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Wave hello to the heat

As record high temperatures of 90 degrees and higher continue to be set on Maui, the heat has turned up business for air conditioning companies and those serving cool sweet treats. “It’s been great. . . . Business has definitely been booming in all shops. That’s pretty indicative ...

Council overrides most of mayor’s vetoes

WAILUKU — The Maui County Council overrode all but three of Mayor Michael Victorino’s 12 vetoes during a special meeting on Tuesday, putting the near-final touches on an $823.5 million budget that is set to go into effect on July 1. “We have a budget. We are done,” Council Chairwoman ...

Major hurdle cleared for 250 Lahaina tenants

Retiree Barbara Henny said she can sleep a little better at night knowing that rents won’t skyrocket at the affordable housing Front Street Apartments where she’s lived for almost a decade. “It’s been a jittery experience,” she said. “Still, it’s not over until it’s ...

Molina calls for county-backed affordable rentals

The Maui News Council Member Mike Molina last week issued a “call to action” to build affordable rental housing on county land by waiving certain permitting fees and property taxes. “We know the hurdles to building affordable housing are land costs, infrastructure, permit fees, ...

Hookele-Pulehu signal work set

Installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Hookele Street and Pulehu Road begins today and will create traffic delays. During the assembly of the poles, traffic on Hookele Street will be restricted to one lane with intermittent lane stoppages, contractor Goodfellow Bros said ...

Work on road to Hana

Roadway, guardrail, retaining wall and drainage improvement work on Hana Highway from Mile Marker 8.1 to 21.5 in the Keanae area began Monday, a public notice said. The work will be performed 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and is expected to be completed in March, said contractor Hawaiian ...

Local Briefs

St. Anthony Class of ’69 reunion St. Anthony School’s first coed graduating class from 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion at the school’s 2019 Ho‘olaule‘a at the Wailuku campus on Saturday. The reunion weekend begins Friday at Tante’s in Maalaea and ends with a Memorial Mass ...

Corrections

• Fishpond meeting. The incorrect name of a woman who spoke on behalf of a stand-up paddleboard yoga class at the Ko‘ie‘ie Fishpond was published Sunday on Pages A1 and A5, based on information provided to The Maui News. The actual person did not want to be identified. * The Maui News ...

Pa‘u parade fit for Kamehameha

First photo: Princess Leila Kalani Larson represents Oahu in Saturday morning’s annual Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade and Ho‘olaule‘a. Larson took third in Outstanding Pa‘u Princess and her unit also placed third in Outstanding Pa‘u Unit. Second photo: Wearing the colors ...

Kaiser: Queen’s referrals largely unaffected by contract dispute

Kaiser Permanente sought to reassure Maui patients who have referrals to The Queen’s Health System facilities that their treatment would not be interrupted, after a contract between the two health care companies expired and Kaiser filed a lawsuit over billing issues. Kaiser said in a ...

Judge reverses permit approval for archaeological firm

A hui that advocates for the protection of ancient burials is set to get a contested case hearing before the state Historic Preservation Division after a judge reversed SHPD’s granting of a permit to a local archaeological firm. Maui Environmental Court Judge Joseph Cardoza issued his ...

Powerboat capsizes in waters off Makena

The Maui News Four people were transported to shore when a 30-foot recreational powerboat started taking on water and capsized about 200 yards offshore in Makena on Monday, Coast Guard and fire officials said. Three other occupants of the vessel Manta Ray swam to shore. A Wailea fire ...

Winfrey new head of Maui United Way

The Maui News Nicholas Winfrey, who was most recently with the Australian Red Cross, took over as president and chief professional officer of the Maui United Way on Monday. “We are fortunate to have someone of Nicholas Winfrey’s caliber and experience step up to lead Maui United Way,” ...

Texas visitor, 39, dies in Haliimaile crash

The Maui News A 39-year-old Texas woman was killed and five others were hospitalized in a three-vehicle traffic collision Sunday night in Haliimaile, police said. The woman, who was pronounced dead at the crash scene, was identified as Teresa Pham of Spring. Police said the collision ...

Dog theft arrest at Humane Society

A woman was arrested after she climbed over a locked Maui Humane Society fence and removed two dogs from kennels Sunday night, according to police. Shantel Medeiros, 40, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree burglary and attempted third-degree theft. Her bail was set at ...

Brush fire closes highway at Maalaea

Honoapiilani Highway was temporarily closed at Maalaea on Monday morning while firefighters battled a brush fire on the makai side of the highway, officials said. Wailuku firefighters were dispatched at 6:32 a.m. to the fire near the entrance to the road leading to windmills above Maalaea, ...

Fire crews douse blaze near Peahi

Firefighters were putting out hot spots Monday in a brush fire that burned about 2 acres in a gulch east of Hahana Road in Peahi, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 7:51 p.m. Sunday, with Paia and Makawao engine companies responding along with a Kahului tanker. Passing showers and ...

Brush fire burns 2 acres on Molokai

A brush fire burned about 2 acres in Kalamaula Homestead on Molokai before it was extinguished Friday night, according to fire officials. The fire was reported at 7:01 p.m. Friday on Hoomalu Drive. Kaunakakai, Hoolehua and Pukoo engine companies responded along with a Kaunakakai tanker and ...

First responders tow sailboat back to sea

Lifeguards on rescue watercraft helped tow a 25-foot sailboat off the beach in Lahaina after the vessel broke loose from its mooring Sunday afternoon, according to fire officials. A Lahaina engine company, ocean safety officers and state Department of Land and Natural Resources officers ...

Georgia man struck by wave

A 56-year-old Georgia man was transported to the hospital in critical condition Monday morning after he was hit by a wave in the shorebreak at Big Beach in Makena, according to the Fire Department. Wailea firefighters and lifeguards responded to the 10:39 a.m. call after beachgoers saw the man ...