Island Issues

Island Issues stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

maui beach business

Drawing Lines in the Sand

Maui’s population is growing. The number of beach parks is not. As pressure mounts, activity companies say the County has left them stranded.

Na Wai ‘Eha

Farmers, environmentalists, and the pressures of development vie for Wailuku's contested streams.
maui axis deer

Fair Game

Axis deer destroy crops and endanger native species. Beleaguered farmers, ranchers and conservationists are taking aim at the problem.
maui fire rescue

In Case of Emergency

From dousing flames, to diving underwater, to scaling mountains, rescuers must be prepared for anything—so they train for everything.
Haleakala telescope debate

Eyes on the House of the Sun

Plans to build the world’s largest solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala have set two very different ways of seeing at odds.
pineapple

Eat Here Now

On an island where 90 percent of our food is imported, sustainability starts with eating locally.
superferry

Will It Float?

Is the Hawai‘i Superferry a boon for interisland travelers, or a boondoggle threatening Maui’s way of life?
Honolua

Saving Honolua

A fragile area on Maui’s northwestern shore faces an uncertain future. . . .
EVA smart grid Maui

Maui EVA & the Smart Grid

The Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance is working to jump start an electric car revolution on the island, helping the environment and gas prices.
climate change issues

Living with Climate Change

A warming planet is raising sea levels around the globe. How can we adapt to keep living near the coast?

Save the Shaka

Beyond the “shaka,” that friendly thumb-and-pinkie hand waggle that says “hello” in a uniquely local fashio, is an intangible spirit defines these islands.
Maui sugarcane plow

The End of Maui Sugarcane

Goodbye Sugar. Hello… What? The Pu‘unēnē Mill has ceased production, along with 36,000 acres of sugarcane farming in Maui’s central valley and along the island’s north shore, ending about two centuries of commercial sugar in Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian grammy winners

Discordant Notes

Hawaiian musicians face long odds at the Grammys since all are lumped in one musical category: folk music.
clark foam

How to Duckdive a Tsunami

Half a year after an industry wipeout, Maui’s surfboard shapers come up for air.

Empty Isles

No one knows for sure, but urban lore says that if the ships and planes stopped coming, our food supplies might last a few weeks.
ocean nets

Tangled Net

Learn the rules behind the proposed ban.
maui small boat harbors

Harboring Doubts and Dreams Part II

Raising Wake at Maui’s Small-Boat Harbors
biofuel maui

Biofuel Battles

Advocates say biofuels could save big agriculture in the Islands, and reduce Hawaii’s unsustainable dependence on imported oil. Are we willing to pay the price?
kalo

GMO Kalo? Get an Educated Opinion

Use these helpful resources to learn more about the GMO kalo (taro) controversy.
GMO crops illustration

Rooting for the Wrong Side?

Supporters say biotechnology creates jobs and fights world hunger. Detractors say it threatens the health of humans and the planet. Can both be right?

Short-term Aloha

Transient vacation rentals, long a quiet part of the Maui tourism industry, are a noisy new controversy.