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Merriman's Restaurants Announces Sustainable Fish Initiative

Merriman's Restaurants Announces Sustainable Fish Initiative

The following information is provided by Merriman's Restaurants:

Merriman's Restaurants is pleased to introduce its first ever companywide sustainable seafood initiative - a statewide collaboration between Merriman's and Handcrafted Restaurants including Merriman's Waimea, on the Big Island, Merriman's Kapalua, Maui, Merriman's Fish House, Poipu, Kauai, and Chef Peter Merriman's newest restaurant, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman in Wailea, Maui. The first companywide initiative of its kind will pledge support for the Hawaii Fish Trust Project and sustainable seafood efforts in Hawaii.

Starting August 1 - September 31, 2012 the above mentioned restaurants will offer a daily "Sustainable Seafood Special" consisting of a 3 ounce piece of wild Hawaii caught fish paired with 3 ounces of locally raised seafood or fish.

Merriman's Restaurants & Monkeypod Kitchen introduce sustainable seafood specials

Merriman's Restaurants & Monkeypod Kitchen introduce sustainable seafood specials

The following information is provided by Merriman's Restaurants:

JULY 16, 2012 - MAUI, HAWAII – Merriman’s Restaurants is pleased to introduce its first ever companywide sustainable seafood initiative – a statewide collaboration between Merriman’s and Handcrafted Restaurants including Merriman’s Waimea, on the Big Island, Merriman’s Kapalua, Maui, Merriman’s Fish House, Poipu, Kaua’i and Chef Peter Merriman’s newest restaurant, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman in Wailea, Maui. The first companywide initiative of its kind will pledge support for the Hawaii Fish Trust Project and sustainable seafood efforts in Hawaii.

Starting August 1 – September 31, 2012 the above mentioned restaurants will offer a daily “Sustainable Seafood Special” consisting of a 3 ounce piece of wild Hawaii caught fish paired with 3 ounces of locally raised seafood or fish.

Bill to Promote Agricultural Tourism Activities becomes Law

Bill to Promote Agricultural Tourism Activities becomes Law

The following information is provided by Hawaii State Senate:

Honolulu-Senate Bill (SB) 2341, Relating to Land Use, became law yesterday without the Governor's signature. The measure allows agricultural tourism activities, including certain overnight accommodations of twenty-one days or less, in agricultural districts for any one stay within Maui County.

The intent of the SB 2341 is to enable Maui County to make their own determinations regarding the allowance of certain activities on, or uses of, land in agricultural districts. To assist in this effort the measure provides that the county adopt ordinances setting forth procedures and requirements for the review and permitting of agricultural tourism uses and activities.

"The enactment of Senate Bill 2341 provides a wealth of opportunity for Maui County farmers and ranchers as well as the greater community," said Senator English, who introduced the measure.

Delinquent Residential Refuse Accounts

Delinquent Residential Refuse Accounts

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui Solid Waste Division would like to inform all residential refuse customers who are delinquent in their semi-annual refuse payments to please submit your payment by July 26, 2012.  Any account that is not paid in full by this date will be closed.  A $30 service fee will be applied to any account that is reopened after this date.  Refuse payments were due by June 29, 2012.

As of July 5, 2012 there are approximately 3,862 delinquent accounts totaling $410,369 past due. 

Payments can be made by dropping them off at the Refuse & Landfill Accounts office located at One Main Plaza, Suite 200 or by mailing them to Solid Waste, 2200 Main St., Suite 200, Wailuku, HI 96793.  If you have any questions about your account, please call 270-1731.

County of Maui 2012 Summer Volunteer Hero

County of Maui 2012 Summer Volunteer Hero

The following information is provided by County of Maui Public Information Office:

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui 2012 Summer Volunteer Hero was awarded to Lori Feroldi.  Lori is a tireless volunteer giving countless hours of her time to the Haliimaile Community Garden where she is a leader of volunteer work days, Secretary-Treasurer of the Garden Council, manages garden maintenance projects, provides orientation for new gardeners, produces newsletters, writes and manages grants and works with garden membership.

Lori’s drive, dedication and sense of inclusiveness keeps the Hailiimaile Community Garden going strong!  Lori received a $25 Café O’Lei Gift Certificate for her loyal and caring service.

For more information on summer volunteer opportunities visit www.handsonmaui.com or call Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator, at 270-7150.

The Sunrise from Haleakala is well known...but there is so much more

The Sunrise from Haleakala is well known...but there is so much more

On almost any given day,  hundreds of people make the early morning drive up to the 10,000 ft summit of Haleakala on Maui to witness the sunrise.  It is the closest most will come to seeing the heavens with their own eyes.  In the pre-dawn hours there is a line of cars driving up the windy road.  Once above the clouds,  the stars are too plentiful to count.  It is a view to the skies that is simply amazing.  

As much as the sunrise is amazing,  there is so much more on Haleakala that is not noticed by most.  Soon after the sunrise, many people turn back downhill and drive away.  If they could take a look around under the warming and brightened skies,  they would find a land of beauty and adventure to explore.

Maui County Offers Civil Defense Training Opportunity

Maui County Offers Civil Defense Training Opportunity

The following information is provided by Maui County:

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes being held Upcountry.

Hurricane season brings a unique awareness to the Islands of Hawaii. Dry brush and high winds are currently creating fire hazards around Maui County. Home fires, flash floods, flu epidemics -- disasters are unexpected and disrupt lives. Preparation for the unexpected helps people take a level of control over their own safety, reduces anziety, and provides the possibility of resuming a normal life more quickly in the aftermath of disaster.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training educates people about hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.