Why there are so many SHARKS.

Ho'o-ilo is the winter or rainy season. Winter begins when the Makali'i cluster begins to rise at sunset and set at dawn and is visible most of the night.

When the Kanaka Maoli saw the stars' appear in the night sky they knew it was the beginning of the most important holiday of the year. Makahiki.

Makahiki is the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest and time of personal rest, spiritual and cultural renewal. A time for things to replenish. Start new.

All disputes and wars were ceased and there were festivities, competitions and contests between villages. Even strict Kapu (laws) were temporarily set aside to give more freedom. So everyone could rest and prepare for the next growing season.

Mid October, ancient Hawaiians didn't fish because Makahiki season is the spawning, birthing, and growing season in the ocean.

The increase in rain causes fresh water to run off into the ocean which attracts sharks. So it's not coincidence the increase in shark activity started at the beginning of Makahiki because that is how it has always been.

Is it possible that in their wisdom, the ancient Hawaiians stopped fishing during Makahiki for a reason? And the shark attacks are a reminder to return to honoring the traditions of Makahiki?

There are said to be those souls who still return from the past to remind us of those times.

Could the sharks be souls of the past sending us a message to slow down...and let things replenish?

Hawaiian Makahiki Blessing:

"As it has been through time, may this season of Makahiki be a time of new growth and rejuvenation for you physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually"

c: I Love Kailua
(Painting: Herb Kawaianui Kani)
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Message from Mayor Michael Victorino:

Dear Residents and Visitors of Maui County,
Together, we are facing an unprecedented emergency in Maui County with the spread of COVID-19. With many canceled events, changed work schedules, and closed businesses, the coming weeks are uncertain. Everyone in our community is feeling the stress of the unknown and it brings many challenges for us all.

However, despite all the cancellations and changes in our daily lives, we must all remember one thing: ALOHA is not canceled.

I asked the Governor to take steps to stop visitors from entering Maui County to limit spreading this virus. The Governor announced today that travelers will be mandated to self-quarantine upon arrival to our islands. As Mayor, I don’t have the ability to stop incoming flights or mandate stricter quarantine measures for visitors and returning residents. The power we do have – which is shared by everyone in our community – is in our own actions and how we treat others.

For visitors, this means STRICTLY obeying quarantine and public health emergency rules. Once the quarantine takes effect, do not leave your accommodations for 14 days. Do not trespass or take roads that are restricted to only local residents in the area. All tourist attractions and activities are CLOSED. Please understand that our residents are parents, grandparents, children, siblings, aunties and uncles, just like yours back home. Spreading the virus here means putting our kupuna – our seniors and grandparents, at risk. Think about how you would like to be treated in your own home, filled with your family and loved ones.
Here is an overview of current guidance and rules for all our residents and visitors:

PUBLIC GUIDANCE:
• Stay home as much as possible
• NO social gatherings of more than 10 people; please reconsider large family gatherings in your home.
• DO NOT hoard supplies

COUNTY CLOSURES:
• All County Beach Parks will close starting Monday, March 23
• All County Offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23
• Waiehu Golf Course will close starting Monday, March 23
• All County Parks facilities are currently closed

OTHER CLOSURES:
• Bars
• Nighclubs
• Theaters
• Tourist Attractions
• Venues with large gatherings
NOTE: Takeout and Delivery ONLY for Restaurants and Cafes

CRITICAL SERVICES AND OPERATIONS REMAIN OPEN:
• Maui Police Department
• Maui Fire Department
• American Medical Response
• Healthcare Services
• Pharmaceutical Supply
• Food Supply and Agricultural Operations
• Financial Services

ALL OTHER BUSINESSES:
• Follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing measures and limited
gatherings.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
• Law enforcement is taking a compassionate and common sense approach.
• Please obey all law enforcement.

We understand that these rules do not cover every single situation, but please use this as a guide and make social distancing for health and safety your top priority.
Please know that this situation is changing by the minute. Stay up to date and follow any guidance from the County, State and Federal level as it is updated. We will do
our very best to keep you informed.

This is Maui County. We are strong and come together for those in need. Social distancing measures and the 10 people or less rule may keep us apart physically, but it
is in these moments where we grow stronger together.
We cannot stop or “cancel” our compassion, understanding and aloha for our family, friends and neighbors.

With Aloha,
Michael P. Victorino
Mayor, County of Maui
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SNOW ON HALEAKALA THIS MORNING: A dusting of snow occurred overnight on Haleakala. The National Weather Service estimates that about an inch of snow fell on Haleakala.

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FIRST IMAGES: SUNRISE REVEALS SNOW AT HALEAKALA

Updates: mauinow.com/?p=320661

As sun broke over the summit this morning, a blanket of newly fallen snow covered Maui's highest peak. Accumulations of 1-3" are in the forecast until noon today.

This photo was taken at 7:22 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from the IFA/PanSTARRS observatory site.

If you have images to share, leave them in the comments below or email newsdesk@mauinow.com.

PC: Haleakalā, Maui (7:22 a.m., 2.7.20). PC: IFA/PanSTARRS
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ANUENUE, THE HAWAIIAN RAINBOW GODDESS: Anuenue, the Hawaiian Rainbow Goddess, is a messenger of the Gods. Also called, the Beauty of Manoa, she was born of the divine wind and rain of Manoa Valley on Oahu. Since ancient times the valley has been regarded as “the royal palace of rainbows,” where Anuenue, the beautiful Rainbow Maiden, can be seen playing wherever the light of sun touches the misty rain. Anuenue is so beautiful that a rainbow follows her wherever she goes.

Anuenue was raised by her grandmother Waka in a secret forest clearing in Manoa Valley. Waka surrounded her Mo'opuna Wahine (granddaughter) in a fine mist to guard her maidenhood until she would be ready to marry a man of highest royalty. There Anuenue lives up to this day. Her 'I’iwi bird guardians bring her gifts of Ohia Lehua blossom as Anuenue watches over the Aina (sacred land).

Rainbows are seen so frequently in Hawaii, that the Islands are often called 'the Rainbow State'. To the ancient Hawaiians, rainbows were a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Babies destined to become great chieftains were born with rainbows over their homes and accompanied by rainbows throughout their lives.

Rainbow Warrior:
Rainbows were such an important part of Hawaiians culture that they were often portrayed in petroglyphs. A woman with an arch or rainbow signifies she is wise, honored and respected. A man and a rainbow in a petroglyph is interpreted as the keeper of the land and its people. Such petroglyphs are found in the Big Island’s lava fields and in the sacred Iao Valley of Maui.

Some natives have said that each color of the rainbow represents a Goddess and thinking of that color will bring about the element associated with it:
-WHITE represents the element of water and the Goddess Hina who bestows knowledge and awareness.
-Earth Goddess Haumea promises freedom and release. She bears the color RED. A stone is used as her element.
-ORANGE is for the Volcano Goddess Pele who infuses energy and focus. She commands the fire element.
-YELLOW is for the Goddess Hi’iaka who gives presence and purpose. Her element is the wind.
-PURPLE is for Goddess Uli, who endows success and effectiveness. People are her element.
-GREEN is for the element of plants and Goddess Laka, who showers love and compassion.
-BLUE is for the Goddess Kapo, the giver of power and ability. An animal is her element.

The Rainbow represents the bridge that connects us to the source.

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