Alan Arakawa

Arakawa unveils proposed $720.3M budget

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WAILUKU — Waiehu Municipal Golf Course is still on the cutting table as Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa presented to the County Council his next fiscal year budget, a proposal that is 9.2 percent more than the current fiscal year budget and includes property tax hikes of 7.5 percent across ...

David Homalon Jr. appears in court Friday morning for his sentencing on second-degree assault charges in the death of Fabian Martinez on July 23, 2015, near Mana Foods in Paia. Judge Richard Bissen sentenced Homalon to five years in prison. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Man gets 5 years in prison for fatal punch

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WAILUKU — Focusing on what a man did after punching a Haiku resident who fell to the ground and died, a 2nd Circuit Court judge sentenced the defendant to a maximum five-year prison term Friday at the Wailuku courthouse. David Homalon Jr., 28, had been convicted of second-degree assault by ...

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Marijuana dispensary building blessed

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FIRST PHOTO: Kahu Lyons Naone (from left) conducts a Hawaiian blessing of the Maui Grown Therapies building on Pa‘a Street in the Maui Lani Village Center with co-founders David Cole and Dr. Gregory Park on Friday afternoon. The blessing was held in honor of the start of the marijuana ...

Ashley Ramos

Bail increased to $100,000 in robbery, kidnapping

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A wedding proposal for a California couple at Nakalele Point at sunset March 15 turned into a several-hour nightmare after they were kidnapped at gunpoint, forced to drive around the island and robbed, according to court documents charging one of the suspects in the case. Ashley Ramos and a ...

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Capobianco, aunt arrested for contraband

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The Maui News Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco and his aunt were arraigned Friday in 2nd Circuit Court after being arrested on warrants charging them with trying to take contraband into the jail last month. Bail was set at $100,000 each for Capobianco, 27, and his aunt, Susan ...

County / In Brief

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Missed trash to be picked up today A staffing shortage led to the missing of a trash collection route in Lahaina on Friday, the county Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division said. The missed route was expected to be picked up today. The areas affected include Kahana, ...

Loosened liquor laws now include home deliveries

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In addition to eliminating dry hours for alcohol sales at retail stores and hotels, the Maui County Liquor Commission approved rule changes allowing home delivery of alcoholic beverages and removing the more than three-decade-old cap on the number of hostess bars in the county. The actions ...

The Waihe‘e Ridge Trail has been closed again for completion of repairs and improvements. It is scheduled for reopening April 7. This photo was taken in January during the initial phase of work on the popular 2.5-mile trail. Photo courtesy of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources

Trail closed again to finish improvements

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The Maui News The 2.5-mile Waihe‘e Ridge Trail in the West Maui Mountains is closed again for the completion of the project aimed at improving safety and the hiking experience. The trail, on state-owned property, originally closed Jan. 3 and reopened about a month later after the ...

Ashley Ramos

Lahaina woman, 19, arrested for robbery, abduction of Calif. couple

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A 19-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with the robbery last week of a California couple who were held up at gunpoint at Nakalele Point and forced to make purchases at several locations, police said. Ashley Ramos was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree ...

Application period to open for 10 Habitat homes in West Maui

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The Maui News Habitat for Humanity Maui will begin accepting applications April 3 for 10 units in the Kahoma Affordable Housing Project in West Maui. The two- to five-bedroom homes will range from $281,520 to $380,880 under the residential workforce housing ordinance guidelines, according ...

Peter Baldwin

Legacy farmers to be feted at AgFest pancake breakfast

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The Maui News Richard “Dick” Cameron, manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. in the 1990s; Doug MacCluer of Maui Pineapple Co. and later Maui Gold Pineapple Co.; Peter Baldwin, founder of Pi‘iholo Ranch; and the late Wilbert Yee of Yee’s Orchard, will be honored April 1 at the ...

County/In Brief

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Wells Park plan is topic of meetings Meetings to discuss the Wells Park Master Plan will be held in Wailuku on April 6 and 7. The first meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 6 at Calvary Chapel at 31 N. Market St. Participants may enter through the front door, which is accessible through ...

Deadline for Summer Fun Guide entries is next week

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The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 9. To have an activity included in the guide, submit the following information: • Name of program and for what ages. • Sponsoring organization or business. • Program times and ...


Local Religion/In Brief


Visiting church president to preach The president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, will be preaching at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Maui at 520 W. One St. in Kahului at 10 a.m. Sunday. Prior to the worship service, he will be leading a Bible study at 8:45 ...

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Ukulele kid

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Young Portland, Ore., picker Maxwell Quetal, 2, checks out his new ukulele with mom, Jacqui, on Tuesday afternoon while visiting Maalaea Harbor. Jacqui said buying a ukulele was on Maxwell’s Maui bucket list. “He loves instruments, and he’s excited to learn the ukulele,” she said. The ...