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Meeting to discuss public pension program viability

The executive director of the state Employees’ Retirement System will be speaking at a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii gathering from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Cameron Center in Wailuku. Thomas Williams will be discussing “Hawaii’s public pension system: Crisis averted, what next?” ...

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Swimming with dad

Lahaina dad E.J. Gomez helps son Dwyane Gomez, 2, learn to float Thursday morning at the Kihei Aquatic Center. “I work 10 hours a day, five days a week,” Gomez said. “On my days off, I take my kids to the pool or we do something else to hang out.“

Alan Arakawa and wife Ann are shown at an event in 2010. Ann Arakawa allegedly contacted nonprofit groups to discourage their participation in a Campaign Spending Commission inquiry.
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Wife implicated in mayor’s spending complaint

A Campaign Spending Commission complaint against Mayor Alan Arakawa alleges that his wife, Ann Arakawa, contacted nonprofit and community groups to get them not to cooperate with the commission’s two-year investigation into the mayor’s campaign expenditures from Nov. 5, 2014, to Dec. 31, ...

MECO is proposing 9.3 percent rate hike

Maui Electric Co. is proposing a 9.3 percent increase to its base power rates — its first such increase in nearly six years — to help pay for operating costs, including system upgrades to increase reliability, integrate more renewable energy and improve customer service, the utility ...

Staffing issues to cut hours at landfill

The Lanai Landfill will be closed at 1 p.m. today and Saturday because of insufficient staffing, the Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division said. The landfill normally is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The early closures, which included ...

Legacy farming is topic in Keokea

Stacey Ann Casco will present a mini-lecture on “Farming a Legacy: Marciels of Kaupo Ranch” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Keokea green nursery structure next to Grandma’s Coffee House along Kula Highway. Casco will discuss the agribusiness inspired by her great-grandparents, Joseph ...

Fires considered 100% contained

Crews finished mop-up efforts and called a set of brush fires burning since Monday 100 percent contained Thursday afternoon, a fire official said. Crews left the scene of the Pulehu fires at 2 p.m. Thursday, said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto. The blazes started Monday afternoon with a ...

Pools to close early for guard training

The county Coach Soichi Sakamoto and Upcountry pools will be closed early, at noon, on Wednesday for lifeguard training, according to an announcement. Both pools will reopen the next day, Thursday, at 10 a.m. The Upcountry pool in Pukalani and the Sakamoto pool next to War Memorial Gym in ...

Heavy showers forecast

Locally heavy passing showers are forecast through the weekend triggered by an approaching upper-level trough from the north, the National Weather Service said in a special weather statement. Strengthening trade winds will bring moisture over the state from the east, which will interact with ...

Blue Zone Project cooking demo set

A Blue Zones Project cooking demonstration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, according to an announcement. The event is part of a monthly series scheduled for the second Friday of every month at the mall’s Center Court. Brought to Hawaii by the ...

Median home price drops in September

The median price for a single-family home dipped to its lowest monthly level this year in September to $650,000 after ranging from $700,000 to $740,000 for the previous four months, Realtors Association of Maui data showed. The median price, the midpoint price in the series of sales, was 2 ...

Planning panel backs zoning change for South Maui project

WAILUKU — The Maui Planning Commission has recommended allowing Honua‘ula Partners to build all or a portion of 250 affordable housing units at its master-planned community between Maui Meadows and Makena resort in South Maui. On Tuesday, the commission voted 5-0, with a bare quorum, to ...

Road closures and traffic delays expected for 47th Maui Marathon

The 47th Maui Marathon from Kahului to Kaanapali will be held Sunday, and motorists should expect traffic delays, road closures and rerouting from early morning to about 1:30 p.m. Marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer events will be run. The marathon begins on Hookele Street ...

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Car overturns near McGregor Point on pali

A Maui police officer stands near an overturned vehicle Thursday afternoon near the McGregor Point scenic lookout. Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said there was a possible head-on collision between two vehicles around 2:45 p.m. near Milepost 1 on Honoapiilani Highway. One vehicle rolled ...

Mayor Alan Arakawa is shown at a 2014 campaign event. The Campaign Spending Commission is investigating post-election expenditures for Arakawa’s campaign including donations to nonprofits listed as advertising. 
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Mayor accused of falsifying campaign spending report

A two-year Campaign Spending Commission investigation of post-election expenditures reported by Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s campaign from Nov. 5, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016, found 59 “advertising” expenditures to 41 nonprofit and community organizations amounting to more than ...

Ramsay Taum, founder and president of Life Enhancement Institute of the Pacific, discusses how tourism needs to benefit local communities Wednesday during the 11th annual Hui Holomua Business Fest. Speakers of Native Hawaiian, Alaskan and Native American descent shared ways that native communities can have more control over how their stories and cultures are portrayed to visitors.
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Speakers: Honor the culture and visitor experience will be enriched

WAIKAPU — When Ogala Lakota elder Ben Sherman visited Chile recently, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, he said. The Rapa Nui, the indigenous people of Easter Island, were protesting government tourism practices and had put up barriers to the island’s most iconic sites. “The ...

In historic shift, Boy Scouts move to admit girls

NEW YORK — In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. Duc Button, Boy ...

The Rev. Israel Yost, 100th Battalion chaplain during World War II, came to Maui to visit Club 100 veterans in 1947. During the visit, Yost gave his “Step Off the Road and Let the Dead Pass By” sermon at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. This photo is in the second part of the “One-Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit that opens Friday at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.
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Part 2 of nisei exhibit opens Friday

The second part of “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit, focusing on the 100th Battalion’s exploits from Anzio to Rome in Italy during World War II, will open Friday and run through Dec. 16 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Paukukalo. This year marks the 75th ...

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Glenn Mukai anticipates job review: ‘They’ve always been fair’

WAILUKU — The first annual review of the performance of county Liquor Control Director Glenn Mukai — who has drawn heavy criticism from residents and community groups for actions by his department — is set for the Liquor Control Commission’s next meeting on Nov. 8, commissioners ...