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Drunken drivers may get towed

Those who get arrested for drunken driving may have their vehicles towed on the spot, according to a bill up for first reading before the Maui County Council today. The bill, which gives police the authority to have motor vehicles towed with owners paying the expense, has the support of Maui ...

Olowalu project includes 59 units

A new affordable housing proposal for undeveloped West Maui land is on the horizon, and landowner Peter Martin will be asking to fast-track the project early next year if all goes according to plan, the project manager said Wednesday. Located mauka of Honoapiilani Highway in Olowalu, the ...

Longtime Maui surgeon known as the ‘shark doctor’ retires

Dr. Peter Galpin is ready to begin an “exciting new chapter” in a life that has already been an eventful book. After 25 notable years with Maui Memorial Medical Center and at his private office in Kahului, the 68-year-old Galpin has retired from his duties as a plastic and reconstructive ...

Doctor bids aloha to beloved jacarandas

For a few hours every Saturday, Dr. Peter Galpin would tend to the jacaranda trees lining Haleakala Highway to honor and continue his son’s efforts. About a decade ago, King Kekaulike High School graduate Aki Galpin organized his Troop 14 Boy Scouts and partnered with the Maui Outdoor ...

Walmart security ‘feared for our life’ when man pulled gun

WAILUKU — Three Walmart employees testified that they were shocked and scared when a man brandished what looked like a handgun after he was stopped for shoplifting at the Kahului store Saturday evening. “We feared for our life, that’s the first thought,” security officer Tony Knight ...

Property owner agrees to repair Molokai wetlands

The Maui News A Molokai property owner has agreed to remove an unpermitted diversion channel and restore a quarter acre of wetlands impacted by the channel in an administrative order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Charles Miguel Sr. will submit and implement a mitigation ...

Landfill takes green waste on Sundays

The Central Maui Landfill will open Sundays for residential green waste disposal, starting this Sunday, Dec. 15, the county Department of Environmental Management has announced. “This is something I’ve wanted to see happen for a long time, especially for residents who clear their yards ...

High temperatures, high surf in forecast

Kahului has set or tied a record for high temperatures two days in a row, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures reached 89 degrees in Kahului on Tuesday, breaking the old record of 87 set in 1995. On Wednesday, it was 88 degrees, tying the record set in 1991. Meanwhile, ...

Water leak closes Shiraishi Pool

A water leak forced the closure of the Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool in Kahului on Wednesday, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The entire facility was closed to the public and current permit pool users for the day. Department staff will need to conduct further ...

Na Mele O Maui has a sweet melody

Kahului Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students perform at Na Mele O Maui 2019 Tuesday morning at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. It was the 46th annual running of the Hawaiian song competition. The Maui News/MELISSA TANJI photo

Trace amounts of soil fumigants found in private Haiku water system

Traces of two soil fumigants used in old pineapple farming operations were detected in a private Haiku water system — at levels well within federal and state safe drinking water standards — the state Health Department said Tuesday. “These trace levels of the chemicals do not pose a ...

Museum expansion gets its green light

WAILUKU — Puunene’s historic sugar museum may be a future site for weddings, receptions and even Christmas parties with its proposed expansion, which garnered support from the Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday. “I think this is just one of those feel-good requests,” said ...

Kamehameha Schools 4th and 5th grade singers take Na Mele overall title

The Maui News Kamehameha Schools Maui grades 4 and 5 singers, under the direction of Clark Tuitele, were named the overall winners in the 46th Na Mele O Maui Song & Art Competition on Tuesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Maui ma Pa‘ia grades 2 and 3 singers ...

Man gets one year in jail for break-in and sexual assault

The Maui News WAILUKU — A 19-year-old man who broke into a Wailuku home in May and sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy as he slept was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and five years’ probation. Second Circuit Court Judge Richard Bissen handed down the sentence, following a plea ...

DUI checkpoints, patrols underway

The Maui News Police are increasing DUI checkpoints and patrols for impaired drivers this holiday season as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. The stepped-up enforcement begins today and continues through New Year’s Day. In addition to ...

Mind’s Eye property, other nearby parcels, purchased for $5 million

The Maui News Gulsons Lahaina LLC, a Watumull Properties Corp. company, recently purchased two two-story buildings in Lahaina for $5 million. The property consists of the nearly 22,000-square-foot Mind’s Eye Interiors furniture store and an adjacent 13,300-square-foot multitenant building ...

Blood bank seeking some holiday donations

The Maui News Due a seasonal drop in donations, the Blood Bank of Hawaii is asking that lifesaving contributions are given this year. The organization said it sees a 20 percent dip in donations across the state during the six weeks between Thanksgiving and the start of January. Blood ...

‘Big nuisance on Molokai’ is sentenced to 5 years in prison

WAILUKU –A Molokai man who reported he was abusing drugs and “enjoyed the thrill” of committing crimes was sentenced Friday to five years in prison. Kaukaleo Mariano, 32, began committing his latest crimes last year shortly after being released from prison, said 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda ...

Vintage VW rental van catches fire

A 1975 Volkswagen van was engulfed in flames Monday afternoon, causing a traffic jam at Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway in Paia. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to the van, which was rented by a visitor who had traveled from Mana Foods on Baldwin Avenue to Hana Highway when the van began ...

Man arrested for Walmart shoplifting

A Kahului man was arrested after he brandished what appeared to be a handgun as Walmart employees were trying to detain him for shoplifting Saturday evening, according to police. Brandon Fukumoto, 32, was charged with four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree ...