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University of Hawaii Maui College Student Ohana for Sustainability President Alicia Wood (from left), member Dwight Baldwin and secretary Lyu Burdette discuss sunscreen with Kihei’s Alan Pelzer. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

UH-MC students swap coral-killing sunscreens for ‘reef safe’ versions

KIHEI—Beachgoers wanting to do their part to help protect coral reefs got some help Saturday from college students at Kamaole Beach Park III. From a table and display set up at the park before people entered the water, University of Hawaii Maui College students exchanged sunscreen ...

Bradley Romine talks about expected sea level rise over the next century during a public meeting Thursday night at the county Planning Department building. -- The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

The question isn’t if the sea level is rising but how quickly

Many scientific bodies agree that sea levels are rising, but the question has long been how quickly it will happen. That’s up to the people, experts say. On Maui and Hawaii island, where the sea is rising at a slightly faster rate than around other islands, the issue may come up sooner ...

NTSB: Cracked fitting likely cause of chopper hard landing

The probable cause of a hard landing by a tour helicopter in a pasture near Waihee in June 2014 was a crack in a fuel control line fitting that led the chopper to lose engine power, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. All seven people aboard the Sunshine Helicopters Airbus ...

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Bonnie Raitt rocks the stage of the A&B Amphitheater

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt performs Friday night at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater. Raitt performed some of her classic hits along with several numbers from her latest album, “Dig in Deep.” Performing with her are George ...

Maui County’s unemployment rate continues to tick downward

The Maui News Maui County’s unemployment rate for February was 3 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from 2016, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday. Maui island’s rate was lower, 2.9 percent, down from 3.1 percent in February 2016. The rate fell last ...

Molokai man gets 1 year in jail for cutting father

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term was ordered Wednesday for a Molokai man who used a glass shard to cut his father’s forearm on what a judge called a “sad, sad day.” Noah Castillo, 30, of Kaunakakai also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service as part of four years’ ...

Lanai woman gets 1-year jail term for drug charge

WAILUKU — A woman who was arrested when she picked up a package containing more than 10 grams of methamphetamine from the Lanai ferry was sentenced March 17 to a one-year jail term. Donna Davis, 49, of Lanai City also was placed on four years’ probation as part of her sentence. “This ...

Sarah Canto

County / In Brief

Canto promoted to FHB vice president Sarah Canto has been promoted to vice president of the Kahului Branch of First Hawaiian Bank, the bank has announced. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the branch. Canto joined the bank in 1975 as a bookkeeper in the Wailuku Branch and has ...

Alan Arakawa

Arakawa unveils proposed $720.3M budget

WAILUKU — Waiehu Municipal Golf Course is still on the cutting table as Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa presented to the County Council his next fiscal year budget, a proposal that is 9.2 percent more than the current fiscal year budget and includes property tax hikes of 7.5 percent across ...

David Homalon Jr. appears in court Friday morning for his sentencing on second-degree assault charges in the death of Fabian Martinez on July 23, 2015, near Mana Foods in Paia. Judge Richard Bissen sentenced Homalon to five years in prison. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Man gets 5 years in prison for fatal punch

WAILUKU — Focusing on what a man did after punching a Haiku resident who fell to the ground and died, a 2nd Circuit Court judge sentenced the defendant to a maximum five-year prison term Friday at the Wailuku courthouse. David Homalon Jr., 28, had been convicted of second-degree assault by ...

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Marijuana dispensary building blessed

FIRST PHOTO: Kahu Lyons Naone (from left) conducts a Hawaiian blessing of the Maui Grown Therapies building on Pa‘a Street in the Maui Lani Village Center with co-founders David Cole and Dr. Gregory Park on Friday afternoon. The blessing was held in honor of the start of the marijuana ...

Ashley Ramos

Bail increased to $100,000 in robbery, kidnapping

A wedding proposal for a California couple at Nakalele Point at sunset March 15 turned into a several-hour nightmare after they were kidnapped at gunpoint, forced to drive around the island and robbed, according to court documents charging one of the suspects in the case. Ashley Ramos and a ...

Susan  Capobianco

Capobianco, aunt arrested for contraband

The Maui News Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco and his aunt were arraigned Friday in 2nd Circuit Court after being arrested on warrants charging them with trying to take contraband into the jail last month. Bail was set at $100,000 each for Capobianco, 27, and his aunt, Susan ...

County / In Brief

Missed trash to be picked up today A staffing shortage led to the missing of a trash collection route in Lahaina on Friday, the county Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division said. The missed route was expected to be picked up today. The areas affected include Kahana, ...

Capobianco sentence: Life in prison with possibility of parole plus 10 years

WAILUKU – Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole and an additional 10 years for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and setting fire to her vehicle. In imposing the sentence, 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza recommended that ...

Loosened liquor laws now include home deliveries

In addition to eliminating dry hours for alcohol sales at retail stores and hotels, the Maui County Liquor Commission approved rule changes allowing home delivery of alcoholic beverages and removing the more than three-decade-old cap on the number of hostess bars in the county. The actions ...

The Waihe‘e Ridge Trail has been closed again for completion of repairs and improvements. It is scheduled for reopening April 7. This photo was taken in January during the initial phase of work on the popular 2.5-mile trail. Photo courtesy of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources

Trail closed again to finish improvements

The Maui News The 2.5-mile Waihe‘e Ridge Trail in the West Maui Mountains is closed again for the completion of the project aimed at improving safety and the hiking experience. The trail, on state-owned property, originally closed Jan. 3 and reopened about a month later after the ...

Ashley Ramos

Lahaina woman, 19, arrested for robbery, abduction of Calif. couple

A 19-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with the robbery last week of a California couple who were held up at gunpoint at Nakalele Point and forced to make purchases at several locations, police said. Ashley Ramos was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree ...

Application period to open for 10 Habitat homes in West Maui

The Maui News Habitat for Humanity Maui will begin accepting applications April 3 for 10 units in the Kahoma Affordable Housing Project in West Maui. The two- to five-bedroom homes will range from $281,520 to $380,880 under the residential workforce housing ordinance guidelines, according ...