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A sign inside the Kmart on Dairy Road in Kahului indicates the store’s final day of business Sunday. Dozens of loyal shoppers came in to snag some last-minute deals. Many said they were sad to bid farewell to Kmart, which was the first big-box store to open on Maui. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Kmart closes its doors on Maui

KAHULUI — Kmart’s last day of business on Maui drew many loyal customers for the same reason it always has over the past two decades: all the great deals. “I think we’re still shopping like the store isn’t closing,” Paia resident Blair Wright said Sunday. “We’re buying things ...

Molokai man sentenced to 18 months in jail

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Molokai man was sentenced Tuesday to an 18-month jail term after he was found with drugs and ammunition last year. Kainoa Lee, 24, of Kaunakakai also was placed on four years’ probation. He could be released early from jail after serving 270 days, which he ...

E-Cycling to be suspended

The county’s electronics recycling program on Maui and Molokai will be suspended for five weeks beginning July 1 in order to implement new processing and Mainland shipping systems, the Department of Environmental Management has announced. The program, which is managed by Habitat for ...

Roadwork to affect isle traffic

Sewer pipe installations will cause nighttime lane closures on Waiehu Beach Road this week, according to the state Department of Transportation. There will be alternating lane closures in both directions between Kahului Beach Road and Eluene Place from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. today through ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 13 to 14. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

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 June 4 to 10. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

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Kamehameha Celebrated

FIRST PHOTO: Princess Hawealani Kahahane, representing the island of Kauai, greets paradegoers as she makes her way down Front Street in Lahaina on Saturday morning during the 2017 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaulea. SECOND PHOTO: Bubba (from left), Missy and Bootsie ...

The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s sailing canoe Hokule‘a arrives at Magic Island on Saturday. -- AP photo

Hokule‘a returns to Hawaii after worldwide voyage

When Jeff Balinbin took his voyaging students to drape a lei over Hokule‘a at the canoe’s homecoming, he might just have been giving them a glimpse of their future. The five intermediate and high school students from Maui have been training to be on the canoe, learning about the stars, ...

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Experts say  elder abuse is happening in all settings

WAIKAPU — The older veteran whose son pushed him down the stairs, the man who kept an elderly woman alive to get her Social Security checks, the overworked caregiver who took the stress out on a patient — all are examples of elder abuse, and often they go unnoticed, experts on aging and ...

The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s sailing canoe Hokule‘a arrives at Magic Island on Saturday. -- AP photo

Thousands turn out to welcome Hokule‘a home

HONOLULU — No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crew members for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature’s cues — ocean swells, stars, ...

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Parade organizers honor Kahoolawe group

Princess Ashley Lehuanani Branco, representing the island of Kahoolawe, waves to paradegoers along Front Street in Lahaina on Saturday morning during the 2017 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaulea. Parade organizers bestowed top honors upon Branco as the Outstanding ...

Auction planned for former HC&S plant

The Maui News An inspection for potential buyers of the former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.’s processing plant will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. A three-day online auction is planned Tuesday through Thursday of the former sugar company’s boiling house, turbogenerators, ...

County Council gives OK to Makila Kai project

The Maui News The Maui County Council approved the 49-unit Makila Kai project in Launiupoko on a 6-2 vote Friday. The measure to clear the way for the fast-track affordable housing project drew “no” votes from Council Members Elle Cochran and Alika Atay. Council Member Don Guzman was ...

Maui Health System, the community hospitals affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, hosts a community meeting Friday afternoon at the Cameron Center to share its vision and hear public input. Speakers were Chief Nurse Executive Gary Kienbaum (from left), Assistant Administrator for Clinical Services Jackie Levy and Chief Medical Director Dr. David Ulin. On July 1, Maui Health System will take over operations at Maui County’s three quasi-public hospitals, including Maui Memorial Medical Center. -- The Maui News / MELISSA TANJI photo

Officials address concerns about hospitals transfer

WAILUKU — Having adequate doctors, access to services for non-Kaiser Permanente members and the possibility of reopening adolescent mental health services were some of the issues brought up during a public meeting Friday. “This is a community hospital,” said Maui Health System Chief ...

Lawsuit: County crew risked more damage following September flood

A Lahaina Department of Public Works crew defied its supervisor following September’s torrential rains and flooding and risked further environmental damage from brown-water runoff, the department’s former chief of field operations and maintenance charges in her federal whistleblower lawsuit ...

Small, white-colored outgrowths from a Maui Grown Therapies cannabis flower, known as Trichomes, can be seen inside the company’s Kula production center. The crystallike hairs contain all the active compounds of cannabis plants. -- Maui Grown Therapies photo

Maui Grown Therapies aims to start medical marijuana sales in mid-July

July 17 is the target date for Maui Grown Therapies to begin selling medical marijuana by appointment only to registered patients, pending certification of a testing lab in Hawaii and other state Department of Health approvals, a spokeswoman said Friday. “It’s very exciting for us, and ...

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Man arrested after allegedly hitting officer with baton

A man was arrested after he took a police officer’s baton and struck him as they struggled Tuesday night in Paia, according to police. Eric Stroeve, 49, of Lahaina was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault, resisting ...

Ex-officer’s chance to keep convictions off record removed

The Maui News WAILUKU — Saying society also was a victim when a former Kihei police officer issued false parking and speeding tickets, a judge Wednesday removed a chance for the defendant to keep convictions off his record. Wailuku District Judge Adrianne Heely granted the prosecution’s ...

Unemployment drops across county

The Maui News Maui County’s unemployment dipped slightly in May to 3 percent, compared with 3.1 percent in May 2016, according to jobless figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Maui island’s unemployment was unchanged at 2.9 percent, while ...

National park seeking input from public on overcrowding

The Maui News Haleakala National Park is accepting comments through July 21 on overcrowding and resource concerns during sunrise while it develops an environmental assessment. People also may comment on the pilot reservation system introduced in February that requires visitors to make an ...