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Maui’s Latino community contends with destruction, grief and immigration fears after fires

Lahaina, the historic town on the island of Maui where Kimberly Romero lived, worked and sent her 5-year-old daughter to school, was already in flames when they fled this month with just minutes to spare. Mother and daughter found housing in an Airbnb. But now, Romero faces an uncertain future as her home and belongings were destroyed. Originally from Honduras, Romero moved to Lahaina a year ago and was just getting to know what she called a “homey” Latino community.

“I did see pictures of my a

The saga of Celsius: What the energy drink reveals about tensions between Barnard Dining and students - Columbia Spectator

In December 2021, the @barnarddining Instagram account posted a picture of two women wearing “Celsius. Live Fit.” shirts and masks and holding the popular energy drinks in their hands. The image’s caption announced that the energy drinks would now be available in the Diana Center Cafe and Liz’s Place, and that the drinks contained “0 calories,” “accelerate metabolism,” and “burn body fat.”

The NYC Bodega: A History of Violence and Resilience

You probably won’t find Jesus next to ketchup and mayonnaise anywhere but a New York City bodega where the city’s character, diversity, and history are embodied in a physical space. Morning to night and night into morning, bodegas are open, offering an assortment of goods including New York’s famous Chopped Cheese sandwich, as well as the head-turning bodega cat.

The Spanish term “bodega,” dating back to the 1840s, originally referred to wine cellars, the hull of ships, and warehouses. Today in


Max Caffe will close at the end of August after rent increase - Columbia Spectator

Max Caffè, located on 122nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, will close at the end of this month after 19 years of operation. Owner Tony Bruno told Spectator that rent was raised significantly but declined to disclose exact numbers. The café features couches, an attentive waitstaff, and hot coffee, all conducive to productivity, which has attracted Columbia students for nearly two decades.

Juicery Harlem opens, promising live DJing, a nutritious menu, and a productive space - Columbia Spectator

Juicery Harlem, located at 370 Lenox Ave., is the embodiment of what happens when a health-conscious acclaimed Filipino chef and a pair of DJs who have shared a stage with Snoop Dog and 50 Cent join forces. The juice shop celebrated its opening on Monday, Nov. 15, with a seemingly unlikely combination of DJ sets, free juice, and smoothie samples.

Talking jars, gender politics, copper IUDs, and financial independence with TikTok star Eli Rallo, Journalism ’21 - Columbia Spectator

Eli Rallo, Journalism ’21, made $35,000 last month on social media and owes part of this success to a glass jar. Rallo lives with celiac disease, and throughout her childhood, her parents sought to find creative ways to make Rallo feel “normal” when it came to food. Their solution was a big glass jar filled with a mix of gluten-free snacks.

HUD: Foreclosure moratorium in place for Maui homeowners with government-backed loans

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Following President Biden’s major disaster declaration for Maui County on Monday, several relief measures are being made available to impacted homeowners.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for mortgages in Maui County insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

The moratorium applies to those guaranteed under the Indian Home Loan Guarantee program.

Under the disaster declaration, a 90-day extension

Want to help those devastated by the Maui wildfires? Here’s how

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The ferocious blaze that tore through Lahaina town is the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in more than a century.

Maui needs your help — and agencies are standing by to turn your aloha into action.

Here’s how you can help:

Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke is teaming up with Hawaii groups to streamline Maui donation efforts on Oahu.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement are helping coordinate.

Get more details here.

The Red Cross is wor

There are two ways to write Olelo Hawaii. The debate: Is only one correct?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In July, a new law went into effect that requires official state documents using Hawaiian language words and names to be spelled “consistently.”

The measure is part of a larger linguistic conversation about how to properly incorporate and revitalize the Hawaiian language in the public sphere — with or without the okina and kahako.

Some argue legislating spelling doesn’t go far enough in honoring and recognizing the Hawaiian language and its speakers. Others, meanwhil

Folks you meet in Costco ... like Jason Momoa?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii’s own action hero Jason Momoa greeted fans in person on Thursday at a Hawaii Costco to promote his new vodka brand Meili.

Fans waited for hours in line at Iwilei Costco to take a selfie with the “Aquaman” star and pick up a signed bottle of the vodka.

Last summer, Momoa surprised fans when he served Mananalu brand water on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

This time, Momoa posed for selfies with a never-ending stream of fans in the worl

A ‘meaningful moment’: Remains of South Korean soldiers repatriated in Hawaii ceremony

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. government repatriated seven sets of remains from the Korean War to the Republic of Korea Tuesday in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Through a partnership, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and Republic of Korea’s Agency for KIA Recovery used shared laboratory and historic analysis to identify the remains.

