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Wailuku resident Ka‘i Herrick captured this photo of the partial eclipse Monday morning from a field near the Kehalani Foodland. Hawaii saw a partial eclipse shortly after sunrise, with Maui residents reporting the best viewing times came shortly before 7 a.m. The continental U.S. saw a total eclipse from the West to East coasts, with 14 states in the path of totality. KA‘I HERRICK photo

Mauians take pleasure in small bite of solar eclipse experience

While they didn’t have front-row seats for the big celestial show Monday morning, Mauians still found excitement watching the moon take a bite out of the sun as the “Great American Eclipse” brushed by the Hawaiian Islands before moving on to the continental United States. Fourteen ...

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Oania found guilty of arson

WAILUKU — A man who reportedly said he wanted to “blow up” places was found guilty of setting a fire that caused more than $35,000 in damage at Tesoro Gas Express in Kahului last year. A 2nd Circuit Court jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching the verdict Monday ...

Department seeking more input in community plan reviews

The Department of Planning is getting back on track to update Maui island’s six regional plans, but this time it’s coming with a dose of budgetary realism and more input from county departments, according to Deputy Director Michele Chouteau McLean. The department announced Monday that ...

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Nothing like having your own private beach

Tammy Wey of Tennessee enjoys a solitary moment at the edge of the ocean last week in Kihei. “I love the constant breeze,” she said. “This has been a very relaxing vacation.” The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Man sentenced to 30 days in jail for assaulting then-wife

WAILUKU — A man was sentenced to a 30-day jail term for abusing his then-wife, who reported suffering fractured ribs and a concussion when he kicked, then punched her last year. James Yenne, 52, of Wailuku was taken into custody Wednesday to finish serving the jail term as part of two ...

Man arrested with stolen property

A 29-year-old Pukalani man was arrested when he was found with property stolen from a vehicle that was broken into Sunday afternoon in Keokea, police said. The break-in was reported at about 3:15 p.m. while the vehicle was parked near Keokea and Thompson roads, said Lt. Derrick Lopez, head of ...

U.S. Sen. Schatz to hold town hall today

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will take questions from constituents during a town hall meeting at noon today at the Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center in Kahului. The senator also will update residents on his work in Washington, D.C. The community center is at 780 Onehee Ave.

Work continues on park irrigation

Irrigation system work continues at Waipuilani Park in Kihei but the parking lot, restrooms and tennis courts will remain open during the current phase of work. The county said that other parts of the park may be closed as work on the irrigation system continues through the end of September. ...

Lahaina meeting is to discuss land deal

An informational briefing on the conveyance of 3 acres of state land to the county near the Lahaina Civic Center will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the center social hall. The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the state Housing and Finance Development Corp. will conduct the ...

Missed Makawao trash to be collected

A residential refuse collection route in Makawao was missed Monday due to mechanical problems, the county Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division said. The missed routes are expected to be picked up today. The areas affected are Makawao Ranch Acres; Makawao, Kealaloa and ...

Trolling OK’d for Kahoolawe waters

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Saturday and Sunday, according to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources. Two ...

Corrections

• DUI sentence. Michael Malabon Jr., 32, of Paia was convicted of DUI and sentenced to a $150 fine and $437 in fees. His age was incorrect in the DUI sentences list published on Page A2 Monday. The Maui News apologizes for the error. • Haleakala protest. American Medical Response ...

A photo of the Olowalu reef from 2013 or 2014 shows the its condition at that time. Maui diver and biologist Pauline Fiene said coral such as these have moved offshore to deeper water and can no longer be found so close to shore and at such a shallow depth at the same location. PAULINE FIENE photo

Reef at Olowalu now a ‘hope spot’

When the rains came to the sugar cane-covered slopes of Olowalu so many years ago, the soil would run down the mountains and into the ocean, coloring the water “chocolate brown,” said Pauline Fiene, a diver and biologist on Maui. “That sediment not only smothered corals, but it became ...

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Maui Calls once again as MACC fundraiser

First photo: Maui Arts & Cultural Center celebrated the 23rd Annual Maui Calls on Friday with 21 participating chefs/restaurants and 22 wineries or vintners. Guests were treated to live music with Amy Hanaiali’i, Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats, Ahumanu, and Joel Katz; enjoyed a high-flying ...

Amending Haiku-Paia Community Plan to be topic of gathering

The Maui News The Haiku Community Association will host a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Haiku Community Center for a panel discussion of a proposal to amend the Paia-Haiku Community Plan. According to the association, the current community plan does not permit ...

Wailuku man released from jail after 6 months in drugs, weapons case

WAILUKU — A Wailuku man was released from jail Aug. 14 after being incarcerated for more than six months after he was found with drugs and a shotgun in his car last year. The shotgun was in a rifle case in the back seat of a Volkswagen sedan that Daniel Cooley was standing next to when ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Aug. 6 to 12. 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

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of August 14 to 17. 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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Coming in for a soft landing in Kihei

A butterfly lands on a bougainvillea bloom in Kihei on a sunny August morning. Today’s National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies in windward and mauka areas, with showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. There’s also a slight chance of thunderstorms and ...

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Maui astronomy fans are off to chase the total eclipse

Olinda resident Rebecca Sydney could not contain her excitement last week as she packed her solar glasses, eclipse binoculars and sun spotter telescope before leaving for Madras, Ore., which is in the path solar eclipse’s totality on Monday. “It’s going to be amazing,” said Sydney, ...