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Wailuku van fire

A Toyota Sienna van caught fire in the State Building parking lot on Tuesday afternoon. A Wailuku engine responded to the fire at about 4 p.m. and found the van fully involved, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. Firefighters put out the fire in a few minutes. No injuries were reported, ...

Maui High inducts 5 new members into Hall of Honor

The Maui News This year’s inductees to the Maui High School Hall of Honor include a longtime dentist, a county parks worker who helped develop after-school and sports programs, and the owner of gourmet food truck Maui Fresh Streatery, the Maui High School Foundation announced ...

Travel + Leisure: Maui no ka oi

Maui was ranked No. 1 on the “Top Islands In Hawaii” list by readers of Travel + Leisure, the magazine announced Tuesday. The list appears in the magazine’s 2018 World’s Best Awards readers survey to be featured in the August issue in print and online at travelandleisure.com. This ...

OHA to meet on Lanai Thursday

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Lanai High and Elementary School cafeteria. The meeting includes time for public testimony, presentations from the Lanai High and Elementary School Foundation and Lanaians for Sensible Growth and a brief ...

Local Briefs

Free VA home loan seminar planned Tony Dias, Department of Veterans Affairs home loan specialist, will be hosting a free VA home loan seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the J. Walter Cameron Center. At the seminar, veterans can learn how to utilize their VA Home Loan benefit to purchase ...

West side school expands facilities

With enrollments climbing at Maui Preparatory Academy, including the more than doubling of its preschool enrollment, the private school in Napili is growing with two new facilities expected to be completed by the start of the new school year next month. An Early Childhood Discovery Center for ...

Land sale final for affordable senior rental housing project

The Maui News Catholic Charities Housing Development Corp. finalized its purchase of 3.86 acres in Kahului from Alexander & Baldwin late last month for a 165-unit senior affordable rental project. The land transaction for Kahului Lani was completed June 27, according to the nonprofit ...

Ige signs bill to give more lead time for ocean-event permits

The Maui News Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law Monday that will allow organizers of marine events to apply for permits one year in advance, instead of 30 days. Rep. Lynn DeCoite, whose district includes East Maui, Lanai and Molokai, introduced House Bill 2259 after a Haiku resident ...

Governor signs 2 bills tightening state’s gun laws

The Associated Press and The Maui News HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige signed into law two bills that will tighten the state’s already strict gun regulations. One bill Ige signed Monday bans bump stocks, which are devices that allow guns to be fired like assault weapons. The gunman in the Las ...

Murder suspected in death of man at church

The Maui News Police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a 54-year-old man who was found lying face down and unresponsive Saturday morning at Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku. He was identified as Kevin Ernst, who had no local address. Police were called to the church at 103 ...

Even cowboys got to snooze

Young cowboy Zion Larson, 10, grabs a nap outside the Oskie Rice Clubhouse on Saturday afternoon. Son of Maui Roping Club Auxiliary member Leila Larson, the Haiku School 5th-grader was up early Saturday getting ready to ride in the 53rd annual Makawao Parade. He also helped her work at the 53rd ...

Voter registration deadline for primary is Thursday

The Maui News A drive-thru voter event will be held Thursday — the main deadline for registration for the Aug. 11 primary election — from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kahului Shopping Center. The event is being staged by the Maui County Office of the County Clerk and is part of a statewide ...

Garage in Kula catches fire

Firefighters were able to quickly stop a fire Monday afternoon that was mainly in the garage of a single-story cottage on Kamila Street in Kula, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m., with crews arriving to find heavy fire mainly in the garage, said Fire Services Chief ...

Jail guard threat charges dismissed

Charges have been dismissed against a man who had been accused of intimidating and threatening corrections officers at the Maui Community Correctional Center three years ago. Christopher Grindling, 49, had the charges dismissed in two cases during a court hearing June 14, according to court ...

Man arrested in stolen rental car

Bail was set at $5,000 for a man who was arrested after he was seen driving a stolen car last week in Kahului, police said. Adrian Sugiyama, 34, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was arrested Thursday morning after an Advantage Rent A Car employee saw the ...

Corrections

• Obon. Food booths will open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission’s obon festival. An incorrect time appeared in Local Briefs on Page B6 and on Page C1 of the Pau Hana section on Sunday because of information provided to The Maui News. In addition, the Pau ...

Combat behind him, Maui man heads to Pentagon

On the Fourth of July holiday in 2009, barbecues and fireworks were the furthest thing from Army Capt. Bryce Kawaguchi’s mind. Insurgents in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, were attacking Kawaguchi’s post from all sides. The outpost had caught fire, wounded soldiers needed to be evacuated ...

Light’s out for a few months at McGregor Point

The light at the more than century-old McGregor Point Lighthouse along the coastline near Maalaea will be out until September as the U.S. Coast Guard repairs the navigational aid for boaters. The $229,000 project involves demolishing and reconstructing the top concrete platform; ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 21 to July 5. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Parade honors Nation’s Independence

Rose Cambra Freitas (center) honors her late husband, Raymond P. Freitas, while riding in Saturday’s 53rd Makawao Rodeo Parade. She rides using his handcrafted tack, including his saddle, chaps, braided rope, braided whip, horseshoe bag, spurs and a blade that doubles as a saw and knife. ...