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This roof deck in Chicago was designed by the Chicago Roof Deck and Garden. Urban dwellers are looking up for outdoor living inspiration, installing rooftop decks complete with kitchens, lounges, gardens and entertaining spaces. -- Photo via AP

Sky’s the limit

By KIM COOK The Associated Press Backyards and balconies are great places to enjoy an al fresco meal or a sun bath, but to really elevate your outdoor lifestyle, consider going up. To the roof. Rooftop decks were fairly common in early 20th-century Craftsman and modernist homes, ...

Forever Purple Heuchera paints a vivid portrait in a garden without flowers. -- Costa Farms photo via AP

In the loop

Non-flower gardens are emerging landscape trend By KIM COOK The Associated Press While beds tumbling with flowers are lovely, there’s an emerging trend in landscape design: the flowerless garden. Nontraditional gardens are no less green. In fact, the hue is often more obvious than in a ...

A fairy garden made by Victoria Hannley in Tuscon, Ariz., features objects left over from her daughter’s birthday party and an empty tin soup can. -- Victoria Hannley photo via AP

Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of kids, adults

By TRACEE M. HERBAUGH The Associated Press A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy gardens. When such miniature decorations are paired ...

Ahead of the Class

To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews.com. Due to the volume of submissions, items will be listed as close as possible to their start date; if a ...

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Pet of the Week

Do you need a super sweet and snuggly new pal that is guaranteed to cherish you? Well, they don’t come any cooler or cuddlier than me, Bear No. 42! I’m a 5-year-old, medium-haired neutered male that is all about showering everyone with all my love and so much more. I can be a bit bashful at ...

The waterfront Ribeira district along the Douro River in Porto, Portugal. The river separates Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia, where the famous port wine caves are located. -- Albert Stumm photo via AP

Porto: Wine, hills and sunsets in Portugal’s 2nd city

By ALBERT STUMM The Associated Press I was lost, looking for port wine caves dug into hills across the bridge from Porto. I trudged up a hill and rounded a blind corner, sidling against a stone wall to avoid tour buses flying toward me, when I stumbled on the highlight of my day: a nearly ...

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Book Review: ‘Inferno’ brings insight and humanity to Ebola outbreak

By CHRISTINA LEDBETTER The Associated Press • “Inferno” (St. Martin’s Press), by Steven Hatch In 2014, Dr. Steven Hatch, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, flew into a Liberian airport in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak in ...

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago 1917 — The success of the camp nurse system inaugurated some months ago by the Maui Agricultural Company has been so pronounced that it is probable the idea will be considerably extended. From the Hamakuapoko camp alone a number of cases of tuberculosis have been detected, and ...

Thrift Stores

The following is a listing of nonprofit organizations that sell an assortment of used and donated goods. For changes or new listings call 242-6343. • Goodwill Retail Thrift Store, 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N-9, Kahului, 442-8989, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ...

George Allan’s “3 Koi Ho Aloha” -- Photo courtesy of The Village Galleries

Artists abound on Maui

Maui has so many wonderful things going for it. Wonderful climate, beautiful scenery, dining experiences, live theater, and talented people that showcase their talents locally. While we may not have art museums in the style of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, we have something fresher ...

The artist visits an archeological site hidden in the jungles of the Marquesas Islands on his recent “bucket-list” vacation. -- Photo courtesy Diane Lane

In the Loop

POLYNESIAN EXUBERANCE IS NEW EXHIBIT BY MAUI ARTIST ED LANE Maui artist Ed Lane is reknowned for his exuberant paintings of Hawaii. With his bold use of color and form, Lane records many of the historical or disappearing sites across the Hawaiian islands. Lane’s new “Polynesian ...

Garages are not just for storing your cars and lawn tools any more. -- Photo via AP

Garage trend? Think versatility, not parking

By KATHERINE ROTH The Associated Press The American garage is world famous. But not necessarily for cars. Silicon Valley started in the Palo Alto, California, garage of the Packard family, where Hewlett-Packard was founded, according to the National Register of Historic Places. Steve Jobs ...

Ahead of the Class

To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews. com. Due to the volume of submissions, items will be listed as close as possible to their start date; if a ...

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Pet of the Week

Would you like a fun and fancy free new friend that’s sure to keep you smiling? Well, they don’t come much funnier or friendlier than me, Coco No. 123! I’m a sweet and smiley 2-year- old 70 pound spayed female that loves to run in the grass, play with my toys and earn your love. I really ...

Spectators kick back on bales of hay and watch the Live Chefs Challenge at last year’s Maui County Agricultural Festival at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. -- Maui County Agricultural Festival photo

AG FEST: Saddles up to Waikapu again

Maui County Agricultural Festival will be held in Waikapu on April 1 and it’s a great affair to attend with your family and friends. Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about Maui County ag while invigorating it at the same time will be outdoors at Maui Tropical Plantation. This year ...

Who remembers the original Down to Earth in Wailuku? Former manager Bobby Lent and son stand in front of the old store that opened in 1977. -- Down to Earth archival photo

Down to Earth celebrates 40 years

Down to Earth Organic & Natural health food store will celebrate its 40th health anniversary with a 40 percent off sale on Friday. The original Down to Earth opened in Wailuku in 1977 and closed years ago. But now there are five locations in the state, including one in Kahului and four on ...

Thank-You Letters

All those who believe that Honolulu has the best doctors and healthcare personnel in the State, are highly mistaken. Recently, I had ambulatory surgery. I was treated like family (grandfather), from the administration to Dr. Mitchell Tasaki, Dr. Burns and future Dr. Dane ...

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago 1917 — A crack in her main steam-pipe delayed the Kilauea in Hilo for 18 hours on Monday and Tuesday. No notification of the delay was sent to Maui, and a great deal of inconvenience was occasioned quite a number of persons who were obliged to wait at Lahaina from Monday ...

Thrift Stores

The following is a listing of nonprofit organizations that sell an assortment of used and donated goods. For changes or new listings call 242-6343. • Goodwill Retail Thrift Store, 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N-9, Kahului, 442-8989, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ...

Revelers at a previous Maui Brewers Festival cheer to beer at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. -- AUBREY HORD photo

Cheers! To cold, frothy beer

One of the signature fundraisers for Maui Arts & Cultural Center and a favorite for lovers of “suds,” the Maui Brewers Festival returns Saturday, May 13. The theme for the 9th annual is “Brews & Food” and tickets are now on sale. VIP and general admission tickets are available ...