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That dog loves his power tools

“He’s the first dog in line,” joked plumber Bobby Piano of Kihei as he and his dog Harlee sit outside Slim’s Power Tools in Kahului on Tuesday. They got in line Sunday to wait for the store’s annual one-day clearance sale, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. As first in line, ...

A 23,000-square-foot trampoline park plans to open in the former Maui Film Studio in the Maui Lani Village Center in July or August. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Trampoline park signs lease for its jumping off point at former film studio

The former Maui Film Studios will be converted into a 23,000-square-foot trampoline park to open in July or August in the Maui Lani Village Center, the park’s owner said Tuesday. Ultimate Air LLC began leasing the soundstage building this month and is in the final stages of architectural ...

Funding for Kihei high school survives a hurdle

The $1.1 billion in capital improvement projects that state House and Senate conferees agreed upon Monday for the biennium budget include $63 million for the Kihei high school, which should be enough to open the school by 2022, education officials and state lawmakers said Tuesday. The funds, ...

This is the site of the Kamaole Grand, a $90 million, 217-condominium unit project behind the Kamaole Shopping Center along South Kihei Road. This photo was taken Tuesday. The Maui Planning Commission granted a Special Management Area use permit for the project. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Planning panel moves market-priced condo development in Kihei forward

WAILUKU — An approximately $90 million, 217-condominium unit project behind the Kamaole Shopping Center along South Kihei Road moved closer to fruition Tuesday as the Maui Planning Commission granted a Special Management Area use permit for the project. The Kamaole Grand, which will ...

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Bail reduced for man accused of trying to run over bicyclist

The Maui News WAILUKU — Bail was reduced to $250,000 Tuesday for a man charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to run over a bicyclist who was riding on a sidewalk in Kahului. Bail for Mark Becker, 55, had been set at $1 million for the charge of second-degree attempted ...

DEA officials to take back old medications

The Maui News State and federal authorities are encouraging people to turn in their unused or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Police Department parking lot in Wailuku. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s 13th National Take-Back Initiative is free and ...

Final free spay, neuter clinic for felines is on

The Maui News The Maui Humane Society will hold its final free Mobile Animal Surgery Hospital spay and neuter clinic for cats through Saturday. The MASH clinic is a large-scale spay and neuter clinic held outdoors, under tents to accommodate a large volume of pets in surgery and recovery. ...

Local Briefs

Films to screen today and Friday Maui Climate Action Network and Maui Huliau Foundation will present screenings today and Friday. There will be a Maui Climate Action Network photo booth at both events: • 6 p.m. today — Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary “Before the Flood” and the ...

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‘Pleasing to the soul and ear’

Keokea resident Lydell Aina works on his slack key guitar technique last week in peaceful Keokea Park. He said he recently learned the uniquely Hawaiian style from a friend. “To me, it’s really soothing and pleasing to the soul and ear,” Aina said. “In Hawaiian, we call it nahenahe.” ...

Legislative panel agrees on budget

State House and Senate conferees agreed Monday on a biennium budget that includes $33.4 million for a Kaiser Permanente subsidiary to run Maui County public hospitals as well as capital improvement funds for extending the Lahaina bypass in the Kaanapali direction and for holding room expansion ...

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Hokama proposes $703 million county budget

WAILUKU — Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Riki Hokama has proposed keeping the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course open, raising some county rates and fees and a mixed bag of increases and decreases to property tax classifications, compared to the proposed budget of Mayor ...

Public hearing on property tax rates set for Wednesday

The Maui News The Maui County Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday on real property tax rates that Mayor Alan Arakawa has proposed for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The hearing will start at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers on the eighth floor of Kalana O Maui at 200 S. High ...

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Earth Day celebrated underwater

Caroline Sabharwal (front, from left), Paula Alcoseba, Danielle Enright and Mark Miller (back) and “Pink” Lloyd Johnson dive at Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area during the Earth Optimism and Swim for Science event on Earth Day on Saturday. Fifty community members, resource ...

Small businesses to be honored at luncheon

The Maui News Carol Bonham, a founding member of the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization, will be providing an economic update at the Maui Chamber of Commerce’s Maui SBA Awards and Economic Update Luncheon on Wednesday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Bonham is ...

County’s unemployment dips below 3% in March

The Maui News Maui County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in March, a bit higher than the state’s rate of 2.6 percent, according to statistics released last week by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The county’s jobless rate is down from March last year, when ...

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County/In Brief

MPD’s Pladera promoted to captain Maui Police Department veteran Jeraul Pladera has been promoted to the rank of captain and assigned to head the Molokai Patrol District. Pladera has been a police officer for more than 24 years. His past assignments include the Wailuku, Lahaina, Kihei ...

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Jacaranda season

While New England has its fall colors, each spring Upcountry serves up jacaranda season. The purple-flowered trees are hitting their peak in some areas and just starting in others. These trees were photographed Wednesday along Haleakala Highway in Kula. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

Maui halau honored at Merrie Monarch

Two Maui halau are bringing home honors from Hawaii’s premier hula competition. At the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, led by kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes, earned third place overall in the kane division and second place in the ...

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Lending a helping hand

Jason Quintos proudly holds a track and field official’s flag as he watches Friday night’s finals of the Victorino Ohana Invitational at the Yamamoto Track & Field Facility in Wailuku. “It’s always nice to have somebody who wants to be helpful,” said Maui Interscholastic League ...

Trevor Noah adds second show

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has added a second show to his Maui visit at 10 p.m. May 25 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He already was scheduled to perform at 8 that night but “overwhelming demand” led to the second show, promoter Rick Bartalini Presents announced. ...