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County Offers FREE Learn to Swim Classes

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Day 236 of 2013
129 days left in this year

PIDGIN WORD OF THE DAY — Man bilong pait: Warrior
HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “When the surfrider is unskilled, the board is broken.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “Charity knows neither race nor creed.” (Talmud)

TODAY: Free Learn to Swim Classes Offered in Pukalani and Kahului. Registration began yesterday for free Learn to Swim Classes offered by the County of Maui, Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Division. The department announced a schedule of classes being offered at the Upcountry Aquatic Center in Puklani and at the Kokua Pool in Kahului. Upcountry Classes will be held from Sept. 8 to Oct. 19; The Kahului classes will be held every Thursday, from Sept. 12 to Oct. 17. More »
  • 1890: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up on the outskirts of Waikiki, he spent his youth as a bronzed beach boy. It was at Waikiki Beach where he developed his surfing and swimming skills. As a member of the U.S. Olympic swimming team, he won the gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, and a silver with the relay team. During the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, he won gold medals both in the 100 meters, and in the relay. He finished the 100 meters with a silver medal during the 1924 Olympics in Paris, the gold going to Johnny Weissmuller. He also played for the U.S. Water Polo team at the 1932 Summer Olympics.
  • 1903: All the remains interred in the Royal Mausoleum are removed and placed in a temporary building a few yards away because extensive renovations to the mausoleum were planned.
  • 1927: The War Memorial Pool is dedicated as a tribute to the sons of Hawaii who died in World War I. It was also the scene of the national outdoor swimming championships. Duke Kahanamoku, “broke the water of the pool, officially opening it,” The Advertiser reported.
  • 1945: The Hawaii Housing Authority announces its first postwar project will be Mayor Wright Homes on Oahu.
  • 1959: The new State of Hawaii’s congressional delegation formally takes their seats in Congress. By a flip of a coin, Sen. Hiram Fong got the title of “senior” senator and a term of almost six years. Sen. Oren Long became the “junior” senator and got a four-year term. Daniel K. Inouye was the state’s only representative and was sworn in by House Speaker Sam Rayburn.
  • 1967: Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser dies at his Portlock home at the age of 85.
  • 1971: Gov. John Burns says he has no evidence of a critical food shortage in Hawaii that would require him to declare a state of emergency.
  • 2002: The U.S. Postal Service dedicates a stamp in honor of Duke Kahanamoku.
  • 2011: An email circulating the Internet is asking ordinary citizens to pressure their House and Senate members to pass the Congressional Reform Act of 2011. It proposes 7 sensible changes including term limits, health care & retirement benefit reforms that would place members of Congress on an equal footing with the rest of us. More >
  • 2012: Global Technology High School to open next month in Wailuku. It is welcoming freshmen and sophomores and will be licensed by the Hawaii Council of Private Schools, according to a spokesperson.More >

HC&S Launches Irrigation UAV

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Day 235 of 2012
130 days left in this year

HAWAIIAN WORD OF THE DAY — Eke ‘ea: Plastic bag
PIDGIN WORD OF THE DAY — Plastik: Plastic
HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “Where were you when the rain was blowing.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “Please all and you will please none.” (Aesop)

TODAY: HC&S Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Improve Irrigation.Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company held a test run of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV, that it plans to use to improve irrigation practices at the company’s sugar cane fields. More »


  • 1884: Love’s Bakery and five adjoining buildings on Oahu’s Nu’uanu Street are destroyed in a fire.
  • 1920: Duke Kahanamoku ties the Olympic record in the 100-meter freestyle swim in Antwerp.
  • 1971: Mayor Frank Fasi declares Honolulu to be in a state of emergency because of the 54-day-old West Coast shipping strike and said his administration will charter, own or operate vessels to bring in food and goods to Hawaii if necessary.
  • 1980: Six guards and seven inmates are injured in a fight at the Halawa High Security Facility that touches off an angry rampage by other inmates and a tense four-hour standoff with police.
  • 2008: Maui County Council gave final approval to Plastic Bag Ban. The ban will will prohibit retail business from using plastic bags after January 11, 2011.
  • 2011: Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the state’s Broadband Initiative. The governor has identified affordable access to ultra high-speed broadband capabilities as a priority for Hawaii residents. More >
  • Montana Beach house at Baldwin Beach to see the wrecking ball. After years of political wrangling and legal machinations, the Maui County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve disposing of the controversial “Montana Beach” home on the north side of Baldwin Beach Park. More »

Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Exposing US War Crimes


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Day 232 of 2013
133 days left in this year

HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “The plant has become a tree.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.” (Cicero)

TODAY: Manning sentenced to 35 years – more time than the war criminals he exposed. Bradley Manning, who henceforth wants to be addresssed as Chelsea Manning,  was sentenceds to 35 years in prison for whisteblowing war crimes to Wikileaks. Those who committed murder band other war crimes have yet to be punished. Read Manning’s post-sentencing statement. »

2012: Michael Moore & Oliver Stone Address Wikileaks and Free Speech. “We have spent our careers as filmmakers making the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government. We therefore have been deeply grateful for the accomplishments of WikiLeaks, and applaud Ecuador’s decision to grant diplomatic asylum to its founder, Julian Assange, who is now living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Read their NYT Op-Ed >

  • 1895: The steamer W.G. Hall has been outfitted with electric lights, the Pacific Commercial Advertiser reports, adding that it should add to the popularity of the interisland vessel.
  • 1944: The Honolulu Board of Supervisors unanimously recommends to military authorities that the 10 p.m. curfew be lifted.
  • 1960: 9,000 jam the Waikiki Shell to hear Leonard Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic in its first Hawaii concert.
  • 1999: Two 21-year-old Danish tourists who had been missing for eight days are rescued in the rugged Ko’olau
  • 2008: Hawai’i’s Bryan Clay wins the gold medal in Olympic Decathalon. Clay, the Castle High graduate from Kane’ohe, led from start to finish to become the first American since 1996 to win the Olympic decathlon gold medal today as the “world’s greatest athlete.” More >
  • 2011: Portlier-than-ever, pompous as usual Newt Gingrich “campaigned” in Hawaii with his latest wife this week. On Saturday he bashed President Obama and spoke about his “core values” to 150 TEA Party of Maui members, during a brief campaign stop on the Valley Isle. More >

Shark Study Planned for Maui Waters

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Day 231 of 2013
134 days left in this year

HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “A burden on the back; a babe in arms.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.” (Charles Dickens)


TODAY: Tiger Shark Study Planned in Island Waters. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will launch a shark study next month off Maui following an “unprecedented spike” in the number of shark bite incidents this year. There have been 8 confirmed incidents in Hawaiian waters in 2013, including four within the last month.  More »

  • 1906: Cable instructions are received from the Lighthouse Board at Washington, directing the Engineer Corps to immediately prepare plans for the Makapu’u lighthouse.
  • 1919: The drydock at Pearl Harbor Naval Station is dedicated by the secretary of the Navy.
  • 1951: A 6.9-magnitude earthquake causes $600,000 damage to Kona businesses and homes. A few minor
  • 1959: President Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. “Admission Day” is now celebrated on the third Friday of August as a Hawaii state holiday.
  • 2011: Giel de Nijs (left) of the Netherlands, wins Cycle to the Sun race – which covers 36 miles from Paia to the 10,023-feet Haleakala summit – in 2 hours, 49 minutes, 4.76 seconds. The event, which drew more than 200 riders, is directed by Donnie Arnoult, owner of Maui Cyclery, and benefits the Paia Youth and Cultural Center. More >
  • 2012: County Parks Multi-story Lot. “Least surprising local news of the week is that the county will not proceed with making the Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot a Multi-story garage, at a cost of $35,000 per stall gained.” Read Harry Eagar’s Blog »

Blue Moon Tonight


Click for Kahului, Hawaii ForecastBamboo Day
Day 230 of 2012
135 days left in this year

HAWAIIAN WORD OF THE DAY — Hamau: Silence, silent
HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — The mountains watch over this land, silent sentinels of the Gods.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “Silence is the mother of truth.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

