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Sunflowers could become Maui’s new biofuel

Biofuel crops, including sunflowers, will be grown on 115 acres in Maui’s central valley as part of a demonstration project this month, according to an announcement from Pacific Biodiesel. The announcement of a Hawaiian blessing for the project leaves out some details, like its exact ...

Autopsy performed on Maui man who breached TSA security

An autopsy was performed Tuesday on a Maui man who breached security Saturday at Honolulu International Airport and died after being apprehended. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office said Tuesday it will take about three weeks to get the autopsy results. Family members identified the ...

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A literary treasure chest in Puunene

Maui Friends of the Library volunteer Linnea Francis helps Lokelani Intermediate School 8th-grader Kai Tyree, 13, shop Friday morning at the organization’s quaint, quirky little bookstore in Puunene. “I always love the vintage books, to come see the old writings and texts,” Tyree said. ...

Woman suspected of attempting to pass drugs to Capobianco

The Maui News A woman tried to pass suspected narcotics to convicted murderer Steven Capobianco while visiting him Sunday evening at the Maui Community Correctional Center, police said. Capobianco and the 49-year-old Wailuku woman were arrested for investigation of first-degree promoting ...

Hawaii Grower Products is acquired by Idaho firm

The J.R. Simplot Co. has acquired the assets of Hawaii Grower Products in Kahului for an undisclosed amount. Former owner Ken Findeisen will remain at the store at 400 Lehuakona St. and will be a “key component of the management and sales staff to help provide continuity for customers and ...

County/In Brief

Fire crews douse Lahaina brush fire Firefighters doused about a half-acre of grass that burned Monday between Lahainaluna High School and the Lahaina Water Treatment Facility above the school, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 4:50 p.m., with Lahaina firefighters arriving 15 ...

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Chris Rabang named new GM at Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

The Maui News Chris Rabang, who has professional and childhood ties to Maui, has been named general manager of the 390-room Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, which is scheduled to open in Kaanapali in April, the resort announced Tuesday. He will oversee resort operations, strategic planning and ...

Local Briefs

Film about Israel to screen “Body and Soul,” a new documentary that shows the historical connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, will screen at 6 p.m. Sunday at Milega Hawaii, 315 Hukilike St. in Kahului. A Voice For Israel is sponsoring the event, and while ...

Celebrity surgeon and TV show host Dr. Mehmet Oz addresses a crowd of more than 500, including many fans who were thrilled to meet the doctor. Oz was a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for many years before launching his own TV show. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Maui offers many chances to live well, Dr. Oz says

KAHULUI — With its abundance of sun, natural beauty and tropical foods, Hawaii could become the first Blue Zone state in the country, celebrity doctor and TV show host Dr. Mehmet Oz said Monday during a visit to Maui. More than 500 people came to the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center to see Oz, ...

Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco appears in 2nd Circuit Court last week. Capobianco, 27, was found to have contraband in his possession at Maui Community Correctional Center on Sunday night, according to the state Department of Public Safety. The incident is being investigated by the Maui Police Department. In December, a jury found Capobianco guilty in the 2014 death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and the arson of her vehicle. His request for a new trial has been delayed until March 6. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Jail officials find Capobianco with contraband

The Maui News Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco was caught with contraband in his possession at the Maui Community Correctional Center on Sunday evening, the state Department of Public Safety said. Correctional officers recovered the item, which was wrapped in black tape, during ...

County/In Brief

Second comedy show added at MACC Due to demand, a second “Here Comes The Funny Tour” show featuring live performances by Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider has been added for March 31 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The added show will begin at 9:30 p.m. The first show, ...

Rosalind Toyama sweeps leaves in front of Iao Theater early Friday as part of Wailuku town’s Clean & Safe program. The program gives street-cleaning jobs to Mental Health Kokua clients and aims to make the streets safer through regular neighborhood checks. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Wailuku program benefits merchants and homeless

In September 2015, “homeless and vagrancy issues in Wailuku had reached a breaking point,” said Erin Wade, a Maui County small-town planner. “Merchants were afraid to walk to their cars after hours, business was down throughout town and residents were calling their council member to ...

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Course focuses on motorcycle safety

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course Hawaii instructor Cory Williams (left) works on a braking drill with students Saturday afternoon on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului. The course includes two evenings in the classroom and two mornings riding state-provided ...

Online fundraiser to benefit sick child

Hawaii-based nonprofit UVSC has launched a one-day fundraiser today to benefit Trucker Dukes, a 3-year-old Maui boy battling cancer, the nonprofit announced Sunday. The toddler is fighting stage IV neuroblastoma at his home in Haiku, where he is receiving hospice care. Until 5 p.m. today, ...

County/In Brief

Roadwork to affect island traffic Road repairs will prompt alternating lane closures in both directions of Honoapiilani Highway/Kahekili Highway between Office Road and the Nakalele Blowhole, according to the state Department of Transportation. Work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Feb. 5 to 11. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Feb. 13 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 ...

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Whale Day parade fun for all

FIRST PHOTO: An inflated humpback whale breaches over the Chestermere High School Concert Band from Alberta, Canada, during Saturday’s Parade of Whales on South Kihei Road. SECOND PHOTO: Instructor Joel Suarez (left) heads a Chi Ribbon Dance with Exergy 35 Entertainment Productions’ ...

Ed Lyman, large whale entanglement response coordinator with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, displays a flying knife. The cutting tool is serrated on its inside edge, making it suited to removing netting or debris from an entangled whale.  The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photo

Saving the whales

MAALAEA — To save whales tangled in netting and debris, rescuers take a page right out of the 1850s whale-hunting playbook. To catch and kill the animals, 19th-century whalers would harpoon the creatures, add a barrel to the line to slow and force them to surface. Then they’d lance ...

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Arakawa under fire for ‘sacred rocks’ comment

Mayor Alan Arakawa is coming under fire from social media and elsewhere for saying in a televised “Hawaii News Now Sunrise” interview Friday that “there’s no such thing as sacred rocks.” In discussing Maui County’s removal of thousands of tons of rocks that were washed downstream ...