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Central East Maui falls to Louisiana in U.S. title game

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — It had the makings of one of the best rallies the Little League World Series had ever seen as Central East Maui attempted to erase a nine-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Central East Maui scored five runs on four hits, but ultimately fell short of its ...

Young Brothers’ new $20-million tug dedicated at Kahului homeport

Young Brothers Capt. Jim Flanagan points to a monitor showing a chart of Kahului Harbor while giving a tour of the bridge of the new tug named "Kapena Bob Purdy" at the harbor Saturday morning. Flanagan said the tugboat’s two General Electric engines produce more than 6,000 horsepower, burn ...

Lunas roll to win over Na Alii

PUKALANI — It was a typical Lahainaluna High School football victory, with the exception of just one hiccup early in the second half. The Lunas rolled to a 46-12 win over King Kekaulike in the Maui Interscholastic League opener for each team on Saturday night at King Kekaulike Stadium. It ...

HTA report: Maui County hotels top state’s counties in July

Maui County hotels in July led the state’s three other counties in revenue per available room, average daily rate and occupancy, according to a recent hotel report. Compared with the same month last year, Maui County’s revenue per available room (RevPAR) bumped up 9.3 percent to $359, the ...

‘He’e Nalu No Ka Mauna’ paddle-out event today at Launiupoko

Surfers and ocean enthusiasts will gather at beaches across the state from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today during “He‘e Nalu No Ka Mauna,” organized to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea and to illustrate how the mountains and oceans are connected. The event will ...

Lahaina Fires: One year later

Yolanda Dizon doesn’t like to dwell too much on the night of the devastating fire that razed her home in Kauaula Valley. But the images and feelings are still fresh in her mind — the winds blowing hard, the fire riding up the mountain above their homes. “We try not to reflect on it too ...

Maui immigrants face loss of services and status

WAILUKU — Maui Economic Opportunity program specialist Maria Lores-Browne tears up when talking about a new national policy that would hurt many of Hawaii’s legal immigrants, along with nearly 85 percent of clients in an MEO program. “I fear God very much . . . and I have to pray for ...

A&B to apply for permit to continue to take water from E. Maui

Alexander & Baldwin confirmed Friday that it will be applying for a one-year revocable permit to continue to divert water from East Maui streams on state land. A&B’s ability to draw water from its diversions, as it has for more than 100 years for its now shutdown sugar operations, ...

Paia brush fire burns at least 200 acres

A brush fire that started near Maui Country Club on Friday morning burned at least 200 acres, a county spokesman said. The fire was reported contained at 1:30 p.m., said county spokesman Brian Perry. Firefighters and equipment had fully surrounded the fire. The public was asked to stay out of ...

DHHL looks to build homes in Central Maui

An area near Waikapu, which has been eyed for housing for more than a decade, is poised to be developed as a Hawaiian homestead project. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is working with Maui-based Dowling Co. to turn 44 acres bordered by Honoapiilani Highway and Waiolani Mauka ...

Mahi Pono first planting

A bin of potatoes waits to be planted Friday. Mahi Pono General Manager of Farm Operations Darren Strand said about 1,000 potatoes will be planted in each acre with an expected yield of between 10,000 and 30,000 potatoes per acre. He said the company’s first crop of potatoes is expected to be ...

20 year sentence in Asian Cuisine robbery

WAILUKU — A man who pointed a gun at employees while robbing a Kahului restaurant was sentenced Friday to a 20-year prison term. As a repeat offender, Joshua L. Medeiros, 28, was ordered to serve at least six years and eight months of the term before being eligible for parole. The robbery ...

Ohana Tacos closed by DOH

Ohana Tacos received a “closed” red placard from the state Department of Health Sanitation Branch due to an extensive pest infestation, the department said. The establishment is located at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Suite A, in Lahaina. A routine inspection of the restaurant Thursday ...

South Maui public meeting on fires Tuesday

Maui Fire and Police departments, Maui Electric Co. and county Emergency Management Agency officials have been invited to appear at a public meeting to discuss recent fires in South Maui and prevention at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa Church’s Stawatz Hall. The meeting is being hosted by ...

Kaluanui Road work scheduled

Makawao’s Kaluanui Road, which connects Kokomo Road with Baldwin Avenue, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Sept. 4 to 13 due to a hot-mix paving project, the county Department of Public Works announced. Traffic will be detoured around the work area, and ...

Cop on Top for Special Olympics

Maui Police Department officer Marjorie Kahookele-Pea (from left, first photo), Special Olympics Neighbor Island Regional Director Adrienne Laurion and officer Bethany Carvalho-Parker wave from the roof of Walmart in Kahului on Thursday on the opening morning of the annual Cop on Top ...

3 new Upcountry bus stops are in the works

PUKALANI — Although a “strictly conceptual” plan, the Maui County Department of Transportation hopes to add Upcountry bus stops to give students and others more convenient and safer transport to and from King Kekaulike High School, the deputy director of the Transportation Department said ...

Report shows that 775 residents work off-island

Nearly 800 Maui County residents work in another county and 70 percent of the county’s industry needs, which include machinery, apparel, seafood and plastics, are met by imports, the highest percentage in the state, according to Hawaiian Airlines 90th Anniversary Economic Impact Report ...

Man dies in waters off Honolua

The Maui News An unresponsive swimmer aboard a charter catamaran moored at Honolua Bay was pronounced dead Thursday after he was brought to shore, according to the Maui Fire Department. Police identified the victim as 65-year-old Kevin Gilmartin of Woodland Hills, Calif. Lahaina patrol ...

No-bail status is upheld in murder of 90-year-old woman

WAILUKU — A man continues to be held without bail on charges including second-degree murder in the death of a 90-year-old woman who was assaulted during a burglary of a Harbor Lights Condominium unit in Kahului. At a 2nd Circuit Court hearing Thursday for Aaron Wilsey, 26, of Wailuku, his ...