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Hawaii ranks as least teacher-friendly state

HONOLULU (AP) — A new study ranks Hawaii as the least teacher-friendly state in the nation. The study published by WalletHub on Monday says that Hawaii teachers also get the lowest annual salary based on cost of living, about $24,000. The study says the average salary for all teachers is ...

Submissions sought for holiday craft fair guide

The Maui News The Maui News will be publishing a Holiday Craft Fair Guide on Nov.4. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 19: • Name of the event. • Sponsoring organizations or businesses. • Date and time. • ...

Bail at $25,000 in strangulation case

WAILUKU — Bail remains at $25,000 for a Kahului man charged with abusing two boys, including one who reported having trouble breathing when the man had his hands around the youth’s neck. Calvin Morisaki, 36, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of felony abuse of a family or household ...

Photographer of nature to speak

A presentation by Guggenheim Fellowship-winning photographer Susan Middleton and field botanist Steve Perlman, which had to be rescheduled due to approaching Hurricane Lane last month, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio. The talk is part of ...

Armstrong tops off Kalama Kai project

Armstrong Development marked a milestone recently in the construction of its Kalama Kai condominium project at 45 Kanani Road in Kihei, according to an announcement. The residential workforce housing project features 39 three-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit. The three-bedroom ...

Local Briefs

Forest restoration trip on Saturday Auwahi Forest Restoration Project volunteers will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store on Saturday for an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. work excursion. Due to rough, steep terrain, hiking boots that cover the ankle are required. Volunteers should pack layered clothing, rain ...

Napili resort facing violations for unpermitted rock wall work

Maui County has ordered the Napili Sunset Beachfront Resort to stop work on an existing rock structure near the shoreline after West Maui residents complained that the work may be unpermitted and unsafe and could impact the nearby bay and beach. The county currently is in the process of ...

Hurricane Lane impacted August tourism on Maui

Maui County hotel occupancy fell 4.1 percentage points in August, compared to 2017, according to a Hawai‘i Tourism Authority report released Thursday that offered a statistical indication that Hurricane Lane dinged tourism. Hurricane Lane veered away as it neared the islands, but tropical ...

Swing of a champion

First photo: Tavin Hashimoto, 9, sinks a putt in front of mother, Tammi, and uncle, Gary Barut, during Saturday’s Tavin Tuff Golf Tournament, which raised money for Tavin’s fight with cancer at Pukalani Country Club. The Tavin Tuff Golf Tournament helped raise money for the Doris Todd ...

Experts troubled state’s economy too dependent on visitor industry

HONOLULU (AP) — Experts are troubled by the Hawaiian economy’s growing dependence on tourism. Almost all the growth in the state’s economy remains in tourism, meaning that the state’s economy is relying more on the Mainland’s economy, according to a report titled “Hawaii’s ...

‘Affair of the heart’ leads to year in jail

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term was ordered for a Kihei man who returned to his ex-girlfriend’s house in violation of a court order and assaulted her friend. Harrison Bliss, 33, was placed on four years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed Thursday. Bliss went back to his ...

Wailea man, 63, charged with sex assault

The Maui News A 63-year-old Wailea man has been indicted on 33 charges alleging he sexually assaulted a girl. During his arraignment Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court, John Kurz pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of first-degree sexual assault and 16 counts of third-degree sexual ...

Nene Awareness Day at park Wednesday

The Maui News Haleakala National Park marks its annual Nene Awareness Day on Wednesday with special activities and talks about “the world’s most endangered geese.” Events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at Hosmer Grove with a self-guided “Treasure Hunt” on the nature trail. ...

Woman charged in assault of nurse

Bail was set at $1,000 for a woman who was arrested for assaulting a nurse at Maui Memorial Medical Center, according to police. Bernadine Hasegawa, 49, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault. The assault occurred at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday while Hasegawa was being held in the ...

Man, 18, arrested following chase

A Wailuku man was arrested after he was seen speeding and weaving in and out of traffic while fleeing from police in a stolen car, according to police. Bill Manuel III, 18, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, ...

Guns, drugs found in search

A Molokai man was arrested last week after police reported finding firearms and drugs in a search of his vehicle. Ray Charles Ortiz, 37, of Kaunakakai was driving the vehicle when it was seized in a narcotics investigation, according to a declaration filed in court to support the ...

New Wailuku Pool to close Oct. 18-19

The New Wailuku Pool will be closed for scheduled maintenance Oct. 18 and 19. The pool at the corner of Wells and Pakahi streets will reopen at 9 a.m. Oct. 20. For more information, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation Pools Manager Duke Sevilla at 270-6137.

Submissions sought for holiday craft fair guide

The Maui News The Maui News will be publishing a Holiday Craft Fair Guide on Nov.4. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 19: • Name of the event. • Sponsoring organizations or businesses. • Date and time. • ...

Genetic testing offers hope to catch some cancers early

NAPILI — If Eliza Ignacio hadn’t undergone genetic testing, there’s no telling how far the ovarian cancer would have spread before doctors found out. When tests showed Ignacio had the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) in 2016, she opted for a total hysterectomy — which ...

Heavenly weather blesses Kula Festival

First photo: Maui songstress Amy Hanaiali‘i entertains a lunchtime crowd Saturday at the 36th annual Kula Festival at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Keokea. Crowds arrived early, according to kalua pork booth volunteer Barbara Fernandez. The event featured entertainment, food booths, ...