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Tracie Takatani

Tracie Takatani
Tracie Takatani is Features Editor at MAUIWatch. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from UH Manoa and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from the UH Shilder College of Business. She has done work with Oceanic Time Warner Cable/OC16 and Punish’Um Motorsports TV.

400+ pound marlin caught off Ka’anapali coast

It seemed like an ordinary Saturday for Maui resident, Robert Malacas and his son, Josh Malacas, who regularly fish in Lahaina, near the Sheraton Hotel. But on this particular Saturday, there was something special in store for this father and son duo. “My son (Josh) threw out his pole around 4:00 pm and then something hit his pole shortly after,” …

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Archie’s restaurant in Wailuku closing after 49 years

In 1968, Archie Tanaka purchased the old Shigenaga store on Lower Main Street in Wailuku. He, along with his wife, Hifumi Tanaka, transformed the quaint area into what is now known as Archie’s. Forty-nine-years after establishing itself in Wailuku, Archie’s, full of its original charm, will close its doors on September 30. “My parents opened the restaurant and my mom …

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MauiWine Discontinues Free Wine Tasting After 40 Years

For the past 40 years, visitors at the Ulupalakua Ranch were treated to complimentary wine tastings at the former Tedeschi Winery and Vineyard, now known as MauiWine. MauiWine recently acquired a new liquor license that permits the company to charge for the tastings, therefore ending the free offering. The business now provides $10 tastings for five different wines from the …

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Maui couple changing lives one “Smile” at a time

This is a love story that began in Boston and is continuing on Maui. The tale of a Maui girl who left the island for college and met her future husband. Together this duo is bringing advancements in the field of dentistry to a whole new level. This is none other than the story of Maui’s own, Dr. Kelly Kawahara …

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Mile Long Lei headed to Paris from Maui with plenty ALOHA

Less than a week ago Ron Panzo, managing partner of Nalu’s South Shore Grill, and Sherrie Austin, founder of the Cynthia Rose Foundation, were having a conversation about her foundation’s mission – “to inspire and sustain kindness and joy by supporting the needs of individuals and communities.” Within minutes of talking, they came up with an idea to make a …

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Kona Brewing Co’s Celebrates 21 Years with Kai Golden Ale Launch Party

For the past 21 years, Hawaii’s remarkable people and culture have made Kona Brewing Co. who they are today. To say mahalo, Kona Brewing is celebrating with the Makana Series: four limited-edition, island-brewed beers, inspired by Hawaii’s landscape and made with island ingredients that tell our story. And in the spirit of makana, a portion of proceeds will benefit local …

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Maui native wins Hoku Award for graphic design

When people think of winning a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award he or she always think of the artist, but The Hoku’s also recognize people that are behind the scenes of making a great record. Along with artist awards, the Hoku’s have technical categories for the artists’ albums, these categories include: song writers, liner notes writers, graphic arts designers and recording studio …

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Chefs’ Collab before Ag Fest Event

From the moment I stepped foot into the ‘Grown on Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner,’ I could feel a special synergy amongst all in attendance. I immediately thought how fortunate I was to be part of such an amazing event! The dinner was held at the Maui Culinary Academy and featured prepared dishes by Maui’s top chefs and guest chefs from …

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MANAPUAWatch: Bakery can handle?

The Manapua Bakery is closed today for installation of more appliances. Hopefully this means the bakery can double their supply of 5,000 manapua per day to 10,000! What?! You mean I can actually buy some manapua now? We are keeping our fingers crossed Maui that the answer will be “yes!” Obviously Maui has been experiencing #manapuamadness as this establishment is …

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KŪʻĒ FOR NĀ WAI ʻEHĀ RALLY

Hundreds gathered in full force on Friday along the Wailuku Stream on Market Street to rally in protest for Nā Wai ʻEhā. People of all ages chanted and cheered with numerous well-crafted signs conveying their message of wanting accountability and connectivity to Mauiʻs streams. As many participants said, “Mauka to makai, itʻs the only way we will survive!” The passionate …

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