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Woman pleads guilty to defrauding Maui surfer

The Maui News A bookkeeper has pleaded guilty in federal court to 13 counts of wire fraud in a scheme to defraud Maui surfing prodigy Clay Marzo and his mother. Felicidad Rivera, 51, of Maui admitted she was guilty of wire fraud in connection with a plan to bilk Marzo and his mother, Jill ...

Traffic is backed up in the Maalaea-bound lanes of Kuihelani Highway near the Honoapiilani Highway intersection around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. A near-fatal vehicle crash on Honoapiilani Highway caused traffic in both directions to back up for miles Saturday afternoon.   The Maui News / MELISSA TANJI photo

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Crash causes traffic to back up A near-fatal traffic accident on Honoapiilani Highway closed the roadway and left a pileup of traffic on Saturday. The road was reopened at 4 p.m., according to police. However, traffic congestion continued. Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said ...

Water from East Maui streams cascades over the Wailoa Ditch in September 2006. Alexander & Baldwin is seeking a 30-year lease from the state to use water from streams in Nahiku, Keanae and Huelo. Public scoping meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.   The Maui News file photo

Hearings set for proposed long-term A&B water lease

The Maui News Public scoping meetings have been scheduled next week for Alexander & Baldwin’s application to the state Board of Land and Natural Resources for a 30-year lease for water from streams in Nahiku, Keanae and Huelo. The sessions are set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Maui ...

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Skog to step down as MEDB chief

Jeanne Unemori Skog, the longtime head of the Maui Economic Development Board who began with the nonprofit 33 years ago, will step down in June, she announced Friday. “It was just time, and my next stage in life will still be giving back to the community. I love working with people. I love ...

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MACC concert to honor Ram Dass

HAIKU — In the late 1960s and early ’70s, as political demonstrations spilled off college campuses into streets across the country, a number of young Americans found their way to a remote village in India to sit at the feet of an old man draped in a plaid blanket. His name was Neem Karoli ...

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MECO work snarls Kuau traffic

Traffic backs up Friday morning as Maui Electric Co. linemen do maintenance work on equipment along a narrow section of Hana Highway in Kuau. MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker said that the utility appreciates the public’s understanding as crews worked in the area.

Quake shakes the islands

The Maui News Maui County residents felt a 4.6 magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:33 a.m. Friday between Maui and Hawaii island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center determined that no tsunami was generated. No damage was reported. Wailuku resident Mahina Martin said: “I was awake and ...

Coast Guard rescues man off Molokai

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew plucked a 52-year-old mariner in distress from his homemade 22-foot fiberglass boat, the Harmony B, early Friday near the Kalaupapa Lighthouse on Molokai, officials said. The incident came less than 12 hours after the Coast Guard rescued six boaters ...

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Waivers offered on California flights Hawaiian Airlines will waive reservation change fees and differences in fares through today for travelers on California-bound flights because of a strong Pacific storm hitting Southern and central California, the airline announced Friday. Passengers ...

Lawmakers advance red light camera bill

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii Senate committees have approved legislation that would authorize the use of cameras to catch motorists who run red lights. The bill would allow Honolulu and the Neighbor Island counties to install cameras that take pictures of vehicles going through red lights. ...

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A keiki-friendly location

FIRST PHOTO: Haiku’s Dan Norkunas has fun with son Wyatt, 2, in a tide pool at Hookipa Beach Park on Friday morning. He said that being a parent has been life-changing. “It’s one of the best gifts you can have,” he said. “You definitely have to slow down, change your priorities.” ...

Mayor Alan Arakawa addresses a Kula Community Association audience Wednesday night at the Kula Community Center. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Arakawa critical of county’s Peahi land acquisition

KULA — Calling the purchase of nearly 270 acres of land near Peahi “lousy,” Mayor Alan Arakawa provided his thoughts on several burning questions facing Maui County on Wednesday night at the Kula Community Center. “I told them (County Council) it was a lousy purchase. They put money ...

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Panel moves to extend deadline for review of Molokai Community Plan

The Maui News The Maui County Council’s Planning Committee deferred action on the Molokai Community Plan update Thursday while committee Chairwoman Kelly King said she’d seek a council resolution to extend its deadline for approval until the end of this year. Without the deadline ...

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Man gets one year in jail for secretly videotaping women

A 28-year-old Lahaina man who used a cellphone to secretly videotape women at two restaurants in West Maui was sentenced to one year in jail and four years’ probation on Thursday. Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill followed a plea agreement in handing down the sentence to Ronnie Ramos, who ...

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Repeat offender gets 10 years in prison for burglary

WAILUKU — A man who was on probation when he burglarized homes in Wailuku, in one case stealing a gun, was sentenced Thursday to a 10-year prison term. As a repeat offender, Denny Vida, 49, of Waikapu was ordered to serve at least six years and eight months of the term before being eligible ...

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Ross store hosts donation drive Ross Dress for Less will accept donations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui through Feb. 26. The donation drive is part of a four-week program, “Help Local Kids Learn,” sponsored by Ross and the clubs. Every year, nearly 4 million young people are ...

Judge Joseph Cardoza (from left) consults with First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera, deonfense attorneys Matthew Nardi and Jon Apo and Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones on Thursday morning in 2nd Circuit Court. A hearing on convicted murderer Steven Capobianco’s request for a new trial was delayed until March 6. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Capobianco’s request for a new trial delayed until March

WAILUKU — A hearing on convicted murderer Steven Capobianco’s request for a new trial was delayed Thursday until next month after the defense asked for time to submit additional information. In court, defense attorney Jon Apo said the defense would file a supplement to its motion by ...

Jason Hobson (left), chief development officer of TEACH, addresses the crowd as county Office of Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen listens Monday evening at the Paia Community  Center. TEACH held a meeting to discuss its plans for the 23-acre Old Maui High School in Hamakuapoko. Hundreds of residents showed up, many opposing TEACH’s plans. TEACH stands for technology, education, agriculture, community and health. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Angry residents voice opposition to TEACH project

PAIA — Saying “nobody here wants this,” angry residents voiced overwhelming opposition to TEACH, the group that plans to turn Old Maui High School into a center for agriculture, housing and education. Hundreds of residents packed the Paia Community Center Monday evening, eager to speak ...

Joe Herzog, who has stage four prostate cancer, tells his story to lawmakers on Wednesday in Honolulu. Herzog is supporting a bill to allow adults who have a terminal illness to get a prescription for medication to end their lives. The Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health unanimously passed the bill Wednesday. AP photo

State bill to allow medical aid in dying moves forward

The Associated Press HONOLULU — As a stage-four prostate cancer patient, Joe Herzog has been considering how he might die and knows he could face intractable vomiting and starvation in the final days or weeks of his life. As a retired veterinarian, Herzog said he believes he should have ...

Committee unable to muster votes for emergency funding

A bill for about a $900,000 appropriation to offset costs for emergency repairs related to the September flooding in Iao Valley failed to garner enough votes Wednesday from a Maui County Council committee. The Budget and Finance Committee voted 4-2 on a measure to allot $910,327 to pay ...