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Angling for a good snack

An aukuu, or black-crowned night heron, chases away the competition and then, minutes later, catches a tilapia earlier this month in the shallows at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. The fish was quickly swallowed whole. After being closed for the duration of the partial federal government ...

ER visit delivers big bill for some

After surviving a 106-degree fever, two emergency room trips, gallbladder surgery, pneumonia and sepsis, Farray Rodgers wasn’t in any mood to hear from her insurance carrier that the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room was a “nonparticipating” provider and that her out-of-pocket ...

Captured history

KAHULUI — Photographer Toyo Miyatake documented the everyday life of Japanese-Americans at work and at play. The setting for his subjects’ day-to-day lives was anything but normal, though. Miyatake was “camp photographer” at Manzanar, one of the largest World War II internment camps ...

Maui MPO to hold open house

Maui County residents will have a chance to share their ideas on transportation projects at the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization’s open house Saturday. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku and will allow the public to weigh in ...

Upcountry history set at Kula meeting

History of Upcountry with author and former Maui News reporter and editor Jill Engledow and former Kula Hospital physician Dr. Jack Lewin will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Association meeting. Lewin would later become state director of health. Engledow has ...

Hospice to screen ‘Being Mortal’ film

Hospice Maui will hold a free screening and discussion of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Being Mortal” on March 1. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, the film explores ...

Public program sends call for artists

Maui County’s “Small Town * Big Art” public art program in Wailuku has opened its call for artists, who can apply online now through March 1. One or more artists will be commissioned this July through June 2020 to develop an “innovative project that engages a diverse public education ...

Haleakala winter wonderland: Trips up to snow still not happening

It’s still a no-go for snow trips, as Haleakala National Park is staying closed for sunrise viewing and park visits today due to “extremely dangerous” travel conditions. The National Weather Service continued its winter weather advisory for Hawaii’s mountain summits through 10 a.m. ...

Council listens to 75 testifiers on directors

WAILUKU — The Maui County Council on Friday heard from approximately 75 testifiers in a sometimes heated and emotional public hearing on the confirmations of 11 department director appointees of Mayor Michael Victorino. The council took no action on the appointees, with the panel recessing ...

Water safe, but bacteria found in Ualapue Shaft on Molokai

E. coli bacteria has again been detected in the Ualapue Shaft on Molokai following a routine test Thursday, but the Department of Water Supply assured that water from the system is safe to drink. The bacteria, whose presence may indicate human or animal waste in the system, was detected only ...

Man gets one year in jail for punching, choking two boys

WAILUKU — In a case that a deputy prosecutor said exemplifies the reason for felony domestic violence laws, a Kahului man was sentenced to a one-year jail term for punching one boy and placing another boy in a stranglehold in front of a younger child. Calvin Morisaki, 37, was placed on five ...

Through all kinds of weather

Siddharth Taparia snaps a rain-soaked selfie with wife Poonam Taparia beside the raging Wailuku River on Thursday afternoon at Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens. Visiting from India, the Taparias are on Maui to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Man found guilty of assaulting neighbor

WAILUKU — A Haiku man who was heard yelling about loud music was found guilty of illegally entering a neighbor’s residence to assault him. A 2nd Circuit Court jury returned verdicts Wednesday morning, convicting Osmani Michel Garcia of first-degree burglary and third-degree ...

Bail kept at $27K for Banana Bungalow thefts

WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $27,000 for a man who was arrested for burglaries and thefts at a Wailuku hostel after he was released on supervision in another case. Chad Kaohu, 19, of Wailuku had asked to have his bail amount lowered or to be released on supervision, saying he could stay ...

Energy conservation code topic of meeting

A public informational meeting on revisions to the energy conservation code for construction will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Department of Planning conference room in Kalana Pakui in Wailuku. The recommended amendments take into consideration Hawaii’s tropical environment and are ...

3 new stores at Lahaina Gateway

The Lahaina Gateway will be adding anchor tenants Ace Hardware, Ross Dress for Less and The Club Maui this year, The Festival Cos., the mall’s managing company, announced Friday. “Adding these new retailers is the initial phase of The Festival Cos.’ ongoing revitalization of Lahaina ...

Felony theft charge has been dismissed

A felony theft charge has been dismissed for a man who was arrested for allegedly stealing a woman’s backpack on Lanai last year, according to court records. The second-degree theft charge against Zachary Parente was dismissed without prejudice Dec. 3 at the request of the prosecution, ...

Bookmobile to add stops in March

Maui’s Holoholo Bookmobile will be adding a stop in Lahaina starting in March, according to an announcement Thursday. The bookmobile will park at the Lahaina Cannery Mall on select Wednesdays at the following times: • March 6 and 27: 1-3 p.m. • April 17: 1-2 p.m. • May 8 and ...

Kihei swimming pool heated again

Repairs to the boiler that heats the 50-meter pool at the Kihei Aquatic Center were completed Friday, the Department of Parks and Recreation said. Repairs to the boiler for the training pool still are in progress, the department said. Boiler repairs did not close the pools.

Fishing rules topic of Wedesday meeting

An informational meeting on the Kahului Harbor Fisheries Management Area will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lihikai Elementary School, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced. At the meeting, Division of Aquatic Resources staff will revisit the current ...