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It’s not about how or for whom you vote. It’s about being informed—and participating.

State Releases $294 Million in Tax Refunds

Beginning Sept. 9 and extending through the end of October, about $294 million will be refunded to taxpayers who filed their 2021 returns and have been Hawaiʻi residents for at least nine months

War of the Frogs

Anyone who has heard the mating call of the coqui frog remembers it. The nocturnal native of Puerto Rico, believed to have arrived in bromeliads shipped to Hawaiʻi from a nursery there in the 1980s, has a two-note chirping call that can exceed the legislatively-established state health standard of 70 decibels

Maui Invitational Bounces Back

​​The Maui Invitational has been a local institution for nearly four decades. But for the last two years, it wasn’t played on Maui

The Giver

On May 18, David Raatz donated one-third of his liver to a child he’ll probably never meet

Hold Your Own Food Drive

According to the state Department of Health, one in six Mauians and one in five Maui keiki live with food insecurity, a 62 percent increase from ten years ago. The Maui Food Bank is an essential resource for such people

Hawaiʻi Teens Lead Nation in Vaping

Hawaiʻi has the highest vaping rate in the country among middle schoolers and the second-highest among high schoolers, according to a CDC report

War of the Frogs

War of the Frogs

Anyone who has heard the mating call of the coqui frog remembers it. The nocturnal native of Puerto Rico, believed to have arrived in bromeliads shipped to Hawaiʻi from a nursery there in the 1980s, has a two-note chirping call that can exceed the legislatively-established state health standard of 70 decibels

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Hold Your Own Food Drive

Hold Your Own Food Drive

According to the state Department of Health, one in six Mauians and one in five Maui keiki live with food insecurity, a 62 percent increase from ten years ago. The Maui Food Bank is an essential resource for such people

read more
Broke Da Mout: November Edition

Broke Da Mout: November Edition

The 808 General Store just opened in a revamped ground-floor space in the 5 Palms. The store, related to 808 Deli and 808 on Main, serves up their legendary paninis and salads along with a fabulous Keawakapu Beach view

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Return of the Dread-I

Return of the Dread-I

Marty’s dreads are about as long as his musical career, and that means that they reach past his waist when he lets them loose. But he keeps his namesake locks tucked neatly into a colorful tam most days, because they’ve grown so darn heavy

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SCOTUS Rules on Gun-Carry Laws

SCOTUS Rules on Gun-Carry Laws

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 100-year-old New York state law in June that required a license to carry a concealed firearm in public—and which limited them to individuals who could demonstrate a heightened need for self defense—it sent ripples across the nation, all the way across the Pacific to Hawaiʻi

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Candidate Profiles

Candidate Profiles

Here’s a look at the candidates running for national, state, and county office. That’s everything from the governor to the council to the mayor to the folks who’ll represent us in Washington, D.C.

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Stating it Out

Stating it Out

Maui County has a local council, and we also elect two Senators and one member of the U.S. House to represent us in Washington, D.C. But what about the folks we send to Oahu?

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Your Vote Matters

Your Vote Matters

In August, Maui County held a primary election. If you’re among the 75.2 percent of eligible voters who didn’t turn in a ballot, maybe you forgot. Maybe you didn’t care

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Chartering a Course

Chartering a Course

The Maui County Charter is, essentially, our local constitution. It sets the rules for county government and the way things operate, from mayor’s office to the council to codes of ethics to finances and so on. In short, it’s a pretty big deal

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Campaign Cash

Campaign Cash

Money. It’s been a force in politics practically since the birth of American democracy, and its influence doesn’t seem to be diminishing despite widespread agreement that it gives certain individuals and groups an outsized advantage come election day

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I’m Just a Bill Sitting on Wailuku Hill

I’m Just a Bill Sitting on Wailuku Hill

The list of things that make Hawaiʻi unique among U.S. states is a long one. Our pristine waters, world-class surf, towering volcanoes, tropical climate, and the complex and beautiful Polynesian host culture all set us apart and give island residents a sense of pride

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Welcome to VOTE

It’s not about how or for whom you vote. It’s about being informed—and participating.

Skunks on Maui: What’s the Stink?

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) trapped a live skunk in the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary in August. That’s a big deal for a couple of reasons. First, unlike mongoose and feral cats (the intended targets of the DLNR traps), skunks are...

Cruzing Attitude

Rising above personal struggles, John Cruz keeps it island style

What Do the Unsheltered Need?

We quickly learned that existing shelters were viewed unfavorably by just about everyone in this population. A few share tales of being denied a bed, poor treatment by staff, and rules being unfairly applied. Granted, these aren’t the folks presently living at the shelters, and some hold animosity towards them, having been told to leave. But the negative perception is pervasive.

