Census Jobs Available in Hana, Waiehu and on Molokai

By Wendy Osher

Hawaii local census offices are hoping to hire more than 3000 temporary workers to assist in the effort of counting the state’s population for the 2010 Census.  Officials say an estimated 300-400 people will be hired in Maui County.  Temporary jobs of up to two months include census takers, enumerators and crew with pay ranging from $12.75 to $20 per hour.

“We need to hire more than 1400 workers to provide coverage to the neighbor islands and the Waianae coast of Oahu, as well as 1700 part time census workers to canvass local communities in Honolulu,” said Kelly Kaawa, Waianae’s Assistant Manager for Recruitment.

The recruitment effort is focused on finding workers who come from the communities they will serve and whose language skills match local areas. Neighborhoods in particular which need census workers include: Hanalei, Kauai; Puna and Kau, Hawaii; Hana and Waiehu, Maui; the entire island of Molokai and the Waianae coast of Oahu.

Workers will be paid for training and receive weekly paychecks.  The new hires, whose jobs begin in May, will follow up with residents who do not complete and return the 2010 Census questionnaire.  The questionnaires are expected to reach Hawaii mailboxes in mid to late March.

To apply, call 1-866-861-2010 or visit www.2010censusjobs.gov.

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Task Force Proposed to Consider Creation of Queen Kaahumanu Monument in Hana

By Wendy Osher

The state legislature is considering two resolutions that seek the creation of a task force to consider the merits of creating a monument to Queen Kaahumanu in Hana, Maui.

File Photo of the annual lei draping ceremony held in March 2009 at the Queen Kaahumanu Statue in Kahului. The legislature is considering a concurrent resolution that seeks the creation of a task force to consider the merits of creating a monument in Kaahumanu's honor in Hana, the area of her birth. Photo by Wendy Osher

Kaahumanu was born around 1770 to parents Keeaumoku and Namahana in a cave at Kauiki Hill in East Maui and was taken as an infant to the Kaniomoku Heiau.  She served as kuhina nui or co ruler of the kingdom with Liholiho and then as a regent during Kauikeauoli’s reign.

The resolution states that although a statue of Queen Kaahumanu already exists at the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, “a monument to the Queen at or near Hana, Maui, the area of her birth, paying tribute to and memorializing her valued contributions to the Kingdom of Hawaii and the history of Hawaii, would be appropriate and would benefit our current residents and visitors alike.”

The resolutions urge the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to create the task force and request the inclusion of respected kupuna and representatives from appropriate Hawaiian organizations, such as the Royal Order of Kamehameha, the Ahahui Kaahumanu Society, the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Kamehameha Schools, Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and a representative from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Concurrent Resolutions SCR35 and HCR9 were introduced by Sen. Colleen Hanabusa and Rep. Calvin Say, and have since been referred to respective committees for review.

If the items are passed by the legislature this session, they call for the task force to consider the nature and precise location of a Queen Kaahumanu monument; and to submit their findings to the Legislature prior to next year’s session.

According to the resolution, Kaahumanu was considered the first and favorite wife and close advisor of Kamehameha I.  She was described as a forceful person who exerted great impact, influence, and power during much of the Kingdom’s existence, as an advisor and co-leader.  She played a key role in challenging the traditional kapu system and served as a catalyst and shaper of the evolving relationship between ancient Hawaii and the arrival of Christian beliefs, morals and spirituality.

West Maui Projects Focus of Advisory Meeting Tonight in Lahaina

By Wendy Osher

Several West Maui projects will be the focus of tonight’s (Wednesday, January 27, 2010) meeting of the Governor’s council of neighbor island advisors for Maui.

A county engineer will give an informational presentation on the Lahaina Watershed Flood Control project, DLNR managers will present an update on projects at the Lahaina Small boat harbor, and the Governor’s Maui Liaison, George Kaya will update the public on Highway projects in West Maui. The council will also elect a new vice chair to replace Carl Lindquist who, along with his wife Rae, was lost in a flash flood in Hana on Thanksgiving night.

The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui meets tonight, Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 5:00 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui.  The public is invited to attend.

Guest speakers will include:  Joe Kreuger, engineer from the County of Maui Engineering Division; Nicholas Giaconi, Maui District manager of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; and George Kaya, the Governor’s Maui Liaison.

