Local News

Old Kaupo School restoration work blessing Saturday

The Maui News A gathering at 10 a.m. Saturday at the old Kaupo School will mark the beginning of restoration work on the historic classroom building and infrastructure project, involving septic and water systems and renewable off-grid power. A blessing and opening ceremony will be performed ...

Beamer welcomes Simon to his Maui home

Paul Simon and Keola Beamer performed a couple of numbers together at Simon’s first concert ever on Maui at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday. Simon, a part-time Maui resident, performed a second concert Wednesday night. He is donating all of the net proceeds from the two shows ...

Police: Keep eye out for arson

With an increase in fires this summer, police are asking the public to report any suspicious behavior in or around open fallow lands. On Monday night, firefighters were called to extinguish six small brush fires in multiple areas along Honoapiilani Highway from Maalaea to Ukumehame. Those ...

Statehood Day holiday Friday

All public schools and state and county offices will be closed Friday in observance of Statehood Day. Trash pickup will on a regular schedule, but Hana and Lanai landfills and Molokai Landfill & Recycling will be closed. Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost Greenwaste will be open ...

Mr. Paul Simon

Paul Simon opens his Tuesday evening show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion with the song “Late in the Evening.” Simon, who is also scheduled to perform tonight at the MACC, is donating all of the net proceeds from the two shows to the ...

150 room expansion for Kihei hotel planned

Pointing to its market success and a bright forecast for hotel occupancies, Maui Coast Hotel in Kihei is taking early steps to add roughly 150 rooms on a neighboring vacant lot. Hotel ownership group WCME LLC, which also owns the adjacent 4.8-acre parcel, will likely apply for a special ...

Fourth conviction in decade for DUI leads to jail time

WAILUKU — A Wailuku man with three prior DUI convictions was taken into custody Aug. 7 to finish serving a 10-day jail term for a fourth DUI conviction within 10 years. Riedy Helson, 42, was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service as part of four years’ probation. He had ...

Weather gauge working

The Maui News The National Weather Service said the downed weather gauge at Kahului Airport was repaired Monday but that warm weather on Saturday and Sunday couldn’t be confirmed as data was lost. Meteorologist Vanessa Almanza said Tuesday that NWS did not know what broke and deferred ...

Final EIS for Hana pier dismantling is accepted

The Maui News Gov. David Ige has accepted final environmental impact statements for the Hana pier deck removal and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ industrial and business park in Pulehunui, according to the latest edition of “The Environmental Notice” published by ...

County launches campaign to promote Maui Bus

The Maui News The county Department of Transportation is launching a social media campaign to encourage residents and visitors to ride its new buses, which are now easier to catch and track using the Maui Bus app. The Maui Bus app, which can be downloaded on the Apple Store or Google Play, ...

Sign serves as reminder

A charred road sign resting in a burned-out tree along Hansen Road on Friday morning serves a reminder of the arson fire that swept through the area July 12. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

6 small brush fires burn in West Maui

Firefighters extinguished six brush fires that were reported late Monday night in multiple areas along Honoapiilani Highway from Maalaea to Ukumehame, according to the Maui Fire Department. Three fires, each about 40-by-40 feet, burned mauka of the highway. Three other fires burned about 200 ...

Two rescued from boat fire off Lanai

A boat that caught on fire off Lanai on Tuesday morning was towed back to Maui after the Coast Guard evacuated two people aboard the 40-foot vessel, officials said. Lanai firefighters also responded to the 10:17 a.m. call reporting the boat was on fire about 2 miles from shore at Kaiolohia ...

Recruits honored at police graduation

Matthew Cardenas received the Outstanding Recruit Award at the Maui Police Department’s 88th Recruit Class graduation. Nine recruits received their badges during a ceremony June 28 at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. The other new officers are Patrick Fogarty, Joshua Kim, JaMaine ...

Visitor education topic of breakfast

The Maui Visitors Bureau will be holding an informational breakfast on Aug. 28 to discuss what it’s doing to address community concerns about the size and impact of Maui’s visitor industry. Leanne Pletcher, director of public relations and marketing, will give a presentation on the ...

Local Briefs

Somalian refugee will share her story Layla Sheikh — a writer, runner and Somalian refugee — will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel. Sheikh will share her story, which she is turning ...

Dentists join to ‘give kids a smile’

Paia Elementary School 1st-grader Naupaka English, 6, gets a dental checkup and cleaning from prosthodontist Erik Wong and dentist Sonia Gupta during Saturday’s Give Kids a Smile free dental clinic presented at UH-Maui College by Hui No Ke Ola Pono, the Maui County Dental Society and sponsor ...

270-acre Kihei fire contained, mop-up continues

The Maui News A brush fire that burned about 270 acres in Kihei was contained Monday afternoon, while firefighters continued mopping up perimeter areas, the Maui Fire Department reported. The fire, reported at 3:46 p.m. Sunday, burned an area mauka of Lipoa Parkway and Maui Brewing Co. It ...

Housing inventory low, with less time on market

Realtors Association of Maui real estate data for home and condominium sales for July highlighted supply issues with inventories down double digits, and units on the market for a quarter fewer days in both sectors compared to 2018. The inventory of homes for sale at the end of July was 441 ...

1.41 tons of rubbish removed from roadways

A Maui County loader removes debris from Kaulawahine Street near Kamehameha Avenue in Kahului on Monday morning. The county Department of Public Works assisted community policing officers in a cleanup operation that resulted in the removal of 1.41 tons of trash along roads in Kahului, said Maui ...