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Work progressing on rental car facility

FIRST PHOTO: Construction continues Wednesday afternoon on Kahului Airport’s new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. Work began in April on the $340 million, three-level rental car facility. SECOND PHOTO: The building will house more than a dozen rental car companies and provide parking ...

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz

Schatz lauded as ‘Champion of the Land’

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will be honored as the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust 2017 Champion of the Land at its luau fundraiser Jan. 28 at Old Lahaina Luau. Schatz was lauded for formally proposing the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which President Barack Obama made a ...

This whale carcass washed ashore at ‘Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve last month, leading to the closure of the shoreline and nearshore waters due to the potential risk of shark activity. The Department of Land and Natural Resources reported Friday that the area is now open again.   Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources photo

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Carcass reduced, area reopens The shoreline and nearshore waters at ‘Ahihi Kina‘u Natural Area Reserve has reopened, after a whale carcass washed ashore at the bay about two weeks ago, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Friday. The area was closed Dec. 30 ...

Matson gives $100,000 to A Hui Hou Fund

The Matson Foundation has donated $100,000 to the A Hui Hou Fund, which provides emergency relief to displaced Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. employees who lost their jobs last year. With the donation, the nonprofit, launched by concerned citizens in partnership with the Maui United ...

Meeting set to discuss Kanaio site inspection

A public information meeting on the Military Munitions Response Program’s site inspection at Kanaio Local Training Area will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula, according to an announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Corps and Army ...

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Stylish dismount

A surfer dismounts with style as he flies high off the top of a Honolua Bay wave earlier this month. A high-surf warning remains in effect for north-facing shores of Maui and north- and west-facing shores of Molokai until  6 p.m. today. Waves are expected to gradually lower throughout the day ...

This quaint three-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot house on Front Street in Lahaina is listed at $2.25 million. The median price of a single-family home in Maui County in December hit $700,000 for the first time since 2006. This photo was taken Thursday.   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Median price for a single-family home hits $700,000 in December

The median price of a single-family home in Maui County hit $700,000 in December — the highest price for homes since September 2006 — and “all indicators look like that is still going to continue to rise,” said the president of the Realtors Association of Maui. Marilyn Griffin, a ...

A new flier seeking information in the missing-person case of Moreira “Mo” Monsalve was created by her daughter. Monsalve, 46, was last seen in Wailuku on Jan. 12, 2014. ALEXIS FELICILDA photo

Gone but not forgotten

Alexis Felicilda watched the sun rise from underneath the clouds atop Haleakala for the first time without her mother on Thursday, but was joined by a different mother facing a similar loss. Kimberlyn Scott, the mother of Carly “Charli” Scott, joined Felicilda at the crater in remembrance ...

Teresa Shook

Hana woman lit fuse for march on Washington

Hana grandmother Teresa Shook is being labeled the spark that ignited a movement which could involve 200,000 people marching in Washington, D.C., the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Called the Women’s March on Washington, organizers nationally and locally say that the Jan. 21 march ...

Maui women to have march of their own on Jan. 21

Maui will have its own Women’s March on Jan. 21 to coincide with the beginning of the national march in Washington, D.C., which had its start with Hana resident Teresa Shook. Shook was moved by the general election to create an events page for a march in the nation’s capital a day ...

Panel opinion awaited on complaint filed against White

There was no word Thursday from the Maui County Board of Ethics on a complaint filed against Maui County Council Chairman Mike White over his public declaration in November that he would be continuing to serve as chairman before the new council was seated and an official vote taken Jan. 2. In ...

Alika Atay

Ethics complaint withdrawn

Wailuku resident Clifton Hasegawa has withdrawn his ethics complaint against three Maui County Council members for their alleged actions during the council’s initial meeting of the new term Jan. 2 and 3. In the complaint, Hasegawa alleged that Council Members Alika Atay, Kelly King and Elle ...

Lei of Aloha participants weave ti leaves at Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei on Thursday afternoon. A half-mile-long lei will be delivered to Washington, D.C., by Kihei Charter School students and a teacher traveling to the nation’s capital for Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Teacher John Fitzpatrick said that the students will be participating in the Close Up Program with 2,300 students from around the country, taking part in a mock Congress and mock debates and marching in a women’s parade as well as attending the inauguration. Fitzpatrick said that the inaugural lei is meant to show support for all Americans, including Muslims, Hispanics, women and those who advocate for women’s reproductive rights. “We’re saying we all stand together,” he said. The students plan to present the lei at the King Kamehameha I statue inside the U.S. Capitol. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lei of Aloha headed to U.S. Capitol

A Kihei Charter School teacher and five students plan to take a half-mile-long lei to Washington, D.C., for next week’s presidential inauguration, hoping to promote love and unity in a nation divided by politics. “We don’t want it to be political at all,” chemistry teacher John ...

Travis Shepherd

Judge sentences man to 10 years in prison for sexual assault of 2 sisters

WAILUKU — A 10-year prison term was ordered for a man who sexually assaulted two teenage sisters, including one who said she still has nightmares after being “trapped” in the defendant’s car nearly four years ago. The sisters and their family members were in court as Travis ...

Murder charge dropped for now in Kahului case

WAILUKU — A second-degree murder charge has been dismissed against a man who was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last year at a Kahului residence. The prosecution asked that the murder charge and others brought against Bronsen Rodrigues, 30, of Haiku be dismissed without ...

Road closures announced for marathon

The Maui News Organizers of the Maui Oceanfront Marathon events are alerting the public to road closures and delays for participants along the marathon route from Wailea to Lahaina on Sunday. The marathon will begin at 5 a.m. in the parking lot of The Shops at Wailea. In Wailea-Kihei, ...

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Outlook still hazy as vog lingers

The cruise ship Star Princess is obscured by thick vog while visiting the waters off Lahaina on Thursday. The National Weather Service in Honolulu is predicting sunny and hazy conditions with low winds through Saturday. Highs of 83 degrees both days and lows of 62 to 70 degrees are forecast. A ...

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Voggy day on Maui

Vog hangs over Wailuku and Iao Valley on Wednesday afternoon as Main Street traffic passes beneath venerable Ting’s Bridge. The National Weather Service says it will be partly cloudy and hazy through tonight with a slight chance of showers over Maui County. Low temperatures are expected to be ...

Raynard Oshiro

Ex-county workers accused of vacation theft

WAILUKU — Two former Maui County Public Works employees pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree theft charges involving unrecorded vacation time, according to sources familiar with the case. Raynard Oshiro, 59, of Kihei and Lea Cadiz, 38, of Pukalani were arrested last month for ...

Alika Atay

Ethics complaint filed against 3 council members

A Wailuku man has filed a complaint with the Maui County Board of Ethics over alleged ethics violations by three County Council members during the council’s initial meeting of the new term on Jan. 2 and 3. Clifton Hasegawa has filed the complaint against members Alika Atay, Kelly King and ...