Local News

Maui visitors shrug off Olivia worries

KAHULUI — Most visitors at Kahului Airport and in Wailea expressed no worries about Tropical Storm Olivia and said that, if there were any storm-related inconveniences, they were minor. “We figured the first day, we’re here it would rain and it will be nice the rest of the week,” said ...

Vehicle catches fire in airport parking lot

The Maui News State airport firefighters extinguished a blaze in a white sport utility vehicle early Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot at the Kahului Airport heliport, said Maui District Airports Fire Chief Scott Pires. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle was a total loss, he ...

Man charged with knife-threat to ex-girlfriend

The Maui News WAILUKU — Bail is set at $50,000 for a man who was arrested after he allegedly broke into his former girlfriend’s apartment in Wailuku and threatened her with a knife last month. Sterling Elaban Paoa, 27, is charged with first-degree burglary, felony abuse in the presence ...

Computer software upgrades expected to affect MECO services

The Maui News Computer software upgrades at the end of this month are expected to affect phone, online, bill payment and walk-in services from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, according to an announcement from Hawaiian Electric Cos., which include Maui Electric Co. During the four-day period, beginning on ...

Man placed on probation for violating court order

The Maui News WAILUKU — After spending nearly four months in jail, a Kihei man was placed on two years’ probation for violating a court order by confronting his former girlfriend at her residence. Harrison Bliss, 33, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and participate ...

Teenager seriously injured in car crash

A 16-year-old Makawao girl suffered life-threatening injuries when a pickup truck hit a utility pole Tuesday afternoon on Hansen Road just north of Pulehu Road, police said. The girl was the rear-seat passenger in the red 2014 Nissan Frontier pickup truck that was traveling north on Hansen ...

Man charged with assault in altercation

A 30-year-old Wailuku man was arrested after he struck another man during an altercation last week in Wailuku town, police said. Ramsey Jardine was charged with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $1,000. The alleged assault occurred at about 1 a.m. Sept. 6 on North Market Street, ...

Police investigate condo pool incident

Police arrested an 83-year-old Kihei man who intentionally pushed and held a 6-year-old boy underwater in a condominium swimming pool Sunday morning, police said. The child’s father rescued him from the pool at the Maui Sunset condominiums at 1032 S. Kihei Road, police said. No injuries ...

Public meeting set for wildfire damages

West Maui lawmakers will hold an informational and outreach meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lahaina Intermediate School for farmers affected by wildfires. West Maui Rep. Angus McKelvey and West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker will host the meeting, which will include representatives from ...

Maui in Olivia’s sights

WAILUKU — Growing weaker but moving faster, Tropical Storm Olivia prepared to make landfall in Maui County overnight, bringing wind and rainfall to areas already saturated by Hurricane Lane a couple of weeks ago. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Olivia was located about 145 miles east of Kahului and ...

County opens up shelters

Emergency evacuation shelters for those affected by Tropical Storm Olivia have opened at the following Maui County locations: • Maui High School (pet friendly). • Kihei Elementary School (pet friendly). • Kalama Intermediate School in Pukalani (pet friendly). • Hana High and ...

Planning panel advances Spencer subdivision

WAILUKU Despite concerns about water, wildfires and access to the Lahaina Pali Trail, the Maui Planning Commission gave a nod Tuesday to advance a 21-lot Maalaea agricultural subdivision. The commission voted 5-2 twice to recommend proposed land-use changes for the Maalaea Agricultural ...

Schools, county and state offices, Maui Bus shut down

Maui County schools shut down today and nonessential county workers were sent home in preparation for Tropical Storm Olivia. After closing Hana High and Elementary School on Tuesday, the state Department of Education followed suit with all other Maui County public schools today. Maui ...

Updated 9:45 a.m.: Maui County Closures Due To Olivia

Schools • All Maui County public schools are closed today. • After-school programs, like A-Plus child care and Maui Interscholastic League sports activities, are canceled today. • UH-Maui College and Maui County education centers in Hana and Lahaina and on Molokai and Lanai closed at ...

Kahului woman was placed on probation after ‘mini crime spree’

The Maui News WAILUKU — A woman was placed on probation last month after spending about four months in jail for burglarizing a Wailuku hostel and stealing a phone from a vehicle in Lahaina. Lia Nelson, 29, of Kahului was arrested after the iPhone owner tracked his phone and heard it alert ...

Local Briefs

Festival planned at LHS Saturday Lahainaluna High School’s third annual festival, titled “I Ka Nani O Lele” (Amidst the Beauty of Lahaina), will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the school campus. Festival attractions include Maui’s favorite eateries and food trucks, local ...

High-flying fun in the water

Kaunoa Rozet of Makawao tosses daughter Aariyah, 3, into the air Wednesday afternoon while playing in the waters of Hookipa Beach Park. He said Aariyah was an “adventurous child,” and she said she liked having fun with her dad.

County braces for Olivia’s impact

Hana Elementary and High School are closed today and county officials asked visitors not to go to Hana as Tropical Storm Olivia continued to approach from the east. Even though Olivia weakened to a tropical storm on Monday, Gov. David Ige and county officials advised residents to stay alert. ...

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

• Water. 1 gallon per person, per day for at least three days; for drinking and sanitation. • Food. At least three-day supply of nonperishable food, though Hawaii authorities recommend a two-week supply because of our remote location. • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA ...

From ‘Kuleana’ to ‘Maui’ for island-made film

KAHULUI — The award-winning film “Kuleana,” shot on the Valley Isle, has a new name — “Maui.” Explaining the meaning of “kuleana” to those on the Mainland is “too cryptic,” said director Brian Kohne. His film is being prepared for screening in Mainland theaters next year ...