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David Kecxon, who was murdered in a fatal stabbing two years ago at a Mental Health Kokua group home, is shown in a family photo taken about five years ago. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Woman gets life in prison for fatal stabbing

WAILUKU — For fatally stabbing a man in the chest as he slept in a mental health group home, a woman was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Taliah Nelson, 37, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, admitting during her change-of-plea hearing two months ...

Acting engineering branch head Finn McCall takes questions from the Maui Planning Commission Tuesday. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Expansion of Lahaina harbormaster building moves forward

WAILUKU — A $12 million expansion of the state’s harbormaster building and various improvements around the Lahaina Harbor received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Maui Planning Commission. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had requested a shoreline setback variance to ...

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Little leaguers are big stars to their supporters

Central East Maui supporters snap photos of the team Tuesday afternoon at War Memorial Complex in Wailuku after it claimed the Hawaii State Little League District III Minor (9-10) Division tournament championship with a 10-0, four-inning win over Molokai. The All-Star squad moves on to the ...

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After planning panel gives its initial OK, developer walks away

WAILUKU — The owner of the South Maui Gardens Nursery is withdrawing his application for a commercial and residential development in Kihei, a surprise move after the project got the early go-ahead from the Maui Planning Commission Tuesday. Kihei resident Mike Farina confirmed Tuesday ...

County’s Fourth of July fireworks sales set to begin Thursday

The Maui News The sale of Fourth of July fireworks begins Thursday and ends at 8 p.m. July 4, according to an announcement from the Maui Fire Department. Public aerial displays will be around 9 p.m. Independence Day off Front Street in Lahaina and about 9 p.m. at the Lanai City Soccer Field ...

Motorcycle rider broadsided after running red light

The Maui News A motorcyclist was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after he ran a red light on Haleakala Highway and was broadsided by a car at the Makawao Avenue intersection, police said. The 32-year-old Kahului man, who was operating a black 2004 Yamaha street bike, suffered ...

DMVL is warning of longer wait times

The Maui County Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing is experiencing longer-than-usual wait times because of computer issues, the DMVL said Tuesday. The City and County of Honolulu provides mainframe computer service for drivers licensing information statewide and began experiencing ...

County historical artifacts sought

Artifacts and materials are being sought to tell the history of Maui County government, the County Clerk’s Office has announced. “Old photographs, artifacts, documents, materials and personal belongings help us to remember our past, preserve the memories and keep our history alive,” ...

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Local Briefs

Steel guitar demo at Wailuku library Maui musician and instructor Joel Katz will present Hawaiian steel guitar music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wailuku Public Library. Katz will share how this technique originated in Hawaii in the late 1800s and how the instrument and playing style ...

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Ceremony honors Korean War veterans

Brig. Gen. Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, keynote speaker for this year’s Korean War candlelight ceremony, places a candle to honor Maui County veterans who served in the conflict as Korean War veteran Tommy Sato looks on. The Korean War Veterans Association Maui No Ka Oi Chapter 282 held its annual ...

Jury rules in favor of family in quiet title dispute

A 2nd Circuit Court jury returned a verdict Friday in favor of a Native Hawaiian family in a case involving Makila Land Co.’s attempt to quiet title a 3.4-acre kuleana parcel in Kauaula Valley in Lahaina. The jury of nine women and three men found that Ke‘eaumoku Kapu and his family own ...

Rat lungworm fears affect produce industry

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture is urging consumers to simply wash their vegetables in hopes of guarding against the threat of rat lungworm disease. The disease is believed to have been present in Hawaii for at least a half-century, but 15 confirmed cases in 2017 have ...

Meeting to be held July 6 on Lanai

The Maui News An informational meeting on rat lungworm disease will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 6 at the ILWU Hall in Lanai City. The event, hosted by the state Department of Health Maui District Health Office, will include an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Public health ...

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Motorcyclist injured

Firefighters tend to a motorcyclist who suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of Haleakala Highway and Makawao Avenue. The motorcyclist was transported in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center after colliding with a car at about 1:35 ...

Sunday temperature matches record

The high temperature of 92 degrees at Kahului Airport on Sunday tied the record for the day, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature was set in 1994. Today’s forecast calls for sunny conditions with a high temperature of near 88 degrees. There will be an ...

Kihei pools closed for emergency work

The Kihei Aquatics Center will be closed through Wednesday for emergency replacement of the filtration system. The pools are expected to reopen Thursday. For more information, contact the Aquatics Division office at 270-6137.

Crews battle brush fire

Kula firefighters doused a 2,000-square-foot brush fire just after midnight Sunday on the shoulder of Pulehu Road, near the Omaopio Road junction, a fire official said. Firefighters received the report of a brush fire on Pulehu Road at 12:03 a.m. Monday from a passing motorist, said Fire ...

Fallen branch knocks out power

More than 600 Maui Electric Co. customers in the Hana area lost power Sunday when a tree branch fell on lines, the utility said Monday. The outage occurred at about 6:30 p.m. and affected 663 customers. The majority of customers were back on line in five minutes. MECO reported that power was ...