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Hotel Wailea receives honor The readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Maui the “top island in Hawaii” and named Hotel Wailea the “best hotel on the island of Maui” as part of the magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2017 announced July 13. “We are thrilled to be recognized as the ...

EDB’s annual STEM fundraiser to honor 35th anniversary

The Maui News – The Maui Economic Development Board will celebrate its 35th anniversary during its annual Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction on Aug. 26 at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, the board announced. The event’s theme is “Pathways To Our Future,” and a reception and ...

DUI Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of August 4 to 9. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson was paralyzed from the waist down by a bullet during a firefight in Afghanistan. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Welcoming a warrior

KAHULUI — A paralyzed Army veteran is enjoying his first vacation on Maui with his family, including a 5-month-old son born after a fight with the Department of Veterans Affairs over in vitro fertilization. Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson, his wife, Crystal, and son, Matthew, arrived on the island ...

‘Bottleneck’ temporarily closes pot dispensary

The Maui News Maui’s first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary to open for business will be closed Monday and Tuesday and change its operating hours while Maui Grown Therapies awaits action from the Department of Health’s State Labs Division, the company announced ...

Central landfill closed as stubborn fire continues to burn

The Maui News A fire that started Friday afternoon in a green waste pile at the Maui EKO Systems composting facility continued to burn Saturday and closed the Central Maui Landfill all day, a fire official reported. The landfill is closed today as it is normally on Sundays. It remained ...

Measure would outlaw smoking in cars with keiki

Anti-tobacco activists are hoping Maui County will follow Hawaii and Kauai counties in outlawing smoking in vehicles when children are present. A measure to do the same is currently under review by the Honolulu City Council, while similar efforts to establish a statewide law have failed in ...

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Working on some drumming technique

Maui High School marching band members Tyler John Cup Choy, 17, (left) and Cameron White, 16, work together on their tenor drum technique before the start of practice Thursday afternoon on the school’s Kahului campus. White said marching and playing at the same time can be challenging. ...

Jackie Reed is the chief executive officer of T S Restaurants, having been named to the job in November 2015. She began as a hostess at T S Restaurants’ Leilani’s on the Beach in Kaanapali and moved up the ranks to become the top executive in the privately held family company.

From hostess to CEO

Jackie Reed is the epitome of a business success story and the American Dream, working her way up from hostess to chief executive officer of a 13-restaurant chain with four Maui restaurants, including Kimo’s and Leilani’s on the Beach on the west side. “I think it speaks to the culture ...

Night roadwork planned to close lanes of old highway

The Maui News Beginning Monday, a road-widening project will close west-bound lanes of Old Haleakala at night from Monday through Thursday between the highway’s intersections with Makawao Avenue and Kula Highway, according to an announcement from contractor Goodfellow Bros. Traffic ...

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Kahului man gets life in prison

WAILUKU — For the “horrific” and “tragic” murders of his aunt and his mother just months apart, a Kahului man was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Keoni Vinuya Tomas, 27, had pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder of the two women, ...

Maui Lani loses bid to remove stay order

WAILUKU — A 2nd Circuit Court judge Friday denied a motion by Maui Lani Partners to lift a stay that prohibits the company from sand mining and excavating as hearings continue on a lawsuit regarding the company’s work. Attorneys for Maui Lani Partners filed the motion in response to a ...

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Owl found on Haiku hike

A Haiku resident came across this owl in a puddle while walking her dogs in an abandoned pineapple field near the Haiku Community Center on Friday afternoon. Deborah Waltrip initially thought that the bird was dead, but it moved when she touched it. She covered the bird with her T-shirt and ...

A 20-inch sewer force main behind the Y. Hata warehouse at the corner of Kahului Beach and Waiehu Beach roads sprung a leak that spilled 204,000 gallons of untreated sewage Thursday, the county said. The nature of the “clean, straight cut” led county officials to speculate that heavy equipment caused the damage. -- County of Maui photo

Break sends nearly 70,000 gallons of sewage into ocean

The Maui News Damage to a 20-inch sewer force main near the Kahului Beach and Waiehu Beach road area that caused a 204,000-gallon spill Thursday is being investigated because of unusual findings at the break site, the county said Friday. An estimated 68,000 gallons of untreated sewage ...

Bus company still needs 14 drivers for school routes

The Maui News Bus company Ground Transport said Friday that it still needs 14 more drivers to restore full bus service to Baldwin High, Lahainaluna High and Iao Intermediate schools, where service on some routes has been suspended. Maui High and Maui Waena Intermediate bus routes also were ...

ML&P posts income of $6.5 million for Q2

The Maui News Maui Land & Pineapple Co. on Wednesday reported net income of $6.5 million or 34 cents a share for the second quarter, about half as much as the same quarter in 2016. Much of the Kapalua-based company’s revenue is based on land sales. The $15 million sale of the 304-acre ...

Man gets six months in jail for assault over Wailuku parking spot

WAILUKU — For an assault in a Wailuku parking lot that left a man with “catastrophic injuries,” a Waiehu man was sentenced to a six-month jail term. Chance Hue, 32, also was ordered to pay $8,646 in restitution as part of four years’ probation in his sentencing Aug. 3. “This was a ...

Maui firefighters battle a blaze about 2 miles uphill on the Kihei side of Pulehu Road on Friday afternoon. The fire involving fallow sugar cane fields burned 14 acres. -- Maui Fire Department photo

County / In Brief

Pair of brush fires keep crews busy Two apparently unrelated fires burned about 2 miles apart on Pulehu Road on Friday afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters received a call at 2:40 p.m. of a fire involving greenwaste at Maui EKO at the Central Maui Landfill, said Fire Services Chief Ed ...

Debra Lynn (from left), nurse manager of the Department of Veterans Affairs Maui Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, talks to Anna Napoleon, primary care social worker, and veteran Fred Ruge on Friday afternoon, next to a new transportation van for veterans. The clinic is seeking at least 10 to 15 volunteer drivers as soon as possible to work the free curb-to-curb service. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Have cars, need drivers: Maui Veterans to ride in style

KAHULUI — The Department of Veterans Affairs Maui Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Kahului is seeking at least 10 to 15 volunteer drivers to deliver veterans to their appointments in a free curb-to-curb service. “It boils down to if they can’t find a support system of family or ...

Wailuku River levee repair plan advances

The county Department of Public Works has issued a finding of no significant environmental impact for a $20 million, federal-Maui County project to repair storm-damaged levees in the Wailuku River to protect Wailuku town. Heavy rains in mid-September inflicted “significant damages to the ...