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Wailea hotel project advances

The Maui Planning Commission granted multiple approvals on Monday to a proposed 110-unit hotel in Wailea. The commission approved a special management area use permit and planned development steps I and II to Hotel Ike, which would be located on a 3-acre lot at the corner of Wailea Ike Place ...

Man gets one-year jail term for assault with socket wrench

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term has been ordered for a man who used a socket wrench to assault a man and woman in a Kahului apartment. Maika Oloaga, 34, of Kahului was placed on four years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed Friday. “Look at these horrible crimes,” 2nd Circuit ...

Waterline break shuts down water service in Wailuku

The Maui News A 6-inch waterline break Monday night on Central Avenue disrupted business and traffic for all of Tuesday morning. Water service was restored by 12:09 p.m., but Department of Water Supply employees were reportedly flushing waterlines for the rest of the day. Hoapili Hale, ...

Man pulled from ocean at D.T. Fleming Beach

The Maui News A swimmer who may have been injured in a shorebreak was revived Sunday afternoon at D.T. Fleming Beach in Kapalua and transported to the hospital in critical condition, a fire official said. Ocean safety officers and firefighters responded to the 2:45 p.m. call, with ...

Police seek help in finding man, 58

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 58-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday. Steven Murphy was last seen Nov. 6 at Maui Vans in Kahului, police said. His van was found near Ohai trail at Mile Marker 40 on Kahekili Highway. Murphy is described as 6 feet tall and ...

Lahaina brush fire quickly contained

Firefighters quickly contained a quarter-acre brush fire Sunday afternoon in the area above Hanakaoo Beach in Lahaina, a fire official said. After the fire was reported at 1:37 p.m., fire crews initially had difficulty reaching the fire because of brush on the hillside, said Fire Services ...

Hawaiian raises checked bag fees

Hawaiian Airlines has increased checked bags fees by $5 for first and second bags on flights between Hawaii and North America, according to the announcement. Now, the first and second checked bag fees are $30 and $40, respectively, according to an announcement. The fee change was effective ...

Speaker to discuss Puu Kukui watershed

Pomaika‘i Kaniaupio-Crozier, conservation manager for the Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve, will speak during a Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului. The meeting is open to the public; lunch is available from the restaurant’s menu. Puu Kukui ...

DHHL to receive $1.59 million

The state Department of Hawaiian Homelands will get $1.59 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for transmission and reliability improvements to the Hoolehua water system on Molokai, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has announced. More than 2,000 Molokai residents depend on the water ...

Nominations for People Who Made a Difference sought

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2018. These could include ...

Corrections

• Kristen Spees and Andy Marchelo were married on Oct. 31 and won first place in the Lahaina Halloween costume contest later that day. Because of information provided to The Maui News, the wrong last name was printed for the couple in a story and captions published Nov. 2 on Page A3. * The ...

Courage at sea rescues disabled ship

KIHEI — On an overcast afternoon in May 1952, a young petty officer from Molokai singlehandedly helped a U.S. Coast Guard cutter avert disaster off the coast of Oahu — a heroic act that went unrecognized for 66 years. On Monday, former Petty Officer 3rd Class Mitchell Pauole Lani, now 87 ...

County median home price climbs to near record levels

The October median price of a single-family home in Maui County came within $6,000 of the $780,000 record set in May 2005 and tied in July 2006, the dizzying heights reached before the real estate bubble burst nationally in 2008. The Realtors Association of Maui reports that the October ...

Day of Hope for cancer care

First photo: New Jersey’s Max Schwartzbard, 10, leads the 5K pack at the start of Saturday’s 29th annual Day of Hope Run sponsored by the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. A total of 393 runners and walkers participated in the event, which helped raise money to support Hawaii’s cancer ...

Man stops drinking; gets no additional jail time

The Maui News WAILUKU — With family members saying a man had stopped drinking and “made tremendous changes” after being arrested for abusing and threatening his wife, he was spared additional jail time when he was sentenced last month. Theodore Sniffen, 41, of Wailuku was placed on ...

Nominations for People Who Made a Difference sought

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2018. These could include ...

Corrections

• Kula meeting. A Kula Community Association meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and displays of a proposed solar farm, which will be discussed later at the meeting. For more information, call 283-4376. The meeting time and ...

Divers haul in large catch of debris, plastic from marine monument

HONOLULU (AP) — A team of divers hauled in nearly 165,000 pounds of abandoned fishing nets and plastic waste during a cleanup expedition at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, federal officials said. The 18 divers left Sept. 19 and returned Oct. 29 from a trek to the chain of isles ...

Vets recall battles abroad and struggle back home

KIHEI — Fifty years after he was deployed to Vietnam, the first memory that comes to Wayne Nahooikaika’s mind is not the bombs and bullets, but the calmness of the countryside, a sliver of peace in the war-torn country. “We used to fly tree-top level, so you can really look at the ...

Veterans eat for free Monday in Paia

Rock & Brews in Paia will be serving free meals to veterans, military personnel and first responders in honor of the Veterans Day holiday today. The restaurant will offer a choice of either a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side dish or a strawberry fields salad. An employee ...