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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Staff Shortage Affects Refuse Pickups in Wailuku Area

For Immediate Release

September 4, 2015

Staff Shortage Affects Refuse Pickups in Wailuku Area

WAILUKU, MAUI, Hawai‘i – The County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, announced that due to a staff shortage, residential refuse collection routes in the Wailuku area were not picked up today.

All missed pickups are expected to be completed tomorrow, on Saturday, September 5, 2015.



The Solid Waste Division apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community's understanding and cooperation.

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Maui County Selects Guernsey to do Utility Study

Wailuku, Maui – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has selected an Oklahoma based firm to study utility options for the community.

Guernsey, which had an Oahu office from 1999 to 2007, is an engineering, architectural and consulting firm which ...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

September Workshops at Maui County Business Resource Center Announced

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development today announced its free workshops for the month of September. Workshops are presented at the Maui County Business Resource Center, a County of Maui facility, located in the Maui Mall across Pizza Hut, in Suite B-9. Seating for all workshops is limited, and all workshops are subject to change or cancellation. Workshops are free unless noted otherwise. To reserve a seat, call the Maui County Business Resource Center at ph. 270-5770.

The following workshops are available:

Becoming a Best-Selling Author: Leveraging the World's Greatest Marketing Secret by Writing, Publishing and Promoting Your Book to Better Market Your Business
Instructor: Patrick SnowTuesday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 15, 2015 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Are you looking for a better way to market your business? Do you have a burning desire to become a best-selling author? Attend this seminar and learn how to make your publishing and business goals come true. If you want to stand out from your competition, strengthen your credentials, and get free publicity, then writing and publishing book is your best marketing strategy. Let international best-selling author, Patrick Snow, guide you through the process. In this two-hour seminar you will learn your three publishing options, top five requirements for becoming a best-selling author, and 18 mistakes to avoid. Most importantly you will learn how to monetize your passion and even better market your business, or start a new business using your book as a platform from which you can launch! Come early, and stay late for his Q/A session that will answer all questions on your book project. Patrick Snow is an international best-selling author of Creating Your Own Destiny, The Affluent Entrepreneur, and Boy Entrepreneur has sold between 250,000 and one million copies of his three books in five languages and 108 countries. As a professional speaker he has given more than 2,500 speeches on three continents. As a publishing, book marketing, and speaker coach he has mentored more than 750 clients worldwide to achieve their publishing goals. He has been featured as a cover story in USA TODAY, The New York Times, and Forbes. When he is not traveling the world presenting, he lives on Maui in Wailuku. For more information visit or

The ABCs of a Business Plan
Instructor: Craig SwiftWednesday, September 2, 2015 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Center’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know in order to start, operate and grow your business. This workshop is a one hour introductory workshop which will provide you with a better understanding of the course outline for the Core Four Business Planning. Craig Swift, Director of the MEO Business Development Center, will discuss the numerous reasons for writing a sound business plan. He has more than 35 years of experience in owning, managing, and lending to small businesses. Participants will receive an outline of the business plan taught by MEO’s Core Four Business Plan Course.

Business in the Think Tank with MBB Members (Free)
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) invite you to bring your business challenge to our Brainstorming Segment OR If you want to feature your business (or business concept) in our “Think Tank” segment (that’s 20 minutes just for you), submit a form on the MBB meetup site, OR come along to brainstorm and be showered with ideas. To attend, please RSVP at Non-members need first to join the FREE membership of MBB.

Features:• Mingling, introductions
• Get to Know Your Neighbor, an opportunity to interact with new faces and strengthen your own ability to communicate succinctly with others in fast-paced situations• Featured Business in the Think Tank, a 20-minute segment in which a selected business is featured for focused brainstorming with the group. Owners of startups and small businesses benefit from this activity. You are qualified if you have a business concept fully researched and planned but with questions or obstacles remaining, or if you are a business already in operation with sales, but facing challenges to achieve further growth. The business owner needs to be an MBB member. To be featured in the 20-minute case-study “Think Tank,” fill out and submit the online form describing your business challenge. On the day of the meeting, the candidate chosen presents a 5-min overview of the business, including the current challenges. The audience then brainstorms on ideas to address the problem area with the "build it, measure it, learn from it, improve it!" spirit.
• 5-min Think Tank: Attendees have the opportunity to present a challenge they are experiencing in their own business for ideas and suggestions from the group. No prior submission is required – just come to the meeting with your ideas and questions, to help others and be helped toward your own success!

Improv Your Selling: Sell More- Do LessInstructor: Marc Levine
Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Do you desire to convert more prospects into clients? Do you want a simple and honest approach to sales? Do you want to help a prospect feel less defensive and more empowered to buy? There are proven powerful techniques have helped others increase sales from 20-50%. These techniques are based on the foundational ideas of improvisation. In improvisation actors create scenes and a shared world without either one knowing what the other is thinking or about to say. They utilize principles that allow for discovery, heightened listening, laughter and agreement. These principles work beautifully in sales. We will breakdown these principles and use them in real world scenarios to help you sell more with ease. In this fun, highly interactive workshop, you will: Do less talking, more problem solving, and provide more solutions which equals sales for your business. Learn how to relieve the pressure of decision-making and empower people to buy. (People love to buy but hate to be sold). Have questions to ask to get to their real needs to create a common vision together. Practice two simple words that will immediately reduce the skepticism of any objections. For over 20 years Marc Levine has impacted the bottom line of organizations as a sales director, trainer, and coach. His clients range from entrepreneurs, non-profits, and small businesses to Fortune 500 organizations such as Citibank, Sony Pictures, and Best Buy. He receives raving reviews as a speaker at international industry conferences. Marc teaches simple, proven, and powerful techniques that create results. He does so in a light and humorous way where new ideas are easy to absorb and apply. He integrates his background in improvisational comedy into business to accelerate success.

Get the Facts About Reverse Mortgages
Instructor: Mel ItoThursday, September 10, 2015 – 3:00 pm. to 4:30 p.m.

A reverse mortgage may be a good stress reliever for some and for others it could be a nice addition to an already sound financial plan. The old cliché “get the facts” has never been more appropriate when considering a reverse mortgage. A program which began in 1989, has evolved into a very sound option for those who are age 62 or older and live in their home as a primary residence. Common false rumors and myths about reverse mortgages will be addressed. Sample illustrations and case studies will be used to explain the various programs and options. Whether you have an outstanding mortgage or not, age 62 or not, have heirs or not, the presentation may change your perspective on reverse mortgages. Mel Ito is a State of Hawaii Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator (HI-457461) and has done reverse mortgages since 2008. He has been in the banking/mortgage lending profession since 1983 and feel that now is a good time to educate the community about the benefits of reverse mortgages.

Rock Your Holidays with Tried and True Marketing Strategies
Instructor: Mckenna HallettTuesday, September 22, 2015 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Yep! It's that time already! Do you realize that when this workshop takes place on September 22nd, it will be less than 10 weeks until Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Can you say "time flies"? Selling “momentum” must start NOW! Some people have already started putting lists together and mapping out their purchases! You want to be on their lists, right? What do you plan to promote and how do you plan to promote it? Why should they buy from you instead of your competition? You will leave with a multitude of ideas and practical advice that you can put to work immediately - including everything you need to have a free (yes, free) shopping cart up-and-running in a matter of hours using the free handouts. Bring your thinking caps. Bring your challenges. Leave your excuses home. You are going to have a rocking fourth quarter! Mckenna Hallett is a Sales and Marketing Consultant who collaborates as an Authorized Local Expert with Constant Contact. She has over two decades of experience with her own small business and many more decades of experience in sales and marketing roles with large and small businesses.

Setting Up Facebook for Business
Instructor: Nicole FisherWednesday, September 23, 2015 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Q & A til 1:30)

By building a great Facebook page, you’re building a Mini-website with all of your online connections in one place. In this workshop, you will learn how to connect with past clients, grow your mailing list, connect your website or sale pages, or grow your online business. This fascinating workshop is being presented by Nicole “Nico” Fisher. She is an energetic entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience as a Marketing Strategist, Social Media Consultant and Trainer. She is passionate about taking businesses from good to great through various marketing avenues.

QuickBooks for Small Business
Instructor: Richard Kehoe, CPA.Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $45.00

Learn to set up your company’s QuickBooks in a small class setting with personalized tutoring. This class is for new users and will teach you how to record sales, receive payments, prepare invoices and balance your checkbook. Instructor Richard Kehoe, CPA is a lead SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) counselor. Follow-up appointments are offered at no cost.

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Hana Landfill Partial Closure Friday, Saturday

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, today announced that due to insufficient staffing, the Hana Landfill will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5, 2015.

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Posted on: August 29, 2015

Mayor Arakawa Signs Emergency Proclamation, Urges Preparedness

Tropical Cyclone Ignacio

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Mayor Alan Arakawa signed an emergency proclamation effective 11:00 a.m. today, in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Ignacio. The National Weather Service (NWS) has advised that although Ignacio’s track is still unce...Read on...

Click here for Emergency Preparedness Information
Posted on: August 17, 2015

Free Disaster Preparedness Training Available


Local government prepares for everyday emergencies, however during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents increases dramatically and professional first responders may not be immediately available in all areas.

The Community Emergency Response T...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

Residents Urged to Complete Fire Department Survey

Fire Survey

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Department of Fire and Public Safety is urging residents to complete a brief survey that will help them set goals and objectives for the fire department.

The survey is required as part of the department’s accreditation by t...Read on...

Click here to take the brief survey
Posted on: August 6, 2015

Schedule of FY17 Community Budget Meetings Announced

Community Budget Meeting

WAILUKU, MAUI – Mayor Alan Arakawa and his administration will host a series of community meetings in September and October to receive comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

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More info: Community Budget Meetings
Posted on: August 6, 2015

Qualified Residents Reminded to Submit Circuit Breaker Application

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Department of Finance’s Real Property Tax Division is reminding all homeowners eligible for the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit must apply for it before the end of the year, December 31, 2015.

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Download the Circuit Breaker Application
Posted on: June 19, 2015

New Lights to be Installed at Keopuolani Soccer Field

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui Dept. of Parks and Recreation today announced a construction project to install lights at the Keopuolani Park Soccer Field #4 will commence July 6, 2015. Construction areas at Field #4 will be closed for safety ...Read on...

More info: Keopuolani Park
Posted on: June 9, 2015

Maui County Ocean Safety Guide Now Available

Ocean Safety Guide

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Thanks to a collaborative effort by County, State and Federal officials, Maui County now has a comprehensive Ocean Safety Guide available online so that anyone can easily download or print the important safety information.

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View Ocean Safety guide, video
Posted on: May 14, 2015

ADA Improvements at Hookipa Beach Park to Begin Monday

Hookipa Beach Park

- Access to beach areas, parking to remain open during facility closures

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Department of Parks and Recreation today announced that construction on ADA Improvements at Hookipa Beach Park will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May ...Read on...

More info: Hookipa Beach Park
Posted on: February 24, 2015

Vendor Applications, Sponsors Now Being Accepted for 2nd Annual Made In Maui County Festival

2014 Made in Maui County Festival

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai‘i – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today that vendor applications and sponsorship forms are now available for the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival, which will be open to the public on Saturday, November 7,...Read on...

Visit the Made in Maui County Festival Website

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