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Po‘okela Church was established Feb. 7, 1843, when the Rev. Jonathan Green moved from his home in Wailuku, currently known as the Bailey House, to Makawao for an all Native Hawaiian congregation. Photo courtesy of Po‘okela Church

Po‘okela Church in Makawao will mark its 175th year Sunday

The Maui News Po‘okela Church will celebrate its 175th anniversary Sunday with a history presentation during worship services at the Makawao church, which begin at 9 a.m. Families from the past will be acknowledged on a “family tree” display. A potluck luncheon will follow the ...

Sugimura to hold ‘talk story’ Saturday

County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will be holding her monthly “Talk Story with Yuki” outreach program from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market. She invites members of the public to voice their concerns to her on county issues, a news release said. The farmers ...

Suspect in robbery and assault arrested

A second suspect sought in the robbery and assault of a woman last month was arrested Wednesday night, police records show. Cody Presti, 28, of Haiku was arrested on a $100,000 warrant. A Maui County grand jury indicted Presti and co-defendant Johnathan Bisutti on charges of second-degree ...

Orchid show going on at Maui Mall

The Maui Orchid Society is holding its annual Valentine’s Day Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Saturday at the Maui Mall Unit A10. Orchids will be available for sale. The public will be able to meet society members, talk with experts on orchids and view award-winning orchids.

Corrections

• Green Room. The Merwin Conservancy Green Room presentation with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The wrong date was listed on Page 12 of Maui Scene on Thursday. The Maui News ...

Pharmacist Shelley Seideman, co-owner of Wailea Pharmacy at the Wailea Gateway Center, holds a pair of generic versions of the Tamiflu antiviral medicine Wednesday afternoon. While some doctors prescribe the antiviral medicine for patients coming down with the flu and others do not, the medicine has been a big seller this flu season. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

Flu season is raging on Maui

Wailea Pharmacy co-owner Shelley Seideman said her flu medicine is “flying off the shelves” and believes that this flu season on Maui could be a severe one. “It’s the worse I have ever seen,” Seideman said, adding that the virus is getting into people’s chests, which can lead to ...

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Discord on council spurs 2 candidates

Ongoing discord among Maui County Council members has inspired the launching of campaigns for two candidates: former mayoral candidate and Council Member Alice Lee and Claire Kamalu Carroll, the 48-year-old daughter of Council Member Bob Carroll, who’ll retire this year. Carroll, one of two ...

Traffic, including a heavy mix of rental vehicles, backs up outside Paia on Wednesday morning. Maui lawmakers are seeking an increase in the state rental car tax to be used for Maui County road projects, including the Paia and Lahaina bypass. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

New rental car tax proposed to help fund Lahaina, Paia bypasses

LAHAINA — Some of the projects that matter most to West Maui residents — the north connector of the Lahaina bypass and the realignment of Honoapiilani Highway — are expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. And, as West Maui residents have heard time and again, the money just ...

Jury finds woman guilty of driving a stolen truck

WAILUKU — A woman who testified she had gotten a ride with a stranger when she was stopped for speeding was found guilty in a stolen-vehicle case. A 2nd Circuit Court jury returned the verdict Tuesday afternoon, convicting Breeze Carvalho, 38, of unauthorized control of a propelled ...

Felony charges could be dismissed for visitors accused in seal harassment

Two men who were arrested for allegedly harassing a monk seal in Lahaina could have felony charges dismissed if they make donations to a federal agency responsible for managing ocean resources. Daniel Davison, 21, of Springville, Utah, and Lucas Meister, 38, of Wickenburg, Ariz., are required ...

E-Cycling no longer taking microwaves

Microwave ovens will no longer be accepted in the Maui County E-Cycling program as of Feb. 20, the county department of Environmental Management announced Wednesday. The department is attributing the decision to not accept microwave ovens to a shift in the worldwide recycling commodities ...

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Man charged with burglary, assault

A Haiku man who had been sought by police was arrested Tuesday on a $100,000 warrant, police records show. Johnathan Bisutti, 24, is charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree assault in a Jan. 7 incident in Kihei. Police were continuing to look for co-defendant Cody Presti, 28, ...

Repairs to limit visitor center hours

The Haleakala National Park Visitor Center at the 9,741-foot elevation will be open for the sunrise period but closed for the rest of the day for repairs, possibly through Friday, park officials said Wednesday. The center will be open from sunrise until 8 a.m. while improvements and repairs ...

Parents warned of stranger danger

Maui Waena Intermediate School sent out a letter to parents on Wednesday warning them about an incident where a man waved to students in trying to get them to approach his vehicle Wednesday morning in Kahului. The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. as two students were walking to school on ...

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Bicyclist struck on busy Piilani Highway

Maui police officer Eric Grundy carries a damaged bicycle to his car Saturday along Piilani Highway after its rider was involved in a traffic accident. An unidentified family member of the female motorist involved in the wreck said the woman was driving toward Kahului and nearing the Ohukai ...

Maui EKO Systems utility operator David Gamurot operates a front loader to move green waste turned to mulch Tuesday afternoon at the Central Maui Landfill. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photos

Anaergia, Maui EKO open green waste dialogue

Anaergia Services plans to meet with Maui EKO Systems once a month about possibly continuing to process the county’s green waste at the Central Maui Landfill, while the energy company moves forward with its proposed renewable energy project at the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation ...

Commercial waste haulers need to pay fees

The Maui News Commercial green waste haulers that use EKO Compost for dumping at the Central Maui Landfill now will have to pay tipping fees of $46 per ton, the county Department of Environmental Management said. Those haulers will need to set up an account and be weighed on the landfill ...

Emma Mennel (from left), Ronald Daniels and Ronald Kalani Daniels will soon reopen Cupie’s, the beloved takeout place in Kahului. Until last year, it was run by Bentos & Banquets By Bernard, which put its own local twist on the food. Owner Ronald Kalani Daniels will return Cupie’s to its roots and the favorites on the menu of the Yoshizawa family, which started the restaurant in 1964. The Maui News / MELISSA TANJI photos

Blast from the past

KAHULUI — Maybe in few weeks, the famous Cupie’s-style breaded beef teriyaki will be making a come back on the Valley Isle. Ronald Kalani Daniels, a former cook, computer software programmer and musician, along with chef and cousin Robert “Bob” Cambra are bringing back the original ...

County’s first utility-scale solar battery project pact forged

Maui Electric Co. has inked an agreement to purchase power from Maui County’s first grid-scale solar and battery energy storage system on Molokai that could lower electric bills, the utility announced Tuesday. The 2.7 megawatts of contracted power from Moloka‘i New Energy Partners can ...

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Enjoying Maui’s newest golden crop

Honeymooners Kurt and Nicole Glowa of Ontario, Canada, pose for a Polaroid picture in a Pacific Biodiesel sunflower field Thursday. “It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this,” Nicole Glowa said. Last year, Pacific Biodiesel’s sunflower crops were transformed into massage oil, ...