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Whale watch to benefit hemp institute

A whale watching cruise fundraiser will be held Saturday for the Maui Hemp Institute for Research and Sustainability and Ocean Defender Hawaii. Guests should arrive at Maalaea Harbor by 1:30 p.m. for the cruise, which will launch on the boat Calypso at 2 p.m. The cruise will offer pupu, as ...

State’s libraries to close for holiday

All state public libraries and library support offices will be closed from Saturday through Monday in observance of Presidents Day. While the libraries may be closed, the state library system offers online resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week via librarieshawaii.org. To view the ...

Man pleads not guilty to kidnapping

An 83-year-old Kihei man has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping for allegedly holding a 6-year-old boy underwater in a condominium swimming pool last year. Werner Skowronnek was arraigned on the felony charge last week in 2nd Circuit Court. Police said Skowronnek intentionally pushed and ...

Work continuing on boilers at Kihei pools

The county Department of Parks and Recreation is working to expedite repairs to the boilers that service the pools at the Kihei Aquatic Center, the county said Wednesday. The department is in the process of securing a contractor to complete repairs to the boilers that service the 50-meter ...

Ready for Valentine’s Day

First photo: University of Hawaii Maui College Chef Instructor Hannah Stanchfield assembles heart-shaped fresh fruit tarts in the Pa‘ina Building Wednesday morning. The tarts were headed to the display case of Sugar Cubed, a Valentine’s Day pop-up pastry shop at the college’s food court. ...

Founder of high-flying T-shirt business dies at 92

Harold “Oly” Olsten relied on his business acumen and people skills to grow the T-Shirt Factory he started in the 1970s, but like many Maui entrepreneurial stories, lucky happenstances and being in the right place at the right time also played pivotal roles in the success of the ...

Paia bypass work put on hold by DOT

The state Department of Transportation has put the Paia bypass development process on hold while working on prioritizing major road projects for the entire island and how to use limited funds available. A new source of funding for new highways is a $2 rental car surcharge passed in the 2018 ...

New whale exhibit blessed and open

Maui Ocean Center blessed and opened its “Humpbacks of Hawai‘i” Exhibit & Sphere in Maalaea on Sunday. The first-of-its-kind-in-Hawaii 3D sphere cost several million dollars to develop and uses technology, underwater videography and 3D imaging to give viewers a glimpse at these ...

Haleakala National Park closed through Friday

Haleakala National Park’s Summit District will remain closed through Friday — sunrise included — as park officials brace for another round of snow. The park has been closed since Sunday, when a powerful winter storm left snow, ice and fallen debris on the roads to the summit and knocked ...

Special activities planned at Kealia Pond refuge

The Maui News The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge will be open to the public on Saturday, with special activities including a guided refuge bird walk, a presentation on Hawaiian yellow-faced bees and other family friendly activities. The bird walk will take place from 10 to 11:15 ...

Theft from TJ Maxx apparent ‘family affair’

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Kula woman was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for stealing from a Kahului store in a scheme that involved family members. “I’ve heard of family affairs, but this is bordering on ridiculous when you involve your mother, your father, for ...

Speaker to address safe driving

The Maui News Motivational speaker Kevin Wanzer will address safe driving and traffic habits at Lihikai Elementary School today, as part of the state Department of Education’s “Stop If You Love Me” traffic safety campaign. Wanzer will speak to 75 students at Lihikai Elementary at 1 ...

Bookmobile visits for today canceled

The Holoholo Bookmobile has canceled visits scheduled for today. Affected locations include the Kulamalu Hale and Pukalani Community Center. For more information, visit librarieshawaii.org/visit/bookmobiles/maui-bookmobile or call the Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.

Man faces charges after standoff

A man who was arrested Tuesday morning after barricading himself in a Harbor Lights Condominium unit overnight was being held in lieu of $201,000 bail after he was charged with kidnapping, three counts of first-degree sexual assault and abuse, according to police records. Michael Soriano, 49, ...

Haiku community meeting set

The Haiku Community Association will hold its first public meeting of the year on Wednesday at the Haiku Community Center, the association has announced. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will focus on updates on important local issues, such as coqui frog eradication in ...

Fun time on the swings

Lily Phillips, 3, flies on a swing at Keopuolani Park’s Hui Aloha Playground last week in Kahului after a push from her dad, Andrew Phillips. They were visiting with Lily’s cousin Makoa Yap, 3. Andrew Phillips said he thinks it is important for parents get out and do things with their kids. ...

Parents gather in wake of stranger danger incident

LAHAINA — In light of a stranger danger incident involving school-aged children in West Maui last week, parents and others are setting up a walking group and creating a visible presence in order to deter other incidents. Around 30 parents, pastors, representatives from Mayor Michael ...

Miss.-based Southern Airlines buys Mokulele

Mokulele Airlines has been acquired by Southern Airways, a deal that both companies hope will bring more interisland flights in the future. “We are already starting to sharpen our pencils,” Mokulele President Rob McKinney said. “Our first expansion looks like it might be ...

Snow catching eye of Mainland

Snow on Haleakala caught the eye of Hawaii-born Bette Midler, who tweeted Monday: “Oh, my God. Snow has fallen on #Maui for the first time in history.” The singer-actress wasn’t exactly right; it snowed on the 10,023 foot mountain around last Presidents Day and from time to time before ...