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Man sent to jail for threatening mother with knife

WAILUKU — A man who said he had helped his mother move into her home has been sentenced to a one-year jail term for forcing his way into her home, punching her and threatening her with a knife. Michael Siegfried, 38, also was placed on four years’ probation. “Although things did turn ...

7-year-old crimes catch up with man who had moved on

WAILUKU — Seven years after he was arrested for selling drugs to two undercover officers at Makena State Park, a man was placed on four years’ probation Wednesday for the crimes. Benjamin Bird, 37, had left Maui as time passed before he was indicted on the charges, and he was living on ...

Rotary’s Rose Parade float to be discussed

A director of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Kahului from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului. Barry Rosenfeld will discuss Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rotary Rose Parade float. A Rotarian since 1985, ...

Maui’s mayors honored with display

In the waning days of his administration, former Mayor Alan Arakawa put up a “Wall of Mayors” in the Mayor’s Office on the ninth floor of the county building. A ceremony was held Dec. 27 to honor the former mayors — Elmer Cravalho, Hannibal Tavares, Linda Lingle, James “Kimo” Apana, ...

A little ‘go daddy-o’ demonstration

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy horn section members Andy Rowley (from left), Karl Hunter, Mitchell Cooper, Glen Marhevka and Alex Henderson demonstrate a style of jazz made popular by Tito Punete while conducting a horn clinic with the King Kekaulike Na Ali‘i Big Band on Friday afternoon at the ...

Rawlins-Fernandez to lead council budget panel

WAILUKU — Maui County Council freshman member Keani Rawlins-Fernandez took a key position Friday as chairwoman of the Economic Development and Budget Committee, which handles the nitty-gritty aspects of the county budget for the council. She takes over the committee that had been chaired ...

Native Hawaiians keep eye on visitors to Haleakala crater

Native Hawaiian practitioners have headed up Haleakala to “assist the mountain” by gently reminding visitors to take their trash with them, to stay on trails and to leave rocks in the park. Heeding the Trump administration’s call to keep national parks open with little to no services ...

Dr. Shintani shares his ‘New Paradigm of Health’ protocol

Hawaii has edged out Okinawa for longevity of its residents with an average life expectancy of 81.3 years compared to Okinawa’s 81.2 years, said Dr. Terry Shintani during a talk on healthy longevity Thursday night at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. More than 150 people overflowed ...

Staying ahead of the wave

A bodyboarder races in front of a crashing wave inside Kahului Harbor on Wednesday afternoon. There was a high-surf warning in effect for north-facing shores through Sunday evening with waves expected to reach 25 to 35 feet. SECOND PHOTO: A stand-up paddler using a hydrofoil board cuts back on ...

Grand jury indicts man in attempted sex assault

A 58-year-old man was indicted Friday on a warrant charging him with kidnapping and attempted first-degree sexual assault of a woman last week at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. Raymond Birano Jr. of Haiku is set to be arraigned next week in 2nd Circuit Court on the charges, according to ...

25- to 35-foot surf expected on north shore

A high-surf warning has been posted for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai and west-facing shores of Molokai through Sunday night with wave heights expected to reach 25 to 35 feet, the National Weather Service said. A large northwest swell is forecast to build rapidly this morning and ...

No callouts from agents at Kahului Airport despite no pay

KAHULUI — Staffing at Kahului Airport security checkpoints remained at usual levels on Friday due in part to the feeling of ohana and camaraderie, workers at the airport said, though their concerns are growing as some have gotten letters from creditors. Friday marked the first paycheck ...

Comment on W. Maui plan vision online

An online vision workshop for the West Maui Community Plan, which runs from today to Jan. 21, is being initiated by the county Department of Planning. The website is www.wearemaui.org. Participants will be able to review, comment on and rank vision options that will affect the West Maui ...

Broken main disrupts service

A broken mainline on Lower Main Street disrupted water service for customers from Mill to Waena streets Friday afternoon and into early this morning, the Department of Water Supply said. Customers could expect no water or low pressure, the department said. Repairs began at 2:30 p.m. Friday ...

Free chess event set today

An open house for a chess club will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Hale Mahaolu Elima. The Grey Bishops Chess Club event is free; there will be instruction. Players of all ages are welcome. The club will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays at Hale Mahaolu Elima. For more information, ...

Pulehu Road repaving to begin

The repaving of Pulehu Road from the Central Maui Landfill to the Omaopio Road junction begins Tuesday and will last into March, the Department of Public Works Highways Division said. The work is set for 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, Feb. 12 to 15, and Feb. 26 ...

VA meeting planned Thursday

The Veterans Affairs Department will be holding a town hall and resource fair from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hawaii Army National Guard Kahoohanohano Armory in Puunene. Veterans, family members and survivors and organizations and individuals who work with veterans are invited. The ...

Median price for Maui single-family homes averaged above $700K in 2018

Maui County averaged more than $700,000 in median home prices over 2018 — the first time that’s happened in at least two decades. The Realtors Association of Maui reported Tuesday that median single-family home prices averaged $710,000 over the course of 2018, topping the $695,000 ...

Lanai school receives bus by way of Hana

LANAI CITY — For the first time in Lanai High & Elementary School history, students have their very own bus. The bus, donated by Hana High & Elementary School and received on Lanai last week, will be activated for the first time on Lanai tonight, when, ironically, the Dragons arrive ...

Man engages in high-speed chase with daughter, 1, in car

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man whose 1-year-old daughter was unrestrained in his vehicle when he sped down Haleakala Highway and rammed another vehicle, then a police car, was sentenced Wednesday to a six-month jail term. “You were basically just a terror,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo ...