Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamee Jones, who just happens to be the owner of Jonara Blu Maui.For those of you who don’t know, Jonara Blu is known for it beautifully hand-crafted jewelry that takes inspiration from the Hawaiian islands. I had the opportunity to ask Jamee five questions regarding her business and a little bit about Maui as well.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has ISSUED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI in effect UNTIL 6:00 P.M. TUESDAY.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
Looking for something to do Monday afternoon? How about checking out the new hybrid Prius that Maui county is going to put on the road for testing.
The Prius is a rechargeable Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) converted from a standard Toyota Prius that is owned by the county.
From the county Press Release:
"The PHEV is a test car that will wirelessly transmit data as part of a national advanced technology vehicle study being conducted in cooperation with the Idaho National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy. The project presents a unique opportunity for Maui to learn more about the latest advances in automotive technology and data automation."
The car will be unveiled on Monday, April 6th, at 2:30pm on the front lawn of the County Building in Wailuku. The county is encouraging the public to attend, so give it a shot!
Many have said Molokai is an island lost in time, left behind by the rest of the world. This is a wonderful thing and gives a visitor a glimpse into what life was like in Hawaii a generation ago. Life on Molokai is simple and fulfilling. The people are filled with kindness and generosity but visitors must show tremendous respect for the culture to receive the "Aloha Spirit."
The County of Maui Department of Transportation announced today that Maui Bus will extend morning service by one hour in Central Maui beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the Kahului and Wailuku Loops and 7:00 a.m. on the Kahului and Wailuku Reverse Loops. These changes are effective April 1, 2009.
The Hawaii Superferry, the first island to island car and passenger ferry service of its kind, is now looking for alternatives to the Hawaiian islands following a Hawaii state supreme court ruling that lawmakers went too far to keep the ship sailing in our waters.
Good news for Maui tourism out of the airline industry. We are not sure how the airlines are going to be able to afford the increases, but there are no complaints coming from the Maui side.
As reported by Maui News,
"US Airways, which has been flying twice daily to Maui and once daily to Kauai, will double that toward the end of the second quarter.
South Korean carriers are thinking about starting the first direct charter flights to Hawaii, and other airlines are expressing interest.
But the most exciting single marketing ploy on the table this year is the attempt to sell Hawaii as a location for episodes in a Korean drama. This is still in the talking stage, but Korean dramas are huge across Asia and HTA is eager to publicize the islands in one of them, according to HTA officials."
The State of Hawaii has approved plans to start the development on Maui’s second hospital, which will be located on 15 acres in Lahaina near the Lahaina Civic center.
State Health Planning and Development Agency administrator Ronald Terry approved the application for the $46 million facility to be built.
Recently, many of you have noticed that we have gone live with our complete re-design and transformed site. Although the look and infrastructure of the site are in place, there is still plenty of work and information that will be added in the coming months to fulfill our intent of becoming the travel bible and local news source for all things in Lahaina and on Maui.
Lahaina.com is dedicated to promoting Maui and Lahaina to the best of our ability and show how truly wonderful the island is. There are so many amazing activities, events, restaurants and so much more that Maui has to offer, and we want to share these fantastic attributes with the online world.
For travelers to Maui, Lahaina.com is a great resource for booking your travels prior to your visit, whether that means airplane, car or hotel reservations or even your activity bookings. While on Maui, we provide you with the "IN" on all of the restaurants, beaches, hiking trails, news, blogs, and plenty more. We are truly your guidebook to Maui.
General Electric has teamed up with Maui Electric to test a new energy distribution strategy. They will "deploy smart grid technologies at a substation on the island to reduce peak load, enable higher penetrations of renewable energy, and improve the grid’s reliability and performance."
The goal of the project is to see if regulating consumer energy demand can be used to deal with the fluctuations in energy production from renewable resources, according to the GE blog.