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Honoring a Maui hero

FIRST PHOTO: Adjutant General Joe Logan shakes hands with Eugene Kaho‘ohanohano as George Kaho‘ohanohano looks on following the unveiling of a plaque detailing the heroics of Medal of Honor awardee Anthony T. Kaho‘ohanohano on Friday morning. Eugene is Anthony’s younger brother and ...

Defense attorney Michael Green argues that defendant Calvin Borge is not guilty of attempted murder during closing arguments in his trial Thursday. -- The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Jury convicts Kula man of attempted murder of woman

WAILUKU — More than four years after a woman’s throat was slit in a Lahaina apartment, a man was found guilty of attempted murder for the crime. A 2nd Circuit Court jury returned the verdict convicting Calvin Borge after deliberating for about four and a half hours, beginning Thursday ...

County / In Brief

Sugimura to hold monthly ‘talk story’ today in Kula Upcountry Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “talk story” event from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the Upcountry Farmers Market. The outreach program makes the council member available on the second Saturday ...

Rumor mill gets it wrong on county swimming pool plans

Contrary to rumblings in the community, Maui County itself is not moving to privatize its swimming pools or charge for their use, a county spokesman said Thursday. “There is no move to privatize or charge people for pools. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I’m not sure how else I can say ...

Normal school bus service restored

Normal school bus service has been restored to two previously consolidated routes that were disrupted earlier this year when bus routes were suspended because of a shortage of drivers with commercial driver’s licenses, the state Department of Education reported Friday. The recently restored ...

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Coming in from the bleachers

Cartoonist Steve Moore (left) talks with race co-director Jim Lynch on Friday afternoon during the Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Moore has a booth selling prints of his cartoons at the Expo, which is scheduled to continue from 9 a.m. to ...

The parking lot at Iao Valley State Monument is shown with improvements installed and a reinforced river bank just prior to the park reopening in August. A second phase of repair will close the park for about two months, opening again mid-December. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Phase two of repairs to close Iao Valley park

As expected, Iao Valley State Monument will close for an estimated two months Monday while the state Department of Land and Natural Resources completes the second phase of slope stabilization work following massive damage from floodwaters that roared through the valley in September ...

Suicide suspected in death of MCCC inmate

An inmate at the Maui Community Correctional Center was pronounced dead after she was found unresponsive in a jail cell Thursday afternoon, officials said. She was identified as Daisy Kasitati, 25. Foul play was ruled out, according to Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman for the state Department of ...

Molokai man released after sexual assault plea

WAILUKU — A Molokai man was released Friday after serving a one-year jail term for sexually touching a girl. Keaka Kamakana, 23, was ordered to have no contact with any minor children as part of five years’ probation. He was sentenced Friday after he had pleaded guilty in July to ...

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Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Haleakala Highway

State highway work at North Firebreak Road bottled up traffic on Haleakala Highway between Central Maui and Upcountry on Friday morning and afternoon, according to police. Vehicles in bumper-to-bumper traffic are shown clearing the way for an emergency vehicle. It was taking vehicles as long as ...

Meeting to discuss public pension program viability

The executive director of the state Employees’ Retirement System will be speaking at a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii gathering from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Cameron Center in Wailuku. Thomas Williams will be discussing “Hawaii’s public pension system: Crisis averted, what next?” ...

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Swimming with dad

Lahaina dad E.J. Gomez helps son Dwyane Gomez, 2, learn to float Thursday morning at the Kihei Aquatic Center. “I work 10 hours a day, five days a week,” Gomez said. “On my days off, I take my kids to the pool or we do something else to hang out.“

Alan Arakawa and wife Ann are shown at an event in 2010. Ann Arakawa allegedly contacted nonprofit groups to discourage their participation in a Campaign Spending Commission inquiry.
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Wife implicated in mayor’s spending complaint

A Campaign Spending Commission complaint against Mayor Alan Arakawa alleges that his wife, Ann Arakawa, contacted nonprofit and community groups to get them not to cooperate with the commission’s two-year investigation into the mayor’s campaign expenditures from Nov. 5, 2014, to Dec. 31, ...

MECO is proposing 9.3 percent rate hike

Maui Electric Co. is proposing a 9.3 percent increase to its base power rates — its first such increase in nearly six years — to help pay for operating costs, including system upgrades to increase reliability, integrate more renewable energy and improve customer service, the utility ...

Staffing issues to cut hours at landfill

The Lanai Landfill will be closed at 1 p.m. today and Saturday because of insufficient staffing, the Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division said. The landfill normally is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The early closures, which included ...

Legacy farming is topic in Keokea

Stacey Ann Casco will present a mini-lecture on “Farming a Legacy: Marciels of Kaupo Ranch” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Keokea green nursery structure next to Grandma’s Coffee House along Kula Highway. Casco will discuss the agribusiness inspired by her great-grandparents, Joseph ...

Fires considered 100% contained

Crews finished mop-up efforts and called a set of brush fires burning since Monday 100 percent contained Thursday afternoon, a fire official said. Crews left the scene of the Pulehu fires at 2 p.m. Thursday, said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto. The blazes started Monday afternoon with a ...

Pools to close early for guard training

The county Coach Soichi Sakamoto and Upcountry pools will be closed early, at noon, on Wednesday for lifeguard training, according to an announcement. Both pools will reopen the next day, Thursday, at 10 a.m. The Upcountry pool in Pukalani and the Sakamoto pool next to War Memorial Gym in ...

Heavy showers forecast

Locally heavy passing showers are forecast through the weekend triggered by an approaching upper-level trough from the north, the National Weather Service said in a special weather statement. Strengthening trade winds will bring moisture over the state from the east, which will interact with ...

Blue Zone Project cooking demo set

A Blue Zones Project cooking demonstration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, according to an announcement. The event is part of a monthly series scheduled for the second Friday of every month at the mall’s Center Court. Brought to Hawaii by the ...