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Offices to be closed for training

County Motor Vehicles and Licensing and other Finance Department divisions will be closed Thursday for staff training.

The Maui Mall Service Center and satellite offices on Lanai, Molokai, Lahaina, Pukalani, Hana and Kihei will all be closed.

Other Finance Department offices affected include accounts/payroll, central purchasing, the finance director’s office, real property tax and treasury. Offices will reopen Nov. 13.

For more information, call 270-7476.


Two Maui restaurants sold

Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc. has acquired six Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses in Hawaii — including restaurants in Lahaina and Wailea — from franchise partner Desert Island Restaurants.

The completion of the transaction is expected no later than the end of the first quarter of 2018, according to a news release Friday from Ruth’s Hospitality Group, which is based in Winter Park, Fla. No terms were announced.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Desert Island has operated the restaurants since 1994. The Maui restaurants are located at The Shops at Wailea and The Outlets of Maui.

“With RHGI’s leadership and the strength of the Ruth’s Chris Steak House brand, the future of these locations is in excellent hands,” said Desert Island CEO Randy Schoch, whose company’s brands also include Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Ling & Louie’s. “I’m confident that RHGI will build upon our accomplishments and embrace the island spirit that has continuously guided everything our team members do.”


Parks department offices to be closed

County Department of Parks and Recreation permit offices will be closed for staff training and implementation of new procedures Tuesday.

The offices affected are the Central Maui Permit Office at the War Memorial Gym; Molokai Permit Office at the Mitchell Pauole Center; South Maui Permit Office at the Kihei Community Center; East Maui Permit Office at the Eddie Tam Complex; and West Maui Permit Office at the Lahaina Civic Center.

For more information on the closures, call the Department of Parks and Recreation Permits and Enforcement Section at 270-7389.


Nominations sought for annual honor

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature.

Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2017. These could include residents who performed heroic acts or helped solve a problem in the community.

Awardees have ranged from Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi in the first group of awardees in 1994 to Don McLeish, who has saved many swimmers’ lives off Honokowai Point, last year.

The awards are not meant as lifetime achievement awards, and the nominees must be living.

The news staff of The Maui News will be selecting the 2017 People Who Made A Difference based on the submissions from the public. A tabloid will appear in the Christmas Day issue of The Maui News with profiles and pictures of the awardees.

Please submit nominations via email to, fax at 242-9087 or mail to The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793. The deadline to submit nominations is noon Nov. 20.

Nominations should include:

• The correct spelling of the name or group.

• An explanation of the nomination (no more than 300 words).

• A phone number or email address of the nominee, if possible.

• A phone number of the nominator.