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Twenty-one inmates from MCCC sent to Halawa

Twenty-one inmates were identified as “aggressively” participating in a disturbance Monday at the Maui Community Correctional Center and were transported Thursday to Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu. “Although these detainees are pretrial status, the circumstances dictate this ...

Former coach indicted for sex assault

The Maui News Former Seabury Hall girls basketball coach Jonathan Furtado has been indicted on multiple felony charges alleging he sexually assaulted a teenage girl, starting nearly a decade ago. The 18-count indictment, returned March 8 by a Maui County grand jury, charges Furtado with 17 ...

Man arrested for assault on girl, 3

The Maui News Bail has been set at $250,000 for a man who was arrested for allegedly entering a 3-year-old Kihei girl’s bedroom and sexually assaulting her early Sunday, police said. Dalton Steuer, 24, of Haiku is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree sexual assault and ...

Boeing 737 Max is grounded at Kahului Airport

A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max has been grounded at Kahului Airport and is shown in this photo taken Thursday. (A photo published on Page A1 on Thursday showed the wrong plane. The Maui News apologizes for the error.) The plane was grounded after Flight 417 from Los Angeles landed at 11:18 ...

New executive director named for Hui Malama

The Maui News Chelsie Haunga Evans has been named the new executive director of the nonprofit Maui Hui Malama, which provides educational services to youths. She replaces Pualani Enos, who is leaving to join the Lili‘uokalani Trust, an agency news release said. Enos will remain on the job ...

Brown-water advisory posted for West Maui

The Maui News A brown-water advisory has been posted from Honolua to Honokowai due to storm runoff from heavy rain, the state Department of Health said Thursday. The public is advised to stay out of floodwaters and runoff due to possible contamination from overflowing cesspools and sewers. ...

‘Renaissance man’ Reeser, former national park superintendent, dies

Former Haleakala National Park Superintendent Donald W. Reeser died at his home Saturday after an illness. Reeser, 80, led the park from 1988 until his retirement in 2005. During that time and after his retirement, he was actively engaged in conservation and community projects. Reeser was ...

Liquor Department proposes new rules

WAILUKU — The Liquor Control Department is proposing new rules that include allowing dispensers and restaurants to sell liquor for off-premises consumption. On Wednesday, the Liquor Control Commission voted to let the department move forward with the wide-ranging rules, which must now ...

Boeing 737 Max is grounded in Kahului

A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max sat on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on Wednesday after arriving from Los Angeles and its return flight was canceled in the wake of the Federal Aviation Administration’s order to ground the jetliners. The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max jetliner that ...

Man accepts 5-years in prison to get away from jail

WAILUKU — Describing “out of control” conditions at the Maui Community Correctional Center, an inmate said he was hoping to be sent to an Oahu facility after being resentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term. “MCCC is out of control now,” said Kaleo Kuahuia, 28, who was among ...

Bringing a fallen leaf to life

Baldwin High School junior Kahiau Wong, 17, focuses on a close-up shot of a fallen leaf Tuesday morning during a landscape photography class on the school campus. “I think that I can be creative,” Wong said. “It is a creative outlet for me.” The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

5.5 quake at Kilauea felt in Maui County

The Maui News A 5.5 magnitude earthquake beneath Kilauea volcano at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday was felt on Maui and Molokai, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The earthquake was centered about 7.5 miles southeast of the Kilauea caldera near the Holei Pali area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ...

Soft opening for Malalani Saturday

A soft opening for the Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association Malalani, or heavenly garden, in Keokea town is set for Saturday. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next door to Grandma’s Coffee House on a site with signage, landscaping and a farmers market. The free event will ...

Preschool offers tuition assistance

The Preschool Open Doors program will offer preschool tuition assistance for eligible families for the upcoming year, July 1 through June 30, 2020. Applications are due by March 29 to be considered. They can be sent to the Oahu POD office at 560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, Honolulu 96817; ...

Lokelani Robotics holds fundraiser

A Lokelani Robotics Worlds Fundraiser Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lokelani Intermediate School. The event will raise money for the “Kolohe Kids” Lokelani robotics team to attend the 2019 VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville, Ky. in April. There will be a rummage ...

Car, booster seat inspections Saturday

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 ...

Mayor delivers inaugural State of the County

PUKALANI — Mayor Michael Victorino voiced his support for a state House water bill, an underpass to Kihei high school and the Wailuku Civic Complex in his inaugural State of the County address on Tuesday night. State and county officials and local residents gathered at the King Kekaulike ...

Jail lockdown lifted morning after disturbance

A lockdown at the Maui Community Correctional Center was lifted Tuesday morning, a day after inmates broke fire sprinklers and started a small fire, causing significant damage to two modules housing pretrial inmates. The disturbance in one module was reported just before 3 p.m. Monday, when ...

Era ending for Maui’s Boy Scouts

WAILUKU — Maui’s Boy Scouts of America council voted unanimously Monday night to merge with the regional Oahu-based Aloha Council, signaling an end to nearly a century of independence and hailing the start of a unified Hawaii program. Set to celebrate 100 years of Scouting next year as ...

Most testifiers back Guzman

WAILUKU — The majority of the 14 testifiers at a Maui County Council committee meeting Tuesday expressed support for Mayor Michael Victorino’s appointment of former Council Member Don Guzman as Maui County Prosecuting Attorney. Guzman is Victorino’s second pick for the top prosecutor ...