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Students donate to hurricane victims

Wailuku Elementary School students Leleen Sarapio (from right) and Jameson Apano hand a check for $941.72 to American Red Cross volunteers Anne Keyser and Nancy Kanyuk to aid Hurricane Harvey and Irma survivors Wednesday morning in the school’s cafeteria. Another check of equal value will be ...

Man gets probation for theft of bovine

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man who was seen loading a dead bovine into his truck on Molokai Ranch property was placed on one year’s probation Monday. Robert Espaniola, 35, of Hoolehua had paid $500 in restitution when he earlier pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree ...

Police are out to remind partygoers to ‘Drive Sober’

The Maui News Police will increase DUI patrols and checkpoints into the new year as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. In addition to the increase in impaired driving enforcement, officers will be on the lookout for drivers who speed, talk or ...

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It’s the red kettle season in Kihei

Howard Miyake of Kahului strums a tune while manning a Salvation Army kettle outside the Kihei Safeway Store on Wednesday afternoon. Miyake said he was “trying to help the Salvation Army and working with the Christmas spirit for the holidays. I try to create a good rhythm with the world and ...

Liquor Commission serves up more rule changes

WAILUKU — The chairman of the Maui County Liquor Control Commission promised a simpler application process for nonprofits seeking single-event liquor licenses after a handful of groups complained of more issues during Wednesday’s meeting in Wailuku. “We’re trying to make it as easy as ...

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Woman in fatal crash case to get mental health evaluation

Court proceedings have been suspended for a woman charged with murder in a fatal traffic collision while she undergoes a mental health examination. Ashley Wellman, 34, of Waiehu sought the examination, citing her history of mental health issues. Wellman has pleaded not guilty to ...

St. Anthony School kindergartner Colton Fahey celebrates with his teacher, Teri Tavares, recently at the school. The school is planning to open a second kindergarten class next year. St. Anthony School photo

St. Anthony School to expand to two kindergarten classes next school year

St. Anthony School will be offering a second kindergarten class next school year, a first for the 170-year-old Catholic school in Wailuku. “We have had waitlists to get into our kindergarten, but without a second class option, we would turn away students instead of registering them,” said ...

‘Cave man’ behavior earns Kahului man 18-month jail term

WAILUKU — Saying a defendant’s “cave man mentality” was unacceptable, a judge ordered an 18-month jail term for a man who strangled his then-girlfriend until she nearly lost consciousness, pressed the barrel of a rifle to her temple and hit her in the face with steel-toe ...

Award-winning director to teach digital storytelling class at UH-Maui College

The Maui News Maui director Brian Kohne, who has his latest film “Kuleana” touring film festivals across the country, will be teaching a digital storytelling class at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the spring, the college announced Wednesday. “I’m excited to share some of ...

Colorado pension fund director dies off Wailea

The Maui News and The Associated Press The executive director of the board that oversees Colorado’s public employee pension fund died Tuesday while snorkeling off Wailea Beach. Katie Kaufmanis, spokeswoman for the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, said Gregory Smith, 56, died ...

Volunteers sought to fill vacancies on county boards

The Maui News Applications for volunteers for 27 county boards, councils, commissions and committees are being accepted until Dec. 31. Volunteers are being sought for openings due to term expiration and vacancies. Responsibilities include hearing public testimony, reviewing policies and ...

Christmas party planned in Wailea

Christmas carols and music will entertain shoppers during a Gottling White Christmas Party from 5:30 to 10 p.m. today at The Shops at Wailea, according to an announcement. Families are welcome and will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, wine, cookies and festive entertainment at the GOTTLING ...

Kahoolawe meeting to discuss projects

The Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission will hear status updates on current and planned restoration projects and take up other business during its meeting Tuesday morning at the Mayor’s Conference Room on the ninth floor of the Kalana O Maui building. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. It’s ...

Corrections

• Oysters. The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is exploring the feasibility and practicality of using native Hawaiian or Pacific oysters to clean Maalaea Harbor waters. The story published Sunday on Page A1 and continued on Page A10 incorrectly identified the council. • Lifeguard tower. ...

Maui County Ocean Safety Officer Willie Lisk surveys Hanakao‘o Beach on Tuesday afternoon. A proposal to move the lifeguard tower at Hanakao‘o to Black Rock further down the shoreline in Kaanapali received no support at a meeting Tuesday in Lahaina. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

No support found for lifeguard tower move

LAHAINA — Residents and lifeguards unanimously rejected the Maui Fire Department’s idea of moving the county Hanakao‘o (Canoe) Beach Park lifeguard tower to the vicinity of Puu Kekaa (Black Rock) in Kaanapali at a meeting Tuesday. They said the state and Kaanapali resorts should fund a ...

The Pacific Cancer Institute, shown here in a photo taken Tuesday, and the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. are engaged in a legal battle over the institute’s lease agreement. The institute is the only facility providing radiation therapy on the island. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lease dispute becomes lawsuit for cancer institute

The Hawaii Health Systems Corp. filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court on Tuesday, alleging that land leases it entered into with the Pacific Cancer Institute in 2005 and 2012 are illegal and should be voided to comply with federal law. The institute operates on approximately 8,000 square feet on ...

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Molokai toys delivered with a U.S. Coast Guard assist

The Salvation Army’s Kahului Corps last week delivered 1,200 holiday gifts to keiki and kupuna in need on Molokai, with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard Maui Station. Most of the gifts, 1,100 of them, were toys with the remaining being keiki clothes and gifts for kupuna. The Salvation ...

Man told to keep his promise to help grandmother at sentencing

WAILUKU — A judge told a man he would have to keep his promise to help his grandmother by working on family property in Kahakuloa, as he was given another chance on probation Thursday. Charles Hoffman, 29, was sentenced to a one-year jail term as part of four years’ probation. He had ...

Theft becomes robbery charge after tussle with car owner’s dad

The Maui News A man is facing a robbery charge for allegedly assaulting a man who was trying to stop the suspect from walking away with a stereo removed from a stalled vehicle last week in Kihei. Christopher Holthaus, 35, who gave no local address, is charged with second-degree robbery, ...

Motorcycle crash kills Kahului man

A 64-year-old Kahului man died after the motorcycle he was operating drifted off the road in Haiku and hit a guardrail Monday evening, police said. The motorcyclist was identified as Dean Line Sr. Police said the crash occurred at 6:10 p.m. on West Kuiaha Road north of Nahe Road. Line was ...