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Maui vets work to keep Korean War history alive

WAILUKU — On Oct. 16, 1952, Warren Nishida was hunkered down in a foxhole on a Korean hillside when a mortar shell struck him in the shoulder. Badly injured, Nishida crawled out of the hole and was trying to walk to safety when his sergeant stopped him and told him they’d call a medic ...

Wailuku teen killed in head-on collision

The Maui News A 23-year-old Kula woman was arrested after crashing her Subaru Forester head on into a Honda Civic, killing the Civic’s 19-year-old passenger and sending the driver, also 19, to the hospital. Police said the 2016 Subaru Forester was traveling toward Lahaina on Kuihelani ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 19 to 21. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Track and field closed until July 15

War Memorial Stadium track and field will be closed today through July 15 for football goal post replacement work, the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The stadium’s surrounding area will remain open. As a safety precaution, the public is asked to stay outside of ...

Record weather scorches state

Kahului reached 94 degrees Sunday, breaking the old record of 90 set on the same date in 1980, according to the National Weather Service. The hot, muggy weather also registered 100 degrees on the heat index shortly before noon Sunday. The heat index measures how hot it actually feels with ...

Maui County works to cut its pesticide use

WAILUKU — Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was spraying Ranger Pro on a California hillside when the hose detached from the 50-gallon sprayer and doused him in herbicide. “I got it all in my suit, I got it all over my face, I got it everywhere,” he said. “I even had to make a small dam to ...

MECO increases renewable power, storage amounts sought in next procurement

Maui Electric Co. will be seeking 295 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy and 58 GWh a year of power storage in its next round of requests for proposals, according to the utility and filings with the state Public Utilities Commission. The first round of requests, announced last year, netted two ...

Murder charge in death of Zion McKeown, 4, dismissed

WAILUKU — Because of a delay in bringing the case to trial, a murder charge was dismissed against a man who was indicted in connection with the death of his 4-year-old son seven years ago. The dismissal Wednesday of the second-degree murder charge against Kyle McKeown was without prejudice, ...

Drought condition announced Upcountry as water use rises

The county Department of Water Supply reissued its call for voluntary conservation Upcountry about a month after initially issuing a drought declaration, as water use continues to rise while levels in reservoirs are falling. When the Department of Water Supply declared a Stage 1 water ...

Incident with girl in Wailea resort hot tub leads to probation

WAILUKU — A New York man was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines for assaulting a 14-year-old girl, who said she felt his hand under her buttocks in a Wailea hotel hot tub. Ilteris Kaplan, 39, was placed on one year’s probation after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to two reduced counts of ...

It’s a hot time to cool off in Kihei

Youth swimmers from Island Aquatics cool down at the end of their practice at Kihei Aquatic Center on Wednesday afternoon. The high temperature on Friday was 91 degrees. The forecast for the central valley today is mostly sunny in the morning and party sunny in the afternoon, when there is a 20 ...

Film that captures ‘essence’ of Haleakala out

The 12-minute film “Haleakala: A Rare and Sacred Landscape” was officially released by Haleakala National Park and is available on YouTube, the park announced Thursday. The link to the film is www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsTQ_U1tHJ8. The film includes views of Haleakala’s summit, rain ...

Long-awaited Kihei Boat Ramp dredging to begin July 1

Long-awaited maintenance dredging at Kihei Boat Ramp will begin July 1 and is expected to be completed by Nov. 4, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. There will be no closures during the dredging, with the contractor ...

May jobless rate for Maui island ticks up a bit to 2.5 percent

The jobless rate for Maui island rose to 2.5 percent in May, up nearly a half percentage point from May 2018, but still below the national rate, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday. Maui County’s jobless rate for May also was 2.5 percent, up from 2.2 percent ...

Hawaiian blesses new airport lobby

Travelers check in at Hawaiian Airlines’ newly designed lobby area at Kahului Airport on Friday. The redesigned area was blessed Friday. It includes 38 check-in kiosks, which are set up in a “V” formation to improve passenger flow, additional curbside kiosks to expedite curbside check-in, ...

Snagged lines cause Peahi outage

A dump truck snagged telephone lines that brought down a utility pole and power lines in Haiku, causing an outage in the Peahi area Thursday night, Maui Electric Co. said. One span of power lines along Heaaula Place were brought down in the incident at about 9:20 p.m. and knocked out power to ...

Water conservation advisory posted for Waikapu, Wailuku Heights

The Department of Water Supply asked customers Friday afternoon in Waikapu, Kehalani Mauka (mauka of Honoapiilani Highway) and Wailuku Heights to conserve water and to avoid unnecessary water use until further notice. An unidentified increase in consumption in the Waikapu/Wailuku area is ...