Local News

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It’s never too early for water safety lessons

Shannon Pua‘a gives daughter Marlene, 2, a swimming lesson Friday afternoon at the Kihei Aquatic Center. They were swimming with Marlene’s sisters, Cerene, 4, and Wiline, 8, and dad, Engineering Petty Officer Kenny Pua‘a. He is stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Station Maui in Maalaea. ...

Plea deal, payment of restitution gets man released from jail

The Maui News WAILUKU — After paying $20,000 toward restitution and agreeing to pay at least $20,000 more, a man was released from jail Wednesday while he awaits sentencing in a felony theft case. Under terms of his supervised release, Robert Bodden, 54, was allowed to travel to New ...

County/In Brief

Seat belt enforcement to begin Monday Beginning Monday, police will be targeting seat belt violations as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign. During the two-week campaign, police traffic and patrol officers will cite drivers and passengers who aren’t properly using seat ...

Free child car seat and booster inspections set

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 on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the ...

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Keiki harvest their pizza toppings

Kamalii Elementary School kindergartners from Annie Queirolo’s class add fresh vegetable toppings to a pizza during Tuesday morning’s Harvest Festival. The school is one of a dozen on the island to have garden programs supported by the organization Grow Some Good. “Our roots are ...

Alexander & Baldwin has established Kulolio Ranch in Hamakuapoko, a grass-fed cattle pasture operation. The formation of the ranch on 4,000 acres comes after trials that began in late 2015 on old Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. lands. Alexander & Baldwin photo

Partnership rounded up for cattle ranching on former sugar lands

Alexander & Baldwin has entered the ranching business on Maui, forming Kulolio Ranch in Hamakuapoko in a diversified agriculture venture on 4,000 acres of old Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar lands. The ranch, a wholly owned subsidiary of A&B, will be collaborating with Maui Cattle ...

Mazie Hirono

Hirono discloses kidney cancer

The Associated Press and The Maui News WASHINGTON — Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono is undergoing treatment for kidney cancer and says she has a favorable prognosis from her doctor in Washington. She will undergo surgery to remove a kidney today, a spokesman said. The first-term Democrat ...

A bright orange light shoots into the sky Monday night as part of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s new guided-laser system at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex atop Haleakala. ROBERT FUGATE photo

New guided laser added to satellite tracking system

A bright orange beam of light shot into space Monday night from atop Haleakala to signify the operation of a new guided-laser system at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex, a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory said. The Air Force’s $9.5 million Sodium Guidestar is attached ...

Steven Capobianco

Capobianco enters no-contest pleas

The Maui News WAILUKU — Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco pleaded no contest Tuesday to five criminal charges in a plea deal wrapping up his remaining cases. The plea agreement recommends that Capobianco be sentenced to five-year prison terms, to be served at the same time as each ...

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That’s one big tent to cover entire condominium

A Mid-Pacific Pest Control crew secures tarps over a section of a Kamaole Sands building in Kihei Tuesday morning while preparing it to be fumigated. Mid-Pacific owner Mark Redeker said the job would require more than 93,000 square feet of tenting to contain the building’s 1.2 million cubic ...

Expanded Plantation Days Museum reopens

The Plantation Days Museum has expanded and reopened to the public on the upper level of The Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina, according to an announcement from the center and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. “Step back in time to the ‘old days’ of West Maui’s plantation era,” the ...

Workshop organizers looking for projects ready for animation

The Maui News Applications are being accepted for a two-day workshop on Maui for 30 people with projects they are interested in developing into animated content. The Creative Lab Hawaii-Animation Ideation Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 and 11 at the Maui Economic ...

Whale sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking applicants to serve on the advisory council for the agency’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The open council seats include primary and alternate members representing Molokai and alternates for Maui, ...

County/In Brief

Kipahulu Visitors Center closed today The Kipahulu Visitor Center will be closed today because of staff training, according to an announcement. The center will reopen Thursday. Meanwhile, Kipahulu hiking trails and restrooms will stay open. The Oheo pools remain closed. Haleakala National ...

Local Briefs

Photojournalist to speak to Kiwanians Maui News photographer and novelist Matthew Thayer will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Tante’s Island Cuisine at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului. Thayer, an award-winning photojournalist, published his ...

Corrections

• Skate park meeting. Improvements at the Kalama Park Skate Park will be discussed during a meeting at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Kihei Community Center. An incorrect day was in an item published on Page A4 Friday. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui News promptly corrects ...

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Maui Brewers Festival is ‘awesome’

Colorado residents Jason Vargas (from left), Jeffrey Regek and Jen Olivarez share a drink with friends Shannon and Bryan Berkowitz of Kahului on Saturday afternoon during the ninth annual Maui Brewers Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The festival was the first stop for the three ...

Baldwin High School junior Cassidy Matschke is the first female infantry soldier with a U.S. Army Airborne contract from the Hawaiian Islands. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Teen receives Airborne infantry contract

KAHULUI — Baldwin High School junior Cassidy Matschke knew she wanted to serve in the military after graduation. What she didn’t know is that she would make history as the first female to enlist and receive a Airborne infantry contract in the state. “It’s quite humbling,” Matschke ...

The World War II Veterans Memorial will soon sit in between the Korean War Memorial (left) and the World War I Memorial at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. The dedication of the World War II Veterans Memorial will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 29.

WWII memorial to be installed at veterans cemetery

Maui veterans are hoping the World War II Veterans Memorial will be up at the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao by next week. The 4 1/2-foot-tall marble piece with gold inscriptions and a replica of the World War II Victory Medal at the top will be the third memorial at the cemetery, placed ...

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Fallen officers honored

Eight-year-old Sarah Agarano lights a candle in honor of her grandfather Cerilo “Bambi” Agarano as her twin brother, Jacob, and their father, police officer Darren Agarano, look on during a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers Monday at Hale Makai police headquarters in ...