Governor Linda Lingle created councils of neighbor island advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor of important issues and make recommendations for state boards and commissions.

The members of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui are: Madge Schaefer (chair), Kathryn Ghean, John Henry, Lori Ululani Sablas, Gail K. Takeuchi and Leona Rocha Wilson.

Lindquist Post to be Filled, West Maui Projects Presented

By Wendy Osher

Several West Maui projects will be the focus of the next meeting of the Governor’s council of neighbor island advisors for Maui.

A county engineer will give an informational presentation on the Lahaina Watershed Flood Control project, DLNR managers will present an update on projects at the Lahaina Small boat harbor, and the Governor’s Maui Liaison, George Kaya will update the public on Highway projects in West Maui. The council will also elect a new vice chair to replace Carl Lindquist who, along with his wife Rae, was lost in a flash flood in Hana on Thanksgiving night.

The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui will meet on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 5:00 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui. The public is invited to attend.

Guest speakers will include:  Joe Kreuger, engineer from the County of Maui Engineering Division; Nicholas Giaconi, Maui District manager of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; and George Kaya, the Governor’s Maui Liaison.

Governor Linda Lingle created councils of neighbor island advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor of important issues and make recommendations for state boards and commissions.

The members of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui are: Madge Schaefer (chair), Kathryn Ghean, John Henry, Lori Ululani Sablas, Gail K. Takeuchi and Leona Rocha Wilson.

VIDEO: Maui Group Participates in Kingdom Bicentennial March

More than 50 people traveled from Maui to Oahu to observe events surrounding the 200th year anniversary of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands under Kamehameha the Great.

Participants gathered at Thomas Square and continued to Iolani Palace, stopping at various points along the way to pray, light torches, and conduct protocol.

The event called for heightened efforts to reunite as people under one nation, embracing the accomplishments of Kamehameha’s success even after and despite of the events of the overthrow that occurred on January 17, 1893.

The event entitled Ho`okahi Lahui Hawai`i was organized in part by former Hana, Maui resident Henry Noa.  During the event, Noa called for Hawaiians to gather together to reclaim what he said is rightfully theirs, unifying in one spirit.

Day two of the event fell on the 117th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.  Ceremonies were held in front of Washington Place, at Queen Lili`uokalani’s statue, King Lunalilo’s site at Kawaiahao Church, with final ho`okupu and ceremony at King Kamehameha’s statue.

Noa said the group is also planning a bicentennial event on Maui that is tentatively set for late April or early May.

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Fire Captain Lee Mainaga Promoted to Fire Services Chief

Maui Fire Captain Lee Mainaga was promoted to the rank of Fire Services Chief in a ceremony held on Monday at the Kahului Fire Station. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Maui Fire Captain Lee Mainaga was promoted to the rank of Fire Services Chief in a ceremony held on Monday at the Kahului Fire Station. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Maui Fire Captain Lee Mainaga was promoted to the rank of Fire Services Chief in a badge pinning ceremony held on Monday at the Kahului Fire Station.

Mainaga, a 20 year veteran of the department, joined the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety on March 16, 1990.  FS Chief Mainaga has served in various capacities throughout the years at stations in Lanai, Kihei, Paia, Wailea and Hana.

Mainaga’s promotion officially took effect on January 1, 2010.

Maui Home Sales Reach 17 Month High

By Wendy Osher

Maui home sales were up significantly in December with 90 homes selling for a median price of $477,000. That translates to a 63 percent increase in sales volume over last year and marks a 17-month high for home sales on the island.

The Maui Realtors Association released the year end figures saying the market seems to be getting its footing as number of sales increase, inventory decreases, and median prices bounce along the bottom.

A total of 31 homes sold in Central Maui for a median of $438,000; 19 sold in Kihei for a median of $435,000; and 8 sold in Kula for a median of $825,000. Median properties above the $1 million mark sold in Hana, Kaanapali, Lahiana and Wailea.

Sales for condos meantime more than doubled to 80 from the same time last year. The median price for a condo dropped from last year to $401,500. A total of 23 codos were sold in Kihei for a median price of $275,000; 13 sold in Napili for a median of $320,000; and 11 sold in Kaanapali for a median of $1.5 million.

The first time homebuyer credit is still available for up to $8,000. The offer is set to expire on April 30, 2010. Credit grants of up to $6,500 are also available for current homeowners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.