Experts Discuss Maui's Economy

The following is an excerpt from a Maui Weekly article. I thought I would post it here because it is something that many are interested and wants to know. Below is the link to read the rest of the article:

Local economists share their predictions for the global, national and local economies at business outlook forum. “This too will pass” we will get through this.”

Despite the warm rays of sunshine outside, those seated within the Elleair Ballroom of the Maui Beach Hotel on Friday, Oct. 17, shivered at the chilling reality of an uncertain economic future. More than 100 residents spent the lunch hour at the 34th Annual Maui County Business Outlook Forum hosted by First Hawaiian Bank and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, seeking answers to the questions, “How bad is it?” and “How long will it last?” Despite the savory aroma of the Maui Beach Hotel’s famous butterfly shrimp, there were some who nervously anticipated the sting of a painful economic forecast in the wake of a turbulent housing crisis and the controversial billion-dollar Wall Street bailout. Hawai’i Pacific University Professor of Finance and Economics Leroy Laney and University of Hawai’i Professor of Business Economics Jack Suyderhoud each presented a summary of the 2008 economic slowdown, outlining the events leading up to it and potential outcomes. As he took the stage, Dr. Suyderhoud addressed the audience with an apologetic tone, admitting he wished he could have attended the luncheon under more sunny circumstances. However, he managed to brighten the mood by interjecting some humor into his presentation, effectively taking sour lemons and squeezing them into lemonade. We may be in a slump, he said, but it is important that we keep our chins up and focus on the positive. CONTINUE READING ON MAUI WEEKLYHERE.

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XTERRA World Championship on Maui

Every morning this past week while on our way to school, my kids and I see many athletes on the road “running”. I can tell that they are not locals just doing their daily exercises. These are men and women from around the world. And I remembered that the XTerra World Championship is this weekend already. I thought I’s post some highlights and helpful information about it here. Do you know someone who is participating on this event? Let me know on the comment section :)

Some Highlights on Xterra World Championship from Calendar Maui:

The XTERRA World Championship is the final stop of the XTERRA Global Tour. The best off-road triathletes on the planet race for the title of world champion. Born on Maui in 1996, XTERRA is an off-road, multisport event which combines swimming, mountain biking and trail running.

With athletes from 30 countries mixing it up with Americans from all over the U.S. and da kine – Hawaiian-style locals, the atmosphere in Maui is epic, like Mardi Gras on mountain bikes with revelers dancing in the sand and sippin’ on mai tais. Way beyond just a race, those lucky enough to come to the party are treated to a carnival of activities…

“ONO” DINNERS, the Night of Champions affair on Saturday and the awards celebration dinner on Sunday are simply delicious. Both are held oceanfront and under the stars at the magnificent Maui Prince.

The Night of Champions Dinner features highlights of XTERRA events around the world and two very special awards. Each year we recognize on member of our community as XTERRA Warrior for their exempliary XTERRA spirit. Then we introduce a new inductee in the XTERRA Hall of Fame. CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE AT Calendar Maui:

From the Official XTerra Website:

At 9:00AM on Sunday, October 26th, a maxed-out field of 600 international dirt lovers will embrace the annual challenge of XTERRA’s most grueling course – and in the ensuing hours put their mental and physical toughness up against Mother Nature’s arsenal of sun, sand, water, kiawe and lava. When it’s all over, they’ll don some of the weirdest and most wonderful costumes you’ve ever seen and dance the night away at what is surely triathlon’s greatest after party.

Athletes from more than 20 countries and 40 states will gather in Maui – having competed all season long for the right to be at the XTERRA Global Tour’s culminating event. What begins as a gathering of relative strangers end as a family whose friendship defies boundaries of title and expertise and unites them all in the challenge of Man vs. Mother Nature.

$130,000 in pro prize money is up for grabs and for age groupers the title of World Champion earns them a one-of-a-kind XTERRA World Champion jersey. All the action will be filmed for a one-hour nationwide TV special, and on race day, you can log-on to XTERRA.TV for live coverage from Maui. You can even watch last year’s race now at

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URINETOWN Opens Friday on Maui

Forget the imperfect title, the winner of three Tony Awards, “Urinetown: The Musical” is one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years. It is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, revolution and love in a time when water is worth its weight in gold! For Maui, this should sound very familiar. “Urinetown” catapults the audience into an unknown future with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. Columnist Liz Smith said, “Urinetown is one of the cleverest, most adroit, funniest evenings I’ve spent in many a season.” Don’t Hold it A Second Longer — You Gotta Go!

Click here to see headshots of each of the URINETOWN cast members on the Pro-Arts website.

or buy in person at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center Customer Service Desk

Theatre, Schedule and Ticket Prices:

Steppingstone Playhouse at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului

Friday, October 24 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 25 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 26 – 2:00 pm (Bargain Matinee)
Friday, October 31 – 7:30 pm (Halloween Costume Contest! Prizes!)
Saturday, November 1 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 2 – 2:00 pm
Friday, November 7 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 8 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 9 – 2:00 pm

$25 Fridays & Saturdays – Center
$22 Fridays & Saturdays – Side
$18 Sunday, October 26
$21 Sunday, November 2, 9

***URINETOWN: The Musical is suitable for all audiences***

Don’t Hold it A Second Longer — You Gotta Go!

We Look Forward to Seeing You at URINETOWN!

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Wordless Wednesday: A Boy On Lava Rocks

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