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Addiction to drugs leads to 10 years in prison

WAILUKU — A 10-year prison term was ordered for a man who said he had “let my addiction control my life” when methamphetamine was found in a backpack he discarded while fleeing from police. Kainoa Duarte, 43, of Pukalani had pleaded no contest to second-degree promotion of a dangerous ...

Haiku man charged with Paia assault

A Haiku man is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail after being charged with assaulting another man in a confrontation over a bicycle in Paia. Kekoa Magliato, 25, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree assault and third-degree theft. A complaint filed in 2nd Circuit Court alleges ...

Stroke awareness event set Monday

A free stroke awareness event called “Be Fast to Save Your Brain” will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui Health System announced. The event will include informational booths, gifts and prizes and feature guest speakers to discuss stroke risk factors ...

Kihei group plans Tuesday meeting

A variety of issues, including an update on plans for a South Kihei Road bridge at Kulanihakoi, will be heard Tuesday evening during a general membership meeting of the Kihei Community Association. Other matters on the agenda include a report on the Kihei subarea transportation study, a ...

Every day is a dog day on Maui

Chapo, a high-jumping, fast-running Chihuahua-fox terrier mix from Wailuku, tears after a tennis ball thrown by owner Daisy Franco at the Keopuolani Dog Park on Thursday morning. Franco said Chapo’s energy and intelligence combine to make him an escape artist. “He climbs fences and ...

Nearshore water-quality data collection expanded

A groundbreaking data collection program for measuring water quality has added 12 new locations in South Maui, for a total of 48 sites along southern and western shorelines, researchers said Tuesday. Data gathered by the volunteer-based Hui O Ka Wai Ola ocean water quality testing program ...

New West Maui Hospital bond float in works

Developers of the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center currently are preparing another bond float and hope to begin construction in June. Brian Hoyle, president of developer Newport Hospital Corp., said Thursday that there is a 15- to 16-month construction period, which makes completion in ...

Cue ‘Pomp and Circumstance’

Graduation season has begun in Maui County, and two of the county’s larger high schools, Maui and Baldwin, will be graduating seniors at nontraditional times in the next two weeks. The commencement dates for the Sabers and Bears originally fell on the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but ...

2018 Commencement Exercises

Maui High School 4:30 p.m. May 19 War Memorial Stadium * * * Baldwin High School 6 p.m. May 22 War Memorial Stadium * * * Ka‘ahumanu Hou Christian School 7 p.m. May 23 King’s Cathedral Church * * * King Kekaulike High School 6 p.m. May 24, gates open at 4:30 p.m. ...

Impaired driving declines with education, consistent enforcement

KAHULUI — As six police officers and a deputy prosecutor were honored for their work to stop impaired driving, officials said education and consistent enforcement have contributed to a decline in drunken-driving arrests in Maui County. Police made 721 DUI arrests in Maui County last year, ...

Play extended at Waiehu golf course until June

Eighteen-hole play at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course has been extended until sometime in June, county Department of Parks and Recreation Director Ka‘ala Buenconsejo said Friday. Course renovations began April 16, and county officials had planned to close the back nine holes in May. The ...

Broken wire sparks Puunene brush fire

A utility pole guy wire broke off and made contact with the nearby power line to start a brush fire Tuesday afternoon near the Puunene Post Office on Hansen Road, a fire official said. Callers reported hearing a loud explosion before the fire started, said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto. ...

Property tax lien auction scheduled

People who’ve been delinquent in paying property taxes for three or more years risk losing their properties during a sale on May 22. The county Department of Finance will put 13 properties up for auction beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kihei Community Center. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The sale may ...

Policy training to close parks offices

More than a handful of Department of Parks and Recreation permit offices will be closed this month and next month while staff implements new procedures and processes tri-annual permits.The permit office closure schedule includes the following locations and days: • Central Maui (War ...

Recent disasters urge preparedness

Ongoing volcanic eruptions on the Big Island are a reminder for Maui County residents to prepare for emergencies and disasters, the Maui County Emergency Management Agency announced. Earthquakes triggered by the volcanic activity could bring local tsunamis, the agency warned. Officials urge ...

Public hearing set for polystyrene rules

A public hearing on draft administrative rules for the prohibited sale or use of polystyrene foam food containers will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Kalana Pakui Planning Department conference room in Wailuku. Passed last year, the measure goes into effect Dec. 31. Before the hearing, ...

Celebrating years of hard work

University of Hawaii-Manoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate Cristina Munoz lofts her diploma during commencement ceremonies on the UH-Maui College campus Thursday evening in Kahului. Students eligible to walk obtained an Academic Subject Certificate, Associates in Applied Science, ...

Lawsuit filed to pressure developers to keep promise

A lawsuit was filed Thursday against the builders of the Front Street Apartments and the state housing agency to challenge the developer’s attempt to convert the complex to market-rate units before the end of its 50-year commitment to keep rents affordable for low-income tenants. Three ...

More pieces of Lahaina bypass completed

The Maui News Improvements continue at both ends of the Lahaina bypass, to be referred to for the time being as Route 3000, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday. At 3:30 p.m. today, the Southern Connector Road between Honoapiilani Highway and Route 3000 near the ...

Maui testifiers tell OHA to stop in-fighting

WAILUKU — Several Maui residents Thursday expressed support for the embattled Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief executive officer, whose performance is being evaluated following a scathing state audit over use of funds. At a meeting in March, the OHA board discussed CEO Kamana‘opono ...