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New center aims to spread the word about medical cannabis

KAHULUI — Elaine Slavinsky, who gives lectures about medical cannabis at senior clubs throughout Maui County, said there are three groups of seniors when it comes to stigmas about cannabis. “The ones who have probably been smoking for years and keep doing it, the stoners,” she said. ...

Public Utilities Commission approves MECO rate hike

The state Public Utilities Commission has approved Maui Electric Co.’s first base-rate increase in six years, MECO announced Friday. On April 17, MECO filed tariffs and rate schedules for a final increase of 3.7 percent, which would generate about $12.1 million in annual revenue. MECO said ...

SBA winners to be honored at lunch

Maui winners of this year’s Small Business Administration Small Business Awards will be recognized at a luncheon May 2 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. The luncheon will include an economic update by Carl Bonham, a founding member of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. ...

Getting ready for upcoming state championships

Maui County park staffer Claude Maio paints a line on the parking lot fronting Iron Maehara Stadium at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku on Tuesday morning. In the background is fellow staffer Lars Gascon. The lines are part of facility improvements in preparation for the upcoming Hawaii High ...

MECO to auction off retired vehicles

A silent auction for retired Maui Electric Co. fleet vehicles will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday on the front lawn of the MECO parking lot at 210 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului. The 10 vehicles being auctioned include trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans with years ranging from ...

Bail is $51K for Wailea robbery suspect

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $51,000 for a Kahului man who was identified as a suspect in a robbery last month in the Shops at Wailea parking lot. Maika Francis, 22, was arrested Monday after being turned in by his probation officer, police said. At a preliminary hearing Thursday in Wailuku ...

Man ordered to pay restitution to place he ripped off

WAILUKU — A Kihei man was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for theft from a restaurant he was running three years ago. Andrew Krabill, 38, was placed on one year’s probation when he was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree theft. The theft ...

AARP holds fraud prevention workshop

A free fraud prevention workshop to help people recognize identity theft will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kaunoa Senior Services Center in Paia. The AARP Hawaii presentation titled “That’s Fraud!” will cover the red flags of financial scams and how to protect others from con ...

Keawakapu parking lot to close April 30

The Keawakapu Beach parking lot will be closed on April 30 for landscaping improvements. It is expected to reopen the next day, May 1. The public is asked to be aware of construction activities and equipment as well as observe all posted signage. The lot is at the corner of Kilohana Drive ...

Moniz to speak at Rotary club meeting

Stacey Moniz, executive director of The Maui Farm, will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Kahului’s weekly meeting Monday. The Maui Farm provides farm-based transitional housing and support services for women and their children who are in transition from domestic violence, ...

Keeping dolls dressed Local style

Maui Toy Works sales associate Perlina Cacal shows off some of the dolls that have added Hawaiian touches earlier this month at Lahaina Cannery Mall. Cacal said she has been working at the toy shop part time for five years and among her duties is creating little grass skirts during breaks ...

Water officials mull options as session wanes

WAILUKU — As the governor plunged into the contentious water bill debate and its potential impact on the state, the county Board of Water Supply focused on its local implications, particularly whether Upcountry drinking water would be affected if the measure fails. The water board questioned ...

Lahainaluna AC, Kihei office building in DOE 10-year plan

Installing air conditioning in classrooms in the Lahainaluna High School complex and constructing an administration building at Kihei Elementary School are some of the high-ranking priority projects identified in a recently released early draft of the Hawaii Department of Education Statewide ...

Gov. Ige looks to revive water bill

Gov. David Ige called for lawmakers to reconsider a contentious water bill that’s been shelved for now but still could be called to the floor of the Senate for a vote. In a letter to Senate and House leadership on Thursday, Ige detailed the potential consequences to permit holders if the ...

New $22 million Iao Water Treatment Plant is blessed

The Maui News Maui County blessed the new $21.7 million Iao Water Treatment Plant on Thursday. The plant is currently producing 1.7 million gallons per day. The former Iao plant produced about 500,000 gallons per day on average, according to a news release. “Water is a critical part ...

Roadside slope stabilization work in Maalaea

The Maui News Slope stabilization work will cause a lane shift in both directions on Honoapiilani Highway near Mile Marker 7.6 in Maalaea starting today, the state Department of Transportation announced. The work will take place 24 hours a day through April 26. In Wailuku, Kahekili Highway ...

Search warrant nets drugs, cash

Maui vice officers recovered 429 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 1.04 grams of marijuana and $7,840 in cash a search of a vehicle parked in a lot on Lower Main Street on Tuesday. Three arrests were made on charges of promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree, promoting a dangerous drug ...

House fire causes $388,000 in damages

A fire that gutted the top level of a two-story house in Maui Meadows on Wednesday caused an estimated $388,000 in damage, a fire official said Thursday. The fire was reported at 10:51 a.m. on Kehala Drive, with fire crews from Wailea, Kihei and Kahului responding. Residents had evacuated the ...

Molokai pool closed through Monday

The Cooke Memorial Pool in Kaunakakai will be closed until Monday due to an unforeseen electrical issue with the pool’s pump, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced Thursday. For more information, contact the Molokai Parks and Recreation Office at (808) 553-3204. For ...