“We’re here today to honor that sacrifice with our Republic of Korea partners in the 70th anniversary of the ironclad alliance as well as the armis

A repatriation ceremony 82 years in the making for sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fireman 1st Class Ray Camery was laid to rest Thursday at Punchbowl’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific — nearly 82 years after he died on the USS Oklahoma.

Camery was among the 429 Oklahoma crew members who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains were identified in March 2018 by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Agency at a laboratory in Nebraska.

“He was interred at Punchbowl as an unknown for over 65 years, until we disinterred all of the remains,”

Green issues emergency proclamation on housing aimed at streamlining new projects

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. Josh Green issued an emergency proclamation on housing Monday aimed at streamlining regulatory processes for the development of 50,000 housing units.

In a news conference at the state Capitol, Green declared that Hawaii’s housing crisis an emergency, and that speeding up housing development will minimize its adverse impacts on residents.

But some, including Sierra Club of Hawaii Executive Director Wayne Tanaka, worry that the proclamation will compromise environ

‘Field trips for dogs’ give four-legged friends reprieve from overcrowded shelter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kauai Human Society is crowded, like most dog shelters in the islands these days, but one innovative program is helping relieve the pressure.

Field Trips for Dogs, Kauai Humane Society’s shelter dog excursion program, allows visitors and residents to give shelter dogs a reprieve from the overcrowded facilities — and a greater chance of getting adopted.

When you arrive to take a dog on a field trip, the humane society provides a day’s worth of food, toys, water, a

During Hawaii visit, HUD secretary announces $3.1B in new funding to fight homelessness nationwide

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is set to distribute $3.1 billion nationally to combat homelessness starting in July.

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announced the new funding availability during her visit to Hawaii on Monday.

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders experience the highest rate of homelessness of any group in the U.S. at 121 per 10,000 people, according to HUD. While Native Hawaiians made up 19% of the total population in Honolulu Count

In emotional homecoming, 8 Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers return from Poland

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Emotions ran high in Pearl City on Wednesday as eight soldiers from the Hawaii Army National Guard embraced loved ones for the first time in 11 months.

The returning soldiers — Major Thomas A. Moriyasu, Sergeant First Class Theresa E. Gualdarama, Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Foster, Sergeant Lianne M. Hirano, Sergeant John H. Schoebel, Sergeant Gavin K. Ching, Specialist Casandra Ancheta, and Specialist Kevin T. Brown — were deployed to Poland as part of the 117th Mobile

Secretary Haaland stresses importance of indigenous knowledge in ‘era of climate crisis’

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Hawaii leaders gathered in Heeia on Tuesday to underscore the importance of indigenous knowledge preservation in conservation efforts.

“I see healing all over this area where people are bringing back native plants and native ways of doing things and I think that indigenous knowledge is one of the absolute most important things that we can practice in this era of the climate crisis,” Haaland said.

On the grounds of Kakoo

‘National treasure’: Biden administration commits $16M to Hawaiian bird conservation efforts

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Biden-Harris Administration will dedicate $16 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act as part of an initiative to save Native Hawaiian birds from extinction, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced on Tuesday.

Haaland, who is the first Native American to hold a cabinet secretary position, was teary eyed as she gave her address to a packed room of conservationists at the Hawaii Conservation Conference.

The funding wi

By day, he works at the airport. By night, this poet is a 3-time Honolulu grand slam champ

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Zarqui Omar Edwards, also known as “Z From Baltimore,” used to write poems to impress girls in middle school. But as he grew out of schoolyard love poems, Z expanded his verse to civic themes, landing himself on the stage of Slack Key Lounge as Honolulu’s poetry Grand Slam Champion last Thursday.

By day, Z works at the Honolulu airport as a training supervisor for UPS. But after work, he is a poet, activist, author, emcee, and now, three-time Grand Slam Champion.


Amid mounting safety concerns, a favorite swim spot is again facing demolition

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A favorite swim spot may be a thing of the past by late 2024.

The protected swimming cove known as Cromwells is popular with people seeking both tranquility and thrills — from jumping off surrounding sea walls.

But there’s a new effort afoot to close the area because of safety concerns.

Originally constructed in 1938 as a boat basin for private vessels, the Diamond Head Breakwater and Koko Head Breakwater create a calm swimming basin next to the beach.

But after in
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