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Gateball offers ‘camaraderie’

Kula Gateball Club member Leina Awai executes a tricky shot by deflecting her ball off a teammate’s ball and through a gate Friday afternoon at the Kula Community Center Gateball Court. Looking on are fellow club members Jim DeBuhr (from left), Norma Hacfi, Joan Murai and Miguel Lapa. In the ...

Military Intelligence Service veteran Tom Yamada poses with the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to Japanese-American veterans in 2011, in his Wailuku home. “MIS: America’s Secret Weapon,” is on display at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center until the end of January. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Nisei’s secret missions highlighted in exhibit

In 1940s America, a connection to Japan was a double-edged sword. Kahului-born nisei Tom Yamada, 102, knew this all too well. While the American military valued his fluency in Japanese for interrogating prisoners of war, a wary American government took his Japan-born father from his job at ...

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Making his own shade

During a pause in the action on sunny, windless Saturday morning, Baldwin High School senior Dalton Mata shades his face while volunteering as a coach for the sixth annual Kurt Suzuki All Pono Clinic at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku. “My face is roasting,” said Mata, who is a member of Baldwin ...

This photo shows the inside of The Crossroads USO in the 1940s. Makawao History Museum photo

Museum exhibit focuses on Makawao USO

The Maui News Using original artwork, historical stories and memorabilia, the Makawao History Museum is spotlighting The Crossroads USO at the corner of Baldwin and Makawao avenues that provided entertainment and companionship to the thousands of soldiers in and around the town during ...

Fishing boat runs aground on Lanai reef

Two Oahu fishermen were forced to abandon their boat after it ran aground on a reef off the Lanai coast, according to a fire official. At 1:15 p.m. Sunday, fire crews received a call about a boat stuck on the reef about 100 yards from shore, Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto said. A Lanai crew ...

Police car hit by pellets

KAHALUU, Oahu (AP) — A man has been arrested after a shotgun was fired at officers and pellets from the shell hit a police cruiser. The officers responded to an unrelated call Saturday and were on their way out of a residence when the man opened fire from across the street. His shotgun ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred Jan. 4 to 11. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation and a one-year ...

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 Jan. 1 to 7. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

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Suzuki shines in Wailuku

FIRST PHOTO: Kurt Suzuki talks with longtime friend Royce Fukuroku during the All Pono Clinic at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku on Saturday. SECOND PHOTO: Ezekiel Macanas throws during an infield drill during the clinic. The clinic offered baseball skills drills and instruction to 155 ...

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Hospital transition still a high priority for Maui legislators

Maui County’s state legislators will continue to push for a smooth transition for Maui Memorial Medical Center and will remain vigilant in ensuring that long-term projects such as the Kihei high school get the money and support they need. But at least two legislators pointed out that the ...

Front Street Apartments residents Leann Sherman (from left) and Gary Sherman wish happy travels to neighbors Sharon Serafico and her great-granddaughter Sage, as Serafico’s husband, Billy Kando, prepares to drive them to the airport for a trip to San Diego. Serafico, a former preschool teacher on Maui, said she has been living in the apartments for 12 years, but doubts she and her three-generation household will be able to stay when rents increase. “Right now, we pay close to $1,200 a month,” she said. “Once our grandfather clause is up in two years, our rent will be who knows what, $2,000 plus. We have a community of people here who takes care of each other. Everybody knows everybody.” Kando said. “It’s going to be too much to live here. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

IRS loophole allows affordable units to go market rate

Renters in the Lahaina Front Street Apartments fear they’ll eventually be forced out of their affordable units, due to a loophole in the tax code that would allow the units to be bumped up to market rates by 2019. The apartments, which opened in June 2001 as a 142-unit affordable rental ...

Computer woes snarl classifieds

Due to a computer problem, The Maui News has been having problems publishing classified line ads since Tuesday. The Maui News is working to resolve the issue and apologizes for any inconvenience.

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UH-Manoa professor: ‘The time to act is now’

If climate change goes unchecked, Hawaii may have to adapt to an altered coastline sooner rather than later, warns Chip Fletcher, a professor of geology and geophysics at University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. “We are already seeing extreme forms ...

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Art exhibit installation appears smooth as silk

Maui Arts & Cultural Center marketing Director Bob Burrichter explores the installation piece “Eternal” by Akihiko Izukura of Kyoto, Japan, on Saturday in the Schaefer International Gallery. Akihiko’s exhibit, “The Way of Natural Textiles,” features a his own hand-woven and ...

County / In Brief

KCA meeting is planned Tuesday Multiple topics will be discussed during the Kihei Community Association’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kihei Charter Middle School. Speakers include Maui County Council Member Kelly King, representatives from school garden organization Grow Some ...

Central Maui is turning blue

Wailuku/Kahului was one of five communities statewide chosen to join the Blue Zones Project, a community well-being improvement initiative. The announcement Thursday means that the Central Maui towns will gain access to national expertise and a local team of well-being consultants, a news ...

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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is coming to MACC on Jan. 26

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be performing works by Frederic Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Ohlsson will perform Chopin’s “Scherzo in E Major” and “Ballade in G Minor” and Beethoven’s “Sonata in ...

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Jury finds man guilty of assault in deadly punch

WAILUKU — A man was found guilty of second-degree assault for punching another man who fell back onto Baldwin Avenue in Paia and died. David Homalon Jr., 28, originally faced a more serious manslaughter charge in the death of 45-year-old Haiku resident Fabian Martinez. A 2nd Circuit Court ...

NTSB report: Plane is believed to have crashed in ocean

A single-engine plane that disappeared off Molokai on Dec. 30 carrying three Oahu residents climbed to about 2,500 feet after takeoff from Molokai Airport and seconds later made a descending right turn over the ocean, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report ...

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Work progressing on rental car facility

FIRST PHOTO: Construction continues Wednesday afternoon on Kahului Airport’s new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. Work began in April on the $340 million, three-level rental car facility. SECOND PHOTO: The building will house more than a dozen rental car companies and provide parking ...