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Hawaiian Electric donates electric vehicles to University of Hawai‘i Maui College Native Hawaiian program

Hawaiian Electric recently presented a donation of two 2012 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EV) to the University of Hawai‘i Maui College’s (UHMC) Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Educational Program to provide mechanics hands-on experience in maintaining and repairing EVs. The Public Utilities Commission approved Hawaiian Electric’s proposed donation to the UHMC Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Educational Program in July …

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Hawaiian Electric virtual community meeting on Oct. 20 to discuss renewable energy progress on Maui

What progress is being made to power Maui with local, clean, and reliable resources? Hawaiian Electric will host a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., to share updates on efforts to bring more renewable energy to the island. Because of pandemic safety precautions that include social distancing, the public is invited to join …

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State Reminds Renters of Eviction Moratorium and Relief Options

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is reminding residential landlords and tenants of the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent. Gov. Ige’s Thirteenth Proclamation issued Wednesday extends the period through the end of October. In addition, renters may meet the conditions of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month, …

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Ali’i Kula Lavender Announces Temporary Closure

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm in Kula has been an upcountry destination since it’s farm gates opened to the public in 2002.  VIsitors and Kama’aina alike have enjoyed the sprawling lavender fields, citrus grove, flower gardens and Native Hawaiian plants that fill this 13.5 acre Kula farm. In March 2020, Ali’i Kula Lavender closed to the public due to the Stay …

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Haleakalā National Park to Open a Crater Trail for Weekend Use

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Haleakalā National Park is increasing access to park trails, by opening the first 2.5 mile (4 km) section of the Keoneheʻeheʻe (Sliding Sands) Trail for use Friday through Sunday. The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local …

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Hawaiian Electric Debuts Fast Electric Vehicle Charger in Pukalani

Electric vehicle drivers can now power up at a newly installed Hawaiian Electric fast charging station at the Pukalani Terrace Center in Upcountry Maui. This publicly-accessible DC fast charger owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric offers a new lower rate during daytime hours to encourage charging when solar energy is typically abundant. The new EV-Maui rate is $0.28 per kilowatt-hour …

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Maui Lani Roundabout to open at noon Wednesday, July 29

The Maui Lani Roundabout at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Maui Lani Parkway has been completed and will be made open to the general public at noon on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The $3.15 million project broke ground at the end of April and was completed within three months, five months ahead of schedule. The project was initially set …

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Maui Tropical Plantation Abruptly Shuts Down Due to ‘Unprecedented times’

The Maui Tropical Plantation announced Tuesday that it is closing indefinitely in social media post online and on their website. On Instagram the post read: “Mahalo for all of your support.Stay tuned for information regarding the Plantation Store’s Final Summer Sale. We look forward to reopening in the future. Mahalo.” In the comment thread, it stated that the closure is …

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Central Maui Regional Sports Complex Closed for Maui Lani Roundabout Construction

The Central Maui Regional Sports Complex is closed due to the construction of the Maui Lani Roundabout project. The closure will help address safety concerns and limit traffic in the surrounding area. The roundabout project located at the Maui Lani Parkway-Kamehameha Avenue intersection is scheduled to be completed before the start of school. “We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding …

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MEO Accepting Applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The MEO (LIHEAP) provides energy credits for heating and/or cooling assistance to low-income households (150% of the federal poverty level, e.g. $45,195 for a family of four) throughout Maui County.  This is a one-time payment to offset utility bill (electric or gas) expenses in one of two ways: The Energy Crisis Intervention (ECI) program assists low-income households in crisis.  These …

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