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Visitors welcomed

Na Kupuna O Lahaina Lahaina-Honolua members serenade guests arriving off the Grand Princess cruise ship Friday morning at Lahaina Harbor. Handing out free flowers and dancing hula, the seniors shared their aloha on Boat Day, as well as some free advice. “Even if the sun isn’t out, put on ...

Wailuku patrol officer Michael Meredith, testifying Monday in Wailuku District Court, describes being pinned against the wall by a stolen car in the McDonald’s drive-thru in Wailuku on March 6. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Officer describes moments before shooting

WAILUKU — After being pinned against a wall by a stolen car and hearing the engine continuing to rev in a McDonald’s drive-thru, a police officer testified that he fired one shot that flattened a rear tire before the car sped away. “It was to stop the vehicle at all cost before he hit ...

College enrollment from 3 schools increases

Molokai, Lahainaluna and Lanai high schools were the only public high schools in Maui County whose college enrollment rates increased over the past four years, according to a report released Monday. Lahainaluna upped its rates from 47 percent in 2012 to 55 percent in 2016, Lanai went from 49 ...

Napili man acquitted of burglary, abuse charges

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man who testified he was worried about his daughter’s safety when he went into a Makawao home and took her away has been acquitted of charges that he burglarized the home and abused his former girlfriend. A 2nd Circuit Court jury returned verdicts March 13 ...

School, bypass funds in House budget

The Maui News The state House has targeted $382 million for capital improvement projects in Maui County, including $63 million for the new high school in Kihei and $40 million for another phase of the Lahaina bypass road. The House passed its version of the state budget last week. It needs ...

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Kip Moore performs at MACC

Country star Kip Moore sings his hit song “Hey Pretty Girl” to a woman in the crowd during his concert Saturday night in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Moore, who had the crowd on its feet and singing along to his songs, signed autographs outside after the ...

Made in Maui County Festival sales up 23 percent

The Maui News Vendors at last year’s Made in Maui County Festival generated more than $500,000 in product sales — a $100,000 increase over the 2015 festival, according to a recently released report. The $512,922 in product sales in 2016 was a 23 percent increase from the $416,000 in ...

County/In Brief

Crews detonate object found in Makena An explosive object believed to be a World War II-era mortar round that was found in Makena on Saturday was detonated and disposed of Monday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said. A Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit along with ...

Red Team members furiously paddle their way to victory Sunday in the Camp Maluhia pool. They were among 112 children attending Camp Pilialoha O Maui, a program for kids whose parent or parents are incarcerated. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Camp offers reprieve, hope for children of isle inmates

Kailana Ragudo “never really realized how much I hated my dad” until she went to Camp Pilialoha O Maui and started talking to other kids whose parents were incarcerated. Surrounded by others who felt the same abandonment she felt, Ragudo took a difficult step toward forgiveness one ...

A white SUV is seen partially inside Paia Fish Market on Front Street in Lahaina on Sunday morning. Police said that the SUV’s 67-year-old female driver accidentally accelerated and drove into the restaurant, breaking through a window and a portion of the wall. No one was injured. ANATOL EISELE photo

SUV crashes into Lahaina eatery

The Maui News No one was injured when a vehicle crashed into the side of Paia Fish Market in Lahaina on Sunday morning, after the driver accidentally hit the gas while parking outside the restaurant. At about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, a 67-year-old female driver was trying to park her white sport ...

County/In Brief

‘The Songs of C&K’ set for April 8 “The Songs of C&K,” featuring Henry Kapono and fellow musicians in a salute to the music of Cecilio & Kapono, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of March 7 to 17. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

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. 26 to March 11. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Emmanuel Lutheran School 7th-grader Leela Waterford (second from left) is the 2017 Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee champion and advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Pictured with her at New Hope Oahu at Sand Island on Friday night are her parents, Anita (left) and Randy Waterford, and older sister Ameera.

Maui girl captures state spelling bee title

Leela Waterford, a 7th-grader at Emmanuel Lutheran School in Kahului, captured the 2017 Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee title Friday on Oahu. The 13-year-old Maui District Spelling Bee champion will be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Her ...

Stranded cars are towed from the flooded intersection of South Kihei Road and Kaonoulu Street on March 7, the latest flood episode in the area, which the county hopes to relieve through a South Maui Drainage Master plan.  The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Kihei flood plan, 10 years in draft stage, is almost complete

A draft plan to ease flooding along South Kihei Road has taken almost 10 years to complete, but is close to fruition and scheduled to be presented to the public in the next several months. “It is (in) the pre-final draft stage, but Public Works is planning to present it to the Kihei ...

Maui Waena Intermediate School opened its new nine-classroom building Friday, including its Technology Club room. The 15,000-square-foot building houses classrooms for math, science, music and computer resources.  The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Maui Waena’s new building — after 10 years — is finally open

KAHULUI — Maui Waena Intermediate School’s new classroom building — more than a decade in the making — is finally open. Yes, it really is open. No more permits. No more inspections. No more delays. “We’re beyond excited,” interim Principal Jackie McCandless said ...

Applications to hunt sheep on Lanai will be available Monday

The Maui News Applications for the 2017 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Hunting Season will be available beginning Monday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife has announced. Applications and instruction sheets will be available at all Division of ...

County / In Brief

Beach cleared for unexploded grenade There was no public access in the area of Chang’s Beach near the Makena Surf Resort on Saturday after condominium security found what looked like an unexploded grenade in the area, according to Maui police. Around 11 a.m., Makena Surf security found ...

Pukalani resident Jerry Masaki testifies against sewer rate increases proposed by Hawaii Water Service Co. during a Hawaii Public Utilities Commission hearing Thursday night at Pukalani Elementary School.   The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Pukalani wastewater customers declare rate hike ‘outrageous’

Pukalani residents universally opposed sewer rate increases proposed by Hawaii Water Service Co., calling them “outrageous” and “unfair” during a Hawaii Public Utilities Commission hearing Thursday night at Pukalani Elementary School. About 150 people attended the hearing with around ...