Rosalind Toyama sweeps leaves in front of Iao Theater early Friday as part of Wailuku town’s Clean & Safe program. The program gives street-cleaning jobs to Mental Health Kokua clients and aims to make the streets safer through regular neighborhood checks. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Wailuku program benefits merchants and homeless

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In September 2015, “homeless and vagrancy issues in Wailuku had reached a breaking point,” said Erin Wade, a Maui County small-town planner. “Merchants were afraid to walk to their cars after hours, business was down throughout town and residents were calling their council member to ...

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Course focuses on motorcycle safety

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course Hawaii instructor Cory Williams (left) works on a braking drill with students Saturday afternoon on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului. The course includes two evenings in the classroom and two mornings riding state-provided ...

Online fundraiser to benefit sick child

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Hawaii-based nonprofit UVSC has launched a one-day fundraiser today to benefit Trucker Dukes, a 3-year-old Maui boy battling cancer, the nonprofit announced Sunday. The toddler is fighting stage IV neuroblastoma at his home in Haiku, where he is receiving hospice care. Until 5 p.m. today, ...

County/In Brief

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Roadwork to affect island traffic Road repairs will prompt alternating lane closures in both directions of Honoapiilani Highway/Kahekili Highway between Office Road and the Nakalele Blowhole, according to the state Department of Transportation. Work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ...

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 Feb. 5 to 11. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

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THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Feb. 13 to 15. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

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Whale Day parade fun for all

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FIRST PHOTO: An inflated humpback whale breaches over the Chestermere High School Concert Band from Alberta, Canada, during Saturday’s Parade of Whales on South Kihei Road. SECOND PHOTO: Instructor Joel Suarez (left) heads a Chi Ribbon Dance with Exergy 35 Entertainment Productions’ ...

Ed Lyman, large whale entanglement response coordinator with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, displays a flying knife. The cutting tool is serrated on its inside edge, making it suited to removing netting or debris from an entangled whale.  The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photo

Saving the whales

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MAALAEA — To save whales tangled in netting and debris, rescuers take a page right out of the 1850s whale-hunting playbook. To catch and kill the animals, 19th-century whalers would harpoon the creatures, add a barrel to the line to slow and force them to surface. Then they’d lance ...

Maui High competes in 2 science competitions

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The Maui High Science Bowl and Ocean Sciences Bowl teams competed in state competitions on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 on Oahu. On Jan. 28 at the State Regional Science Bowl competition, Maui High swept through the preliminary rounds in the morning and advanced to afternoon round. Team A swept through ...


Arakawa under fire for ‘sacred rocks’ comment

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Mayor Alan Arakawa is coming under fire from social media and elsewhere for saying in a televised “Hawaii News Now Sunrise” interview Friday that “there’s no such thing as sacred rocks.” In discussing Maui County’s removal of thousands of tons of rocks that were washed downstream ...

Youth orchestra will debut composition at reception

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The Maui Arts League has commissioned composer/arranger Siu Laufou of Newleaf Music Productions to score an original composition for the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends to debut at Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Artists’ Aloha Reception, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Woman pleads guilty to defrauding Maui surfer

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The Maui News A bookkeeper has pleaded guilty in federal court to 13 counts of wire fraud in a scheme to defraud Maui surfing prodigy Clay Marzo and his mother. Felicidad Rivera, 51, of Maui admitted she was guilty of wire fraud in connection with a plan to bilk Marzo and his mother, Jill ...

Mele Ukulele owner Cheryl Rock (left) is shown with Realtors Association of Maui member Moana Andersen in the showroom of the Wailuku music store.

RAM gives the gift of music to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui

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Realtors Association of Maui members delivered 60 newly purchased ukuleles to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Central Clubhouse in Kahului on Jan. 25, as part of a yearlong ukulele drive sponsored by RAM. The ukulele drive, which is still ongoing, is part of a national fundraising ...

Traffic is backed up in the Maalaea-bound lanes of Kuihelani Highway near the Honoapiilani Highway intersection around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. A near-fatal vehicle crash on Honoapiilani Highway caused traffic in both directions to back up for miles Saturday afternoon.   The Maui News / MELISSA TANJI photo

County / In Brief

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Crash causes traffic to back up A near-fatal traffic accident on Honoapiilani Highway closed the roadway and left a pileup of traffic on Saturday. The road was reopened at 4 p.m., according to police. However, traffic congestion continued. Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said ...

Students to parade winning ‘mikoshi’ through Waikiki

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Maui High School is the winner of the Honolulu Festival’s 14th annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest. The students’ winning cultural artwork will be on display before throngs of residents and visitors in Honolulu during the festival, March 10-12. A mikoshi is a decorative float unique to ...

Local Briefs

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Writing life topic of author’s presentation Author and literary speaker Mary Lou Sanelli will be the guest at the American Association of University Women’s meeting Saturday at Moose McGillycuddy’s, 2511 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. The AAUW business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed ...

Adequate sleep is an important key to brain health

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Did you get enough sleep last night? How much is enough? And how does sleep impact the brain? The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults of all ages need about the same amount of sleep each night: seven to nine hours for adults 26-64 years of age and seven to eight hours for ages 65 ...

Rotary clubs paint 2 group homes for disabled

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More than 30 members of the Rotary Club of Kahului, assisted by members of several other Maui clubs, including Upcountry, Valley Isle Sunset, Maui, Wailuku and Kihei-Wailea, under the direction of Arc of Maui County staff, painted the exterior walls of two group homes Jan. 28. The homes provide ...

Water from East Maui streams cascades over the Wailoa Ditch in September 2006. Alexander & Baldwin is seeking a 30-year lease from the state to use water from streams in Nahiku, Keanae and Huelo. Public scoping meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.   The Maui News file photo

Hearings set for proposed long-term A&B water lease

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The Maui News Public scoping meetings have been scheduled next week for Alexander & Baldwin’s application to the state Board of Land and Natural Resources for a 30-year lease for water from streams in Nahiku, Keanae and Huelo. The sessions are set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Maui ...