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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 ...

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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 ...

Council Member Elle Cochran addresses Chairman Mike White and fellow council members Monday. Cochran introduced a bill that would ban sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The measure has widespread support but raised legal issues that prompted council members to postpone a decision Monday. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Sunscreen ban is postponed

WAILUKU — There’s plenty of support for a proposed ban on certain sunscreens, but without a signature from county attorneys, some council members aren’t ready to make the final call just yet. Members voted Monday to indefinitely postpone a decision on a bill that would prohibit the ...

Tax rate for short-term rentals created

WAILUKU — The Maui County Council on Monday passed a bill that will establish a new property tax category for short-term rentals. Currently, short-term rental permit holders fall in the commercial classification. In a meeting that picked up where the council left off Friday, members voted ...

Judge keeps bail at $1 million for suspect in drug case

WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $1 million for a man who was arrested after police vice officers reported seizing more than 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine and more than $36,000 in cash during searches of his vehicle and residence in Kahului. Raymond Tofu Aioletuna, 35, had asked to be ...

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Songwriters gather under the Maui stars for a special night of music

First photo: Country music star Eric Church performs Saturday night during the third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. “Maui is so special to me,” he said during the acoustic performance that closed the festival. Taking the stage with ...

High winds, surf continue to roll in

The Maui News A high-surf advisory has been continued for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, and a wind advisory has been issued for the county, both until 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said. A cold front to the north was expected to pass over the state Monday night with ...

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Jackson Browne is coming to the MACC

The Maui News Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will be performing at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on April 8. He will be accompanied by longtime band members Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart ...

California visitor drowns in Kaanapali

The Maui News A 47-year-old visitor from Moorpark, Calif., was pronounced dead after being pulled from the water at Black Rock in Kaanapali on Monday, Fire Department officials said. The California man had been snorkeling with two other family members when he ran into trouble, said Fire ...

Hawaiian to add San Diego to roster

Hawaiian Airlines will begin service between San Diego International Airport and Kahului Airport beginning May 1 and will add a flight between Kahului and Los Angeles International Airport for the summer, the airline announced Monday. Flight HA37 will depart San Diego at 8:15 a.m. and arrive ...

Show talks W. Maui plan on Akaku

An update on the West Maui Community Plan meetings and the long-range planning process will be presented on the hourlong TV show “Your County with Mayor Arakawa” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The show airs on Akaku Maui Community Media Channel 55. Deputy Planning Director Michele McLean and ...

Maui Police Department officer Kamuela Mawae and his pajama-clad 5-year-old son, Micah, help Joshua Paahana-Maciel pick out a toy police car during Sunday’s Shop With a Cop event at Target in Kahului. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photos

Annual Shop With a Cop event moves to Target store

KAHULUI — When Raynelle Saito first told her 5-year-old son that a police officer was going to take him shopping for Christmas presents, the boy was hesitant about going. “A cop took him away from my mom when I was in jail,” Saito said. “He didn’t want to go.” Any reluctance was ...