Oma Coffee Roasting Co. Vice President Maria Holmes (right, first photo) chats with Robbi Kean of Kihei during Saturday’s Seed to Cup Coffee Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Displaying their coffee alongside Holmes are Hugo Buetler of Upcountry Farm Specialties and Jeff Ferguson of MauiGrown Coffee. The 11th annual event featured more than 12 coffee farmers and roasters who put on demonstrations and tastings. There also were contests and live music all day.
Jen Burt of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (from left, second photo) talks about coffee berry borer beetles with Ron and Carol Riccio of Kihei during Saturday’s Seed to Cup Coffee Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Burt, who is based in Kona, shared tips on how to stop the spread of the devastating insects and also how to control them. She said the beetles can ruin up to 80 percent of a farmer’s coffee crop
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos
A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium pulls up alongside the Pride of Maui on Saturday. The Pride of Maui had picked up a surfer who had been blown out to sea by high winds. U.S. Coast Guard photo
Kumu hula and singer/songwriter Keali‘i Reichel discusses plans for a permanent home for his halau in Piiholo during a Rotary Club of Kahului meeting on Monday afternoon at Tante’s Island Cuisine. Reichel hopes to break ground on the 6,000-square-foot, two-story building next year. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo
Koa Hewahewa, director of forestry operations for Hokunui Maui, talks about the planting and reforestation efforts on Hokunui’s property in Piiholo. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo
A 3D rendering of the proposed permanent home for Keali‘i Reichel’s Halau Ke‘alaokamaile is pictured. Reichel has been dreaming of a permanent space for his halau for decades; most halau have to rent gyms or garages or share spaces with other dance groups, he said. Rendering courtesy of Keali‘i Reichel
Maui Nui Youth Council members Kawena Kekuewa and Tyler Fisher join other students, parents and police officers in holding signs Friday afternoon on Maui Veterans Highway to remind drivers about a new “smoke-free vehicle” law banning people from smoking in vehicles occupied by someone under age 18. A violation carries a $200 fine. The Maui News/LILA FUJIMOTO photos
Police DUI Task Force Sgt. Nick Krau issues citations to a driver using a cellphone on South Papa Avenue fronting Lihikai Elementary School, as students went back to school Monday morning. The fine for use of a mobile electronic device increases from $297 to $347 in a school zone. The driver also received a citation for illegal window tint, carrying a $287 fine. As part of the Keiki Back to School campaign, traffic officers are on the lookout for cellphone, speeding, seat belt and other violations near schools.