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Na Mele O Maui has a sweet melody

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Kahului Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students perform at Na Mele O Maui 2019 Tuesday morning at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. It was the 46th annual running of the Hawaiian song competition. The Maui News/MELISSA TANJI photo

Trace amounts of soil fumigants found in private Haiku water system

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Traces of two soil fumigants used in old pineapple farming operations were detected in a private Haiku water system — at levels well within federal and state safe drinking water standards — the state Health Department said Tuesday. “These trace levels of the chemicals do not pose a ...

Museum expansion gets its green light

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WAILUKU — Puunene’s historic sugar museum may be a future site for weddings, receptions and even Christmas parties with its proposed expansion, which garnered support from the Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday. “I think this is just one of those feel-good requests,” said ...

Man gets one year in jail for break-in and sexual assault

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A 19-year-old man who broke into a Wailuku home in May and sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy as he slept was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and five years’ probation. Second Circuit Court Judge Richard Bissen handed down the sentence, following a plea ...

DUI checkpoints, patrols underway

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The Maui News Police are increasing DUI checkpoints and patrols for impaired drivers this holiday season as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. The stepped-up enforcement begins today and continues through New Year’s Day. In addition to ...

Blood bank seeking some holiday donations

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The Maui News Due a seasonal drop in donations, the Blood Bank of Hawaii is asking that lifesaving contributions are given this year. The organization said it sees a 20 percent dip in donations across the state during the six weeks between Thanksgiving and the start of January. Blood ...

‘Big nuisance on Molokai’ is sentenced to 5 years in prison

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WAILUKU –A Molokai man who reported he was abusing drugs and “enjoyed the thrill” of committing crimes was sentenced Friday to five years in prison. Kaukaleo Mariano, 32, began committing his latest crimes last year shortly after being released from prison, said 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda ...

Vintage VW rental van catches fire

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A 1975 Volkswagen van was engulfed in flames Monday afternoon, causing a traffic jam at Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway in Paia. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to the van, which was rented by a visitor who had traveled from Mana Foods on Baldwin Avenue to Hana Highway when the van began ...

Man arrested for Walmart shoplifting

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A Kahului man was arrested after he brandished what appeared to be a handgun as Walmart employees were trying to detain him for shoplifting Saturday evening, according to police. Brandon Fukumoto, 32, was charged with four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree ...

Man found working on stolen moped

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A man was arrested on drug and theft charges after he was seen working on a stolen moped on a sidewalk in Lahaina early Monday, police said. Christopher Douglas, 39, of Lahaina was charged with second-degree theft, fourth-degree criminal property damage, third-degree promoting of a dangerous ...

Local Briefs

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Christmas activities planned in Makawao Christmas in Makawao will be celebrated Saturday with a variety of activities throughout town: Santa will be at Makawao Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving out books. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at Fleur De Lei/Droplets from ...

Lambert returns to song fest

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First photo: Country music stars Miranda Lambert (left) and Maren Morris perform “Way Too Pretty For Prison” on Saturday night at the fifth annual Maui Songwriters Festival presented by BMI in the A&B Amphitheater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Lambert is among ...

New South Maui gym opening blessed

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KIHEI — The new South Maui Community Park Gymnasium, which opened Monday, already is generating great interest as a host for youth basketball and volleyball tournaments, county officials said. More than 100 people, including construction workers, county officials and students from Lokelani ...

Nene down-listed from endangered to threatened

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Nearly 60 years after a group of Boy Scouts carried 35 nene down into Haleakala Crater, Hawaii’s state bird has made a comeback — enough so that the federal government has down-listed the nene from endangered to threatened. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the ...

Woman who had ID of murder victim sentenced

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WAILUKU — After being found with the identification of a 90-year-old woman who was killed in a burglary of her Harbor Lights condominium unit, a Kahului woman was sentenced Monday to a one-year jail term. Chery Moniz, 29, could be released from jail to enter a long-term residential drug ...

Murder suspect in 19-year-old case battling extradition

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The Maui News A Florida man is fighting extradition back to Maui to face a murder charge in the killing of a Kihei woman 19 years ago. Anthony Moreno, 59, refused extradition when he appeared in a Florida courtroom Monday, according to Palm Beach County court records. Another hearing for ...

Hearing set for Manele sewer rate hike

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The Maui News A public hearing on Manele Water Resources’ request for a 211 percent hike in its wastewater rates for residential, commercial and recreational users on Lanai is set for 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Lanai Senior Center. The Public Utilities Commission is considering the ...

Na Kupuna Dinner is a big success

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Kanale and Yvette Opiana, (first photo) who have been married for 52 years, were among 400 kupuna who enjoyed a night of food and holiday cheer at the Kihei Community Center on Wednesday. The annual event was sponsored by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association with 13 resorts, restaurants, ...