Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My Co-Worker

County’s deputy manager for the environment hired

WAILUKU – Mayor Charmaine Tavares has appointed Gregg Kresge to be deputy director of the county’s new Department of Environmental Management.

Kresge most recently worked as assistant environment and natural resources manager and senior scientist for Parsons UXB on the Kahoolawe ordnance clean-up, where he oversaw compliance with disposal and storage regulations for hazardous waste.

He previously worked as a consultant and owner of World Environmental Services and Training in Saipan, as an environmental planner for the Northern Marianas Islands government and as an environmental consultant and investigator on environmental safety issues and PCB contamination.

Kresge has a master’s of science degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco.

Tavares said Kresge’s technical expertise would be an asset to the county.

"His work in Saipan and Kahoolawe brings a distinctive view of how environmental management and government services are administered in an island state," she said in a statement announcing the appointment.

Tavares has named Cheryl Okuma, an attorney and former deputy director for wastewater management in Honolulu, to be director of environmental management.

The new Department of Environmental Management will be separated from the current county Department of Public Works and Environmental Management on July 1. Voters last year approved a charter amendment to split the department, to have the Department of Public Works focus on roadways, building codes and facilities management, and the Department of Environmental Management responsible for wastewater and solid waste services.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pat & Grandma

Pat & Grandma
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii.
Florence Hasagawa's 99th Birthday, her Daughter Pat Masumoto played drums for her.

Monday, May 21, 2007

sing sing Laugh Laugh

sing sing Laugh Laugh
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii.
Sing Sing Laugh Laugh first show was at 142 Wahikuli Lahaina Hi. 96766 It was Florence Hasagawa's 99th birth day. Featuring Pat Masumoto and Jeffery Griffin. Maui Hawaii Drum and Bass Combo.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hawaiian population grows but leaves isles

Ranks of Hawaiians grows on the mainland, shrinks at home

While native Hawaiians increased in population nationwide, their numbers have decreased in the Aloha State in the past several years.

California is beginning to rival Hawaii in the total number of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Hawaii also has experienced an increase in Micronesians, who have unrestricted entry into the United States, under a Compact of Free Association signed by Congress.

The state has been paying more in health and education benefits to Micronesians than it has been receiving from the federal government.

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders arrived at a milestone in the United States, reaching 1 million in population nationwide, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released yesterday.

The largest population increase of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders last year occurred in California with 3,400, followed by Texas with 2,000 and Florida with 1,500, according to estimates released by the bureau.

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders rose in population nationally by 1.7 percent or 17,000 from 2005 to 2006, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, in Hawaii the group's population decreased by more than 1,300 from 2005 to 2006, according to the state data center, which provides statistics to the U.S. Census Bureau.

"They are moving to the mainland," said Eugene Tian, chief of the state statistics branch.

Tian said in the last six years, the estimated native Hawaiian population in the state has decreased from 282,656 in 2000 to 274,766 in 2006.

Tian said the population might be a bit higher because federal estimates do not take into account the higher birthrate among native Hawaiians.

Hawaii continued to have the largest number of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, totaling 275,000 out of a total Hawaii population of 1,285,498, followed by California with 260,000 and Washington state with 49,000.

Observers note that the population of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders was younger, with a median age of 28.6, compared with the national median of 36.4.

About 30 percent of the native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander population was younger than 18, compared with 25 percent of the total population.

Hawaii led the nation with a population that was 75 percent minority in 2006.

The state faces some major challenges in providing health and education to a growing number of islanders from Micronesia.

From the 2001-02 school year to the 2006-07 school year, the number of Micronesian students increased by close to 58 percent to 3,337, according to the state Department of Education.

Department spokesman Greg Knudsen said that under a Compact of Free Association, residents from various Micronesian nations are able to reside in Hawaii and the rest of the United States.

Knudsen said Micronesian children are generally less prepared to enter Hawaii public schools and face the challenge of acquiring English language skills.

He said while the state has received money from the federal government to assist Micronesians, the funds have not gone in the past several years to providing education for Micronesians.

Based on the number of Micronesians living in Hawaii, some $10.5 million in federal funds has gone to the state Department of Human Services to pay for their Medicaid expenses.

