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Burned-out vehicles mar scenic ocean views

A burned-out camper truck sits along North Kihei Road on Wednesday afternoon. The truck, moped and van looked to be a makeshift homeless camp set up between the road and Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. The county Department of Environmental Management said Thursday that it received the ...

Additional charges for man accused in robbery

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man charged with robbing a Wailuku business is facing additional charges alleging he illegally possessed ammunition and drugs. Kapuaoheoheolanieh Harrell, 30, of Wailuku was arrested Tuesday on charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition, third-degree ...

Woman pulled by hair from vehicle

A Hana woman was arrested Monday after she allegedly reached into a vehicle and assaulted another woman, who was grabbed by the hair and pulled out through the driver’s door, according to police. Shanice Hoopii Sinenci, 25, was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor ...

Man charged in vehicle theft

Bail was set at $1,000 for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle when he was stopped for a traffic violation Tuesday afternoon in Lahaina, according to police. Alika Pali, 39, who gave no local address, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree theft and ...

Man caught in closed facility

A 22-year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon when he was found in the Waikapu Community Center, which is closed for renovation, according to police. Shawn Magallanes was charged with second-degree burglary, resisting arrest and fourth-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at ...

Work at busy intersection begins

Work at the Puunene Avenue-Kuihelani Highway-Airport Access Road intersection to widen lanes and shoulders and to install a new traffic signal system began this week and should be completed by the end of the month, the state Department of Transportation said. Work will be occurring 8 a.m. to ...

Resurfacing of Haiku roads set

Resurfacing and other work has begun on Peahi and Pauwela roads in Haiku, which is expected to continue until April 5, the county Public Works Department said. Motorists are advised to exercise caution through the area. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, except on holidays. Maui ...

WMTA to hold annual meeting

Updates on the Kahoma Village affordable housing project, the West Maui hospital and ocean safety efforts in West Maui will be discussed at the West Maui Taxpayers Association annual meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mayor Michael Victorino, West Maui residency ...

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge remain locked

The gates at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge remain locked Wednesday morning. Signs posted say the refuge is closed due to "the lapse in federal appropriations.” Though the sign said the refuge was closed and that access is prohibited, people were parking outside the gates and ...

Maintaining autonomy is key to local Scout backers

KAHULUI — The Maui County Boy Scout Council will prepare its own budget and have its own executive committee to manage local programs if the century-old council merges with the larger Aloha Council. However, those attending a community meeting Tuesday expressed concern about representation ...

Man in alleged mall attack had a murder conviction

WAILUKU – A man arrested for allegedly forcing a woman into a men’s bathroom stall and threatening to sexually assault her at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center has a criminal past that includes being found guilty of murder for a stabbing in Kahului more than 40 years ago. Raymond Birano Jr., 58, ...

Shopper robbed of purse at gunpoint

KAHULUI — Police are searching for two suspects in a gunpoint robbery of a 55-year-old shopper at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center on Wednesday afternoon. Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said that at about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, an unidentified male and a female accomplice approached a ...

ML&P fined $230K for wastewater effluent violations

The state Department of Health has ordered Maui Land & Pineapple Co. to pay $230,000 in fines for 15 wastewater effluent violations at the Haliimaile wastewater treatment plant. The department announced the notice of violation on Wednesday and also ordered the company to build a new ...

Sunset memory

Mark Larson snaps a sunset photo of Liz Lagerberg on Wednesday evening at Kealia. The Olympia, Wash., couple said they had just arrived on Maui after leaving cold, rainy weather back home. Lagerberg said she has been visiting the island almost yearly since she was a child. “It feels like ...

Waterline work in Kahana

Water will be turned off and traffic affected due to waterline work tonight and Friday morning in front of the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center, the county Department of Water Supply announced. Work will begin at 8 p.m. today and is expected to be completed by 4 a.m. Friday, the department ...

Preparing false tax returns charged

A former tax preparer was arrested Wednesday on 26 counts alleging she helped prepare false 2014 tax returns. Nicole Rapoza, who is also known as Myrtle A. Gomes, was arrested in Lahaina by state Department of Taxation special agents and sheriff’s deputies, according to a news release from ...

Napili playground closed for repairs

The Napili Park playground will be closed from today through Sunday to allow for repairs caused by recent vandalism, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said. The playground will reopen on Monday. For more information on the closure, contact the department’s West District Office ...

Panel OKs Kapalua rock wall agreement

WAILUKU — The Maui Planning Commission has approved a settlement agreement between Maui County and the Kapalua Resort Association, which dismantled a rock wall on its property without permits in June 2017. The agreement requires the association to pay a $15,000 fine up front and a potential ...

No TSA problems at Kahului Airport for now

KAHULUI — Airport and Transportation Security Administration officials report business as usual at Kahului Airport despite the partial federal government shutdown moving into its 18th day Tuesday and national reports of staff shortages slowing air travel. Maui District Airports Manager ...

Two more banks offer help to federal workers

The Maui News Two more banks, Central Pacific Bank and American Savings Bank, announced Tuesday that they are offering special loan programs and loan payment options for federal workers affected by the partial federal shutdown. Bank of Hawaii announced last week that it was offering special ...