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Loosened liquor laws now include home deliveries

In addition to eliminating dry hours for alcohol sales at retail stores and hotels, the Maui County Liquor Commission approved rule changes allowing home delivery of alcoholic beverages and removing the more than three-decade-old cap on the number of hostess bars in the county. The actions ...

The Waihe‘e Ridge Trail has been closed again for completion of repairs and improvements. It is scheduled for reopening April 7. This photo was taken in January during the initial phase of work on the popular 2.5-mile trail. Photo courtesy of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources

Trail closed again to finish improvements

The Maui News The 2.5-mile Waihe‘e Ridge Trail in the West Maui Mountains is closed again for the completion of the project aimed at improving safety and the hiking experience. The trail, on state-owned property, originally closed Jan. 3 and reopened about a month later after the ...

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Lahaina woman, 19, arrested for robbery, abduction of Calif. couple

A 19-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with the robbery last week of a California couple who were held up at gunpoint at Nakalele Point and forced to make purchases at several locations, police said. Ashley Ramos was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree ...

Application period to open for 10 Habitat homes in West Maui

The Maui News Habitat for Humanity Maui will begin accepting applications April 3 for 10 units in the Kahoma Affordable Housing Project in West Maui. The two- to five-bedroom homes will range from $281,520 to $380,880 under the residential workforce housing ordinance guidelines, according ...

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Legacy farmers to be feted at AgFest pancake breakfast

The Maui News Richard “Dick” Cameron, manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. in the 1990s; Doug MacCluer of Maui Pineapple Co. and later Maui Gold Pineapple Co.; Peter Baldwin, founder of Pi‘iholo Ranch; and the late Wilbert Yee of Yee’s Orchard, will be honored April 1 at the ...

County/In Brief

Wells Park plan is topic of meetings Meetings to discuss the Wells Park Master Plan will be held in Wailuku on April 6 and 7. The first meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 6 at Calvary Chapel at 31 N. Market St. Participants may enter through the front door, which is accessible through ...

Deadline for Summer Fun Guide entries is next week

The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 9. To have an activity included in the guide, submit the following information: • Name of program and for what ages. • Sponsoring organization or business. • Program times and ...

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Ukulele kid

Young Portland, Ore., picker Maxwell Quetal, 2, checks out his new ukulele with mom, Jacqui, on Tuesday afternoon while visiting Maalaea Harbor. Jacqui said buying a ukulele was on Maxwell’s Maui bucket list. “He loves instruments, and he’s excited to learn the ukulele,” she said. The ...

Jeffrey Pearson (left), deputy director of the state Commission on Water Resource Management, touches on food security, water and energy with Rick Volner, general manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Maui Energy Conference at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Panelist: ‘Food, water and energy must all intersect in agriculture’

KAHULUI — “Food and energy. It’s always been made out that there’s competition because there’s a finite amount of farmland,” said Rick Volner, general manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. But, “if you design agricultural systems correctly, they’ll actually ...

No more ‘last call for alcohol’ for some

WAILUKU — Alcohol can now be purchased 24 hours a day at retail stores and hotels across Maui County — the first county in Hawaii to eliminate restrictions on the hours of sale. The rules were approved by the county Liquor Control Commission at its Feb. 8 and March 8 meetings and signed ...

Need a Lyft? Ride-hailing service starts today on island

The Maui News Ride-hailing company Lyft will be available on Maui beginning at noon today, the company announced Wednesday. Lyft launched on Oahu in June 2014 with service currently available in Honolulu, Kaneohe and Waipahu. Lyft also plans to expand to Hawaii island and Kauai. Lyft ...

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Making ready for Bonnie Raitt

A Maui Arts & Cultural Center crew sets up 3,000 seats Wednesday morning for the upcoming Bonnie Raitt concert in Kahului. Raitt and special guests, The California Honeydrops, are scheduled to play the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater / Yokouchi Pavilion on Friday starting at 7 p.m. Raitt, a ...

$900K measure for Iao Valley flood repairs advances

The Maui News A $900,000 appropriation to offset costs for emergency repairs related to the September flooding in Iao Valley finally garnered enough votes in the County Council’s Budget Committee Tuesday and was forwarded to the full council for final review. Members of the Budget and ...

County/In Brief

Prince Kuhio Day closings announced Public schools along with state and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Prince Kuhio Day holiday. Residential trash pickup will not be affected. The Hana and Lanai landfills and the Molokai Landfill and Recycling will be closed. ...

Water Dept. still using emergency well in Hana

The Maui News The county Department of Water Supply has issued a required public notice that it is continuing to use the new Wakiu Well C as an emergency water source. On Dec. 14, the state Department of Health approved use of the well as an emergency source. The Department of Health ...

State looking for Hawaii products for autumn Tokyo show

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is seeking Hawaii-made products to be featured in a special Hawaii Pavilion at the autumn 2017 Tokyo International Gift Show. The Hawaii Pavilion, located at the Tokyo Big Sight from Sept. 6 to 8, will be home base for up to ...

5 Maui County small businesses receive honor

The Maui News Five of Maui County’s small businesses were honored March 7 during the 2017 Mayor’s Small Business Awards ceremony at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. Those being honored by Mayor Alan Arakawa and Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap were: * Brian ...

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‘They’re just having a blast’

Charlotte Rantz, 12, of Vancouver, British Columbia, tows little brother, James Rantz, on a boogie board at Makena’s Maluaka Beach last week. Dad Brian Rantz said the kids were enjoying their Maui vacation. “They’re just having a blast,” Brian said. “They’re in the water nonstop. ...