"It's a drop in the bucket, and we really need more," said department Director Lillian Koller.

Koller said the $10.5 million is barely enough to pay for three months of Medicaid.

Isle visitor accommodation tally edges lower

Oahu lost 1 percent of its hotel inventory last year, but timeshares and condos were up

Reinvestment and renovation in Hawaii's visitor industry led to more condominium/hotel and timeshare units and fewer conventional hotel rooms last year, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).

The total number of visitor accommodation units statewide in 2006 contracted 0.8 percent from 2005, to 72,516 total units. Kauai had the largest decline with a 2.7 percent or 219 room reduction. Oahu lost 1 percent, or 332 rooms, of its hotel inventory and Maui and the Big Island each had a 0.2 percent decrease.

"The data showed an increase in condominium/hotel and timeshare units, which resulted in a decrease in traditional hotel properties. This change was expected, given the amount of renovations that has been taking place," said Tourism Liaison, Marsha Wienert.

The changes are part of an ongoing trend in Hawaii for visitors to enter the residential housing market either as second-home buyers, timeshare or condotel owners.

The trend is expected to continue as long as Hawaii's residential real estate market outperforms mainland markets and the state continues to host repeat visitors in greater numbers. Year to date, DBEDT numbers show that the number of repeat visitors is running at an unprecedented 70 percent, Wienert said.

"That's something that concerns us," she said. "I remember when we hit 55 percent years ago and we all thought that was bad."

The 2006 report showed year-on-year increases in the number of condotel units on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Meanwhile, the hotel room count declined on Kauai, Oahu and Maui just as the number of timeshare units rose.

As more of Hawaii's hotel renovations are completed this year, the state will see more rooms coming to market, Wienert said.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

403 Waiale RD Wailuku

403 Waiale RD Wailuku
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii.
This is a one of kine Deal!!! Waiale Wailuku 3 bedrooms 2 bathroom Large plot with tall spooky trees on a busy road. This is a Cool resting place, chilling and close to the graveyard. A windfall from the mortuary. A tumble to the Church. Close to the Prison and Walking distance to the Bail Bonds. If that ain't enough; then how about 100 yard from the Electrical Transformers that pump eons of energy to all of Wailuku.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

65 Lepo Pl Haiku Maui Hawaii

This is a no brainer. The home needs paint, carpet, bathroom, shower repair,
new fridge, counters and cupboards resurfaced. The home is a 3 bedroom 2
bathroom. The house at one time was rebuilt and the garage or carport was
turned into a studio with a enclosed lanai. So instantly you could have a 3
and 1 rental and a studio rental all with separate entrances and self
enclosed screened porches.

The garage car port now could be flipped into a two bedroom add on to the
house, so with as little as 17 thousand dollars you could be making money,
there is still room to build a cottage and build the house two stories.

The yard is in need of landscaping and care. The bamboo forest can be knock
back with some hard work. there is room for a few animals after clearing the
bamboo back.

I see the value here as plain as the light of day.

I instantly called the California Realtors and asked to sell my Ferndale
house. I would buy this and fix it up. After the rental improvements and
clearing the land The value will jump to 800 or 900 and after a cottage is
built then it will be a million plus property. Now don't fool yourself,
there are a lot of million plus properties on Maui, that doesn't mean your

There is no Ocean View. I am not sure if you went two story if it would show
up? I doubt it. I am sure that this is a rental positive cash flow with some
hard work and soft money.

Nice Buy.

Jeffery B Griffin
Realtor® (B) ABR, GRI, e-Pro eCertified®
808-280-3442 cell
888-248-4015 toll free/information/message/fax
Century 21 All Islands
7 E. Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
"Lucky We Live Hawaii"

Premier Hawaii real estate firm with a family 13 offices
strong statewide, ranking #4 & #5 in the state and in the
nation respectively. out of 46 countries, 8,400 offices,
and 146,000.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Real Estate is about Human Life

Real estate is both high-tech and high-touch, so can be enhanced by both electronic and personal interaction. The first MLS was created more than 100 years ago as way for brokers to share their listing agreements with each another in hopes of procuring buyers for their properties more quickly and efficiently

Monday, May 14, 2007

Shark snared, then freed

There was a picture of the Shark in the printed Maui news paper.
The 2 fishermen were real happy.

