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Three new doctors join Kaiser on Maui

The Maui News Three new physicians are joining Kaiser Permanente on Maui. They are: • Dr. Mason Turner, psychiatrist, the Maui Lani Medical Office. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 8 to 15. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation ...

A parade fit for a king

Maui Pa‘u Princess Leila Kalani Larson and her attendants ride down Lahaina’s Front Street on Saturday. Larson placed third in the Outstanding Pa‘u Princess Division. Festivities continue from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina. There will be music, free keiki ...

Council veterans allowed to run

Deputy Maui County Clerk Josiah Nishita focused on “consecutive” as a key word in deciding whether a charter provision prohibiting council members from serving more than five consecutive terms barred three candidates from running for County Council offices this year. In a ruling Friday ...

County settles ex-film commissioner suit

Maui County paid former Film Commissioner Harry Donenfeld $60,000 late last year to settle a federal court lawsuit filed in July 2016 against the county and Mayor Alan Arakawa. The county also expended $96,815.33 for the employment, as special counsel, of the law firm of Kobayashi, Sugita and ...

Parks department unveils options for county pools

The county Parks and Recreation Department unveiled for the first time its plan to repair, update and possibly relocate its eight swimming pools — all at a cost that could rise to $30 million. The department presented its plan to residents and swim clubs last week. The plan calls for $8.4 ...

Input sought on liquor department operations

An open forum on the county Department of Liquor Control will be held this month as part of a performance audit of the department, according to an announcement from Maui County Council Chairman Mike White. Liquor licensees and members of the general public are encouraged to attend the meeting ...

Meeting set to cover Kanahena Point cleanup topics

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the cleanup of the World War II military target range at Kanahena Point in the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve in South Maui. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kihei Elementary School. ...

Sewage spill reported into ocean waters in Lahaina

The state Department of Health is advising people to say out of the ocean in Lahaina along Honoapiilani Highway between Kapunakea Street and Wahikuli Road because of a spill from a Lahaina wastewater pump station. The spill happened Saturday morning and was stopped, the department ...

Nick at night: Maui Film Festival honors Rising Star Nick Robinson

WAILEA — Making a surprise return visit to the Maui Film Festival where he was presented with the Pathfinder Award in 2015, Colin Farrell joked that he wanted to hate this year’s Rising Star honoree Nick Robinson, 23, for his looks, his youth and his already impressive film career. But ...

County Charter interpretation key to council term-limits test

Does a sentence in the Maui County Charter governing County Council members’ term limits cap them at five consecutive terms, period? Or, does it allow veteran council members to sit out for at least a two-year term and then seek election again? Those questions are pending before Maui County ...

New District Court judge praised for willingness to embrace new challenges

WAILUKU — Kirstin Hamman was praised as hardworking, smart and willing to take on new challenges, as she was sworn in Friday as a 2nd Circuit District Court judge. “The thing that really distinguishes her is she’s a great person, very humble,” said Howard Luke, president of the Hawaii ...

No more ‘Ulalena, Burn’n Love shows at Maui Theatre

The live ‘Ulalena and Burn’n Love shows at the Maui Theatre have gone dark since May, a general manager with the ‘Ulalena production confirmed Friday. “We are working really hard to reopen as soon as possible,” said Dennis Preussler, general manager of the show that had been running ...

Bail doubled for man holding ‘remarkable amount’ of heroin

WAILUKU — Bail was doubled to $500,000 for a man who was arrested when police reported finding him with more than a quarter-pound of suspected heroin in his vehicle at Maliko Gulch in Paia. Scott Frias, 52, of Paia also was found with suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and butane honey ...

Search warrants lead to drug charges

A Kahului man was arrested on drug charges after police reported finding suspected crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia while searching him and his residence Tuesday. Freddie Vasquez, 51, was charged with second- and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, ...

Driver who struck pedestrian arrested

A 51-year-old Kihei woman was arrested and charged Sunday with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after the truck she was driving hit a pedestrian on South Kihei Road, police said. Susan Tanaka was released after posting $1,000 bail, said Maui police ...

Mandatory swim meeting scheduled

A mandatory parent meeting for participants in the annual free Learn to Swim program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool, next to the Salvation Army, in Kahului. The county Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Maui Swim Club to ...

Tennis courts to close for resurfacing

Work to resurface tennis courts at Wells Park in Wailuku and the Kahului Community Center will begin July 16, requiring closure of the courts until the end of September, according to an announcement. The $99,865 project includes surface repairs, acrylic resurfacing and line painting at five ...

Festival’s timing for tonight’s Shining Star tribute is stellar

WAILEA — When actress Amber Heard takes the Maui Film Festival’s Celestial Cinema stage at 8 tonight to accept the 2018 Shining Star Award, she’ll be riding a big blue wave of national publicity generated by the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. The cover features the ...

Man is reindicted for murder in death of 4-year-old son

WAILUKU — After being released from jail in April, a man has been indicted again on a murder charge in the death of his 4-year-old son. Kyle McKeown, 38, pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge during his appearance Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court. He remains free on ...