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Information for Island Air customers

• Refunds. Ticketed passengers should contact their travel agents or credit card companies to inquire about refund policies, said airline spokesman Russell Pang. Those who paid by cash or check may file a claim in bankruptcy court, but such a filing does not guarantee a refund. • Standby. ...

BLNR approves A&B’s continued E. Maui stream water diversions

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. and its subsidiary East Maui Irrigation will be able to divert as much as 80 million gallons of water per day on average from East Maui streams for a year, the state Board of Land and Natural Resources decided Thursday. The board’s action came with a number of ...

Nominations sought for annual recognition

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2017. These could include ...

Maui High band competes in Indiana

Maui High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard took to a national stage once again Thursday, this time at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indiana. The Sabers are among more than 100 bands in the event. Mililani High School from Oahu is also in the competition, which ...

Napili man gets 10 years in prison for attack at bar

WAILUKU — For a “senseless, disproportionate beating” last year at a Kaanapali bar, a Lahaina man was sentenced Thursday to a 10-year prison term. Tevita Finau, 29, of Napili had agreed to the prison sentence as part of a plea deal recommending probation for his wife and sister-in-law. ...

Officer describes items found in hotel room

WAILUKU — Police recovered two loaded firearms, drugs and cash after a police narcotics dog alerted them to a suspect’s backpack and a Kaanapali hotel room safe, a police officer testified. Police obtained search warrants for the backpack that James Shamblin was carrying and for the safe ...

County / In Brief

Schatz proposes higher smoking age U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is among three members of Congress to reintroduce legislation to raise the legal age for smoking to 21 years old nationally. “Research shows that raising the minimum smoking age to 21 would save lives,” Schatz said. “In 2015, ...

Don’t want to mess up do at graduation

First photo: Maui Community Correctional Center Warden James Hirano tries to figure out how to place a lei over the spiky Mohawk hairstyle of Maui Drug Court graduate Matthew Stone during graduation ceremonies in Hoapili Hale’s Courtroom No. 3 Thursday afternoon in Wailuku. Stone later ...

Longtime Maui businessman, philanthropist, rancher dies

David “Buddy” Nobriga, a Hawaii cattleman whose career included leading a Wailuku soft drink and ice cream businesses, philanthropy and soil and water conservation, died Wednesday, his family said. He was 90 years old. Services are pending. “He was one of the few remaining icons in Maui ...

Island Air ends 37 years of flying today

After 37 years of commercial air service in Hawaii, Island Air will cease operations due to financial problems and litigation. The interisland airline’s last flight will be Flight 449, which is scheduled to depart Kahului Airport at 10:14 p.m. tonight and arrive at Daniel K. Inouye ...

Two snorkelers are identified

Police identified two snorkelers who died after being found in waters off Maui. Sixty-year-old Lura Fredrick of Colorado was pronounced dead at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 after she was pulled from the ocean off Ulua Beach in Wailea at about 10:25 a.m., said Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto. In ...

High surf advisory in effect for today

A high-surf advisory has been posted for east-facing shores of Molokai and Maui through 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said. Surf is expected to rise to 10 to 14 feet overnight into Friday and gradually fall over the weekend. High surf and higher than normal ocean levels are ...

Arakawa ‘leaning very strongly’ at run at council seat

Mayor Alan Arakawa is “leaning very strongly” toward running for his former Kahului residency seat on the Maui County Council, but he has not ruled out a bid for governor or lieutenant governor. “There’s a strong attraction to be able to sleep at home and work in my backyard while in ...

Veterans’ Welcome Home Banquet draws more than venue can fit

The Maui News A tremendous amount of interest has been generated for the Vietnam Veterans’ 50th Commemorative Welcome Home Banquet on Saturday evening at the Kahili Golf Course’s Nahele Banquet Room in Waikapu. There’s so much demand for seats, in fact, that there are not enough for ...

Haleakala free to enter Veterans Day weekend

Haleakala National Park visitors will be able to enter the park free of charge over the Veterans Day weekend, according to an announcement. The waiver of entrance fees on Saturday and Sunday is part of the National Park Service’s commemoration of veterans and Veterans Day. More than 28 ...

Detective: Suspect says he assaulted man, took his vehicle

The Maui News WAILUKU — A robbery suspect admitted he assaulted a man and took his cellphone and car at a Kahului car wash last year, a police detective testified Thursday. Police received several tips identifying Cy Ribucan as the suspect before he was arrested Saturday, said Detective ...

Nominations sought for Maui People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2017. These could include ...

He’s flying with airbus crew

Philipp Hertel gets a lift from fellow Airbus employees Sanja Albrecht (from left), Frederike Win-de and Christina Hoerig while posing on the sand at Makena’s Big Beach on Tuesday afternoon. They were part of a team representing Lufthansa in the 808 Aloha Cup volleyball tournament featuring ...

Liquor department faces new gripes

WAILUKU — Two months after the Maui County Liquor Control Commission approved streamlined changes to its single-event liquor license applications for nonprofits, two groups and a former Maui County Council member criticized the Department of Liquor Control on Wednesday for what were ...

Progress made in converting old sugar cane lands

Valley Isle property sales and progress in diversifying former Maui sugar lands were among the highlights of Alexander & Baldwin’s third-quarter financial report, released Tuesday. Overall, for the three months ending Sept. 30, A&B reported net income attributable to shareholders of ...