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Celebrating pumpkins

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FIRST PHOTO: Donald and Mina Chaikin of Kihei stroll the grounds of the Emmanuel Lutheran 20th annual Pumpkin Fest on Friday in Kahului with twin sons, Lui and Sky. The couple said that the job of raising twin sons takes additional planning and work. “Sixteen months have gone by a blink,” ...

County’s removal of dangerous trees to take ‘several years’

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It will probably take “several years” for Maui County to complete its planned removal of 112 dead or dying eucalyptus trees along Piiholo Road, a county spokesman said this week. In July, the county removed 20 hazardous eucalyptus trees above the Piiholo Ranch Zipline, but more funding ...

Protest highlights loophole in state burial sites law

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A group of protesters is concerned that a loophole in state law could put possible burial sites around Maui at risk. Earlier this week, demonstrators gathered along Lower Main Street in Wailuku as a bulldozer leveled a vacant dirt lot that Home Maid Bakery wants to turn into a gravel parking ...

Kokoro Yamazaki and Aki Foreman photograph a drone in flight in May at Lahaina Intermediate School’s STEMworks AFTERschool program. The free program is requesting donations of snacks for the youths. -- STEMworks AFTERschool photo

Snacks sought for after-school program

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A federally funded science and technology-based after-school program operating at five Maui County elementary and intermediate schools is seeking donations of healthy snacks for its youths because its grant does not allow for the purchase of them. STEMworks AFTERschool, a free project-based ...

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Job Fair continues to grow

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Anuhea Gabriel, a Minit Stop human resources associate, interviews Brandon DeCambra on Friday morning during Ka Lima O Maui’s sixth annual Job Fair at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Ka Lima O Maui Executive Director Chantal Ratte said that the event drew 32 businesses ...

PUC approves two solar power programs

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New rooftop solar programs that will allow customers to once again feed power to the grid and receive credits were approved by the state Public Utilities Commission on Friday. The two new programs allow sale of rooftop solar power to Hawaiian Electric Cos. grids during peak nighttime periods ...

Two men indicted on kidnapping charges

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WAILUKU — Two men have been indicted on three counts of attempted kidnapping for allegedly trying to lure three schoolgirls into a car in Kihei last month. Bail was set at $300,000 each for Edward J. Martin, 39, who gave no local address, and Michael Evangelista, 45, of Napili. Both men ...

Parks department to host open-house sessions

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A series of interactive open-house sessions will be held next week to address parks and recreation facility needs, the county announced Thursday. The sessions are part of a parks department project to prepare a system plan, which will define future recreation needs, an overall strategy and ...

Bail kept at $63,000 for man accused in shooting

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WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $63,000 Friday for a Pukalani man who was arrested after allegedly shooting his girlfriend 17 times with an air rifle. Bryan Planesi, 19, has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of second-degree assault, 13 counts of abuse and one count of felony abuse in the Oct. ...

County unemployment rate falls to 2.5% in September

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Maui County’s jobless rate for September fell to 2.5 percent, down from 3.3 percent a year earlier, as state unemployment totals dipped to near-record lows, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday. Maui island’s rate was a tick lower at 2.4 percent, down from ...

Cheryl Rico

County / In Brief

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Help sought in locating woman Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 66-year-old woman who was reported missing from her Wailuku residence Wednesday. Cheryl Rico is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall. She may have a facial droop on the left side. She is known to frequent ...

Kula resident Leslie Leclerc stands behind her 71-year-old mother, Gloria Montes.

Kula woman is working to help mother on Puerto Rico

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It has been “the hardest month of my life,” said Kula resident Leslie Leclerc, a native of Puerto Rico, as her childhood home was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and communication with relatives on the U.S. territory has been hampered as most electric services remain out. Leclerc, 46, said ...

A message from the publisher: Home delivery moving to mail

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Beginning Monday, November 13, home delivery to Maui News subscribers will be via the United States Postal Service. Subscribers will receive their paper the same day of publication with their daily mail. If you currently do not have a mailbox where you receive your newspaper, one will need to ...

James Burkhart talks with Deputy Public Defender William “Pili” McGrath during a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in Wailuku District Court. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Judge: There’s probable cause for gun possession charge

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WAILUKU — While finding probable cause for firearms charges against a man after a revolver was found in his waistpack, a judge ruled Thursday there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support a felony charge alleging the defendant threatened an off-duty police officer in a Kihei bar. James Hina ...

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A welcome reopening at Kealia Pond

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Carmon Slater of Wheatridge, Colo., inspects an exhibit about Hawaiian coots while exploring the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Wednesday afternoon. As a birder who has helped construct exhibits on the Mainland, Slater said he was impressed by the displays. The visitor ...

Fire crews save homes in Haiku

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The Maui News Firefighters successfully defended six homes from an approaching brush fire in Haiku that burned 50 acres and shut down Hana Highway in the area Wednesday night, a fire official said. The fire in the rural area was called in at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the first crews on ...

Search suspended for men in missing helicopter

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The Maui News The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its active search Thursday for two missing men whose helicopter went down off the coast of Molokai on Monday evening. Jeremy Dossetter, 27, and Oliver Kirsch, 25, remain missing. “Making the decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is ...

Hawaiian Air says it will waive change fees due to Typhoon Lan

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The Maui News With Typhoon Lan moving through Asia, Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would waive reservation change fees for flights to three Japanese airports scheduled between Saturday and Tuesday. Customers traveling on Hawaiian Airlines flights to, from or via Haneda and Narita ...

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Man arrested after police find drugs

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A 35-year-old Wailuku man was arrested Tuesday after police recovered crystal methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia in a search at the man’s business, where a 15-year-old girl was working, police said. Sheldon Fernandez was charged with second-degree promoting a dangerous drug and ...

Haiku man gets 5 years in prison

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After being given three chances on probation, a Haiku man was resentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term. Michael Ellison, 41, of Haiku admitted that he had violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer, not paying fees and not performing community service. He also ...