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Fire crews assist boat run aground off Molokai

A 30-foot sailboat with six people aboard ran aground on a reef about a half mile off Kalaeloa Point on Molokai’s south shore Sunday afternoon, fire officials said. Two men, including the operator of the boat, stayed aboard the vessel Sunday night while three other men and one woman went ...

Sen. Schatz to hold Molokai town hall today

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will host a town hall meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m. today at the Kuapaluu Community Center on Molokai. He will provide updates on his work in Washington, D.C., and take questions from the crowd.

Brush fire burns in macadamia nut fields

A brush fire Sunday night burned a 7,500 square foot area in the macadamia nut fields mauka of Kahekili Highway between Waihee and Happy Valley, fire officials said. Firefighters received the call at 7:47 p.m. of the fire on Kahekili Highway near the Makaala Drive intersection, said Fire ...

Fair presale tickets are available Tuesday

Maui Fair presale tickets, which offer discounts on admission for most days of the event, go on sale Tuesday through Sept. 22. The presale tickets cost the same as the Sunday tickets, which are discounted. The cost is $7 for adults ($10 at the gate) and $3 for children 5 to 11 years ($5 at ...

Median home prices of $700K the new normal for 2017

At $702,000, the median price of a single-family home in July was 17 percent more than it was at the same time last year, but that’s just the new normal in 2017. For the fourth time this year, the median price of a home in Maui County was above $700,000, according to the latest report from ...

‘Wall Street whiz kid’ gets probation for defrauding nonprofit

WAILUKU — Although a man claimed to be a “Wall Street whiz kid” trying to help a nonprofit organization, a judge said the defendant was “just a common crook” who didn’t deserve a chance to keep convictions off his record. “For someone who’s supposed to be so financially savvy, ...

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’57 Cadillac a gas guzzler but still a ‘sweet ride’

First Photo: Brandon Stafford fills the gas tank of his 1957 Cadillac Fleetwood at the Kihei Tesoro station along Piilani Highway on Aug. 2 while on his way to the airport to pick up friends. Stafford said the 60-year-old, 19-foot-long dinosaur may only get “seven or eight miles to the ...

County election officials send public data to Trump voter fraud probe

The Maui News and The Associated Press – Maui County election officials on Friday sent public information on voters to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud. The information was not everything the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity ...

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A vigil for Charlottesville

(First Photo:) Danette Kong of Kula (from right) and Deanna Summers of Kihei join about 50 people Sunday night in Wailuku for a vigil following violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Three deaths have been linked to the rally. Two ...

Cars make their way along Hana Highway through Paia town in July 2010. Property crimes and vagrancy are a growing concern in the community dependent on visitor spending.
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Property crime becomes a growing problem in Paia town

Traffic congestion and parking in Paia still generate headaches for residents and visitors of the bustling former plantation town hugging Maui’s north shore, but now property crime — especially vehicle break-ins — are a rising concern. Just last month at the Paia municipal parking lot, ...

Landfill to resume normal hours today

The Central Maui Landfill will resume normal hours today after closing Saturday due to a fire in a green waste pile at the Maui EKO Systems composting facility, according to Maui County spokesman Rod Antone. The fire started Friday afternoon, and it was still burning as of 6 p.m. Sunday ...

Fire crews mop up Kihei motor oil spill

Fire crews spent Saturday afternoon cleaning up an oil spill that passing cars spread over a 200-yard section of road in Kihei, according to a fire official. At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, crews received a call about an oil spill near the intersection of Piilani Highway and East Waipuilani ...

Maui High School graduate Phyllis Raquinio stands by her research project on the connection between Type 2 diabetes and cancer survival rates at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Raquinio was one of 19 interns selected to conduct research at the center over the summer. Raquinio majors in molecular cell biology and will be a senior at UH-Manoa in the fall. • University of Hawaii Cancer Center photo

Maui High graduate spends summer turning raw data into cancer research

Instead of enjoying a lazy, carefree vacation, Maui High graduate Phyllis Raquinio was hard at work this summer — poring over cancer data, discussing how hula and physical activity can help post-survival cancer patients and learning how advertisements can play a role in the growing ...

Man identified by his tattoos receives ‘last chance on probation’

WAILUKU — A man who was identified by his tattoos when he and two others tried to break into an automated teller machine in Lahaina was given a “last chance on probation” Wednesday. Nolan Fraser, 31, of Lahaina was ordered to pay $3,645 in restitution and to perform 200 hours of ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from July 30 to Aug. 5. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Local Business / In Brief

Hotel Wailea receives honor The readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Maui the “top island in Hawaii” and named Hotel Wailea the “best hotel on the island of Maui” as part of the magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2017 announced July 13. “We are thrilled to be recognized as the ...

EDB’s annual STEM fundraiser to honor 35th anniversary

The Maui News – The Maui Economic Development Board will celebrate its 35th anniversary during its annual Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction on Aug. 26 at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, the board announced. The event’s theme is “Pathways To Our Future,” and a reception and ...

DUI Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of August 4 to 9. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson was paralyzed from the waist down by a bullet during a firefight in Afghanistan. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Welcoming a warrior

KAHULUI — A paralyzed Army veteran is enjoying his first vacation on Maui with his family, including a 5-month-old son born after a fight with the Department of Veterans Affairs over in vitro fertilization. Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson, his wife, Crystal, and son, Matthew, arrived on the island ...

‘Bottleneck’ temporarily closes pot dispensary

The Maui News Maui’s first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary to open for business will be closed Monday and Tuesday and change its operating hours while Maui Grown Therapies awaits action from the Department of Health’s State Labs Division, the company announced ...