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Testimony: Man punched in Paia died of brain bleed

WAILUKU — A man who fell back and hit his head on asphalt when he was punched in the jaw on a Paia sidewalk died of bleeding in his brain, a forensic pathologist testified Wednesday. Dr. Lindsey Harle performed an autopsy on 45-year-old Fabian Martinez, who was pronounced dead two days ...

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Big signs, big smiles, big opening for new store

First photo: Lowe’s Home Improvement Kahului pro specialist Justin Duarte adjusts a display at the end of an aisle in the new store off Hookele Street on Wednesday afternoon. The store’s old location at Maui Marketplace on Dairy Road closed at 1 p.m. Wednesday to allow employees time to get ...

Judge trims mayor’s liability in wrongful termination lawsuit

A U.S. district judge late last month whittled down the number of claims against Mayor Alan Arakawa in his personal capacity in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former Film Commissioner Harry Donenfeld. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Dec. 28 ruled on a motion asking for the ...

Woman ordered to pay back money taken from sick friend’s account

WAILUKU — A Wailuku woman was ordered to repay money or face incarceration after she was arrested for stealing from a friend’s bank account when he was flown to Oahu for emergency surgery. Samantha Kepoo had her sentencing delayed from last week until March 9 to give her time to repay the ...

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Connecting with his pitch

Wailuku’s Justice Wakamatsu, 7, connects with a fastball at Hitter’s Paradise while dad Jason Wakamatsu waits on a slow softball on Dec. 29. Justice is an infielder for the coach-pitch Phillies. The stop at the Kihei batting cage was just one of the day’s adventures as the family enjoyed ...

Ed Divita, a partner with Discovery Land Co., begins a presentation on the 47-acre Makena Resort at a Maui Planning Commission meeting Tuesday. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Panel votes to defer action on Makena project

WAILUKU — With dozens of testifiers calling for a more rigorous study on the proposed Makena Resort, the Maui Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to defer the final environmental assessment for the 47-acre project. Commissioners asked developers ATC Makena Holdings and Discovery ...

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Witness: ‘D.J. punched Fabian’

WAILUKU — Two men had been exchanging words for a minute or two on a Paia sidewalk before one man punched the other, who fell back and hit his head on the road, a witness said Tuesday. “D.J. punched Fabian,” Brook Cretton said. “It was really fast.” Testifying in the 2nd Circuit ...

ACLU complaint cites jail, prison overcrowding as unconstitutional

The ACLU of Hawaii Foundation filed a complaint last week with the U.S. Justice Department citing overcrowding in Hawaii prisons — including Maui Community Correctional Center, whose prison population in November was more than double the designed bed capacity for the Wailuku jail. The ...

Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Hawaiian Airlines, speaks during a luncheon Tuesday hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce at the Maui Beach Hotel. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Hawaiian Air working to resume flight service to Kapalua Airport

KAHULUI — Hawaiian Airlines is “very, very close” to returning service to the Kapalua Airport in West Maui, which will be outfitted with a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, according to company and state Department of Transportation officials. Maui Airports District ...

This Maui Bus window was shot by what is believed to be a BB or pellet gun while on the Wailuku Loop last month. There were four shooting incidents involving the Maui Bus in December, and the county is seeking the public’s help in finding the shooters. County of Maui photo

Public help needed to find bus shooters

The Maui News Windows of Maui buses traveling the Wailuku Loop were shot and cracked by what are believed to be BB or pellet guns in four incidents in December, the County of Maui said Tuesday. The county is asking the public’s help in identifying the shooter or ...

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Public hearing on council committee formation is Monday

The Maui News The Maui County Council will hold a special meeting on Monday to handle matters left over from its Jan. 2 meeting, including establishing the body’s standing committees and referring various matters to appropriate committees. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. in Council ...

Emergency source of water in Hana still in use; OK to drink

The Maui News The Department of Water Supply issued a state Department of Health-required notice that it is continuing to use the new Wakiu Well C on an emergency basis, following pump problems in the old well in December that led to low water pressure in parts of East Maui. In issuing the ...

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Woman charged for theft of wallet A Kahului woman was arrested for theft for taking a wallet that another woman had forgotten at the checkout counter of a Wailuku store last month, police said. Justine Ai, 25, was charged with second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $1,000. The owner ...

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First Healthfest set for mall Saturday Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will present its inaugural Healthfest from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature an interactive fitness challenge by Justin Yanagida of Yanagida Strength and Fitness; healthy cooking demonstrations by ...

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Earning money for concert tickets

Good friends Lexi Cowan (left), 12, and Maile Cacal, 12, try their hands at entrepreneurship Saturday morning while tending a homemade lemonade stand in Kahana. The table set up across from the popular “S Turns” surf spot featured fresh-squeezed juice from limes picked from a tree in ...

Attempted-murder suspect Tisse Henriksen leaves Wailuku District Court after his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Victim describes stabbing attack

WAILUKU — A homeless man said he was trying to protect a relative when he was stabbed four times during a scuffle with another man on the porch of a former real estate office in Kahului early New Year’s Day. “I felt something warm on my face,” Kalani Wright said. “My arm was ...

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Two committee resolutions offered

Maui County Council Members Riki Hokama and Kelly King have submitted different resolutions regarding the council’s standing committees and its members in a prelude to a public hearing Monday afternoon. In a 13 1/2-hour meeting that began Jan. 2 and continued into Jan. 3, the council ...

A sample of green coffee beans damaged by the coffee berry borer sits on display at the Kula Community Center during an informational meeting for local coffee farmers Monday. Last Thursday, the state Department of Agriculture reported an infestation in East Maui. If Maui residents are diligent, the beetle population can be caught early and controlled, experts said. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Farmers get tips in battle against coffee berry borer

Clive Drew was planning on buying 1,600 coffee trees to grow in Omaopio this year when he found out the coffee berry borer had made its way to Maui. “The number one thing is, do I really want to do it?” Drew wondered Monday. Drew isn’t ready to abandon his coffee-growing hopes yet, ...

Two killed in Molokai crashes

The Maui News The first two traffic fatalities of the year occurred on Molokai in separate crashes on Friday and Saturday, police reported Monday. The Friday crash occurred at 10:43 p.m. on Kaula Road in Kaluakoi. A 2013 Kia multipurpose vehicle was traveling east on Kaula Road when it ...

Court denies man’s request to get out of jail early

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Wailuku man is serving a six-month jail term for firing shots in a Spreckelsville neighborhood six years ago, after a judge denied the defendant’s request to be released from jail last month. Richard Garvis, 52, had pleaded no contest to first-degree reckless ...