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Famed navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Nainoa Thompson, (second photo), shown Thursday during a stop in Olowalu, sald that he has not been able to determine why Honolua Bay was selected as Hokule‘a’s launching point from the islands in the historic 1976 voyage. Hokule‘a returned to Honolua Bay, the place where it began its maiden voyage to Tahiti, on Thursday.
• The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Welcome Hokule‘a

Nainoa Thompson remembers watching Hokule‘a depart Honolua Bay for Tahiti on May 1, 1976. He was in his 20s and didn’t realize what it meant at the time. But he knew there was “clearly a lot of fear” surrounding the canoe’s first long-distance voyage. “You didn’t understand it ...

Visit dream come true for Mauian paralyzed by a ‘medical mystery’

Ten minutes after she woke up on New Year’s Day 2013, Kahului resident Mahealani Bettencourt suddenly found herself paralyzed from the waist down. “No warning, no nothing,” Bettencourt said. “It’s a medical mystery.” With no family to support her, Bettencourt has been learning ...

Some Lahaina routes restored

While some progress was reported Thursday in easing suspended public school bus services on Maui, the battle for public opinion escalated. The state Department of Education reported some restoration of bus services beginning Monday in West Maui, and it said the Maui shortage of qualified ...

Wailuku patrol officers Colleen Loo and Bethany Cravalho-Parker wave on Thursday atop Walmart in Kahului as part of the 16th annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Maui. 
• Maui Police Department / KAMUELA MAWAE photo

Up on roof for charity

Wailuku patrol officers Colleen Loo and Bethany Cravalho-Parker wave on Thursday atop Walmart in Kahului as part of the 16th annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Maui. Off-duty officers will be on the roof from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Donations ...

Joseph Oania talks with his attorney, Benjamin Acob, during a break in his testimony Thursday afternoon. Oania testified as a prosecution witness in the 2nd Circuit Court trial of his son, Brandon Oania (second photo).
• The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Defendant’s dad doesn’t directly implicate son

WAILUKU — A man accused of setting a fire at a Kahului gas station told his father to leave seconds before flames erupted at the pump, the father said Thursday. Testifying in the 2nd Circuit Court trial of Brandon Oania, Joseph Oania said he had almost driven out of the parking lot at Tesoro ...

Injured pedestrian, 14, sent to Oahu

A 14-year-old girl injured in a pedestrian accident Monday in Kahului was taken to Oahu that day for further medical evaluation, police said. Another teenager, also 14, sustained less-serious injuries, police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said. The Kahului teenagers were struck by the driver ...

Snorkeler who died in Honolua Bay ID’d

A snorkeler who was pronounced dead Wednesday after he was pulled from the water at Honolua Bay was identified as 58-year-old William Torrie of Alberta, Canada, police said. Witnesses said the man got into trouble while snorkeling in the bay and became unresponsive, said Maui police spokesman ...

Child car seat inspection Saturday

Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 Imports on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up ...

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Practice makes perfect on the water

(First Photo): U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Tim Jones deploys a 200-foot-long oil containment boom as part of a training exercise off Sugar Beach on Wednesday morning. Assisting are Boatswain’s Mate 3 Zachary Smith (next to Jones) and Marine Science Technician Joey Guajardo. The annual training ...

Some police officers responding to protesters trying to block a wide load of telescope parts headed up Haleakala wore body cameras like the officer shown. The convoy reached the protesters in the early morning of Aug. 2 on Haleakala Highway fronting King Kekaulike High School.
• The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Chief: Body camera video showed MPD officers acted by the book with protesters

KAHULUI — A preliminary review of police body camera footage during a protest against a convoy of telescope materials headed to the Haleakala summit shows officers followed procedures and acted properly, Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu said Wednesday. The Police Department spent more than $35,000 ...

On Wednesday, Hokule‘a departed Sand Island on Oahu and headed for West Maui. The canoe will stop at Olowalu this morning to celebrate the designation of the reef as a “Mission Blue Hope Spot” before sailing into Honolua Bay 
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• Polynesian Voyaging Society KAIPO KI‘AHA photo

Hokule‘a begins Mahalo, Hawai‘i Sail today

The Maui News – Hokule‘a’s arrival at Honolua Bay today will mark the start of the voyaging canoe’s Mahalo, Hawai‘i Sail and kick off a weekend of events celebrating the canoe’s return after a three-year world tour. On Wednesday, Hokule‘a departed Sand Island on Oahu and headed ...

Panel wants to make whale watching a Hawaiian experience

KIHEI — Hawaiian cultural workshops for tour operators would be one of the ways officials would like to incorporate island culture in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary plans and activities. It is part of a vision of Sol Kaho‘ohalahala, chairman of the ...

Under voluntary curbs, Upcountry water consumption shows no decline

The Maui News – The county water department’s call for voluntary water restrictions Upcountry moved into its fourth week this week with the department reporting Wednesday that “there has been no noticeable decline in consumption overall.” The Department of Water Supply issued the ...

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College helps new class of freshmen get oriented

(First Photo): University of Hawaii Maui College incoming freshmen Anthony Buendia (from left) of Alaska and Leighton Domingo of Lahaina converse with associate professor of art Mike Takemoto during Wednesday morning’s welcome to new students. School officials said more than 600 freshmen are ...

Haiku cook sparks container fire

An old shipping container caught fire as a Haiku man was smoking meat nearby Wednesday afternoon, said fire officials. While smoking the meat, he went to lunch and returned after smelling smoke, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto. The pallet under the smoker had caught fire, which spread ...

Visitor drowns in waters off Honolua

A 58-year-old man from Alberta, Canada, apparently drowned off Honolua Bay on the west side Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters received a call at 2:18 p.m. from someone yelling for assistance in the water, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto. The visitor was snorkeling ...

Brush fire burns near Nakalele Point

A brush fire near the parking area for the Nakalele Point blowhole on the northwest side of the island burned 2 acres Wednesday before being doused, fire officials said. Firefighters got the call at 10:50 a.m and a Napili crew was on scene at 11:12 a.m. The fire was burning about 100 yards on ...

Produce program to help seniors

Low income seniors may be eligible for fresh produce through the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program at the Upcountry Farmers Market. In the program administered through Maui Economic Opportunity, qualified seniors will receive $50 worth of coupons to exchange for fresh, unprocessed ...

Haleakala National Park specialty license plates are available through the county Division of Motor Vehicles. Revenues generated from the plate will go to the park.
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New license plates support Haleakala

Haleakala National Park specialty license plates are available at county motor vehicle departments throughout the state, including Maui County, park officials said. The specialty license plate program, which also includes one for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii island, supports the ...

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Rocking the matching outfits

Orange County, Calif., mom Jenny Aslan pushes daughter Audrey on a Kamaole III Beach Park swing in Kihei on Tuesday afternoon. Jenny Aslan, who said the matching outfits were her husband’s idea, said that at 1-1/2 years old, Audrey is already showing she has a feisty character. “She’s a ...