Prey Tell

‘Predator’ prequel takes franchise to new heights

The Return of ‘Sharktober’

Tiger sharks are more prevalent in Maui’s waters this time of year—but your
chances of an encounter are still vanishingly small

Kurt Suzuki’s Long Autumn

Kula boy’s (possible) final big league season hasn’t gone according to plan—but he’s still a favorite Maui son

The Explainer: Climate Change and Drought

It’s a familiar refrain as we slog through the hot, dry months: Maui is in a drought. Parts of South and Central Maui were elevated to “exceptional drought,” the National Weather Service’s highest designation. Most of the rest of the county and state is somewhere...

Native Hawaiians Disproportionately Victimized By Sex Trafficking

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders make up about 10.5 percent of the state’s population, according to the most recent census data. Yet, according to the Office of Native Hawaiian Affairs, they comprise between 67 and 77 percent of sex-trafficking victims. Sen....

Eh Brah! Absentee Homeowners

People use Maui Nui as their part-time playground. It’s nice, I understand. Good place to stash a getaway. But for those of us who live here and love it year-round, why not use those houses for the homeless? 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Get prepared for a wicked Halloween! Trick-or-treating, costume contest, spooky haunted house, pumpkin patch, harvest festival, creepy comedy, frightening movies, parades, arts & crafts, spooktacular soirees, and more!  LĀHAINĀ GHOST WALK October 1 - 31 |...

Resumé Rules

We’re often told that a good resumé is the key to landing a job interview. But if you haven’t been through the process lately, be aware that the rules of job hunting have changed over the past few years.

Side Hustles 

As home rental rates climb ever higher and essentials like gasoline and groceries fetch record prices in Maui County, even folks with full-time jobs often have to rely on extra income from side gigs to make ends meet.

High-Paying Jobs

Maui is bursting at the seams with “help wanted” signs. Still, finding gainful employment in such an expensive place feels daunting. We get it.

The Hawai‘i Career Acceleration Navigator: A Portal to Work

In June, state officials unveiled the Hawai‘i Career Acceleration Navigator. Gov. David Ige touted it as “a first-of-its-kind data platform to connect job seekers to careers in our post-pandemic economy.” Sounds good, but how does it work? Pretty well, actually.

Online Resources For Finding Your Next Job

Only you can land your dream job, but these sites can help We’re glad you’re using our MauiTimes’ Apply Within special issue for your local job search, but we understand that these pages are just one source of job listings and that any serious job hunter would be...

Toxoplasma: ‘The Cat Parasite’

It’s widespread in Hawai‘i, threatening wildlife, pets, and humans. What can be done? Odds are, you’re infected with a parasite that causes impaired vision, reduces decision-making, and may lead to premature death. On average, the parasite infects one in three people...

Rolling Restaurateurs

Would it surprise you to learn that the folks behind your food truck plate lunch might have come from the kitchens of some of the island’s most beloved and respected restaurants—places like Spago at the Four Seasons, Merriman’s of Kapalua, The Hāliʻimaile General Store, or Mama’s Fish House? It’s true. 

Fall Movie Preview

Thirteen buzz-worthy autumn films you (probably) won‘t want to miss.

More “Sex” Play? Yes, Please!

Written by Laura Eason and directed by Ricky Jones, “Sex With Strangers” tells the story of a May-September romance between two writers who meet not-quite-accidentally at a snowed-in bed and breakfast in rural Michigan.

A Labor of Love

Through the generosity and compassion of two local philanthropists, Maui’s at-risk youth will soon have a safe haven to escape to in times of crisis. 

Maui’s Pet Problem

The housing crisis is hitting animal-owning renters—and the Maui Humane Society—especially hard.

UH Maui College Gets Re-Accredited

After a year-and-a-half long process that included multiple reports, self-study and a campus inspection, UH Maui College has been re-accredited for the next eight years by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

How to Regulate Ghost Guns: A Loaded Question

What, exactly, are ghost guns? As the name implies, they’re largely untraceable weapons without serial numbers that can be assembled from kits available online or created using 3D printers.

Progressive Superpac Seeks to Sway Liberals

Complaining that Hawaiʻi Democrats have grown too complacent to be effective, Oahu environmental activist Evan Weber, founder of the Sunrise Movement, and former state lawmaker Kaniela Ing, who previously held Rep. Tina Wildberger’s 11th District seat, have teamed up to form Our Hawai‘i Action, a Super PAC and 501(c)4 nonprofit, to steer the party to the left. 

The Explainer: No, It’s Not a Plane Crash

Cheer up, all you tourists and recently relocated residents of Maui—no passengers have been harmed in the making of this regularly recurring sight. It’s only a joint training exercise by the airport’s firefighting units in case something ever does go wrong.

Eh Brah! Disrespecting Honu

Getting too close—and definitely touching them—is against federal law and can land your clueless okole in serious trouble.

Pacific’o on the Beach

Pacific’o opened its doors in 1993, and continues its evolution as a landmark dining destination this year with new partners and a new executive chef.