Welcome To Wai

The ocean is a source of joy for locals and visitors alike: for surfers, kiters, snorkelers, fisherman, paddle boarders, whale watchers, and countless others. Our streams and waterfalls are world-famous sources of tranquility and beauty. This special issue is dedicated to wai, H20, the source of life.

Adjusting To The Waves

By the time you read these words, the results will be known. But that doesn’t change the fact that these competitors deserve to be recognized, regardless of where they placed.

Marine Virus First Detected in Maui Waters is Spreading

In 2010, a unique virus was detected in a Longman's beaked whale stranded Hamoa beach in Hana. The disease, dubbed beaked whale circovirus (BWCV), has since been detected in ten different whale and dolphin species across the Pacific, according to researchers at the...

Maui Schools to Get Funding Injection

Maui County schools will receive an additional $7.4 million in federal funding in 2023-24 under Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which aims to assist at-risk children and those living in low-income families

Maui Mall Cineplex is Not Among 39 Theaters That Regal Plans to Close

Keauhou Stadium 7 Cinemas in Kailua-Kona will close

Beware the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

Maui hasn’t had to deal with the coconut rhinoceros beetle…yet. But the invasive and destructive insect is spreading on O’ahu, which means it’s nipping at our shores.

Coast Guard Tracking Russian Spy Ship Near Hawaiʻi

The same ship was seen off Kauai in 2021

Tons of Beach Debris Airlifted From Kahoʻolawe

Much of the collected trash will be recycled.

Welcome To Wai

Welcome To Wai

The ocean is a source of joy for locals and visitors alike: for surfers, kiters, snorkelers, fisherman, paddle boarders, whale watchers, and countless others. Our streams and waterfalls are world-famous sources of tranquility and beauty. This special issue is dedicated to wai, H20, the source of life.

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Adjusting To The Waves

Adjusting To The Waves

By the time you read these words, the results will be known. But that doesn’t change the fact that these competitors deserve to be recognized, regardless of where they placed.

read more
Maui Schools to Get Funding Injection

Maui Schools to Get Funding Injection

Maui County schools will receive an additional $7.4 million in federal funding in 2023-24 under Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which aims to assist at-risk children and those living in low-income families

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Leased Land on Molokai Returned

Leased Land on Molokai Returned

More than 360 acres of land in Hoʻolehua and Pālāʻau on Molokai formerly leased to the U.S. Navy was returned to the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) after the lease expired on Dec. 31.

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Going Big

Going Big

Author Ugo Corte explores the joy—and danger—of tackling monstrous waves Standing upon the cliffs at Pe‘ahi on Maui’s North Shore and watching surfers drop into the world’s most monstrous wave is a surreal and humbling experience. Many bystanders surely wonder why...

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The Way of Wai

The Way of Wai

Blending the old with the new to bring water security back to Maui The wai connects us. The wai has always connected us, no matter where we are from. With these thoughts in mind, it seemed fitting that the recent Piʻo Summit for Wai Sovereignty and Justice, held on...

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Thirsting for a Solution

Thirsting for a Solution

The high cost of alternatives to single-use plastic water bottles makes conservation a luxury Water is the most essential of all nutrients for plant and animal life across the planet, and there is no substitute. It is, literally, the essence of life. So, it stands to...

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Building a Better Board

Building a Better Board

Sometimes it takes a new generation to push things to the next level. Jeff Timpone had spent years perfecting the craft of surfboard building since the 1970s, but it’s his ecology-minded son Nick who has dramatically transformed the family business model over the last decade

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Blowing in the ‘Wind’

Blowing in the ‘Wind’

David L. Cunningham’s “The Wind and the Reckoning” is a Hawai‘i-based historical drama that, while traveling the 2022 festival circuit, has won best feature awards from the Boston and San Diego film festivals. Yes, it’s that good. 

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Bringing the Beats

Bringing the Beats

Pono Akiona isn’t your typical champion. The Wailuku native’s mild-mannered humility belies the world-class skill he possesses in his discipline of choice. Then again, the arena in which he competes isn’t typical, either. 

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Adjusting To The Waves

By the time you read these words, the results will be known. But that doesn’t change the fact that these competitors deserve to be recognized, regardless of where they placed.

Welcome To Wai

The ocean is a source of joy for locals and visitors alike: for surfers, kiters, snorkelers, fisherman, paddle boarders, whale watchers, and countless others. Our streams and waterfalls are world-famous sources of tranquility and beauty. This special issue is dedicated to wai, H20, the source of life.

Night Pollution

These are just a few examples of how ALAN (artificial light at night) causes trouble for wildlife. But the truth is most every species that has been studied in respect to ALAN has been shown to be affected: bugs, snails, corals, plants…and even us.

A Special Honor

MauiTimes was awarded by Special Olympics Hawaiʻi—but it’s all about the athletes Watching Molokai’s Tommy Galane charge up and down the basketball court and take the ball to the cup elicits unbridled happiness. He plays with reckless abandon. He plays with passion....

Cecilia Suyat Marshall (1928-2022)

Puʻunēnē-born Cecilia Suyat Marshall, the wife of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, died on Nov. 22 at the age of 94.

