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Businesses urged to ready for civic complex work

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WAILUKU — The county is asking Wailuku town businesses to start planning now for employee and customer parking, as well as the inevitable business interruptions, during the Wailuku Civic Complex’s first phase of construction, slated to begin in June and last about two years. For area ...

Commission takes DOE official to task

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KIHEI — The state Land Use Commission grilled a state education official about the Kihei high school on Wednesday night, wanting to know who made the call to do away with plans for an overpass or underpass to the school. The commission, which had made it a condition of the project that the ...

Piilani Promenade headed to settlement conference

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KAHULUI — Owners of the embattled Piilani Promenade and its opponents like the idea of a settlement conference on issues still arising from the former “megamall” project proposed for lands mauka of Kaonoulu Road and Piilani Highway in Kihei. The idea of a settlement conference with ...

Graduating to a new life

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Circuit Court Judges Peter Cahill (from left, first photo), Rhonda Loo, Richard Bissen and Joseph Cardoza pose with Drug Court graduates Daniel Tungpalan, Robert Walsh, Misty Gonzales, Eboni Prentice, Shiloh Deal, Amanda Costello Salazar and Richard Cramer on Thursday afternoon at Hoapili ...

Newly sold Mokulele laying off workers

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The Maui News The new owner of Mokulele Airlines is in the process of laying off 10 percent of the commuter airline’s staff this week, despite statements last week by Southern Airways officials of no cuts in staffing. “We had no intentions of issuing layoffs upon the acquisition of ...

Baldwin park and Lahaina pool reopen

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Baldwin Beach Park in Paia and Lahaina Aquatic Center have both reopened, after closing due to weather issues, the county announced Thursday. Both facilities were closed Tuesday. Baldwin park had flooding and mud issues that affected the park’s access road, parking lot and pavilion. In ...

Car registration kiosk in Kihei

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The second self-serve car registration kiosk opened at the Kihei Safeway in the Piilani Village Shopping Center on Monday, the county Department of Finance said. The kiosk is open during store hours, which is 24/7. At the kiosk, residents can use a touchscreen to process and print vehicle ...

Tax note for fishers, farmers

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Farmers and fishers who chose to forgo quarterly estimated tax payments must file their 2018 1040 form along with a payment for all taxes owed by March 1, according to the Internal Revenue Service. This special rule normally applies to taxpayers whose farming or fishing income was at least ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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The Shigemi Okamoto Memorial Lecture series will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temple, 1828 Vineyard St. in Wailuku. The lecture series is held every two years in memory of Shigemi Okamoto to perpetuate ...

Just looking for a safe place to land

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A paraglider flies over the coastline with views of Hana Highway traffic on one side and steep ocean cliffs on the other while looking for a safe place to land near Hookipa Beach Park earlier this month. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Once a megamall, project scaled back to light industrial

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KAHULUI — After once being proposed as a “megamall” in north Kihei and undergoing many revisions thereafter, the embattled Piilani Promenade project may revert back to its original form — as a commercial and light industrial subdivision. The modified plans call for 111 commercial and ...

Man indicted in alleged Harbor Lights sex assault

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WAILUKU — A man who was arrested after he barricaded himself in a Harbor Lights Condominium unit last week is being held in lieu of $1 million bail after he was indicted on charges, including multiple counts of sexual assault and kidnapping. Michael Soriano, 49, pleaded not guilty Wednesday ...

Drug Court graduate does not learn lesson

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WAILUKU — A six-month jail term was ordered for a man who was convicted of abusing his former girlfriend and burning her car last year, less than a year after he graduated from the Maui Drug Court. John Granger, 33, of Lahaina said he relapsed and started using drugs again within days of ...

Threatening charge upheld against man

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Haliimaile man testified he was standing in his driveway when he heard tapping on a truck window and saw a passenger with a handgun. “He was using the gun to point at me,” said Merrill Aningat. “He’s like, ‘You, you.’ ’’ During a preliminary ...

PWF joins whale picture information program

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The Maui News The Pacific Whale Foundation has offered up its photo files accumulated over nearly four decades to the Happywhale citizen science project to better understand whales and their population trends. A project of Ph.D. candidate Ted Cheeseman, scientists at Cascadia Research ...

Hit-and-run victim in Makawao identified

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A pedestrian who died after he was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision in Makawao this month was identified as 71-year-old Abraham Benson, police said. He was walking on the makai shoulder of Makani Road when he was hit by the westbound vehicle at about ...

Diver aided by Coast Guard

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The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of man having trouble breathing while diving at Molokini Crater on Tuesday. A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew responded to the medical emergency after receiving a radio call at 11:13 a.m. from the master of the Maui Diamond II, the Coast ...

Pay hikes for mayor, council on agenda

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The county Salary Commission will be meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday to discuss possible salary adjustments for the mayor and County Council. The agenda item did not detail what the adjustments might be but the commission did take up a proposal to increase Maui County Council members’ salaries ...

Man gets 10 years for meth

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WAILUKU – A Kahului man is serving a 10-year prison term after he was arrested with methamphetamine last year. Freddie Vasquez, 52, was sentenced Jan. 8 after he pleaded no contest to second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug. Police ...

Filmmaking program open

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Maui Huliau Foundation, a nonprofit that provides environmental education programs to Maui youths, is currently recruiting students for its spring filmmaking program. It is available for students in grades 7 to 12 from all Maui schools. Deadline to apply is Monday. The program begins on March ...