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Ringing in the season for giving

Jon and Geri Kimoto of Wailuku are joined Saturday morning by daughter Julia Kimoto in ringing the Salvation Army bell outside the Kahului Safeway store. The Kahului Union Church members were taking a shift as part of the church’s daylong commitment to staff the fundraising kettle. “This is ...

Tokyo Tei: New owner, same food

The Kitagawa family, who established Tokyo Tei 83 years ago, recently said goodbye to the restaurant famous for its light and crispy tempura and juicy teriyaki steak. Eunice Kitagawa, whose grandfather Kyutaro Kitagawa founded the business in 1935, said the changeover to the new owner took ...

Ige’s proposed budget contains funds for county

Public school renovations, hospital subsidies and commercial harbor improvements are among the Maui County-related items in the proposed biennium budget released by Gov. David Ige on Monday. Ige’s budget includes $31.1 billion in operations and $3.4 billion in capital improvement projects ...

Final payments made in queen’s celebration grant

The Maui News The county Office of Economic Development announced Monday that it will be closing the books on the grant for the 250th Celebration of Queen Ka‘ahumanu, which the county took over from an executive assistant for Council Member Alika Atay. The $100,000 grant, introduced by ...

Band director no longer at Baldwin

The Maui News Stephen Rodrigues, who was placed on leave from his job in April, is no longer employed as Baldwin High School band director and teacher, the state Department of Education said Monday. “We can confirm that Stephen Rodrigues, formerly with Baldwin High, is no longer employed ...

Sugar cane tassels survive end of era

Once a common sight on Maui this time of year, sugar cane tassels wave in the breeze along Hana Highway on Saturday morning in Spreckelsville. Although commercial sugar cultivation ended in 2016, a few pockets of cane continue to hang on in the central valley. Weather forecasters predict mostly ...

Victorino names budget, economic directors to team

The Maui News Mayor-elect Mike Victorino made his second round of appointments Monday, including his budget, Office of Economic Development and 10 deputy directors. He also named a new finance director, Scott Teruya, currently real property assessment division chief. When Victorino ...

Witnesses describe seeing a ‘drunk’ officer hitting utility pole

The Maui News WAILUKU — A former Maui Police Department officer’s white Toyota Tacoma truck was seen hitting a cement pillar and sideswiping a parked car before it crashed into a utility pole on South Kihei Road, according to witnesses. The vehicle owner, identified as Mousa Kawas, 28, ...

Man helped to shore at D.T. Fleming Beach

Lifeguards helped a man who was in distress get safely to shore Monday at D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua, a fire official said. The 50-year-old visitor was having trouble getting out of the water when lifeguards responded at 12:10 p.m. Monday, said Ocean Safety Battalion Chief Kevin ...

Aloha Lahaina holiday parade set

The third Aloha Lahaina Christmas Parade down Front Street will get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade begins at the corner of Papalaua and Front streets by the Outlets of Maui, proceeds south down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park. The parade will honor Lahainaluna High School’s ...

Corrections

• Special professor. George Schick’s name was misspelled in a commentary about Maui-born engineering professor Jason Daida. The story on the late University of Michigan professor, who had a scholarship offered in his name by his former students, began Sunday on Page A3 and continued to Page ...

Bikers deliver lots of toys for keiki

First photo: Keiki gather on stage to receive their bicycles during the Maui County Street Bikers United’s annual toy collection drive at the Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei on Sunday morning. Every year around Christmastime, hundreds of bikers collect toys to be delivered to the Salvation ...

You aren’t born a leader, says Lingle, you become one

WAIKAPU — Linda Lingle’s path to becoming governor of Hawaii started with a drinking fountain at the Mitchell Pauole Center. Lingle was a young journalist on Molokai when the senior citizens who met at the center came up to her one day to complain about the fountain, which was spewing hot ...

Plenty of hoopla at basketball tourney

Sisters Kimie (right, first photo), 7, and Kyra Sanchez, 8, of Lanai compete in a hula-hoop contest during a break in the basketball game between University of California, Riverside and Eastern Washington on Saturday night at Lahaina Civic Center. They were the last two standing and ended up ...

Opportunity Zones, tax incentives could aid redevelopment

The Maui News Maui County zones have been set up that offer tax incentives to encourage investments in those lower income areas as part of a federal program. The county Office of Economic Development worked with the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Gov. David ...

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 Dec. 2 to 8. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Health care industry prepares for ‘Our Care, Our Choice Act’

At Hospice Maui, where many people spend their final days, it’s not unusual to hear patients talk about wanting to end their lives early, said Chief Executive Officer Dr. Greg LaGoy. Until now, that wasn’t an option. But on Jan. 1, patients in Hawaii will have that choice for the first ...

COMMENTARY: Remembrance of a special professor

Former students of University of Michigan engineering and physics professor Jason Daida, who romped through the Kahului increments in his youth, have established a scholarship for their very special teacher in his name. They have been ponying up their money for the past three years to provide ...

High-surf warning in effect till Monday

The National Weather Service issued a high-surf warning Saturday for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui until 6 a.m. Monday. The high-surf warning means there will be dangerous, battering waves on the shoreline. Rip currents will make swimming ...

Drunken driving checkpoints set

Maui Police Department Traffic Section officers will be out through the new year, stepping up vigilance for anyone driving impaired, according to an announcement. During the department’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, officers also will be watching out for speeding, seat ...