Keli’i Crabbe, owner of Hawaiian Heavy Equipment, hooks up (first photo) and loads (second photo) a 5,000-pound Tournahauler tire into the bed of one of the sugar cane-hauling trailers Thursday afternoon along Mokulele Highway in Puunene. Crabbe said he has been working for months moving gear he bought and helping auction customers who purchased heavy equipment from the former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. move the machinery off-island. Getting excavators clean enough to pass U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection for shipping averaged 150 hours. High-pressure hoses and a variety of solvents needed to be used. “No dirt, not one stone, nothing,” he said. Crabbe said today is the day all equipment purchased at auction is supposed to be removed, but there is still so much remaining. He said a half-dozen machines he bought are locked behind a gate, through which he hasn’t been for two weeks. “I’m tired. I want to go home,” said the Molokai business owner.
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The Central East Maui All-Stars pose with their banner after winning the Hawaii State Little League Intermediate (12-13) 50/70 Division state tournament on Monday. BROOKE DANIELS photo
Dylan Kokubun pitches. Leina Teruya photo
Keone Kapisi played for the Samoa national team at the Oceanic Cup last year in Papua New Guinea. Rachel Annabella Photography / RACHEL COX photo
Keone Kapisi and the Brigham Young University men’s soccer team will the be the U.S. representative at the World University Games next month in Chinese Taipei. The U.S. faces Italy, Brazil and Russia in pool play. Rachel Annabella Photography / RACHEL COX photo
The Braves’ Kurt Suzuki celebrates after hitting a home run in the sixth inning Thursday. AP photo
Dr. Bridget Bongaard is a board-certified internal medicine physician who will direct the first Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat next month at Lumeria Maui in Makawao. The weekend retreat, which is sponsored by the Pacific Cancer Foundation and funded by the Joseph Padua Trust, is designed to help cancer survivors with any given cancer diagnosis transform their lives into a new and better level of health and wellness.