Shark snared, then freed

By EDWIN TANJI, City Editor

MAKENA – It wasn’t the first, and it probably won’t be the last tiger shark that David Baker will catch and release.

But the 8-foot-long predator Baker hauled in Saturday morning at Poolenalena Beach, also known as Chang’s Beach, may achieve a little extra notoriety since it showed up offshore just a few days after a large shark nipped at a woman snorkeling about a mile up the coast.

Still, the Kahului resident said he saw no reason not to return the shark to the sea.

"There are thousands and thousands of sharks out there. I’ve returned them all, and I’ve never had any problems with sharks," he said. "I know they bite people, but that’s the ocean. That’s where they live, and people killing one or two sharks, that’s not going to do anything to stop them from biting.

"Anyway, it’s illegal to leave a dead shark on the beach."

For Baker, a manager at Mama’s Fish House, the fish specialty restaurant in Kuau, there was never any doubt he would release the shark. He said he had hooked up with a smaller shark at about 7 p.m. Friday as he set up for his overnight fishing trip and also released it.

"I’ve been fishing there for about 25 years. I’ve caught plenty of sharks, 20 or 30 over the years, and I’ve let them all go."

If there was any issue at all, it was that he didn’t hook up with any ulua, which was what he was after. But he said he’s previously caught an ulua after first pulling in a shark, so he doesn’t think the sharks sniffing at his bait were keeping the ulua at bay.

It was just a matter of fisherman’s luck. But getting the strike at about 6 a.m. as the sunrise began to glow behind Haleakala made the morning interesting, at least.

"He was very strong, very strong," he said. "It took like an hour to bring him in."

He said he let his son, Jacob Baker, and his son’s buddy, Kapono Kong, have a turn at trying to bring in the powerful fish pulling the line out to sea.

"I’m a little sore today. He was a challenge," David Baker said.

He said he also realized early in the fight that he was bringing in a shark, from the way it pulled steadily rather than in spurts. He said he has been fishing all his life since his father was a commercial fisherman in California and his uncle owned a sport-fishing boat.

"Pretty much right away, I knew it was a shark. It was so heavy and not typical of an ulua fight."

Once on shore, the swivel on the leader snapped, and after taking a few photographs, Baker said he and Jacob grabbed the shark’s tail and pulled it back to the edge of the shore where a wave lifted it. He estimated it was 8 feet long and weighed around 300 pounds.

"He was a beefy bugger."

Once it was afloat, Baker said he kept a hold of its tail to keep it pointed into the shorebreak and eventually, it slid into water deep enough to swim out.

He said he felt no need to fear the shark, which probably headed away as quickly as it could.

"Me and my son went for a swim after. The water was awesome, clean and smooth."

Friday, May 11, 2007

Journey Into Mystery #91 - Sandu

I feel this way.


KAHULUI – The state Department of Transportation said maintenance work will be performed on Runway 02/20 at the Kahului Airport through Thursday morning, requiring flights to be rerouted to alternate Runway 05/23 from 12:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The aircraft landing and taking off from Runway 05/23 may lead to increased noise over areas of Wailuku, Kahului, Spreckelsville and Paia, the department said.

Maui home sales, prices down

Maui home sales, prices down

It was still predominantly a buyer's real estate market on Maui last month.

While the median price for a single-family home declined 1.4 percent to $690,000, the number of sales increased by 41.7 percent from the year ago April. More than half of the condominium buyers in Maui paid $465,000 for a condominium in April, a decrease of 13.8 percent from the same month in 2006. Condominium sales also declined 14.7 percent from the same month in 2006

Growing inventory provided plenty of options for Maui buyers last month, said Terry Tolman, chief staff executive for the Realtors Association of Maui Inc.

Year-to-date indicators show sales of single-family homes are starting to gain ground on Maui compared to the first four months of 2006, he said, but added that condo unit sales and dollar volume have declined considerably.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Maui Rainbow

65 MPH Rainbow
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii.
Maui Hawaii Rainbow
Taken on Haleakala Highway May 7th 2007

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku Maui

A new Hawaii law will also mean a new lease on life for the historic Iao Theater in Wailuku, Maui. The law, signed last month by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, will allow the nonprofit theater group Maui OnStage to lease the theater long-term and begin much-needed renovations on the 1928 structure.

Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra performed at the Mission-style theater in the downtown Maui area. By the 1980s, the theater had fallen into disrepair, and developers in the area threatened the theater with demolition. County officials stepped in to purchase the building from private owners, and by 1995 spent almost $2 million to rehabilitate the theater.

Still, the theater wasn't getting the funds it needed for upkeep. Last summer, Maui OnStage, which has been operating out of the theater since 1984, expressed interest in leasing it and taking charge of renovations, but was denied by county officials: The law at the time required that the county offer an option to purchase property when granting a long-term lease. County council members said they couldn't risk selling a historic property.

But council members were sympathetic, and moved quickly to introduce a new bill specifically to address the Iao Theater dilemma: "Changing the law gives the non-profit what the non-profit needs and gives the county what the county needs," says Darla Palmer, former executive director of Maui OnStage, who now works as a consultant for the group. "It's something we can all be proud of."

The new long-term lease policy has no time limitations, and will allow Maui OnStage to tap into tax credits, foundation dollars, and private donations to fund the renovation, which will include updating the theater's sound and lighting systems, renovating the basement, and installing an air conditioning system.

"Without the long-term lease, we've been really stymied on rehabbing this historic structure," Palmer says. "People needed to know we were in it for the long haul, or they'd be disinclined to make a significant donation to renovating the theater. They want to make sure we're going to follow through and complete the project."

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tim Kerr from the Big Boys

Tim Kerr from the Big Boys
Originally uploaded by CapturedSouls.
I recently found my friend Tim Kerr on line and the man who took this photo, hooked us up together again. What a great Friend Tim Kerr has been through out time. This is such a pleasant surprise to be in contact with Tim again. He is a great Musician and great Artist who knows the "here and now." Be in the moment.

Jeffery B Griffin
Realtor® (B) ABR, GRI, e-Pro eCertified®
808-280-3442 cell
888-248-4015 toll free/information/message/fax
Century 21 All Islands
7 E. Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
"Lucky We Live Hawaii"

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Iao Classic Wailuku Maui Hawaii

I have TWO; Old-Fashioned Value-Modern Comfort, Iao Parkside Condominiums
for sale. Both on them are 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom units, 650 square feet of
working mans classic Casa. Unit 20-201 has Brand NEW Carpet and fresh paint,
needing a stove and fridge, I may be able to help you find those appliances
that are much needed. The other is unit 19-203 has veneer floors, fresh
paint and tranquility from the rest of the complex. Make your "Someday"
Dreams Come True, both are listed for $297,000

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Okiplace Maui Hawaii

Okiplace Maui Hawaii
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii.
1,285,000.00 Maui Hawaii 15 Oki Place Waihee nice party house, tile, lani, ocean and mountain views 30,000 square feet of land pool and BBQ man what a fun place to party.

Jeffery B Griffin
Realtor® (B) ABR, GRI, e-Pro eCertified®
808-280-3442 cell
888-248-4015 toll free/information/message/fax
Century 21 All Islands
7 E. Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
"Lucky We Live Hawaii"

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dreaming Bear

Dreaming Bear
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii.
Maui Hawaii Poetry Slam April 30th 2007
The winner this month was Dreaming Bear!

As 07-07-07 nears, are you feeling lucky?

WAILUKU– With the unique combination of calendar numbers occurring July 7, Mayor Charmaine Tavares said Maui County will hold a “07-07-07 Lucky We Live Maui County” event.

The celebration will include the annual Makawao Paniolo Parade being held on July 7 as one of the events of the Makawao Rodeo.

“We are celebrating Maui County being no ka oi. There is so much that makes living here great,” she said. “07-07-07 is a rarity – just as our county’s spectacular beauty, resources of our land and investment in our islands’ next generation is a rarity that we need to celebrate and preserve.”

The event will include a drawing sponsored by the Maui Farm Bureau of seven prizes to be awarded during the 07-07-07 Lucky We Live Maui County observance.