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Water, sewage flow decrease called for

West Maui residents, businesses and hotels from Puamana to Kapalua are asked to continue to conserve water and to reduce sewage flows through next week due to work at the Lahaina wastewater treatment plant, the county said Wednesday. Flows into the plant currently are higher than normal but ...

County, state offices, schools close Friday

All public schools along with state and county offices will be closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday. Trash collection will not be impacted. Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost Greenwaste will be open from 6 a.m. to noon, and Olowalu Recycling will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The ...

Earth Day Celebrated at UH-MC

First photo: UH-Maui College SACNAS Club President Lahela Mata-Goldman awards Danielle Enright a mountain apple tree start after she spun the wheel and won during Tuesday’s Earth Day Celebration on the Kahului campus. “I think Earth Day is really important,” said Mata-Goldman, who is ...

Governor visits MCCC in wake of riot, escape

WAILUKU — Gov. David Ige and Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda visited the Maui Community Correctional Center on Tuesday, a month after a riot that caused millions in damage and two days after a pair of inmates escaped a low-security dorm building. Ige and Espinda toured MCCC along with ...

Economist: Maui ‘maxed out’ of housing units

WAILEA — Economist Paul Brewbaker said Tuesday that there is not enough affordable housing in the state and that Maui is “maxed out” of housing units and properties for local buyers and visitors. “You got to make the ability to build so much easier,” he said at an economic forum. ...

Victorino taps engineer who worked on Oahu rail

The Maui News Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino on Tuesday appointed Steve Welling, an engineer who worked on the Honolulu rail project, as Maui County’s deputy director of public works. Welling was an engineer with SSFM International Inc., which had contracts with the Honolulu Rapid ...

Condominium supply tight with a median price at $525,000

The Maui News The median price of a condominium unit in Maui County rose 10.2 percent to $525,000, and for a home up 7.7 percent to $735,000 in the first quarter of the year compared to 2018, according to data from the Realtors Association of Maui released last week. In the condo market, ...

Putting the prep in preparedness

First photo: Baldwin High School students Noah Edlao, 15, (from left), Nicolas Harvey, 15, Aaron Huesing, 15, and Kaila Macadangdang, 14, roll Hokeo Kealoha-Iseri, 14, onto a blanket so he can be carried to safety during a Youth Disaster Preparedness Simulation Exercise at the school’s ...

Bail kept at $200K in Pukalani drug case

The Maui News WAILUKU — Saying a defendant was a potential danger to the community, a judge kept bail at $200,000 for a man arrested last month when police seized more than 1 pound of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs in a search of a Pukalani residence. Kapua Harrell, 31, has ...

Arrest made in truck bed theft

A man was arrested Thursday after he was seen pushing a shopping cart containing items that were stolen from the bed of a pickup truck, according to police. Joseph McCann, 57, of Pukalani was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and fourth-degree theft. His bail ...

Visitor injured at Red Sand Beach

A 56-year-old woman was rescued Monday after she slid about 30 feet down a slope and landed on rocks near the shoreline at Red Sand Beach in Hana, a fire official said. Firefighters were called to the beach at 4:02 p.m., with a fire crew and ambulance from Hana responding, along with a ...

New buses are open for viewing

Two new Maui Bus buses with equipment to aid wheelchair riders will be available for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center bus hub. The 40-foot long Eldorado transit buses initially will be deployed for the Kihei Islander and Lahaina Islander routes, the ...

Local Briefs

Libraries to close for Good Friday In state observance of Good Friday, all public libraries and library support offices will be closed on Friday. Although public library branches maybe closed, HSPLS offers online resources 24/7 at www.librarieshawaii.org. ***** Blessing planned at Pono ...

Corrections

• Mayor sex assault. The nonprofit that oversees the Maui Sex Assault Center is Child & Family Service. A story published on April 10 on Page A1 that continued to Page A4 about Mayor Michael Victorino revealing that he was the victim of a sexual assault misspelled the name of the ...

Maui retail vacancies hit record high in 2018

A record percentage of retail space vacancies, driven in part by bankruptcies of national big-box chains, and a migration of existing and new retailers to newer malls on the eastern fringes of Kahului are among the highlights in Colliers International 2018 commercial real estate report for ...

Second MCCC inmate turns self in Monday to end manhunt

Two men who escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center early Sunday morning are both in custody after Troy Diego turned himself into police Monday afternoon. The 30-year-old Diego escaped the Wailuku jail with 31-year-old Barret “BJ” Paman, who turned himself in to police shortly ...

Making art from trash

First photo: Dylan Sanborn is reflected in the glass covering Elizabeth Keller’s disturbingly beautiful Art of Trash entry titled “Hula Skirt” during Friday evening’s opening of the annual exhibit at the Maui Mall in Kahului. Keller’s piece, made of thousands of cigarette butts, was ...

Leone named SBA county business owner of the year

The Maui News Angela Leone of Maui Leones LLC was named Maui County small business owner of the year for 2019, a top honor in the 32nd annual Small Business Administration Small Business Awards for Hawaii. Leone, who operates as Coconut Condos, will be recognized at a gathering from 3 to 6:30 ...

Free smoke alarms, installations available

The Maui News Free smoke alarms will be installed by Red Cross volunteers in the Kahului and Wailuku areas from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 to 27. The installations will focus on vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, disabled, families with young children and those in poverty, the Red ...

216 cellphone citations issued

Maui police issued 216 citations for cellphone violations last week as part of increased surveillance in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. Traffic officers were at various locations and focused enforcement efforts on driving while texting or talking on ...