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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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Arakawa under fire for ‘sacred rocks’ comment

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 ...

Woman pleads guilty to defrauding Maui surfer

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Skog to step down as MEDB chief

Jeanne Unemori Skog, the longtime head of the Maui Economic Development Board who began with the nonprofit 33 years ago, will step down in June, she announced Friday. “It was just time, and my next stage in life will still be giving back to the community. I love working with people. I love ...

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MACC concert to honor Ram Dass

HAIKU — In the late 1960s and early ’70s, as political demonstrations spilled off college campuses into streets across the country, a number of young Americans found their way to a remote village in India to sit at the feet of an old man draped in a plaid blanket. His name was Neem Karoli ...

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MECO work snarls Kuau traffic

Traffic backs up Friday morning as Maui Electric Co. linemen do maintenance work on equipment along a narrow section of Hana Highway in Kuau. MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker said that the utility appreciates the public’s understanding as crews worked in the area.

Quake shakes the islands

The Maui News Maui County residents felt a 4.6 magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:33 a.m. Friday between Maui and Hawaii island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center determined that no tsunami was generated. No damage was reported. Wailuku resident Mahina Martin said: “I was awake and ...

Coast Guard rescues man off Molokai

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew plucked a 52-year-old mariner in distress from his homemade 22-foot fiberglass boat, the Harmony B, early Friday near the Kalaupapa Lighthouse on Molokai, officials said. The incident came less than 12 hours after the Coast Guard rescued six boaters ...

County / In Brief

Waivers offered on California flights Hawaiian Airlines will waive reservation change fees and differences in fares through today for travelers on California-bound flights because of a strong Pacific storm hitting Southern and central California, the airline announced Friday. Passengers ...

Lawmakers advance red light camera bill

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii Senate committees have approved legislation that would authorize the use of cameras to catch motorists who run red lights. The bill would allow Honolulu and the Neighbor Island counties to install cameras that take pictures of vehicles going through red lights. ...

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A keiki-friendly location

FIRST PHOTO: Haiku’s Dan Norkunas has fun with son Wyatt, 2, in a tide pool at Hookipa Beach Park on Friday morning. He said that being a parent has been life-changing. “It’s one of the best gifts you can have,” he said. “You definitely have to slow down, change your priorities.” ...