Out Migration

A telling indicator of economic duress is local residents leaving Hawaii for good. At the airport, departing family members or friends look no different than other people. There is no way of knowing their reasons for pulling up stakes and leaving Hawaii. The census eventually tells us what happened. During the 1990s, 118,201 more people […]

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Maui Nui's First Export

In 1790, Capt. John Kendrick of Boston set out to trade Pacific Northwest seal and otter fur in China. He stopped in Hawai’i to replenish his ship with wood, water and salt. Sailing offshore he smelled a familiar odor emanating from a cooking fire. It was sandalwood, so revered and precious in Asia, and a commodity […]

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Makahiki – Hawaiian Thanksgiving

Na Huihui o Makali’i is a cluster of stars also known as the Pleaides or the Seven Sisters and is much revered in Hawaiian tradition as the place from where the first Hawaiian people came to Earth. In November the appearance of the Makali’i cluster signifies the beginning of Makahiki, the most important season of […]

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Being Coastal

There are 3,140 counties in the United States. 21% (673) are classified as coastal. More than half of the U.S. population lives in a coastal county. The entire state of Hawaii is now included in the coastal zone (previously state forest reserve lands were exempt). Coastal areas are home to a wealth of natural resources, […]

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Maui County General Plan

The General Plan is a term for a series of planning documents that will guide future growth and policy creation in the County. The Countywide Policy Plan acts as an overarching values statement and is an umbrella policy document for the Island and Community Plans. The Maui Island Plan will function as a regional plan […]

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Hanafura~Sakura

In the 18th year of Tenmon (A.D. 1549) when Francisco Xavier landed in Japan from Europe the crew of his ship had carried a set of Hombre, 48-card Portuguese playing cards, which became extremely popular with the Japanese. Through a colorful history of being banned and declared illegal (which did not diminish cardplaying and gambling […]

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Precious Water

Water conservation is something we all can practice. Except for the air we breath, water is the single most important element in our lives. It is too precious to waste. Here are some simple suggestions to help you save hundreds, even thousands, of gallons per month. Do one thing each day to save water. Don’t worry if the savings seem minimal, […]

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A Community Conversation About Water

Water questions everywhere… Water resources and water usage are critical issues for Maui County. FOCUS MAUI NUI is a voice and a vision for Maui Nui’s future created for and by the people who live here. People like you. FOCUS MAUI NUI continues a series of Community Conversations on critical matters in our county and we appreciate your input! What […]

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