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VFW to hold pancake fundraiser Saturday

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3850 will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at its VFW Hall at 1136 Uluniu Road in Kihei. The breakfast menu includes eggs, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under age ...

Sugimura ‘talk story’ set for Saturday

Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “talk story” community outreach event from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market. The market is at the Kulamalu Town Center, near Longs Drugs store. Sugimura makes herself available to hear community ...

Hawaiian begins new direct flights

Hawaiian Airlines launched new daily nonstop flights Wednesday from Kahului Airport to San Diego International Airport, according to an announcement. Hawaiian Airlines Flight No. 38 leaves Maui at 12:40 p.m., arriving in San Diego at 9 p.m. The return Flight No. 37 leaves San Diego at 7 a.m. ...

Junior Police Officers’ day of fun

Maui Police Department officers James Burkett (right, first photo) and Paul Pomainville display their remote control car driving skills to Junior Police Officers on Thursday in a race at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center during MPD’s annual JPO Awards Picnic. The fun event was a way ...

Jury acquits man of sexual assault and kidnapping

WAILUKU — Jurors needed less than an hour to find a Maui man not guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault charges Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court. Binh Le, 44, walked out of the courtroom a free man. He had been held in jail while awaiting the completion of his trial on charges of attempted ...

Homeless man acquitted of assault by reason of insanity

The Maui News WAILUKU — A homeless man who allegedly bit off the tip of a security guard’s finger was committed to the Hawaii State Hospital and acquitted by reason of insanity Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court. Alex Hand, 31, was charged with first-degree assault for the incident that ...

Getting their kicks in Kihei

Professional Muay Thai kickboxer Andre “Terere” DeOliveira of Kihei trains with Haiku’s Ana Pessoa at Waipuilani Park in Kihei on May 9. DeOliveira, who originally hails from Brazil and has fought in Europe, said the sport is a great workout that helps with motor coordination, ...

Panel advances property purchase for civic complex

A Maui County Council committee recommended Tuesday that the full council approve the county’s acquisition of parcels along W. Vineyard Street in Wailuku for $850,000, or twice as much as the current landowners paid for them. The public purchase of the property would help pave the way for ...

Maui resident comes down with a case of mumps

The Maui News A Maui resident who reportedly traveled to Oahu has come down with a case of mumps, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. Oahu has continued to have cases of mumps infections since an outbreak started more than a year ago, the department said. However, the mumps ...

Preschool tuition assistance program accepting applications

The Maui News Families needing preschool tuition assistance for the 2018-19 school year may apply to the Preschool Open Doors program. May 31 is the deadline for applications. Eligible children were born between Aug. 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014. Priority is given to children with special ...

Wellness presentations set at Bailey House

The Maui News A series of free wellness presentations will be held at Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku beginning Saturday, according to an announcement from the Maui Historical Society. Saturday’s event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include music, hula, health education ...

Maui Oil expanding its hours in Hana

A Maui Oil fuel truck is expanding the hours that it will be at the Hana Pit Stop for fueling while the only gas station in Hana undergoes rebranding work through May 25. The truck will be at the station from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, said Carina Tagupa, communications and community ...

Royal wedding to be broadcast Saturday

Radio station KAOI 11-10 AM and 96.7 FM will air a tape-delayed broadcast of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle from England beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday Hawaii time, according to an announcement. The two-hour broadcast will be from Windsor Castle with CBS ...

Local Briefs

Workshop focuses on business growth A free workshop for existing business owners looking to expand their businesses will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall. There is no cost to attend and attendees are encouraged to bring a ...

Seabury Fair serves up treats

Haleakala Waldorf 3rd-graders Eden Huddleston, 9 (left, first photo), and Amala Fidance, 9, share a bowl of shave ice after taking a ride on the waterslide at the 45th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair in Olinda on Saturday. Amala said it was “very sweet,” before Eden added, “with lots of ...

Hana side is running on empty

Hana’s only gas station has shut down for 10 days, though a Maui Oil truck will provide gas at the site for a limited time each day, general manager Marni Aina said Monday, the first day of the closure. The temporary closure of Hana Pit Stop is part of a Texaco rebranding that’s ...

Molokai landfill is considering expansion ideas

With parts of the Molokai landfill expected to reach full capacity in coming years, Maui County is proposing expansions on the property to allow for the island’s future disposal needs. The county is proposing to add two new disposal sites and relocate the existing green waste facility to a ...

Cement truck sinks into sinkhole

The left rear tires of a cement truck repairing a sinkhole fell into another section of the hole at the corner of Lekeona Loop and Aukai streets in Wailuku at about 1 p.m. Monday. Resident Kathleen Kastles said that at least four attempts have been made recently to fill the hole. The truck was ...

Maui welcomes wounded warrior

Retired Army Sgt. Ryan Major of Towson, Md., is welcomed at Kahului Airport by Maui County Veterans Council Treasurer Elena Walker (right) and Secretary Janna Hoehn on Thursday afternoon. Major said he was wounded in 2006 when he stepped on a roadside bomb while en route to a mission in Ramadi, ...

Innovating interns to present Friday

The Maui News Interns with the INNOVATE program will present their findings for making businesses more efficient at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus Friday. The presentations are open to the public and will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 225 of the Laulima ...