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Bridge weight limits are being trimmed

The Maui News Weight limits on five Maui bridges are being trimmed and new signs will be up by Thursday, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The department explained that it is putting the new weight limits in place following a recent reassessment of how the state ...

Tokyo man, 74, pulled from water

A 74-year-old man from Tokyo was pulled from the waters fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa on Tuesday afternoon and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, Maui fire officials said. The man was found floating facedown about 100 feet from shore on the south ...

Flash flood watch posted today

A flash flood watch for Maui County has been posted from this morning to Thursday afternoon by the National Weather Service. An area of low pressure is approaching the islands from the northwest, possibly bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms to the county today. The rain will affect urban ...

Woman arrested for passing checks

A Napili woman was arrested Monday after she cashed checks from a man’s checkbook that was stolen from his vehicle, according to police. Deann Rederos, 31, was charged with second-degree theft and four counts of second-degree forgery. Her bail was set at $20,000. Police said Rederos ...

Man charged with 2nd-degree robbery

An 18-year-old Wailuku man was arrested after he was identified as having grabbed a wallet from a man sitting on a table in front of a Wailuku restaurant Thursday morning, according to police. Chad Kaohu was charged with second-degree robbery. The robbery was reported at about 9 a.m. when ...

Local Briefs

Presentation titled ‘Body and Soil’ Vincent Mina of Kahanu Aina Greens will give a presentation titled “Body and Soil . . . Having a Sense of Humus” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Akaku Upstairs Salon Series, 333 Dairy Road in Kahului. Mina and his wife, Irene, have owned and ...

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Taking flight at science olympiad

First photo: Baldwin High School sophomore Heather Osterstock, 16, watches her team’s helicopter rise into the air after releasing it inside the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Ka‘a‘ike Building on Saturday morning while competing in the Maui Regional Science Olympiad. The ...

GREG KAUFMAN – Pacific Whale Foundation founder

Pioneer of whale watching, PWF founder dies

Greg Kaufman, founder of the 38-year-old Pacific Whale Foundation and a pioneer of whale watching on Maui, died Saturday. The Haiku resident, originally from Hillsboro, Ore., was 63 years old and had been battling brain cancer. Services are pending. Last month, the foundation announced that ...

Report: New ferry system not feasible

A ferry system to relieve Lahaina-bound traffic jams and shuttle sports teams within Maui County isn’t in the cards, at least for now. A state Department of Transportation study published in December concluded that an interisland ferry system just isn’t cost-effective at this point. And, ...

Parolee gets 20-year prison term for dealing drugs again

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man who was on parole when he was arrested for drug dealing was sentenced Monday to a 20-year prison term. “I made a bad choice again,” Adam Evert said in court. “I just got to move forward from here.” Evert, 36, of Wailuku was sentenced after he ...

Pharmacy robber is resentenced to prison

The Maui News WAILUKU — After being arrested for drunken driving days after his release from jail, a Kula man was resentenced Monday to a 10-year prison term for robbing the pharmacy at Longs Drugs in Pukalani. John Naauao Jr., 31, had admitted he violated his probation in the robbery ...

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Rain runoff is making driving to Kihei hazardous

Kealia Pond is full, primarily from recent rains, according to Tara M. Owens, coastal processes and hazards specialist with UH Sea Grant College Program. If North Kihei Road was not crowned for drainage purposes, it might be flooded too. She explained Monday that at any given time the water ...

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State Supreme Court dismisses charge against Maui publisher

The Maui News The state Supreme Court has dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a weekly tabloid publisher who was detained when he used his cellphone to videotape a police traffic enforcement operation six years ago. In an opinion filed Dec. 14, the court said “the record does not ...

Lahaina man dies in waters off East Maui

The Maui News A 38-year-old Lahaina man died Sunday while swimming in the ocean at the spot known as Puka Maui in the Kailua area of East Maui, a fire official said. Police identified the man as Kevin Grealish. After emergency crews responded to the 12:25 p.m. call, a rescue crew aboard ...

Brush fire burns about 1 acre

A brush fire on the mauka side of Honoapiilani Highway at the Kuihelani Highway intersection Monday afternoon burned about 1 acre, Maui fire officials said. Responding to a 2:44 p.m. call by passing motorists of smoke and flames, a Wailuku crew was on scene about 10 minutes later, said Fire ...

Leaky roof prompts Molokai office move

The majority of the county offices in the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai will be moving to room No. 300 in the Moore Center at 2 Kamoi St. later this week due to a leaky roof. The offices of the Real Property Assessment/Collections, planning, water and Development Services ...

Waterline work to disrupt traffic today

The water department will be replacing a service lateral on Kealaloa Avenue in Makawao today, which will result in traffic disruptions. From 8 a.m. to noon, Kealaloa Avenue will be open to local traffic only between Makawao Avenue and Paniolo Place, the Department of Water Supply said. ...

W. Maui roadwork starts Wednesday

Resurfacing and other improvements to Ainakea Road and Wahikuli Road in West Maui will start Wednesday. Work will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor has 60 working days to complete the project, according to the county website. The $412,900 project ...

Parks permit office to open 2 hours late

The county Parks and Recreation permit office at the War Memorial Gym will be opening two hours late Wednesday. The central office in Wailuku will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day to allow for training time. The office usually opens at 8 a.m. For more information, contact the permit ...

Tai Beck (from right), Kayla McCarthy and Jet Cosmo pose in the Paia Youth & Cultural Center on Sunday, two days after officially completing the Community Emergency Response Team program for teens. Hawaii is one of eight states piloting the program, which teaches disaster preparedness skills to youths. The goal is to train 125 youth across the state, including 75 in Maui County. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Teens prep for disaster

The Paia Youth & Cultural Center was full of wailing, injured kids. A broken leg here, a severed hand there, and even someone going into labor. But the eight teenagers dressed in hard hats and reflective vests didn’t panic. They fashioned a splint for the leg, carried the wounded out on ...