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Kamehameha parade, hoolaulea Saturday

The Maui News The Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade down Front Street in Lahaina will go on Saturday morning as scheduled but with a reduced number of horses and units due to an outbreak of a highly contagious bacterial infection. During the final preparations for the parade and ...

Brush fire halts Honoapiilani traffic

A brush fire burned about a quarter-acre along Honoapiilani Highway near Maalaea, closing the highway for about a half-hour Wednesday afternoon, officials said. A Wailuku engine company and Kahului tanker responded to the fire, which was reported at 2:52 p.m. near Milepost 8 on the highway, ...

Cockfight raid nets 2 arrests in Puunene

Two men were arrested Saturday evening when police broke up a cockfight near the Hawaiian Cement quarry off Kaimana Road in Puunene. Police said about 100 people were watching the cockfight. The two men were each seen pitting a gamecock that was fitted with a cockfighting weapon, police ...

Woman has bag, cellphone stolen

A Kihei woman had her bag and cellphone stolen when a male pushed her to the ground while she was walking up Leilani Road from South Kihei Road at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The 36-year-old woman told police she was approached by the unidentified male and an unidentified female ...

Paul Rudd helps open the Maui Film Festival Wednesday evening in Wailea

Maui Film Festival Nova Award winner Paul Rudd talks about his wide-ranging career Wednesday afternoon at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Ant Man’s last visit to Maui was about 15 years ago, when he was dating his now wife, Julie Yaeger. “The first time we were here, we’d say that ...

Festivities honor King Kamehameha I

First photo: Lahainaluna 9th-grader Sisilia Hafaoka, 14, carries a makana, or ceremonial gift, during Tuesday’s King Kamehameha Day celebration at Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina. The event honoring the legendary Hawaiian king was hosted by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Na Kupuna O ...

Council budget in fact $43M more than mayor’s

At a news conference Thursday, the head of the Maui County Council’s budget committee made a statement that ran contrary to previous reports — that the council’s budget was actually lower than the mayor’s. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t give the mayor the $869.5 million that he asked ...

[VIDEO] Augie T. brings laughs to new Maui comedy

KIHEI — Augie T. doesn’t skip a beat. The local comedian was busy pulling off his lines as the star of a new Maui film and juggling recordings for his daily Oahu and Kauai radio show — all while still cracking jokes during downtime. “It’s nice to finally honor my fat relatives” ...

Police have ‘good’ visit at youth center

KIHEI — At first, some youths weren’t sure what to make of the arrival of four uniformed police officers Thursday morning at the Kihei Youth Center. “A lot of the kids were asking what we were doing there, if we were looking for someone,” said officer Brandon Phillips. “A few of the ...

Firing shots in air after burning rubber incident leads to jail

The Maui News WAILUKU — A 30-day jail term was ordered for a Kahului man who said he fired a semiautomatic rifle in the air after becoming angry when he was confronted about burning rubber in a cul-de-sac last year. “That was stupid . . . what I did,” Jesse Andaya said at his ...

Renewable energy forum is scheduled for June 26

The Maui News Officials with Maui Electric Co., Maui Tomorrow and the Sierra Club believe that Maui eventually can be powered by 100 percent renewables and will be discussing how to get there from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium. “Achieving the ambitious ...

Child car seat, booster event set

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 ...

Grant to offer broadband access

Hawaiian Telcom received an $18.1 million federal grant over 10 years to expand high-speed broadband access to rural areas of Hawaii, including Maui, Molokai and Lanai, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz announced last month. The funding is authorized through the Federal Communications Commission’s ...

State is experiencing record high temperatures

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has experienced record high temperatures since the start of June. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that temperatures reached above 90 degrees even times between June 4 and 9. Officials say the temperatures have either tied or surpassed previous records ...

Corrections

• Heat wave. Sixteen single-day high-temperature records have been tied or broken at Kahului Airport from May 16 to Sunday. A story published Tuesday on Page A1 and continued to Page A4 had an incorrect total. The total published, 34, was for high temperatures broken at all major reporting ...

Local Briefs

Forest restoration trip set Saturday Auwahi Forest Restoration Project volunteers will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store on Saturday for an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. work excursion. Due to rough, steep terrain, hiking boots that cover the ankle are required. Volunteers should pack layered clothing, ...

Cyclist into thin air at summit

Spanish amateur cyclist and exercise physiology professor David Montero of Calgary, Alberta, reaches the 10,000-foot summit of Haleakala on Wednesday afternoon after setting off from Kula about three hours earlier. The University of Calgary assistant professor said that the thin mountain air ...

Warm oceans, no trades lead to heat wave on Maui

Sixteen single-day high temperatures — all in the 90s — have been broken or tied from May 16 through Sunday, and the highest temperatures for the months of May and June, 96 and 95 degrees respectively, have been recorded at Kahului Airport, according to a National Weather Service ...

Victorino issues line-item vetoes to council budget

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino on Monday issued a dozen line-item vetoes in the $823.5 million budget approved by the County Council in late May, took issue with the 17 percent increase in the hotel and resort property tax rate, and requested more information and calculations on the ...

Hotel official: Time to ‘diversify tourism’

WAILEA — Even though many people say, “let’s diversify beyond tourism,” a visitor industry leader said Monday that “we need to diversify within tourism” because there is currently no alternative that will provide the same number of jobs. “Tourism is our core competency. It’s ...