TODAY: Blue Moon Over Hawaii Tonight @ 3:45pm. Here’s why »
  • 1864: Kamehameha V decrees a new constitution.
  • 1931: The sheriff’s office may be asked to police Oahu’s beaches, The Advertiser reports, because of complaints about weekend parties.
  • 1932: The Advertiser reports the number of cases of Hansen’s disease is decreasing, with 592 active cases at Kalihi and Kalaupapa. That was the lowest number on record.
  • 1936: The Waikiki Theater opens to the public. More than 3,000 people attended the dedication in the theater’s tropical garden.
  • 1948: Ground is broken for the new $1 million Iolani School on 25 acres on the mauka side of the Ala Wai Canal.
  • 1969: The city of Honolulu orders 22 servicemen in sanctuary at Church of the Crossroads because of their opposition to the Vietnam War to move out within 10 days. The city cited violations of building and health regulations.
  • 1994: Tyke, a 9,000-pound African elephant, charges through the streets of Kaka’ako after she went wild during a performance of Circus International. The elephant killed a trainer, broke from Blaisdell Center and was finally shot to death by police.
  • 1999: Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis resigns. The Internal Revenue Service had threatened to revoke the charitable trust’s tax-exempt status if the trustees did not resign.
  • 2003: U.S. District Judge David Ezra orders Kamehameha Schools to enroll a non-Hawaiian student. Ezra said his decision was meant solely to provide a fair resolution for the then-13-year-old boy, who had been accepted for admission but then the school had rescinded the acceptance.
  • 2008: After almost two years of trying remove Jan Dapitan as Executive Director of Maui’s Community Work Day (CWD), the Board of Directors finally forced her out and installed her replacement, Rae Chandler. The 73-year-old Dapitan, worked with CWD since it began as the Maui branch of Keep Hawaii Beautiful in 1978.
  • How did Tulsi and Mazie beat Muifi and Case so easily? “For a state that began its official history with the forced ousting of a female monarch, we’re in the process of drawing a full circle of sorts, this time voluntarily. But symbolic appreciation aside, how did these ladies pull off beating two veteran politicians by a more than 16% margin?” Read Nate Gaddis’ Opinion >

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Visitor Rescued from Makawao Bike Trail


Click for Kahului, Hawaii ForecastNat’l Aviation Day
Day 231 of 2013
134 days left in this year

HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “She lives till the sugar cane tassels.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.” (Paul Theroux)

TODAY: Visitor Rescued from Makawao Bike Trail. A 25-year-old visitor from Austin, Texas, was rescued by Maui firefighters after he apparently fell and injured his back on a popular off road path in Makawao, fire officials said. More »
  • 1954: The Army announces that the 25th Division, which was at Schofield Barracks when World War II began, is returning to Hawai’i. The plan to withdraw the unit from Japan and base it in Hawai’i was designed to improve the U.S. strategic position in the Pacific.
  • 1960: A Hickam-based C-119 Flying Boxcar makes aerospace history off Hawai’i by snagging a space capsule in midair after its return from outer space. The parachuting nose cone of the Discoverer XIV satellite was snagged 8,500 feet above the Pacific.
  • WRONG AGAIN Maui News! In its second editorial endorsement of Linda Lingle for US Senate, the Maui News wrote today,“We didn’t agree with everything Lingle did as governor. But she never promised one thing and did another.” In 2010, Lingle vetoed the Hawaii Civil Unions bill, one of her last acts as governor. In 2002 while running for that office, she declared that, “on the issue of domestic partnerships, I have stated that if the Legislature [should] pass legislation granting certain rights I would not veto that legislation.” More »

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Two SUP Ocean Rescues Friday

Aloha Click for Kahului, Hawaii ForecastBad Poetry Day
Day 230 of 2013
135 days left in this year

HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “Curiosity is the seed of knowledge.
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “An expert is a man who has stopped thinking – he knows.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)

TODAY: Two Papalaua Wayside Park Ocean Rescues. Rescue crews responded to two separate paddle boarding incidents at Papalaua Wayside Park in West Maui Friday after receiving distress reports. More »


  • 1960: The city of Honolulu unveils a massive 20-year master plan that included 75 new school plants, two more Ko’olau tunnels, a faster route around Pearl Harbor, three major civic centers outside Honolulu, two liberal arts junior colleges and expanded port facilities.
  • 1971: Leaders of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, United Public Workers Union and the Hawaii Government Employees Association criticize President Nixon’s wage freeze. They said it forced working people to bear the full brunt of saving the economy.
  • 2001: The ‘Aiea Junior League baseball team wins the Junior League championship at the World Series at Heritage Park in Taylor, Mich.
  • 2004: Former U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong — lawyer, entrepreneur, tycoon and statesman under five American presidents — dies at the age of 97.
  • 2011: Selfish residents want ocean to themselves. The David C. Bolles subdivision in Huelo is seeking to delete its requirement to provide shoreline access to all. Read more >
  • The carpet bombing of Lingle for Governor TV ads airing during the past 2 months are paid for the the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle debated herself Wednesday evening before the Maui Chamber of Commerce at Iao Theater after her opponent, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, opted out saying the Chamber wasn’t fair. Her campaign Manager Betsy Lin said the chamber board members have “financially supported Lingle’s campaigns dating back to 1998.” She also noted Lingle’s “abysmal record” as governor and “extreme right-wing agenda.” More »»