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Haiku man, 81, dies from crash injuries

An 81-year-old Haiku man has died of injuries he suffered when the vehicle he was driving crossed the centerline on Haiku Road and hit a large tree July 2, police said. He was identified as Joe Aguera. The crash occurred at 10:24 a.m. as he was driving north on Haiku Road. After crossing ...

Business centers closed July 30-31

The Maui County Business Resource Center and Business Action Center at the Maui Mall will be closed July 30 and 31 for renovations, the county said Wednesday. The offices are located across from Pizza Hut and IHOP. Both offices will reopen from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1. For more ...

Eddie Tam Gym to close for work

The Eddie Tam Gym will be closed from July 30 to Oct. 31 for renovation work, including upgrading jalousie windows on the social hall and gym levels, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said Wednesday. The $232,000 project was awarded to F&H Construction. Signs will be posted ...

Corrections

• Hanabusa interview. Waianae is on the west coast of Oahu. A story published on Page A1 and continued on Page A3 Sunday provided an incorrect location for the community. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui News promptly corrects factual errors and clarifies published ...

Old Wailuku Post Office site may be swapped

A land exchange between Maui County and the state for the new Maui Bus hub in Kahului could involve the site of the old Wailuku Post Office in Wailuku. The demolition of the 54-year-old building at the corner of Wells and High streets in 2013 was one of the early flashpoints between Mayor Alan ...

Ex Boys & Girls Club worker charged with sex assault

The Maui News WAILUKU — A former Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui employee is facing charges alleging she sexually assaulted a pre-teenage girl at the agency’s Central Maui clubhouse last year. Victoria Satoafaiga, 28, of Waikapu was arrested in December after being indicted by a Maui ...

Snorkeler describes encounter with entangled whale shark

An entangled whale shark rose to a depth of 15 to 18 feet off Molokini and hung around for a bit with snorkelers nearby before swimming away, a video taken by a North Carolina visitor last week showed. Regan Powell, 17, of Chapel Hill captured about one minute of video with her GoPro on ...

Kidnapping of girlfriend leads to 20-year term

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Wailuku man was sentenced Tuesday to a 20-year prison term for kidnapping his former girlfriend, who was heard screaming for help as he dragged her upstairs. Lorrin Ishimine, 33, was found guilty of the charge during a jury trial in March. He faced the ...

Road rage on road to Hana leads to jail

The Maui News WAILUKU — An eight-day jail term was ordered for a man who reached into a rental car and punched a tourist after a confrontation at a one-lane bridge on the road to Hana last year. Spencer Powell, 23, of Wailuku said he “lost it” after he was spit on by the tourist, ...

Seabury Hall student receives merit scholarship

The Maui News Isabella L. Blair, a Seabury Hall senior from Pukalani, has been chosen as a National Merit Scholar, it was announced Monday. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. selected Blair and about 550 others across the nation as winners of scholarships financed by colleges and ...

Kanaio brush fire burns 2 acres

Firefighters were working to extinguish a fire that burned about 2 acres of heavy brush in upper Kanaio after being reported Monday night, a fire official said. Fire crews found an active brush fire in rough terrain when they responded to the report at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, said Fire ...

Woman in crater assault treated

A woman who was assaulted by a man while hiking in Haleakala Crater on Sunday was treated and released from Maui Memorial Medical Center, said a park official Tuesday. The man who assaulted the woman remained at large with visitor access to the crater from the Summit and Kipahulu districts ...

N.Y. man dies in Napili crash

A 65-year-old New York man died after he was injured when his vehicle hit a bridge Saturday in Napili, police said. He was identified as Frank Mobus. The crash occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Lower Honoapiilani Road near Omaikai Place. Police said the vehicle driven by Mobus veered right and ...

Man arrested in W. Maui arson case

A Lahaina man was arrested for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed a portable toilet and damaged a trolley at the Pioneer Mill yard Sunday, according to police. Miguel Zavala Sanchez, 36, was charged Monday with second-degree arson and four counts of second-degree criminal trespassing. ...

Local Briefs

New market to open on Sunday Maui Food Technology Center will present a new weekly event on the Valley Isle called the “Maui Sunday Market” beginning Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot fronting Kaahumanu Avenue. The event will showcase island vendors, ...

Corrections

• Rainbow caption. A photo of a rainbow shot from Haleakala Highway that was published on Page A4 Monday was taken on July 6. The caption for the photo had the wrong date. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui News wants to promptly correct errors in fact or make ...

Students take a spin as recruits at Teen Academy

KIHEI — After being inspired by police officers on Molokai and becoming the first in her family to graduate from high school, 17-year-old Makena Hart planned to become a police officer. Her goal came a little closer last week when she graduated from the Maui Police Department Teen ...

Taylor resigns to take energy position

Maui County Water Supply Director Dave Taylor has resigned to become the county’s energy/countywide capital improvements project coordinator with the Department of Management, ending an eight-month saga that began when Mayor Alan Arakawa tried to remove Taylor but the County Council ...

SEC gets asset freeze, restraining order on Maui company

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week obtained an emergency asset freeze and a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court in Honolulu against Kahului-based Moddha Interactive Inc. and its principals for falsely promoting software and devices, such as a computer tablet ...