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Gabbard secures Democratic nod for congressional seat

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard won the Democratic nomination for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Maui County. Gabbard defeated Sherry Alu Campagna on Saturday to be her party’s candidate to represent rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands in Congress. Campagna had criticized ...

Case wins Democratic primary to represent Honolulu in Congress

HONOLULU (AP) — Former Congressman Ed Case has emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic Party primary to represent Honolulu in Congress. The 65-year-old fiscal conservative on Saturday defeated five other major candidates including Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who is the architect of ...

Cannabis dispensary marks one year in business

KAHULUI — Nearly every patient who walks into Maui Grown Therapies on Wednesday afternoon has a smile on his or her face. Maybe it’s the familiar staff, or the slices of cake set out for the medical marijuana dispensary’s one-year anniversary. Or, maybe it’s the long-awaited access to ...

Updated 6:45 p.m.: Initial signs point to low voter turnout at polls

Judging from the lack of crowds at polling places in Central Maui visited Saturday, voter turnout was light on primary election day in Maui County. But, many voters may have taken advantage of absentee mail-in or walk-in voting, however. As of Thursday, 18,856 voters cast absentee ballots. ...

Ready, set, vote . . .

Today is primary election day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. at 34 locations throughout Maui County. Voters standing in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Contested primary races will determine which candidates advance to the Nov. 6 general election. Among races to watch ...

Injuries reported in high-surf incidents

Three men were treated for possible spinal injuries and another man suffered lacerations and abrasions in high-surf-related accidents Thursday on south and west shores, a fire official said. Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said high surf appeared to be a contributing factor in the four ...

Development of housing module at MCCC designed to hold 80 inmates

The state Department of Public Safety has begun planning a new housing unit at Maui Community Correctional Center that would house 80 inmates to help relieve “severe and persistent overcrowding.” MCCC has a capacity of 301 beds but held 469 (399 men and 70 women) inmates on May 31 — 56 ...

Four fire chief finalists named

Deputy Fire Chief Lionel Montalvo and Assistant Chief David Thyne are among four finalists to be the next Maui County fire chief. The fire chief finalists also include Capt. Guy Danley and Capt. Kaulana Kino. Montalvo, who has been serving as acting chief since last month, joined the ...

Baking bread in a stone oven

Portuguese Association of Maui Vice President Eunice Franco (from right) guides Lee Ann Agabin, Aaron Inda, 9, and Christy Inda in the traditional way of kneading dough during a workshop on bread making in a stone oven at Heritage Hall in Paia last week. The event on Aug. 4 was designed to ...

Glasses available on Molokai, Lanai with Tropic Care

Tropic Care 2018, which will provide free medical, dental and vision care in Maui County beginning today, will offer fabricated prescription eyeglasses for residents on Molokai and Lanai. Initially, members of the U.S. military who are putting on the event from today to Aug. 19 said ...

Bookmobile’s fall schedule announced

The fall schedule is out for the state public library system’s Holoholo Bookmobile with stops in South Maui, Haiku and Pukalani. Its first outing is Tuesday. The bookmobile offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, storytimes, free Wi-Fi and assistance with finding information and ...

Kamaole park lot to close Monday

The Kamaole Beach Park I parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday for pothole repairs, the county Parks and Recreation Department said Friday. For more information, contact the department at 270-7383.

Grants set for Lanai, Molokai businesses

The Maui County Office of Economic Development is accepting applications for grants for businesses on Lanai and Molokai. Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 22. Nonprofits are not eligible for the program. The small-business revitalization ...

Early voting ends as focus moves to Saturday’s primary

So far, nearly 19,000 voters in Maui County have either mailed in their absentee ballots or taken advantage of the early-voting opportunity on Maui and Molokai. As of Thursday, the last day of early in-person voting, 2,750 people had cast their ballots at the Velma McWayne Santos Community ...

New hotel proposed to service airport travelers

A 200-room hotel geared toward airport travelers is being proposed in Kahului not far from Costco, the Kahului Airport and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, built by the same developer. R.D. Olson Development of Newport Beach, Calif., wants to develop the 200-room Windward Hotel on 5 acres of ...

Maui Land & Pine logs second-quarter loss of $570,000

The Maui News Kapalua-based Maui Land & Pineapple Co. logged a net loss of $570,000, or 3 cents a share, in the second quarter and $1.5 million, or 8 cents a share, in the first half of the year, the company reported Thursday. This compares to gains of $6.5 million, or 34 cents a share, ...

High surf lingers in Hector’s wake

The Maui News A high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of Maui, Molokai and Lanai was expected to remain in effect until 6 a.m. today, the National Weather Service reported. Waves generated by the passage of Hurricane Hector peaked larger than expected on Thursday, forecasters said. ...

Free medical, dental and vision services Saturday

The Maui News Tropic Care 2018 will be offering free medical services to Maui County residents from Saturday to Aug. 19 at six locations on the three main islands of the county. The U.S. military training program will be offering free medical, dental and vision services. The clinics will ...

Police arrest man on $500K warrant

A man who had been sought by police was arrested Wednesday on a $500,000 warrant charging him with sexual assault, kidnapping and other offenses. Nahinu Freitas, 35, of Haiku was charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of kidnapping, attempted first-degree ...