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‘Pleasing to the soul and ear’

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Keokea resident Lydell Aina works on his slack key guitar technique last week in peaceful Keokea Park. He said he recently learned the uniquely Hawaiian style from a friend. “To me, it’s really soothing and pleasing to the soul and ear,” Aina said. “In Hawaiian, we call it nahenahe.” ...

Legislative panel agrees on budget

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State House and Senate conferees agreed Monday on a biennium budget that includes $33.4 million for a Kaiser Permanente subsidiary to run Maui County public hospitals as well as capital improvement funds for extending the Lahaina bypass in the Kaanapali direction and for holding room expansion ...


Hokama proposes $703 million county budget

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WAILUKU — Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Riki Hokama has proposed keeping the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course open, raising some county rates and fees and a mixed bag of increases and decreases to property tax classifications, compared to the proposed budget of Mayor ...

Public hearing on property tax rates set for Wednesday

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The Maui News The Maui County Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday on real property tax rates that Mayor Alan Arakawa has proposed for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The hearing will start at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers on the eighth floor of Kalana O Maui at 200 S. High ...


Earth Day celebrated underwater

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Caroline Sabharwal (front, from left), Paula Alcoseba, Danielle Enright and Mark Miller (back) and “Pink” Lloyd Johnson dive at Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area during the Earth Optimism and Swim for Science event on Earth Day on Saturday. Fifty community members, resource ...

Small businesses to be honored at luncheon

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The Maui News Carol Bonham, a founding member of the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization, will be providing an economic update at the Maui Chamber of Commerce’s Maui SBA Awards and Economic Update Luncheon on Wednesday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Bonham is ...

County’s unemployment dips below 3% in March

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The Maui News Maui County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in March, a bit higher than the state’s rate of 2.6 percent, according to statistics released last week by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The county’s jobless rate is down from March last year, when ...


County/In Brief

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MPD’s Pladera promoted to captain Maui Police Department veteran Jeraul Pladera has been promoted to the rank of captain and assigned to head the Molokai Patrol District. Pladera has been a police officer for more than 24 years. His past assignments include the Wailuku, Lahaina, Kihei ...

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Jacaranda season

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While New England has its fall colors, each spring Upcountry serves up jacaranda season. The purple-flowered trees are hitting their peak in some areas and just starting in others. These trees were photographed Wednesday along Haleakala Highway in Kula. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

Maui halau honored at Merrie Monarch

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Two Maui halau are bringing home honors from Hawaii’s premier hula competition. At the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, led by kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes, earned third place overall in the kane division and second place in the ...

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Lending a helping hand

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Jason Quintos proudly holds a track and field official’s flag as he watches Friday night’s finals of the Victorino Ohana Invitational at the Yamamoto Track & Field Facility in Wailuku. “It’s always nice to have somebody who wants to be helpful,” said Maui Interscholastic League ...

Trevor Noah adds second show

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“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has added a second show to his Maui visit at 10 p.m. May 25 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He already was scheduled to perform at 8 that night but “overwhelming demand” led to the second show, promoter Rick Bartalini Presents announced. ...

Man, 55, charged with attempted murder

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A man was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted-murder Friday for an April 2 traffic incident, according to police. Mark Becker, 55, was arrested at 7:44 p.m. Friday, police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said Sunday. On April 2, Becker allegedly used his van to intentionally run ...

Dui Sentences

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THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of April 17 to 21. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Crime Watch

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THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from April 9 to 15. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Kawehi Raboy-McGowan (left) and Ryan Aipa play with a flying disc Wednesday afternoon during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui after-school mentoring program at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Raboy-McGowan, a Kamehameha Maui senior, has been accepted to a variety of top-tier schools, including Harvard and Stanford. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Kamehameha Maui senior gets pick of top-tier schools

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When he got a phone call last month saying he had been accepted into Harvard University, “it was super surprising” to Kawehi Raboy-McGowan, an “island boy” raised by his grandparents in Paukukalo Hawaiian Homes. “I broke down in tears because it felt like the struggles I went ...

Children from Halau Na Kaulakuhikuhi hold taro plants at an earlier East Maui Taro Festival.

Festival in Hana all about taro

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The 25th annual East Maui Taro Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hana Ballpark. Admission is free. The event focuses on kalo/taro as a staple food of the Hawaiian diet, as well as being the symbolic “Elder Brother” of Native Hawaiians. The festival features ...

A nearly intact Curtiss SB2C-1C Helldiver rests just outside Maalaea Harbor. The plane crash-landed after a training exercise gone wrong in 1944, though both the pilot and radio operator emerged safely. -- ED ROBINSON photo

Maui surrounded by history

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MAALAEA — As the scuba divers slip farther into the depths of Maalaea Bay, the hulking shape of a seven-decade-old, coral-encrusted airplane looms into view. The wreckage is almost completely intact, its wings stretched wide across the ocean floor, its underbelly lodged in the sandy ...

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Maui residents march for science

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Wailuku research psychologist Terri Erwin and Kihei retired nuclear engineer Buck Joiner talk before the start of Saturday’s March for Science at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Joiner served on the Three Mile Island Recovery Team after the nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania suffered ...