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Pools across island to close for a day

Several Maui pools will be closed for training and testing from Friday to September, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division. The all-day closures and the reasons follow: • Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool, War Memorial Complex, Friday; recruitment ...

Power outage in W. Maui reported

Power was restored to more than 1,200 customers in West Maui on Sunday morning after a vehicle struck a utility pole and caused a power outage Saturday evening. At 7:49 p.m. Saturday, 1,252 customers in the Lahaina area lost power when a vehicle struck a utility pole at the intersection of ...

Corrections

• Pau Hana / Coffee event. Due to an inability to get certain permits, the Seed to Cup coffee festival Aug. 4 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu has had to cancel a couple of its promotions. They include the Coffee Themed Fashion Show and the sales of Kohola Mean Bean Brew beer. ...

Like father, like son

Ever since he danced his way to the Master Keiki Hula title in 1987, ‘Iliahi Paredes had dreamed of seeing his kids win the same award. So when his 7-year-old son took the title Thursday night — making them the first father-son duo to accomplish the feat — it was an emotional moment for ...

80-year-old woman charged with assault in Kahului stabbing

The Maui News An 80-year-old woman was arrested and charged for second-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a 55-year-old woman Sunday morning in Kahului, according to police. At 9:48 a.m. Sunday, Kahului patrol officers were sent to the Kahului Salvation Army on West Kamehameha Avenue ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of July 13 to 20. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

After 130 years, kalo is harvested in Kahoma Valley

KAHOMA VALLEY — When it came time to harvest Kahoma Valley’s first patch of kalo in 130 years, Tiare Lawrence was one of the first to jump into the loi. Lawrence, who grew up in Lahaina, had been waiting for this day for a long time — it’s been a year since the kalo was planted, two ...

Volcano dogs: Looking for new homes after Kilauea

Dozens of dogs who have been displaced by the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island are finding new homes on Maui, thanks to efforts by animal rescue groups and a handful of volunteer pilots. Most of the dogs are being given up by people whose homes have been claimed by lava flowing into ...

Joint effort formed to clean up Ukumehame site

County and state officials, representatives of a private landowner and members of the public worked last week on coordinating the removal of vehicles, rubbish and illegal encampments on public and private property on the mauka side of Honoapiilani Highway in Ukumehame. Maui County ...

Sports fans are advised to beware of ticket scammers

With football season right around the corner, the Better Business Bureau warns fans to be aware of ticket scams. The most common scams around football are the reselling of fake or nonexistent tickets through online classifieds, counterfeit merchandise, price gouging, ticket scalping and ...

Working out for Make-A-Wish grant

Waikapu resident Duke Au Hoon holds up his cellphone so his wife, Rachel, and 4-year-old daughter, Kahalau, can see Kristi Ota and other athletes participating in a fundraising “WOD for Wishes” workout Friday at Maui CrossFit Extreme in Wailuku. CrossFit boxes across the island joined with ...

Help sought to find unicorn float owner

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help to identify the owner of a white unicorn float found off Olowalu Beach on Saturday. Mariners aboard the recreational sailboat Volpaia found the float adrift with no signs of the owners at 1:30 p.m. The Coast Guard issued a notice to ...

Big waves roll into south-facing shores

A high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of Maui County is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the area, causing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Surf is expected to build to 6 to ...

Abercrombie set to speak at Nisei Veterans luncheon

Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be speaking at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Leadership Luncheon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Kahili Golf Course Nahele Ballroom in Waikapu. Abercrombie’s keynote address is titled “Leadership in Today’s Hawaii: How are the Nisei Values ...

Stocking up for Project Backpack

T. Lay (from right) of Kula stops by Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center on Saturday to drop off some school supplies to the Kiwanis of the Valley Isle’s Project Backpack table as Trevor Tanaka and Shari Yamamoto look on. Lay says she donates because “I grew up poor and know how important this is.” ...

Two people killed in Kihei crash

KIHEI — A 48-year-old Kihei woman and 42-year-old Kihei man were killed and two others injured in a van-motorcycle crash Friday at the intersection of Piilani Highway and Welakahao Road that snarled traffic most of the afternoon in South Maui, police said. At about 1:15 p.m., a black 2003 ...

Three charter amendments make it to Nov. 6 ballot

Three amendments to the County Charter will make their way onto the general election ballot Nov. 6, following Friday’s vote by the Maui County Council. One amendment would establish a $20,000 penalty for illegal transient accommodations and another would expand the uses of the county’s ...

Man gets 5-year prison term for ‘vicious’ attack in Kihei bar

WAILUKU — For a “vicious, vicious attack” in a Kihei bar, a man was sentenced Thursday to a five-year prison term. Ivan Bailey, 27, of Wailuku had been released from prison on parole when the assault occurred June 24, 2016, at the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Kihei Kalama Village. In ...

New gym going up

South Maui Community Park Recreation Center is taking shape as masons from Ono Construction LLC work on the walls of the long-awaited gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. General Contractor and Project Manager Kelly Keating of Blazy Construction Inc. said construction is on target to be finished by ...

Officer rushes into burning unit to save disoriented resident

A police officer went into a burning Honokowai apartment early Friday to rescue a man who was heard yelling for help, officials said. Police and firefighters were dispatched to Sunset Terrace Apartments at 3626 Lower Honoapiilani Road at 2:09 a.m. when residents reported heavy smoke coming ...