Department of Agriculture Confirms Stinging Little Fire Ant Has Spread to Oahu and Maui From Hawaii Island

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has confirmed that an invasive stinging ant called the Little Fire Ant (LFA) has spread from Hawaii Island to Oahu and Maui.  On Dec. 23, a customer at garden shop on Maui reported a suspicious ant to the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), which sent the specimens to HDOA entomologists who confirmed the identification of LFA.

Little Fire Ant - Worker Ant

Little Fire Ant – Worker Ant

On Dec. 26, HDOA entomologists surveyed several nurseries and stores and found LFA infestations on hapuu (Hawaiian tree fern) at several garden shops on Oahu and at another Maui store.  All infested hapuu were contained and the areas secured. On Dec. 27, HDOA staff revisited the stores and treated the areas with pesticides.  Through trace-back and trace-forward efforts, HDOA believes the infested hapuu originated on Hawaii Island and products from that nursery have been ordered for treatment prior to shipping. The last shipment was made to Oahu and Maui on Dec. 11.  Surveys and treatment will continue by HDOA and MISC staff.

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

HDOA is advising those who recently purchased hapuu logs or planters to contain the logs by placing them in a plastic or garbage bag and seal it securely.  They should contact their nearest HDOA office as soon as possible.  Due to the holiday, please leave a message and staff will respond as soon as they are able:

Maui – (808) 872-3848

Oahu – PEST HOTLINE – 643-PEST (7378).  This is also a toll-free number for neighbor islands.

“It is important that those who have recently purchased hapuu which may be infested with little fire ants to help contain the infestation and contact us as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Reimer, administrator of HDOA’s Plant Industry Division. “Through past experience, we know we can contain an infestation if we find it in its early stages.”

Originally from South America, LFA is considered among the world’s worst invasive species.

LFA are tiny ants, measuring 1/16th inch long, are pale orange in color and move slowly. LFA move slowly, unlike the Tropical Fire Ant which is established in Hawaii, move quickly and are larger with a larger head in proportion to its body. LFA can produce painful stings and large red welts and may cause blindness in pets. They can build up very large colonies on the ground, in trees and other vegetation and completely overrun a property. They will also freely move into homes.

Infestation of LFA

Infestation of LFA

The first detection of LFA in Hawaii was in the Puna area in 1999. Surveys determined that LFA appeared to have been on the east side for several years prior to their initial detection and was widely distributed in Puna. Attention was then focused on controlling ant populations and preventing the spread to non-infested areas on the island and to other islands.

In October 2009, LFA was detected on a farm in Waihee, Maui. Eradication efforts at that site appear to have contained the infestation, which is being continually monitored. HDOA staff also trained Maui County employees, MISC and private pest control operators on Maui to assist in recognizing and reporting possible infestations on the island. MISC is also assisting HDOA in conducting surveys at high-risk areas on Maui.

Attached is a HDOA Pest Advisory that contains information on LFA and its history in Hawaii.
(Also available on the department’s website: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/files/2013/01/npa99-02-lfireant.pdf). 

Wordless Wednesday – 50 Foot Cliff Jump in Hawaii

First Person view of a cliff jump from a 50 foot ledge. Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Cliff Jump
Shot with a GoPro Hero 3 black at 1080p 60fps.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Off Maui

The search for a possible missing kayaker off Maui has been suspended pending further developments.

The search began after an abandoned kayak was found off La Perouse Bay, Maui, at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Jet Ski from Ocean Safety searched the area for a possible kayaker in distress.

Every year, countless man hours and taxpayer dollars go to search and rescue missions where someone is not in danger.

Paddle Smart

Paddle Smart Identification Sticker

“The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners use Paddle Smart stickers and mark their personal watercraft with their contact information,” said Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller, operations unit controller at Sector Honolulu Command Center. “This will reduce the number of man hours spent searching for individuals not in distress and it will allow valuable resources to be ready for actual search and rescue cases.”

Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The decal is weatherproof and reflective.

The goal of Paddle Smart is to save lives and taxpayer dollars. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.

The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

For information on obtaining a Paddle Smart sticker, contact 808-535-3424.

Shark Bites Woman Off Maui Beach

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) this morning closed the beaches from Polo Beach Park to the Mana Kai Maui Resort in the Kihei-Wailea area due to a shark incident earlier today. Closure is in effect until further notice.

Polo Beach

Polo Beach

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers were informed of a shark incident between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.

The female victim was approximately 30 feet seaward, north of the rocky point at Ulua Beach Park. The victim was taken to the hospital and is currently receiving medical treatment.

DOCARE and Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) staff initiated a beach closure one mile in either direction from the incident  – approximately from Polo Beach Park to the Mana Kai Maui Resort — and posted shark warning signs. DOCARE officers remain in the area to facilitate and maintain the closure.

Governor Releases $3.09 Million in Capital Improvement Grants

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $3.09 million in capital improvement grants to Maui and Hawaii Counties as well as two local nonprofit organizations.

The Kress Building in downtown Hilo will get funding

The Kress Building will get renovated to support Connections Public Charters Schools upgrades and improvements

“I am pleased to inform Mayors Arakawa and Kenoi that these capital improvement grant funds are now available to move their roadway and pedestrian safety projects forward,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Funds will also go toward two nonprofits in Hilo and Kaneohe that serve island youth and families in their respective communities, a wise investment in our state’s future.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

$998,000 – Maui County Old Haleakala Highway Sidewalk Project – Planning, design and construction of a new sidewalk along one side of the Old Haleakala Highway, from the Kula Highway to Pukalani Street; the Old Haleakala Highway is frequently used by students attending King Kekaulike High School, and the new path will improve safety

$300,000 – Hawaii County Puainako Street Extension – Right-of-way land acquisition for the conversion of easements on private properties necessary for the extension of Puainako Street, from Komohana Street to the intersection of Kaumana Drive and Country Club Road in upper Kaumana; the project includes a new 4.8-mile, two-lane road with turning lanes, paved shoulders and swales, and drainage improvements

$1,500,000 – Community Based Education Support Services (CBESS) – Friends of Connections, in Hilo – Planning, design, construction and equipment for the first phase of the Kress Building’s renovation to support Connections Public Charter Schools upgrades and improvements; CBESS-Friends of Connections, a Hilo-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, purchased the 40,000 square foot building in December 2006

Kahalu'u Multi-Purpose Facility

Kahalu’u Multi-Purpose Facility

$300,000 – Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project, Kaneohe, Oahu – Design and construction to upgrade and renovate restrooms, storage and other infrastructure at the Kahaluu Multi-Purpose Facility; the KEY Project, a Kaneohe-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates the facility as part of its mission to coordinate and enhance educational, recreational and stewardship opportunities for neighborhood families and their children in a safe environment

Honey Badgers Ready to Compete in 3rd Battle of the Islands – Maui

The Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badgers are riled up and ready for some hard-hitting action in the upcoming 2013 Battle of the Islands in Maui, June 28-29. Honey Badger Talina DiMartino, aka “Sasha Buzzkill”, said the PRG all-star team is prepared to “out-block, out-score, and out-skate” their opponents. “We’re ready for anything, she said. “We’ve been doing extra endurance drills, scrimmaging, and having meetings about strategy.”

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Teammate Hau’oli Sayles, aka “Stealth SoulJAH”, agrees with DiMartino about the team’s readiness, saying all the players are in top shape and eager to play. “We are working on specific strategies and skills that will be used to hopefully win this tournament,” Sayles said.

The Maui Owie Rollers and Waimea Wranglers will roll out to warm the fans up in the first matchup of the tournament, Friday, June 28 at 6:30 pm. Second up in the starting night’s double header will be the much anticipated bout between the Honey Badgers and the Maui Roller Girls, slated to begin at 8 pm.

Teams from Pacific Roller Derby (Oahu), Garden Isle Renegade Rollerz (Kauai), and Aloha City Rollers (Oahu) will play on the second day of the tournament, with the first bout starting at 10 am. Seven teams will vie for the championship slot in two separate brackets. The final bout for B bracket is scheduled for 5 pm on Saturday. The battle for the top spot in bracket A starts at 6:30 pm.

In addition to the extra endurance drills and team strategy meetings, Honey Badger players are taking time out to do some personal training too. Sayles said she is doing High Intensity Interval Training in order to “step up the jammer game, increase performance, and prevent injury.”

Kaya Lela, aka “Chola Roll-ya”, said she’s “eating a nutritious diet and practicing four times a week.” Lela started skating with PRG “from the get-go,” but said this will be her first time competing in the Battle of the Islands.

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Battle of the Islands is a state-wide bi-annual flat-track roller derby tournament. The tournament rotates to different islands where it is hosted by the local roller derby league. Paradise Roller Girls hosted the first Battle of the Islands tournament last July in Hilo. A second Battle of the Islands took place in Oahu last September. The fourth Battle of the Islands will be in Kauai later this year. Money earned from the June 2 PRG Skate-a-Thon fundraiser is being used to pay for some of the Honey Badgers’ travel costs for this year’s trip to Maui.

Games will take place at Central Maui Boys and Girls Club Outdoor Basketball Court 100 Kanaloa Avenue Kahului, HI 96793. For tickets and a full schedule of the upcoming June 28-29 tournament visit mauirollergirls.com. Those attending the tournament are encouraged to bring a canned food or pantry item to help support the Maui Food Bank.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Maui and Molokai Residents Invited to Visit the Hōkūle‘a

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a welcomes the public to visit her in Mā‘alaea Harbor for a few more days.  Crew members have been connecting with youth and community groups since their arrival on Maui on June 17th.

The Hokulea in Hilo

The Hokulea in Hilo

A community presentation about the upcoming Worldwide Voyage is planned for Wednesday, June 26, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the headquarters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary at 726 S. Kīhei Road (see attached flyer).  Apprentice navigator Ka‘iulani Murphy and crewmembers from Hui ‘o Wa‘a Kaulua, ‘Ohana Wa‘a and Polynesian Voyaging Society will be sharing their stories.

While docked at Mā‘alaea, the public is welcome to visit Hōkūle‘a between 9 AM – 12 noon and 1-5 PM through the 27th.

Mālama Hawai‘i is the first leg of Mālama Honua, the Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.  Hōkūle‘a will pay respects to communities throughout Hawai‘i in gratitude for 38 years of support of voyaging here.

Na Aumakua of the Hokulea

Na Aumakua of the Hokulea

In addition, we will feature stories of leadership and wise practices in resource management, voyaging and navigation, innovative education, and cultural practice throughout the islands.  The plans for the Worldwide Voyage will be shared at every port.  Over the next several weeks*, Hōkūle‘a will be in the waters of Maui Nui:

  • Through June 27      Mā‘alaea, Maui
  • June 28 – Jul 1           Lahaina, Maui
  • July 1 – 3                      Kealaikahiki, Kaho‘olawe
  • July 3 – 8                      Mānele, Lāna‘i
  • July 8 – 15                   Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i
  • August 16 – 18           Hāna, Maui
  • August 18 – 19           Honolua, Maui
  • August 19 – 20          Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i
  • August 20 – 23          Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i

* All dates are subject to change.  Committed to the safety of our crews and vessels, all sail dates are weather/safety dependent.

Hilton to Operate Three Waldorf Astoria Resorts – Maui Grand Wailea Resort One of Them

GIC Real Estate, the real estate arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), has completed its purchase of three landmark resorts managed by the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand of Hilton Worldwide. They are: the 740-room Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Ariz.; the 780-room Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii; and the 796-room La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, Calif.

The Grand Wailea in Maui

The Grand Wailea in Maui

The transition of ownership will have no impact on the day to day operations of the properties as GIC has assumed the existing management agreements for all three Waldorf Astoria properties. California-based, KSL Group will act as asset manager for the three resorts and will work closely with GIC and Hilton Worldwide to ensure that the luxury properties continue their legacy of offering guests True Waldorf Service and authentic moments set amidst the inspirational environments for which the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand is legendary.

The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort has been an Arizona landmark since opening in 1929, when it was crowned the “Jewel of the Desert.” The Grand Dame remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style, luxurious facilities and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous. Nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the legendary resort offers: 740 guest accommodations; full-service spa, salon and fitness center; two 18-hole golf courses; six restaurants and lounges including Frank & Albert’s serving Arizona comfort food; and eight swimming pools including the Paradise Pool for the ultimate in poolside fun. For more information call 800-950-0086 or visit www.arizonabiltmore.com

Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is the only Waldorf Astoria Resort in the Hawaiian Islands. Nestled on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, Grand Wailea offers open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty for romantic getaways and fun for the whole family. Built to portray the richness of Hawaii’s culture, people and nature, Grand Wailea is the ultimate Hawaiian resort providing an extensive selection of amenities and activities. Since opening in 1991, Grand Wailea consistently ranks among the world’s best resorts by leading travel consumer reports and industry peers. For more information, call 800.232.4604 or visit www.grandwailea.com.

La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort and PGA WEST is a renowned desert destination in the greater Palm Springs area featuring 796 elegantly-appointed casitas, suite and villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta®; 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas; 23 tennis courts and exceptional cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert; TWENTY6; Adobe Grill; Ernie’s at PGA WEST. Known as The Western Home of Golf in America® and named “North America’s Golf Resort of the Year,” it is home to five award-winning public golf courses and four private courses, designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf.

In addition to the three Waldorf Astoria resorts, GIC has a global portfolio of hotel properties in the U.S., France, the UK, Australia, China and India. Included in these holdings is the 1053-room Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk hotel in Fukuoka, Japan.

UH Hilo to Host Talk on Electric Vehicles

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo hosts a free public presentation featuring two members of the Maui EV (Electric Vehicle) Alliance on Tuesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. in UCB 127.

Maui EVAProject Director Dr. Anne Ku and Ethan Elkind, climate policy associate at the UC Berkeley School of Law, will discuss a recent study done to prepare Maui for EV’s. EV’s in Paradise: Planning for Developing Infrastructure in Maui Count, examined barriers, incentives, and other issues that can serve as templates for other isolated grids and island communities with similar challenges.

Ku, who lectures in mathematics and music (piano) at UH Maui College, holds degrees in electrical engineering, operations research/decision sciences, and music. She writes a regular column for Maui Weekly called “EV in Paradise,” and directs the monthly “Maui EVA TV” which airs on cable and YouTube.

Elkind has organized and facilitated high-level stakeholder meetings on various energy-related topics such as energy storage, renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. He has also written and published numerous studies on energy-related matters for California policy makers including “Electric Drive by ’25: How California Can Catalyze Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles by 2025,” published in September 2012.

Maui EV Alliance (Maui EVA) is the name given to UH Maui’s EV readiness project. Maui EVA was the only education institution to receive one of 16 planning grants awarded in October 2011 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. It was also named the most innovative electric vehicle readiness project in the country by Green Tech Media in December 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.mauieva.org/.

The Intergalactic Nemesis is Coming to Hawaii! Performances on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One Target Earth performs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm.

Intergalatic Nemesis
“This is a one-of-a-kind all-ages show, and is definitely not to be missed!” said UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Manager Lee Dombroski. The premise is simple: a period adventure story featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

“The telling is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique,” Dombroski explained. “While three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full color, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic book images blast from the screen, all performed live. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone.”

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $20 General, $15 Discount and $10 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

Hawaii Show Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Book One: Target Earth Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theatre Kahului, Hawaii
  • Friday, January 11, 2013 Book One: Target Earth University of Hawai’i Performing Arts Center Hilo, Hawaii
  • Saturday, January 12, 2013 University of Hawai’i, Kennedy Theatre Honolulu, Hawaii

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Maui This Morning

earthquake

Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 20.064°N, 156.733°W
Depth 4.9 km (3.0 miles)
Region MAUI REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 76 km (47 miles) SSW (204°) from Wailea-Makena, HI
  • 82 km (51 miles) SSW (200°) from Kihei, HI
  • 85 km (53 miles) WNW (297°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 177 km (110 miles) WNW (283°) from Hilo, HI
  • 179 km (111 miles) SE (140°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.6 km (1.0 miles); depth +/- 1.9 km (1.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 69, Dmin=88 km, Rmss=0.23 sec, Gp=245°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
Source
Event ID hv60439071

 

World’s Largest Solar Telescope is Set to Rise Atop Haleakala

Why am I always the last to hear of things?

The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope will require air jets to keep its 4-metre mirror cool. T. Kekona/K.C. Environmental

After being thwarted for years by objections from Hawaiian native groups, the world’s largest solar telescope is set to rise atop Haleakala, the dormant volcano that is the highest mountain on the island of Maui.

On 9 November, Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources issued a construction permit for the 4-metre Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), which with a 43.5-metre-tall enclosure will tower over the many other astronomical facilities on the mountain. The project will begin removing rocks and grading the 3,084-metre summit site as early as next week…

Full Story here: Giant Sun Scope Clears Final Hurdle

Maui Gets 3.0 Magnitude Earthquake

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 20.517°N, 156.417°W
Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
Region MAUI REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 19 km (12 miles) S (173°) from Wailea-Makena, HI
  • 27 km (17 miles) S (171°) from Kihei, HI
  • 33 km (21 miles) SSE (167°) from Maalaea, HI
  • 41 km (25 miles) S (173°) from Kahului, HI
  • 166 km (103 miles) WNW (303°) from Hilo, HI
  • 171 km (106 miles) ESE (121°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.4 km (0.9 miles); depth +/- 3.9 km (2.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 20, Dmin=32 km, Rmss=0.18 sec, Gp=202°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60428796

Warrant Sweep on Maui Nets 66

U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force Officers, Hawaii State Sheriffs, Maui Police Officers, Hawaii County Police Officers, and Kauai County Police Officers conducted a joint fugitive warrant sweep on the island of Maui.

During the 3-day mission, sixty-six wanted fugitives were arrested clearing a hundred-four outstanding warrants. Those who were apprehended were wanted for various violent crimes which include drug offenses, sex offenses, robbery, and probation violation.

During the course of the mission, the following fugitives were apprehended, most notably 49 year-old Alan M. Santos. On September 5, Santos was arrested in Kahului on a $250,000 felony warrant for one count of sexual assault in the first degree and two counts of sexual assault in the third degree. The alleged victim in this case is under the age of 14. Santos is currently being held at Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) pending further court proceedings.

On September 4, Bill Warner Manuel, Jr. from Wailuku was arrested without incident at Waiale Road in Wailuku for ten outstanding bench warrants. The warrants were for probation violation, criminal contempt of court and failure to appear. Bail for all warrants netted $59,800. Manuel is being held at MCCC.

The U.S. Marshals Hawaii Task Force officers who participated in the collaborative mission consist of law enforcement officers from Maui County Police Department, Kauai County Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department and Hawaii State Sheriffs.

Mokulele Airline Flights Return to Kapalua, Maui

Mokulele Airlines, one of Hawai’i’s favorite commuter airlines, is expanding its services by returning to the Kapalua Airport, located on West Maui.  Flights will begin on July 1st with 4 flights a day, and fares as low as $59.97 based on availability.

“As we expand our fleet, we will continue connecting the dots in Hawai’i,” says CEO Ron Hansen “The new flights will provide customers with additional options when traveling to and from Maui at affordable prices.”

“The added lift from Honolulu to Kapalua will be valuable as we head into the busy summer season,” said Michael Jokovich, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. “It will provide our guests with a convenient alternative to flying into Kahului and additional access for visitors to enjoy all that Kaanapali has to offer.”

Flights are currently available online at www.mokuleleairlines.com, thru the reservations department, and thru your favorite travel agent.

Depart Arrive Flight
Honolulu to Kapalua 10:25A 11:07A 1780
2:20P 3:02P 1782
Kapalua to Honolulu 11:28A 12:10P 1781
3:23P 4:05P 1783

Mokulele Airlines has recently been adding new cities to its growing network, most recently by providing the only daily non-stop flights between Kahului and Lanai City starting at $45.00.

ABOUT MOKULELE AIRLINES

Mokulele Flight Service, flying the skies of Hawai’i since 1994, was recently purchased by TransPac Aviation Holdings in late 2011. Mokulele offers over 46 flights a day connecting Maui & Oahu to the Big Island, Lanai, and Molokai using 9 seat turbine powered Cessna Grand Caravan 208 aircraft. The company maintains its headquarters in Kailua-Kona. For reservations & information, visit mokuleleairlines.com, facebook.com/mokulele , visit your favorite travel agent, or call 866 260 7070.

Mokulele Airlines Announces Service Between Lanai and Maui

Kona-based Mokulele Airlines today announced service between the islands of Lana’i and Maui, starting on April 15, 2012. Listening to their customers’ needs, the airline provider is “happy to follow through with providing affordable and needed flights,” said Ron Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Mokulele Airlines. The airline, recently under new ownership, will provide one daily direct flight from Lana’i to Maui and two daily direct trips from Maui to Lana’i. The new flights have allowed for an additional morning flight from Lana’i (with a brief stop on Moloka’i) to Honolulu.

Senator J. Kalani English, chairman of the Hawai’i State Senate Committee on Transportation and Senator for Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i and Kaho’olawe said, “I am elated that people on Lana’i will have over more opportunities to travel to visit their ‘ohana on other islands. I appreciate Mokulele Airlines’ willingness to listen to their customers and provide fair and affordable travel options, especially in my district which is remote in nature – air travel is a lifeline.”

Hansen added, “We are happy to provide the only nonstop scheduled flights between Lana’i and the Valley Isle. Lana’i travelers can now fly to Maui to shop, visit their doctor, or spend the weekend with ‘ohana. I’m hopeful that kama’aina will continue to make Mokulele their first choice for inter-island travel.”

Mokulele’s spring season start will offer daily flights between Lana’i City (LNY) and Kahului, Maui (OGG) with fares as low as $67.79 each way (taxes and fees included, seats may be limited, additional rules below). The flights are now available online at www.mokuleleairlines.com and will be available in the next few days to local travel agents and online websites.

Hawaii Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input on Regional Long-Range Land Transportation Plans for the Islands of Maui/Molokai/Lanai, Hawaii and Kauai

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be updating the Regional Long-Range Land Transportation Plans (RLRLTPs) for the islands of Maui/Molokai/Lanai, Hawaii and Kauai and is asking the public to participate.

The RLRLTPs define land transportation goals and needs for each region and have not been updated since the late 1990’s. Since then, the state of Hawaii has experienced significant changes in population, development, and travel needs.

“One of the key elements of this development process is community involvement,” said HDOT Director Glenn Okimoto. “The HDOT believes in effective community involvement to plan for Hawaii’s future land transportation, and thus the HDOT is moving forward with working with the citizens of Hawaii.”

The HDOT will be holding public meetings in Wailuku, Kona, Hilo, and Lihue in February and March to introduce the plans and receive input from the public. The updated RLRLTPs will be incorporated into the Statewide Long-Range Land Transportation Plan (SLRLTP), which is being developed concurrently. The SLRLTP will also incorporate the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP 2035), which was just completed by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. The SLRLTP will embrace the overall values of the people of Hawaii and guide land transportation policy and programs within the state through the year 2035.

Once the drafts of the SLRLTP and RLRLTPs are developed later this year, another round of public meetings will be held on the neighbor islands to receive input on their respective RLRLTPs as well as the SLRLTP, and on Oahu to discuss the SLRLTP. These meetings, in coordination with other outreach efforts, will ensure that all of Hawaii’s communities have an opportunity to participate in the development of the plans.

For more information, visit www.hawaiilongrangeplan.com or call the HDOT’s Public Affairs Office at 808-587-2160.

Upcoming public meetings schedule:

  • Wailuku, Maui, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 5:30-7:30 PM, J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
  • Kona, Hawaii Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:30-7:30 PM, Kona Outdoor Circle 72-6280 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
  • Hilo, Hawaii Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 5:30-7:30 PM, Puueo Community Center

According to NORAD… Santa’s Last Stop Was In Maui

Well Santa has finished delivering his presents and according to the NORAD Santa Tracker, his last stop was in Maui, Hawaii:

Mele Kalikimaka

Virgin Airlines Coming to Honolulu and Neighbor Islands via Codeshare Agreement

More good news for the islands tourism industries.  Virgin Airlines is going to be flying here soon:

Virgin said on Friday it would place its airline code on Hawaiian’s flights from Sydney to Honolulu, as well as connecting services to surrounding islands of Maui, Kauai and The Big Island.

“Hawaii is a key tourist destination and this agreement will take us one step closer to obtaining global flight coverage for our guests,” Virginchief executive John Borghetti said in a statement.

The codeshare services start on October 31, 2011.

More here: Virgin Australia Spreads its Wings to Honolulu

When Fire Dancing Goes Bad at a Hawaiian Luau

Fire Dancing Gone Bad

Ok… I just laughed my ass off… and I’m glad the guy is ok!

In Hawaii, check this fire dancer out! He was so good until about the one minute mark. Once he started to realize he was on fire, he ran for the beach, threw some sand on himself and came back to perform like nothing happened.  Great show over all in Maui