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`Iao Valley State Monument to Reopen Tomorrow

‘Iao Valley State Monument will reopen on Saturday, August 5, 2017,  at 7:00 a.m., The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is in the process of completing repairs to the areas in the park that were damaged by a massive flood event in September 2016.  Due to pending permit approvals to complete the project, […]

Flooding Closes Famous ‘Iao Valley State Monument Indefinitely

‘Iao Valley State Monument, Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding the night of September 13 and early morning on September 14, 2016.  Notice of the park closure is posted at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/. The flooding of ‘Iao stream also significantly damaged the Kepaniwai County park downstream and road to the […]

Hawaii State Capital Improvement Project Highlights – CIP Part of Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 Budget

As part of the state budget bill passed in conference committee yesterday, lawmakers included funding for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) statewide. Representative Sylvia Luke and Senator Jill Tokuda co-chaired the conference committee and Rep. Kyle Yamashita and Senator Donovan Dela Cruz managed the CIP funding. Capital Improvement Projects are renovations, repairs, and major maintenance to […]

Maui Resort to Attempt Record Longest Lei Exchange

May 1st is also known as Lei Day and is a statewide cultural celebration in Hawaii. At The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, May Day festivities will include the Longest Lei Exchange in Ka‘anapali as a unique experience and attempt to set a record, with 500+ persons targeted to be in attendance. The significance of […]

Hawaii House of Representatives Sends Proposed Budget to Senate

The full House today approved the state budget with the passage of HB100 HD1, which appropriates funds for both operating and capital improvements costs of the Executive Branch for the current biennium fiscal years FY2017-2018 and FY2018-2019.  For FY2017-2018, the bill provides $7.08 billion in general funds and $13.9 billion in all means of financing.  […]

State to Charge for Hapuna BEACH Access

Am I missing something here… How is it possible for the State to charge folks for access to the ocean? I understand Hapuna Beach being a State Park… but at what point can the State charge folks for water access? From today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald: …In June, the DLNR’s state board approved a plan for parking […]

Hawaii Governor Extends Emergency Proclamation for Maui County

Gov. David Ige signed an extension to the emergency proclamation originally signed on Sept. 16, to provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering following September’s heavy rains and flooding on Maui. The proclamation also serves to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the people of Maui County and to maintain the strength, […]

After-School Programs for Middle and Intermediate Schools Expands With R.E.A.C.H.

As the new school year gets underway, Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced the participants in the statewide R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Arts, Culture and Health) Initiative for the 2016-2017 school year.  Nearly 5,000 middle and intermediate public school students at 28 schools across the state will be part of the program. R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is […]