Local News

Haleakala customers finally get power back

The Maui News Snow, ice, rain, wind and rugged and remote locations did not stop Maui Electric Co. crews from restoring power to all customers atop Haleakala, though it took about a month. The utility announced the restoration of power to the small remaining pocket of commercial customers ...

Out-of-state patient uses Maui Grown Therapies

The Maui News Maui Grown Therapies has received its first out-of-state medical cannabis patient, one week after the state Department of Health opened registration to visitors. Kelly Kuperman, 24, of Surprise, Ariz., came to Maui for the first time to celebrate a family member’s recent ...

Firefighters aid injured hiker

Firefighters used an all-terrain vehicle to rescue an injured hiker who reportedly fell Tuesday morning while hiking with family members on a trail in lava fields south of La Perouse Bay in Makena, a fire official said. Wailea firefighters, responding to the 10:39 a.m. call, located the ...

Brush burns at campsite

A makeshift campsite in Kula burned Tuesday morning in brush between Keanuhea Street and Kula Highway, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 8:50 a.m., with crews arriving to find the campsite completely burned, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. He said the Fire ...

Fair housing laws topic of gathering

The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns will host a free training session on fair housing laws and procedures from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 12 at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The public is invited to the free training, which will be held in the Ike Lea Building, Room ...

Local Briefs

2 KSM educators nationally certified Two Kamehameha Schools Maui educators recently achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nicole Barsamian, an art kumu at KS Maui Middle School, and Alana Kaopuiki-Pellegrino, a K-2 resource kumu at KS Maui ...

Kahana shore condos offer beach nourishment plans

The Kahana Bay Steering Committee is proposing a beach nourishment project to restore a coastline that’s been severely eroded from sea level rise, frequent storms and seawalls. The committee, which represents nine oceanfront condominiums and one kuleana parcel along the Kahana Bay ...

Standoff at Maui jail: ‘Disturbance’ at MCCC resolved after 3 1/2 hours

A “disturbance” in a module housing pretrial detainees at Maui Community Correctional Center on Monday afternoon closed surrounding roads and drew a strong police and fire presence at the Wailuku jail. The standoff was resolved without major injuries at 6:30 p.m. when correctional staff ...

Beach neighbors plan, propose to pay for multimillion-dollar groin repairs

A group of Spreckelsville Beach neighbors are proposing a more than $1 million project to repair the majority of remnant rock groin structures near their properties in an effort to stem sand loss and shoreline recession. A draft environmental assessment for the project on the west end of ...

Woman who injured man carrying food donation jailed

WAILUKU — A woman was taken into custody Thursday to serve a one-year jail term for injuring a man who fell when she grabbed a bag of food he was taking to a Kihei church. Amy R. Johnson, 37, of Kihei had been standing in line for food at Hale Kau Kau at St. Theresa Church when she began ...

Maui man pleads no contest to sexually assaulting children

HILO (AP) — A Maui farmer has been convicted of sexually assaulting four girls on the Big Island between 1998 and 2007. Michael Martin Zelko pleaded no contest Friday to 11 counts of third-degree sexual assault, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. Zelko, 59, was initially charged with ...

Mouflon sheep hunting applications out Monday

The Maui News Applications for the Lanai mouflon sheep hunting season, which runs from July to October, will be available at all Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices statewide beginning Monday. The deadline for submitting applications is 4 p.m. ...

Victorino speech to be televised

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino will be giving his first State of the County address tonight at the King Kekaulike High School Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited in the center but his address will be televised at 6 p.m. today on Akaku Maui Community Media Channel 55.

Woman pulled from Kapalua Bay

A woman was taken to the hospital on Sunday after being pulled from Kapalua Bay, according to a fire official. At 11:19 a.m. Sunday, firefighters were called to Kapalua Bay, where a 56-year-old woman had been pulled from the water by unknown witnesses, Assistant Chief Val Martin said. The ...

Power outage hits Upcountry, E. Maui

Thousands of customers lost power for about two hours Upcountry and in East Maui on Saturday night, according to Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Sayble Bissen. At about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, about 6,700 customers from Pukalani to Hana experienced an outage when a large tree branch came into ...

Maui GOP convention set

The Maui County Republican Party Convention will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at Pomaika‘i Elementary School dining room in Kahului. Registered Republicans are invited to the convention. Guest speakers include Rep. Gene Ward, minority leader in the state House; Shirlene Ostrov, state ...

Luau benefits historic church

Pa‘u O Hi‘iaka’s Akiyo Murata (from left, first photo), Cissy McDonald, Misa Pleski and Haruno Terayama perform during Keawala‘i Congregational Church’s 28th annual luau in Makena on Saturday afternoon. Kumu hula Hokulani Holt founded halau Pa‘u O Hi‘iaka in 1976 and she was on ...

County plans to turn over Wong case to state AG

Mayor Michael Victorino said his administration plans to hand over the case of Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong to the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. Wong, 53, was placed on administrative leave Saturday after being arrested on physical abuse charges. Victorino said Sunday evening ...

Maui Food Bank facing a shortage

The Maui Food Bank’s stocks are running low following a spike in demand during the federal government shutdown and the usual rush of the holiday season. Development Director Marlene Rice said the food bank is down to a 15-day supply of food and several aisles of shelves are empty — a ...

Visitors map out way to Big Beach

Australians Adam and Sara Brick consult a map while stopped along Makena Alanui Road during their ride to Makena’s Big Beach on Saturday afternoon. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo