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Maui Charity Walk Remains a Fundraising Force in Hawaiʻi

‘Maui No Ka ʻOi’ is no joke, especially when it comes to the Visitor Industry Charity Walk, an annual 5K  that had more than 3,000 walkers pounding the pavement last year!

The Charity Walk is one of the largest single-day fundraising events in Hawaiʻi. Statewide, the events raised more than $2.2 million on Oʻahu, Kauai, the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Maui, Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi in 2015. But Maui continues to raise more dollars per capita than any other island, for six years running.

In 2015, the walks in Maui County collected $863,268, and have raised a cumulative total of $9 million since the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association started hosting the event in 1980. All of the funds raised in Maui County remains here to benefit the local community & its residents, through hundreds of non-profit organizations on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

“This event just touches my heart so much every year; we just keep raising more and more funds,” explains Lisa Paulson, executive director

of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association. “So that we can support more and more nonprofits that are so important to this community.

This year, the 38th annual Charity Walk will happen Saturday, May 14 on Maui, and Saturday May 7 on Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi. Maui’s event starts at War Memorial soccer field with a fun-filled morning of warm-ups, food, prizes and entertainment.

Kick-off events are held throughout the islands to allow participants a chance to learn more about the event, how it works and to pick-up their packets, which include information on the Charity Walk, walker forms, posters, shells, flyers and other materials to promote & collect funds for the Charity Walk. There are a few kick-off events left in Maui County:


– Monday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m.: Wailea Marriott
– Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m.: Molokaʻi – Hotel Molokaʻi
– Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m.: Lānaʻi – The Lodge at Koʻele

A RSVP is requested at either info@mauihla.org, or 244-8625. Charity Walk participation

forms can be found by clicking here.

The annual Charity Walk is the Visitor Industry’s way of giving back to the community. Many MHLA property & business members work year round to raise funds for this worthy endeavor to help provide significant and valuable funding to over 100 worthy Maui County organizations:

ʻAoʻao O Na Loko I`a O Maui
Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
Ainsley’s Angels of America
Akakū – Maui County Community Television
Akaʻula School
Aloha House
Aloha Independent Living
Alu Like Inc.
American Red Cross
ARC of Maui

Assistance for Dogs of HI
Baldwin High School – AOHT basketballMaui
Best Buddies Hawaii
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Maui
Catholic Charities Hawaii
Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club
Child & Family Service
Christ the King Church
East Maui Animal Refuge
East Maui Watershed Partnership
Easter Seals Hawaii
Family Life Center
Feed my Sheep
Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style
Frank DeLima’s Student Enrichment Program
Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui

Girl Scouts of Hawaii
H.P. Baldwin High School Foundation
Habitat for Humanity – Maui
Hale Kau Kau
Hale Makua Health Services
Haliʻimaile Community Garden
Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation
Hoʻokakoo Corporation
Horizon’s Academy
Hospice Hawaii Lānaʻi
Hospice Hawaii Molokai
Hospice Maui
Ierusalema Hou Church Youth Group
Ignite A Life
Imua Family Services

Ka Hale a Ke Ola
Ka Lima O Maui
Keiki Cupboard
Kiffman TaeKwondo
King’s Chapel Molokai
Lahaina Arts Association Lahainaluna High – AOHT
Lānaʻi Academy of Performing Arts
Lānaʻi Animal Rescue
Lānaʻi Art Center
Lānaʻi Community Health Center
Lānaʻi High & Elementary School Foundation
Leusoga Samoa of Maui Association
Malama Family Recovery Center
Maui Academy of Performing Arts
Maui Adult Day Care Centers
Maui Aids Foundation
Maui Crime Stoppers
Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Economic Opportunity – Lānaʻi Maui Economic Opportunity – Molokai Maui Family Support Services
Maui Family YMCA
Maui Farm
Maui Food Bank
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Maui High School – AOF/DECA
Maui High School – AOHT
Maui High School – Band Boosters Maui High School Foundation
Maui Humane Society
Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation
Maui Waena Band Booster
Maui Youth & Family Services
Mental Health Kokua
Molokaʻi Cancer Fund
Molokaʻi Filipino Community Council
Molokaʻi Island Foundation
Montessori Hale o Keiki
Na HoalohaMaui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Na Puuwai – Lānaʻi Cancer Fund

Napili Bay & Beach Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
Pacific Cancer Foundation
PACT – Parents And Children Together
PATCH – People Attentive To Children
Ronald McDonald Charities of Hawaii
Roselani Place
Salvation Army
SPCA – Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Special Olympics Lānaʻi
Special Olympics Maui
Special Olympics Molokaʻi
St. Anthony Jr., Sr. High School
St. Rita’s Church/St. Joseph Church
Teens On Call
Theatre Theatre Maui
Westside Hoops
Women Helping Women

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit that also benefits the community through events like the Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner. It provides educational opportunities via the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism and scholarships for UH Maui College students.


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Why Hawaiian Food is Sweeping the Mainland: Local Perspective



1. Our chefs. Our chefs are hard-working, creative, innovative, and disciplined. Yeah, but most successful top chefs are. What I think makes ours different is that they are also humble, generous, grateful for opportunities, listen more than they talk, collaborate well, and are just generally fun to be around!

2. Our island home. The inspiration provided by our home, with access to the world’s technology, techniques, and ingredients gives our chefs an ample source of energy from which to draw. All the chefs I know have inspiration in the water, the waves, their families, all tied intimately to the land on which we live.

3. Our past. As the article’s author noted, Hawaii became a terminal point for the diaspora of the Polynesian migration, the wandering Westerners, and the Asian plantation and other workers. In another place, it might not have worked out so well. But here in Hawai’i these people and cultures created something very unique. And we did so in our language, in our people, and in our food.


Hawaii food is sweeping the nation because of our roots and the flowers that have bloomed since. And because those roots run deep…back to the beginning of time, across all the oceans and continents to the time before time. Ka Piko o Ka Honua. We are the navel of the earth and if people can’t come home they at least want to know what home tastes like.


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Residence Inn Wailea Construction is Moving Along

Residence Inn by Marriot Wailea is continuing construction at a good pace. The proposed development is a 200-room, 4-story hotel to include a breakfast area, market, exercise room, resort style pool and spa, outdoor sports court and BBQ area. Just a short drive to the beach, this new hotel is located at the north-west corner of Wailea Ike Drive and Wailea Ekolu Place.

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The Wailea Residence Inn by Marriott will be among the first newly built Residence Inn Generation 9 properties in existence. Generation 9 properties are upscale housing stunning furnishings with a new level of extended stay hotel comfort and convenience. A perfect place to stay on your next visit to Maui or for locals, a relaxing stay-cation!
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Used to be the kitchen was a hardwearing, hidden-from-the-rest-of-the-house space that was all about utility, nothing about attraction. Today’s kitchens look as good as they live, especially when… Read More

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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day really should be every day but it is important to mark this annual eco-conscious celebration to bring awareness to what we can do to minimize our eco-footprint. Hawaii is known for the people’s strong love of the ‘aina (land), share the love on Earth Day!earth-day-picture-3

Beach CleanupThis year, participate in a reef or beach cleanup. The Lahaina Sunset Rotary will be hosting a beach cleanup from 5-6pm.

UH Maui College will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration from 9am to 6pm. There will be a native tree planting with blessing and music with game booths.

Don’t forget, Arbor Day is April 24th so be sure to plant a tree!

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Learn How To Train Your Dragon

 Looking for a great way to spend family night?

 “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2″unnamed1-300x168Friday March 13 – FREE!
gates open 5:30 pm | movie starts 7:00 pm

Maui Families love Starry Night Cinema – fun for the whole family & FREE!
Bring your low-backed beach chairs and blankets to relax on the lawn and watch another great animated feature film on the Big Screen!

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Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose New Plan for PV Systems


The Hawaiian Electric Companies are proposing a new plan for PV systems that will reportedly increase the use of solar power in a way that is safe, sustainable, and fair for all customers on the power grid.

Through the proposed “Transitional Distribution Generation” plan, the companies hope to increase distributed solar power and renewable energy sources to over 65 percent by 2030, and double circuit capacities for PV systems on the electric grid, while reducing customer electric bills. The program also aims to distribute operating and maintenance costs for the electric grid more evenly among customers.

“We want to ensure a sustainable rooftop solar program to help our customers lower their electric bills,” said Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “That means taking an important first step by transitioning to a program where all customers are fairly sharing in the cost of the grid we all rely on.”

Solar customers who are currently on the existing Net Energy Metering program use the electric grid daily, sending energy into the grid and using power only when their system cannot draw sunlight.  Many of these customer reduce their energy bills drastically, shifting the majority of costs associated with maintaining and operating the grid to those without PV systems.

“At the end of 2013, the annualized cost shift from customers who have rooftop solar to those who don’t totaled about $38 million. As of the end of 2014, the annualized cost shift had grown to $53 million–an increase of $15 million. And that number keeps growing. So change is needed to ensure a program that’s fair and sustainable for all customers,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of customer service.

The proposed plan would address this issue by adjusting credits issued to customers with solar systems generating energy to account for operation and maintenance costs of the electric grid.

Current solar customers on the Net Energy Metering program, and those with pending applications will not be affected if the transitional plan is implemented. The new program will apply only to new customers.

The Hawaiian Electric Companies will also be implementing newly developed performance standards, as established by the collaborative effort of Hawaiian Electric, SolarCity, and the Electric Power Research Institute.  The new standards are designed to accommodate a larger network of PV systems, and can reportedly reduce the risk of damage to personal electronics in customer homes and to utility equipment on the grid, increase safety for electrical line workers, and decrease the possibility of power outages.

The companies will work with the solar industry on these system upgrades to determine where demand is highest. The State of Hawai‘i’s Green Energy Market Securitization program will make low-cost loans available to customers needing financial assistance for necessary solar improvements.

Hawaiian Electric is also planning a community solar program in an effort to make solar available to all customers, including those who may be unable to install rooftop solar systems like renters or condo dwellers.

The transitional plan is pending approval by the Public Utilities Commission, following a request by Hawaiian Electric to accept the program within 60 days. The plan would remain in effect until the PUC has developed a permanent replacement program in collaboration with stakeholders across the solar community, including the solar industry.

The Hawaiian Electric Companies have more than 51,000 customers with rooftop solar systems.  As of December 2014, about 12 percent of Hawaiian Electric customers, 10 percent of Maui Electric customers and 9 percent of Hawai‘i Electric Light customers have rooftop solar. Hawai‘i has comparatively higher rates of solar customer compared with the national average which stands at one-half of 1 percent, as of December 2013.

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By Maui Now Staff

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Maui’s Montage Residences bring top dollar to Kapalua


sales top $42.5M

The Montage Residences Kapalua Bay on Maui saw sales of more than $42.5 million in four months during the first phase, with only a limited number of homes, at prices starting at $3.4 million, still for sale.

Currently, there are three four-bedroom residences remaining, said Lisa Hatem, director of sales for the project.

The 24-acre, all-suite Montage Kapalua Bay, which is Montage Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Hawaii, was formerly branded the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences at Kapalua Bay.

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