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Craft fair still going strong

First photo: Seabury Hall parent Kelly Cannon dishes up a fresh salad made with donated Upcountry ingredients Saturday morning during the 49th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair. The annual fundraiser for the school’s scholarship fund is run by an army of volunteer parents, students, staff and ...

Mother of missing hiker: ‘She has to come through this’

MAKAWAO — If anybody can handle an extended period of time in the dark and cold of the Makawao Forest, it’s Amanda Eller, friends and family of the missing hiker say. “She is mentally, spiritually and physically incredibly strong,” Eller’s friend and spokeswoman, Sarah Haynes, said ...

Plaintiffs revise settlement in injection well case

Plaintiffs in the long-standing injection well case against Maui County revised their settlement offer last week after meeting with Mayor Michael Victorino and county attorneys on the case that is currently headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. If settled, the case would end a seven-year legal ...

Maui County’s fallen officers are remembered

First photo: Maui police Detective Jonathan Kaneshiro lights a candle for Maui Police Department officer Gene Williams, who was killed when he was struck by a drunken driver while directing traffic Aug. 9, 1999, at a construction site on Honoapiilani Highway in Kaanapali. Williams was 38. He ...

Man arrested for assaulting nurses

A 21-year-old Haiku man was arrested last week for assaulting two nurses and and attempting to assault a nurse’s aide at Maui Memorial Medical Center, according to police. Elijah Goldberg had been admitted into the Molokini Ward at the hospital when he became agitated while a nurse was ...

Man charged with sexual assault

A 24-year-old Lahaina man was arrested last week after a woman reported he sexually assaulted her at Papalaua Wayside Park in Lahaina, police said. Christian Samonte was charged with second-degree sexual assault and attempted first-degree sexual assault. His bail was set at $70,000. The ...

Swimmers rescued from Black Rock

Lifeguards rescued a man and woman who were clinging to Black Rock in Kaanapali and unable to make it to shore in high surf and strong currents Monday, a fire official said. Lahaina firefighters and ocean safety lifeguards responded to the 2:22 p.m. call after the visitors in their 30s were ...

Housing office closes for training

Maui County’s Housing Division Office will close from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday for an emergency preparedness training exercise, the county announced. Clients, including those with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, are asked to drop off or pick up documents at the office earlier in the day ...

Corrections

• Kekona death. Anthony Kekona Jr. died Jan. 26 at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., according to the state Department of Public Safety. An article published Sunday on Page A1 and continuing on Page A5 contained the wrong date. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui ...

Jacaranda blossoms decorate road

Jacaranda flowers litter the side of Haleakala Highway on Saturday. The trees are native to south-central South America, but have been planted in subtropical areas around the world. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Two are injured in large surf

The Maui News Large surf injured two people in separate incidents over the weekend. At Big Beach in Makena, a 27-year-old male visitor was bodyboarding when he was injured by large shore break shortly before 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Assistant Fire Chief Val Martin. Lifeguards, who ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from April 28 to May 4. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Feeling the beat at 41st Charity Walk

More than 2,400 walkers, along with taiko drummers, gather at the starting line of the 41st annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday at the War Memorial soccer field. Presented by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, the event features food, prizes and entertainment, in addition to ...

On this Mother’s Day …

Maui County’s first lady took motherhood very seriously, forgoing a college education to raise her children, working multiple jobs to pay for their school tuition and just doing “what you have to do” for “the love and betterment” of her children. Joycelyn Victorino “became a mother ...

Infamous murderer recalled for his laughter

While others knew of Anthony Kekona Jr. as a convicted double-murderer, members of his large Hawaiian family remember the laughter he brought to gatherings. “We all love him,” said his younger sister Gracey Gomes. “We’re going to miss him, miss his laughter, miss his funny ...

Official: Upcountry water users a priority

WAILUKU — In the wake of a state legislative session that sank a bill to extend controversial water permits, the County of Maui is assuring 36,000 Upcountry water users it’s working on options to ensure delivery once the current permit expires. Water from East Maui streams on state land is ...

OHA board will be meeting on Maui

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees will be meeting on Maui on Wednesday and Thursday. A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at UH-Maui College’s Paina Building in Kahului. It is an opportunity for board members to listen to concerns of the public and highlight ...

Raising funds for parishioners

Panui Shepard trails Justin Alvarado, 7, as they near the end of Ke Ala Church of Maui “Bikeathon” on Saturday in Kihei. The event was held to raise funds to send parishioners to a summer family camp on Oahu.