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This is an artist’s rendering of the first detected interstellar object, named ‘Oumuamua. ESO / M. KORNMESSER graphic

Pan-STARRS telescope spots interstellar object

The first interstellar object observed in the solar system, first spotted by the Pan-STARRS telescope atop Haleakala in October, has a severe elongated shape to the extent never seen before in space objects, according to a University of Hawaii astronomer. The object, named ‘Oumuamua, has a ...

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Students sell poinsettias

Roughly 2,000 poinsettias were prepared for sale Saturday during the University of Hawaii Maui College’s annual Christmas Plant and Pottery Sale at the campus greenhouse and ceramics studio. Horticulture students potted, planted, fertilized and controlled pests while raising the plants in ...

Molokai Red Cross volunteer deployed to California fires

The Maui News A Red Cross volunteer from Molokai has been deployed to Southern California to assist with sheltering and mass care of victims of raging wildfires, the Hawaii Red Cross said Wednesday. In another fire-related development, Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that it will be ...

Bail remains at $16,000 for woman accused of burglarizing hotel room

WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $16,000 for a woman who was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a Maui Beach Hotel room after she had been released on supervision in a stolen-vehicle case. Kyanna Patterson, 22, who has no local address, asked to be released on supervision Wednesday. She ...

New sirens to be tested on Molokai

New emergency sirens will be tested at five Molokai sites between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Friday, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said. The tests, conducted with the Maui County Emergency Management Agency, will be performed at Kalamaula, Kamiloloa, One Ali‘i Park in Kaunakakai, ...

Drop-off date for donations changes

Donations for the 17th annual Christmas Breakfast serving Maui’s less fortunate at Kalama Park in Kihei on Christmas Day will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Hoaloha Park in Kahului. According to an announcement, the date for the drop-off was changed from Saturday to Sunday due ...

‘South Pacific Holiday’ theme of event

The Lahaina Second Friday Town Party begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Campbell Park and the 600 to 900 block of Front Street. The theme for the event will be “South Pacific Holiday.” There will be live music, Christmas carols, crafters and food at venues including The Wharf Cinema Center, The ...

Corrections

• Wind farm. Kaheawa Wind Power II is seeking to increase the number of permitted Hawaiian hoary bat fatalities from 11 to 48 and the permitted nene take from 30 to 41. A story published Nov. 30 on Page A3 incorrectly referenced higher figures that the wind farm had requested earlier this ...

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Celebrating Na Mele O Maui

First photo: Kamehameha Schools Maui high school students sing the song “La‘ieikawai” during Tuesday’s Na Mele O Maui inside the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The popular competition features about a dozen performances from Maui elementary schools to high ...

R.D. Olson Investments II LLC is seeking a special management area use permit to build a 110-unit hotel in Wailea. The project is headed to the Maui Planning Commission after the Urban Design Review Board recommended approval of its design Tuesday. Axis Gfa graphic

Developer unveils Wailea Ike hotel proposal to panel

WAILUKU — The California developer behind the Courtyard by Marriott in Kahului and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Wailea is proposing a new 110-unit hotel in Wailea. R.D. Olson Investments II LLC is requesting a special management area use permit to construct Hotel Ike Wailea on a 3-acre ...

The National Park Service is proposing a plan to rehabilitate the Kalahaku Overlook at Haleakala National Park. Haleakala National Park photo

NPS set to rehabilitate Kalahaku Overlook area

The Maui News The National Park Service will host a public meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss proposed plans to rehabilitate the 9,324-foot-elevation Kalahaku Overlook at Haleakala National Park. The meeting will be held at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, ...

Nearly 1,500 active bird nests and more than 3,200 birds, including shearwater chicks (pictured), live on the Nature Conservancy’s Mo‘omomi Preserve on Molokai. The coastal preserve boasts one of the largest and best protected shearwater colonies in the state. BUTCH HAASE photo

Shearwaters are flocking to Molokai’s Mo‘omomi Preserve

The Maui News The Nature Conservancy’s Mo‘omomi Preserve on Molokai is nearing 1,500 active bird nests and more than 3,200 birds — boasting one of the largest and best protected shearwater colonies in the state, according to an announcement Monday. The 923-acre preserve is the “last ...

County mulling having free WiFi in its facilities

The Maui News Maui County’s Department of Management is trying to gauge the amount of interest by potential vendors to make internet access available at county facilities, including the War Memorial Stadium and Gymnasium, the Lahaina Civic Center, the Iron Maehara Stadium and the South Maui ...

Judge throws out plea deal, hands down prison term

WAILUKU — Citing the “gravity of the crimes,” a judge Thursday sentenced a man to a 10-year prison term for burglarizing one home and trying to burglarize another as part of a crime spree that included stealing and using stolen credit cards. Kainoa Kaoni, 22, was on probation for ...

Wetland restoration is topic of meeting

The Maui Nui Resource Council will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops, according to an announcement. The meeting will be open to the public and include a presentation about restoration plans for the Paniaka wetland at ...

Calif. visitor who drowned identified

A California man who was pronounced dead Monday after being pulled from the ocean at Black Rock in Kaanapali was identified as 47-year-old Andreas K. Roesel of Moorpark, police said. He had been snorkeling with two family members when he was seen waving and yelling for help about 50 feet off ...

Maui girl awarded full ride to MIT

Maui High School senior Laney Flanagan has been offered a full four-year scholarship and admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She obtained the award through QuestBridge’s “College Match” program. QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, Calif. It ...

Local Briefs

Event at park to benefit nonprofits Lokahi Day in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Meadowlands Community Park on Kauhaa Street in Kihei. The community is invited to bring a new, unwrapped gift for any age, nonperishable food item or gift card for donation to Na ...

Corrections

• Short-term rentals. The Maui County Council passed a bill on second and final reading Monday to establish a new property tax category for short-term rentals. If approved by the mayor, the tax rate for that category would be set in the spring during the council’s budget deliberations. A ...

Kahului Elementary School Principal Keoni Wilhelm (right) greets families and staff Monday morning as students returned to class following a suspicious fire Nov. 24 on the campus. Grandmother Teresita Natividad (from left) was dropping of her grandson, Evan Damaso, 8, (not pictured). Walking behind Natividad is teacher Tiffany Matsui and her daughter, kindergartener Mia Matsui. Natividad called the fire “sad.” The Maui News / MELISSA TANJI photo

Students at Kahului Elementary go back to class

KAHULUI — Students returned to Kahului Elementary School on Monday morning after being out of class for more than a week following a suspicious fire that destroyed six classrooms, damaged waterlines and forced Central Maui’s largest elementary school to find classroom space for displaced ...