EH BRAH: Local Kamaʻaina Guy

As a native Hawaiian raised on Maui it makes my skin crawl whenever people (who are obviously not from Maui) ask for a kamaʻaina discount. I work as a server in Wailea and it feels like a total slap in the face when they ask. Do they not understand that they moved...

Self-Care: Debunking Myths

It isn’t about being selfish—it’s about, well, caring for yourself Self-care is an important part of a healthy life for everyone. The term isn’t new, but it has gained in popularity recently, particularly during the stay-at-home phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s...

Asana With Animals

Goats and cats add a dose of extra therapy to yoga classes It’s a slightly gray morning as the sun fights to break through the ring of clouds that form around Haleakala, wrapping her summit in a blanket of white. On a small farm in Keokea, high on the mountain’s...

Eat Local

The many challenges of taking the Locavore Challenge If you live in the Hawaiian Islands long enough, you’ll the familiar mantra about food insecurity. We simply don’t produce much food here, and for the past century or more, the focus of Hawaiʻi agriculture was...

Running into the New Year

Ten tips to start running…and actually enjoy it When was the last time you ran? If it was when you were forced to do the mile back in high school, running might have left a bad taste in your mouth. All exercise, but specifically running, has a number of benefits,...

Health Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Five essential, easy habits to achieve health and fitness You don’t have to go to the gym every day or give up all your favorite foods to be healthy and fit. You can achieve optimal health and fitness by incorporating a few essential habits into your daily routine....

Getting Off Your ’Okole

How much exercise you need to offset a day of sitting We all know that sitting down for long periods of time is bad for our health. But how much exercise is actually required to offset this harm?  According to research, working up a sweat for 30 to 40 minutes each day...

Organizing Your Life

A place for everything and everything in its place Getting organized is often on people’s list of New Year’s resolutions, but it tends to be easier said than done. Many find the advice given by organization guru Marie Kondo helpful. The author of the 2011 New York...

Resolving to Resolve

Why New Year’s resolutions are often doomed to fail—and why they don’t have to be There is, perhaps, no more popular or clichéd annual tradition than the New Year’s resolution.  On the one hand, it’s an admirable collective effort to make ourselves better—quit...

Maui County Adds Six Hybrid Electric Buses

The County Department of Transportation rolled out a half-dozen new hybrid electric, 35-foot buses produced by California-based GILLIG BAE, which will initially be deployed in Central Maui. They can carry 40 passengers and have rooftop batteries powered and restored by a diesel generator

Maui Tiny Homes

Tiny homes can be attractive in many ways. Some are just plain cute, while most boast appealing economic and environmental benefits. Conservation-minded nature lovers, perhaps inspired by Thoroeau’s “Walden,” like the idea of shrinking their footprint while living outdoors, immersed in the natural environment

Sumiko Inaba’s Rise Continues

Sumiko Inaba’s latest fight was tough. But she was tougher. The Pukalani-born, King Kekaulike High graduate’s most recent mixed-martial arts victory came at Long Beach Arena’s Bellator 286 in Southern California

Lily Meola, Home for the Holidays

Maui singer-songwriter Lily Meola could give a master class in discovering the beauty and grace within the paralyzing sadness of losing a loved one. Through her emotional appearances on “America’s Got Talent!”, she already has

Caring for the Land

“I will never let my kids play on a lawn that doesn’t have dandelions.” This emphatic statement came from a professor visiting my school to give a talk on how pesticides act as endocrine disruptors—chemicals that act much like hormones in both animals and plants

Trapping Mosquitos to Save Native Birds

Mosquitos are more than just a blood-sucking nuisance. They’re a significant invasive species that can spread avian malaria and pose a threat to endemic birds. To combat this threat, the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) has been setting traps on the North Shore, trying to capture male Southern house mosquitos

The Explainer: Why Do Humpbacks Breach?

We’re at the height of humpback whale season, when our annual, seasonal visitors return to Maui to mate and birth their young. The shallow, warm waters between Maui County’s four islands are the largest humpback breeding ground in the northern Pacific.  Visitors and...

Going ‘Missing’

Steven Dabney moved to Maui in 1968. In the early ‘70s, he formed a band called, fittingly, Supernatural. He wrote about various watermen—including, fair disclosure, for the old MauiTime—and was one himself. He partied. He got himself into and out of some trouble. He settled into Makawao. Now, he’s published a book, titled “Missing Link”

Black Pearl Astrology: December

From November 21st to December 21st the Sun travels through the sign of Sagittarius and brings with it the joy and excitement of the holiday season. As we resurface from the murky waters of Scorpio season, the uplifting energy of Sagittarius brings with it a sense of relief

Eh Brah: Rubbish Hurler, You Rubbish

To the guy I saw tossing his rubbish into his neighbors’ yard while they were at work, and not even in a bag: How you think this gonna end, brah? Hopefully with some lickens for you and  a lesson learned. There’s bad neighbors and then there’s you. Shame…

Why Shopping Local Matters

Shopping locally and giving to local charities. It’s in the holiday spirit, but these should be year-round values and practices. To quote from Michael Shuman’s book, “Going Local”: “Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally...