permitting and land use laws on a Huelo, Maui shoreline property owned by Hawaii Sierra Club Vice Chair and Maui Tomorrow President Lucienne De Naie ....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Maui Planning Department Finalizes Short-Term Occupancy List
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 6797 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...The list can be used by the public, property owners, realtors and the County for a quick determination about whether short-term occupancy – defined by the county as fewer than 180 days – is allowed without a permit....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
FEMA Rewards Maui With Lower Flood Insurance Rates
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 4789 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Cost of Living

...Maui County was upgraded from Class 8, which has a 10 percent discount on flood insurance premiums, to Class 7, which allows a 15 percent discount. This means the average premium will drop from $763 to $721....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Good Intentions Pave Road to Hawaii Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:28 PM :: 6224 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness, Land Use

...Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Hawaii Recycling is Polluting China--But No More as of May 1
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 4524 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...In an effort to clean its environment, China has restricted recyclable commodities and set strict contamination limits. The E-Cycling program cites this shift in the worldwide recycling commodities market for local restrictions....

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Former Maui Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Theft Under Color of Law and Witness Tampering
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 5755 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

...The driver, who was alone in the car, used crutches to stand when he got out of the vehicle and spoke limited English....

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Ige Selects Troy Hashimoto for Souki Seat
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 7553 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... Hashimoto has served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011 ....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Chief Justice Appoints Kirstin M. Hamman as Maui District Court Judge
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 4267 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...Recktenwald has today appointed Kirstin M. Hamman to the District Court of the Second Circuit (Island of Maui) to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Keith E. Tanaka....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Lahaina Injection Wells: Is WOTUS Just too Complicated to Enforce?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 PM :: 4555 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...If the goal is to guide human action, environmental markets work better than indecipherable regulations....

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Maui Tax and Spend: Massive Property Tax Hikes to Cover $114M in New Spending
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 5264 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...Spending would increase by $114.8 million, or 16.3%, over current period....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
SB648 Amended to Increase Sister Islands TAT Share
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 8575 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... The TAT amount for the City & County of Honolulu is unchanged ....

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Maui: Six Nominees for 2nd District Court Judge
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 4604 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for a vacancy in the District Court of the Second Circuit (Maui), to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Keith E. Tanaka....

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Friday, March 2, 2018
Maui Mayor Signs Sea Level Proclamation: County Will Grab for More Oceanfront Land
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 6497 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Land Use

...calls on the Planning Department to propose rule changes to the Maui, Molokai and Lanai Planning Commissions to include sea level rise in their shoreline setback calculations....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
UH Maui Activists Tear Down US, Hawaii Flags
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 AM :: 6255 Views :: Maui County, Higher Education, OHA

“...Our identity has been erased, beaten, battered and thrown to the side....”

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Former Armed Robber Running for Maui Mayor
By Andrew Walden @ 7:05 PM :: 16018 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Elle Cochran attempted to wrestle the gun away from the security guard before she could be subdued....

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Thursday, February 1, 2018
Lahaina Injection Wells: 9th Circuit Rules Against Maui County
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 5092 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...no surprise here....

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Chin's Crackpot Theory: Eminent Domain Abuse, Hawaii Style
By Robert Thomas @ 7:03 PM :: 5287 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...“No court in the United States has accepted that argument, and no condemning authority has had the chutzpah to make that argument."....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Lack of Buyer forces Changes to Recycling Programs on Maui
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 5300 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...You may have been hearing new terms like China’s Green Fence and The National Sword and wondered what they are and how they impact our community....

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Maui hospitals point the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 AM :: 6724 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...the state should consider privatizing more of its medical facilities....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:15 PM :: 8138 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Taxes

...Hokama also asked Thom Williams, executive director of the ERS, if the debt would still be owed if the county went bankrupt....

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