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Suspect charged with murder

WAILUKU — A murder suspect was heard saying, “I was sent to end you,” before raising and swinging a machete at another man Sunday afternoon in a Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center bathroom, witnesses told police. Officers arrested Kumulipo Sylva, 23, of Kahului at nearby Kahului Community Center ...

Joe Souki is out

Veteran Maui lawmaker and former Speaker Joe Souki will resign from the state Legislature later this month, following a state Ethics Commission settlement of a sexual harassment complaint against him. On Tuesday evening, Souki, 86, acknowledged that a settlement agreement between him and the ...

In-stream flow standards set for four West Maui streams

KAHULUI — A state panel voted Tuesday to set new flow levels for four West Maui streams — this time without the decadeslong legal battles that have characterized the fight over East Maui streams. About 40 testifiers spoke before the Commission on Water Resource Management Tuesday on ...

Lahainaluna robotics team heading to World Championships

For the first time since Lahainaluna High School began participating in FIRST robotics seven years ago, the Lunas are heading to a World Championship competition in Texas next month. “They’re really happy their hard work paid off,” said lead mentor Dennis Sasai, noting the team is made ...

Child’s cancer returns; family praying for another miracle

A Kula family is praying for another miracle as 8-year-old Tavin Hashimoto battles cancer for the second time in two years. Tavin had undergone six months of chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on March 17, 2017. On Friday, doctors discovered the cancer had ...

Dangerous surf is forecast today

The National Weather Service is warning that “dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline” of the north- and east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai. The advisory will be in effect from 6 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Thursday. The surf will result in “very dangerous swimming ...

Equipment failure shuts off electricity

A power outage left 9,756 customers without electricity Tuesday morning in parts of West Maui from Lahaina to Napili, Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Shayna Decker said. The outage began at 8:30 a.m., and all customers had service returned an hour and 12 minutes later, she said. The problem ...

South Maui park closed for repairs

The South Maui Community Park will be closed today, possibly through April 5, while emergency work is done on the park’s water system, according to an announcement. Water at the park will not be available during installation of a double-check detector assembly needed to prevent ...

Brown-water advisory is posted

The state Department of Health issued a brown water advisory Tuesday for West Maui from Fleming Beach to Honolua Bay. Runoff from heavy rain has poured into coastal waters, raising health concerns about the possibility of overflowing cesspools, sewage, manhole runoff and contamination from ...

Local Briefs

Story time set at Maui Ocean Center Joanne Laird, program director for the Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the Maui Ocean Center’s Makai Theater at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and ...

Drones flying as eyes in the sky for whale entanglements

The Maui News Drones are now helping to locate and monitor humpback whales entangled with fishing gear and ocean debris, according to an announcement from Oceans Unmanned Inc., a nonprofit organization that facilitates the use of unmanned technologies to protect the ocean and coastal marine ...

Man still held as suspect in fatal stabbing

The Maui News Police were holding a 23-year-old man Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder in a fatal stabbing Sunday afternoon at a Queen Ka’ahumanu Center bathroom. The man, who gave no local address, was arrested at nearby Kahului Community Center about an hour after police ...

Returned dog brings some comfort to grieving family

Kamele Latu refused to let go of her father’s dog after a tearful reunion Monday at the Maui Humane Society. Latu had just lost her father, Myves Manu Gould, on Friday night after he was struck while walking in the middle of the westbound lane of Hana Highway west of Haiku Road. She said ...

Bail maintained at $1M for man facing drug, theft charges

WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $1 million for a Kula man who was indicted on felony drug and theft charges after a police search at his residence last year. During a court hearing Monday, Matthew Moultrie Elayer, 32, asked that his bail amount be reduced. His attorney, Matthew Nardi, said ...

State water panel to take up West Maui stream flow standards

The Maui News West Maui interim in-stream flow standards will be considered today by the state Commission on Water Resource Management. The panel begins meeting at 9 a.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College Pilina multipurpose room. The proposed standards are for the Ukumehame, Olowalu, ...

Future leaders show their stuff at Pukalani school

First photo: Pukalani Elementary School weather girl Angelica Starr-Soria, 10, gets a high-five from Miss Maui Casey Salcedo during Wednesday morning’s Leadership Day at the school. Starr-Soria is part of a team that produces the morning report broadcast to school classrooms. Also on the ...

Hawaiian Airlines to waive change fees again for nor’easter

The Maui News Hawaiian Airlines is advising its customers that flight change fees will be waived for travelers flying to, from or via John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York today and Wednesday, according to an announcement. The fee waivers are in effect beacuse of flight ...

Ocean and its creatures the stars of the show

MAALAEA — Evan Pascual had always known coral was a live animal, but it wasn’t until he peered at it under a microscope and watched it actually “reaching out and grabbing its food” that it really sunk in. “I don’t know how else you’ll get that understanding without seeing ...

One man dead after stabbing in Kahului

The Maui News A reported stabbing at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center left one man dead and sent police on a manhunt through nearby streets Sunday, according to police. Police took a male suspect into custody Sunday afternoon, Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said. The suspect was ...

All for fun in a sockball game

First photo: Abigail Langinbelik, 7, gets ready field a ball during a March 9 game of sockball at Kahului Community Center with keiki and advisers from the Salvation Army Club 3:16. In the background is Gabriel Adam, 9. Sockball is like kickball, only batters hit the ball with their hands ...