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Full slate of liquor license changes on agenda

The Department of Liquor Control is proposing rule changes that include fewer requirements for nonprofit special events and allowing restaurants to apply for liquor licenses before they open. The liquor commission will take up the changes during a public hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the ...

Maui fishers mull prospects of new licensing, permit or registry system

Maui fishers expressed mixed views over possible noncommercial marine fishing registry, permit or licensing systems in Hawaii, following meetings on a study that explored the systems. Conservation International Hawaii and the Western Pacific Fishery Council shared findings from a 2016 joint ...

Celebrating the Festival of Lights at Kalama Park

First photo: Rabbi Mendy Krasnjansky looks on as Kihei’s Kobi Gil lights a large menorah at Kalama Park in Kihei while celebrating the fifth night of Hanukkah on Thursday evening after sunset. The annual Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights celebrates the “Miracle of the Oil,” ...

Probation ended for 2nd trial witness

WAILUKU — Probation was ended early for a second key prosecution witness, based on fear for his safety after an acquittal in a murder trial. At the request of the prosecution, Christopher Fanelli, 56, of Haiku had his probation immediately terminated Thursday in a stolen-vehicle ...

Qualcomm discusses 5G rollout at summit

The Maui News The three-day Qualcomm Technologies Snapdragon Technology Summit drew more than 300 representatives from companies like Google, Microsoft and Verizon to the Grand Wailea from Tuesday to Thursday. The purpose of the conference was to bring in the top global tech press, analysts ...

Rescues reported in water off Kanaha

Two windsurfers and a kitesurfer were helped to shore Wednesday after they were reported to be in distress off Kanaha Beach Park, a fire official said. Responding to a 3:30 p.m. call, ocean safety officers at the beach brought a windsurfer to shore, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. ...

Missing Texas woman found safe

A missing 34-year-old Texas woman whose cellphone was active in Central Maui this week has been located, police said Thursday. Loan Huynh is in good health, police said. She had been reported missing Nov. 14 from her residence in Texas before cellphone activity showed her in the Wailuku ...

Sugimura to hold monthly ‘talk story’

Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will host her monthly “talk story” outreach event from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market, according to an announcement. The market is located at the Kulamalu Town Center, near Longs Drugs in Pukalani. The location is “a ...

Tree of Hope goes up

First photo: Hui Lanakila Halau’s Caitlin Moore, first photo, performs hula to “Jingle Bells” during Friday evening’s tree lighting ceremony at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s 27th annual Tree Lighting Celebration in Wailea. The 25-foot Christmas tree in the lobby features 23,000 ...

End of sugar farming may impact aquifer water yields

KIHEI — As planners chart out Maui island’s water use over the next 20 years, uncertainty hovers over the region with the largest population but the least groundwater resources. Spanning 229 square miles of Kahului, Paia, South Maui and Upcountry, the Central Maui aquifer sector covers ...

Man who grabs iPad, chokes boy, guilty of robbery

WAILUKU — A Sacred Hearts School student testified that his iPad was grabbed and that he was choked by a Lahaina man who was found guilty Wednesday of robbery. Nicholas Slot, 34, also was convicted of second-degree theft, third-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening of the ...

Two-story clubhouse plan for Waiehu to be unveiled

A two-story clubhouse with community rooms to accommodate golf tournaments and private banquets are part of conceptual ideas being floated for updating the single-story, 56-year-old Waiehu Golf Course Clubhouse. The clubhouse suffers from a range of infrastructural and functional problems and ...

Structure in Honokohau Valley burns

A fire burned a makeshift structure in Honokohau Valley on Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $5,000 and the cause was undetermined. Maui Fire Department photo

High-surf warning up through today

The Maui News Waves of 15 to 20 feet were breaking outside Baldwin Beach in Paia on Wednesday morning with a high-surf warning in effect for north shores of Maui and Molokai and west shores of Molokai. The National Weather Service posted the warning until 6 p.m. today. A large northwest ...

Search on for missing Texas woman

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 34-year-old Texas woman whose cellphone was active in Central Maui this week. Loan Huynh was reported missing from her residence in Texas on Nov. 14. On Sunday, her cellphone showed her in the Wailuku area, but the phone has ...

Nisei Veterans center will host exhibit

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will host a free poster-and-artifact exhibit titled “ZIONISMUS: The German Roots of Zionism” from Tuesday through Jan. 31, according to an announcement. Nisei veterans and Holocaust survivors have a shared World War II history. “In April 1945, nisei ...

Parks offices to close for staff training

Department of Parks and Recreation offices will be closed Friday while staff members undergo training, according to an announcement. The closure includes all permit offices and the Sakamoto, Shiraishi, Upcountry, Kihei, Lahaina and Kokua swimming pools. For more information, call 879-4363. ...

Corrections

• Transplanted uterus. The headline on an Associated Press story in Wednesday's paper on Page A10 should have read: “1st baby born using transplanted uterus from deceased donor.” The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui News wants to promptly correct errors in fact or make ...

Upcountry skate park just needs a fence

PUKALANI — The Pukalani community will get its gift of a skate park probably early next year, and it will come with what some may call extra wrapping — a fence. The Pukalani Community Association and Upcountry skate park supporters, though, don’t want a perimeter fence. They want to ...

Tourism on Maui appears to have weathered storms

Tourism officials appeared to downplay the impacts of storms Lane and Olivia that arrived weeks apart in August and September following the release of October tourism data last week. When asked about whether the storms tempered tourism, Sherry Duong, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau ...