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Gateball offers ‘camaraderie’

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Kula Gateball Club member Leina Awai executes a tricky shot by deflecting her ball off a teammate’s ball and through a gate Friday afternoon at the Kula Community Center Gateball Court. Looking on are fellow club members Jim DeBuhr (from left), Norma Hacfi, Joan Murai and Miguel Lapa. In the ...

Military Intelligence Service veteran Tom Yamada poses with the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to Japanese-American veterans in 2011, in his Wailuku home. “MIS: America’s Secret Weapon,” is on display at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center until the end of January. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Nisei’s secret missions highlighted in exhibit

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In 1940s America, a connection to Japan was a double-edged sword. Kahului-born nisei Tom Yamada, 102, knew this all too well. While the American military valued his fluency in Japanese for interrogating prisoners of war, a wary American government took his Japan-born father from his job at ...

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Making his own shade

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During a pause in the action on sunny, windless Saturday morning, Baldwin High School senior Dalton Mata shades his face while volunteering as a coach for the sixth annual Kurt Suzuki All Pono Clinic at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku. “My face is roasting,” said Mata, who is a member of Baldwin ...

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Museum exhibit focuses on Makawao USO

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The Maui News Using original artwork, historical stories and memorabilia, the Makawao History Museum is spotlighting The Crossroads USO at the corner of Baldwin and Makawao avenues that provided entertainment and companionship to the thousands of soldiers in and around the town during ...

Fishing boat runs aground on Lanai reef

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Two Oahu fishermen were forced to abandon their boat after it ran aground on a reef off the Lanai coast, according to a fire official. At 1:15 p.m. Sunday, fire crews received a call about a boat stuck on the reef about 100 yards from shore, Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto said. A Lanai crew ...

Police car hit by pellets

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KAHALUU, Oahu (AP) — A man has been arrested after a shotgun was fired at officers and pellets from the shell hit a police cruiser. The officers responded to an unrelated call Saturday and were on their way out of a residence when the man opened fire from across the street. His shotgun ...

Dui Sentences

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THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred Jan. 4 to 11. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation and a one-year ...

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 Jan. 1 to 7. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

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Suzuki shines in Wailuku

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FIRST PHOTO: Kurt Suzuki talks with longtime friend Royce Fukuroku during the All Pono Clinic at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku on Saturday. SECOND PHOTO: Ezekiel Macanas throws during an infield drill during the clinic. The clinic offered baseball skills drills and instruction to 155 ...

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Hospital transition still a high priority for Maui legislators

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Maui County’s state legislators will continue to push for a smooth transition for Maui Memorial Medical Center and will remain vigilant in ensuring that long-term projects such as the Kihei high school get the money and support they need. But at least two legislators pointed out that the ...

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Yuki Lei Sugimura will receive Nihon Bunka Award on Jan. 28

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The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui has announced that Yuki Lei Sugimura will receive its prestigious Nihon Bunka Award at its annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year’s) dinner scheduled for Jan. 28 in the Elleair Rainbow Ballroom at the Maui Beach Hotel. The Shinnen Enkai will begin at 5:30 p.m. ...

Front Street Apartments residents Leann Sherman (from left) and Gary Sherman wish happy travels to neighbors Sharon Serafico and her great-granddaughter Sage, as Serafico’s husband, Billy Kando, prepares to drive them to the airport for a trip to San Diego. Serafico, a former preschool teacher on Maui, said she has been living in the apartments for 12 years, but doubts she and her three-generation household will be able to stay when rents increase. “Right now, we pay close to $1,200 a month,” she said. “Once our grandfather clause is up in two years, our rent will be who knows what, $2,000 plus. We have a community of people here who takes care of each other. Everybody knows everybody.” Kando said. “It’s going to be too much to live here. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

IRS loophole allows affordable units to go market rate

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Renters in the Lahaina Front Street Apartments fear they’ll eventually be forced out of their affordable units, due to a loophole in the tax code that would allow the units to be bumped up to market rates by 2019. The apartments, which opened in June 2001 as a 142-unit affordable rental ...

‘Lions in Sight’ collection event on Saturday

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The Lions Clubs on Maui, as part of the “Lions in Sight” statewide project, will be collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids at Wal-Mart in Kahului and at the Lahaina Cannery Mall (Longs Drugs entrance) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The glasses will be cleaned, categorized by ...

Computer woes snarl classifieds

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Due to a computer problem, The Maui News has been having problems publishing classified line ads since Tuesday. The Maui News is working to resolve the issue and apologizes for any inconvenience.

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Maui man celebrates 100-year milestone

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Maui resident Kazuto “Charles” Takahashi celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 9. The celebration took place at the Nisei Veterans Day Care Center in Wailuku, with many friends and family enjoying birthday cake and ice cream. On Jan. 7, he celebrated with 130 family and friends at the ...

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UH-Manoa professor: ‘The time to act is now’

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If climate change goes unchecked, Hawaii may have to adapt to an altered coastline sooner rather than later, warns Chip Fletcher, a professor of geology and geophysics at University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. “We are already seeing extreme forms ...

9th Life Hawaii announces two spay/neuter clinics

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9th Life Hawaii announced that its first 2017 spay/neuter clinics for cats only will be held on Jan. 22 and 29 at the newly opened Maui Lani Veterinary Clinic, owned by Dr. Tana Weeks, a veterinarian. A $35 per cat fee is suggested but the service is free in cases of hardship. Donations are ...

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Art exhibit installation appears smooth as silk

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Maui Arts & Cultural Center marketing Director Bob Burrichter explores the installation piece “Eternal” by Akihiko Izukura of Kyoto, Japan, on Saturday in the Schaefer International Gallery. Akihiko’s exhibit, “The Way of Natural Textiles,” features a his own hand-woven and ...

The Junior Men’s Division heads for the waves at an earlier Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest. The 20th annual event will take place Saturday and Jan. 22 on the beach side of the Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center.

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Beachfest billed as  family-friendly event The 20th annual Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest, a family-friendly showcase for Maui’s young bodyboarders, will take place Saturday and Jan. 22 at Paia Bay. This year will feature special guests, including world champion waterman Kai Lenny, and IBA ...