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A sample of the map’s features is shown on a screen during Tuesday’s meeting. Users can view county-owned property, nearby infrastructure, bus stops and more. Maui County Chief Technology Officer Jacob Verkerke said he hopes the map would be finished within the next month.
• The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Affordable housing? There’s a map for that

WAILUKU — Planning for affordable housing could get easier through a digital map that Maui County has been developing over the past year. The interactive program resembles Google Maps, but planners and council members can use it to view county-owned land, nearby water and wastewater systems, ...

Hawaiian homestead lots to be offered

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will offer 45 vacant homestead lots to Native Hawaiians on Saturday morning in Keokea-Waiohuli, the department announced. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and a lot-selection ceremony starts a half hour later at the Pukalani Elementary School ...

Free child car seat inspections planned

Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the ...

Kihei subdivision adds 16 residences

Sixteen new residences have been added to the active sales inventory in the Alexander & Baldwin Kamalani Subdivision in north Kihei, according to an announcement. The project’s first homes are expected to completed by fall, it says. Sales are ongoing for about four dozen two- and ...

Local Briefs

Obon service and dance in Wailuku Wailuku Shingon Mission will have its obon service and dance starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Special prayers and a candle service will be offered for those deceased within the last year, and there will be prayers and a segaki service for unfortunate spirits ...

Derek Brown looks on as Ryan Mountcastle receives a hug from Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program Director Lori Teragawachi on Wednesday during a graduation ceremony held at the University of Hawaii Maui College. • MARC ANTOSCH photo

‘You’re just getting started’

After nearly a year of exploring Maui County from the inside out, 16 newly minted Ka Ipu Kukui fellows celebrated the completion of the annual leadership program during a commencement ceremony Wednesday at the University of Hawaii Maui College. “You’re not done — you’re just getting ...

End of construction on Lanai creates dip in cargo loads for Young Brothers

The Maui News – A drop in construction work on Lanai resulted in a 26.2 percent decline in the amount of cargo in and out of the island’s Kaumalapau Harbor, the smallest in the state, according to first-quarter statistics from interisland shipper Young Brothers. Lanai saw 1,042 ...

Disaster planning meeting set for W. Maui

Michele Liberty, Red Cross Maui County director, will discuss emergency shelters during a West Maui Community disaster planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lahaina Civic Center, according to an announcement. Also speaking will be Charnan Carroll, disaster preparedness specialist with ...

MECO earns top 10 nationwide ranking

Maui Electric Co. ranked seventh for connecting energy storage to the grid, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance that surveyed 412 utilities nationwide. The top 10 utilities for most new solar watts in total and per customer and total energy storage watts and storage watts per ...

Firefighters battle through the night to curb brush fire below old Paia mill

The Maui News – Nineteen firefighters worked through the night to battle a 6-acre brush fire near the old Paia Sugar Mill, bringing it 98 percent contained by 7 a.m. Monday, a fire official said. The brush fire was reported at 9:02 p.m., with Paia firefighters arriving seven minutes later. ...

Kaiser to present vision for county’s health care future

The Maui News – Maui Health System will host public events this month to share its vision for Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kula Hospital, according to an announcement. On July 1, the Kaiser Permanente-affiliated health system will take over Maui Region public hospitals, now under the ...

Another suspicious brush fire doused

Wailuku firefighters extinguished a small brush fire early Sunday morning that was considered suspicious, as it was the fifth fire within the past month in the area near Piihana Road in Wailuku, a fire official said. Firefighters were on scene two minutes after the 3:34 a.m. call, finding a ...

Roadwork to begin on Makawao Avenue

Makawao Avenue will be closed for road work from Mahola Street near the Eddie Tam Gymnasium to the southern intersection of Laie Drive beginning today and continuing until June 29, according to an announcement. Motorists are asked obey traffic signs and instructions from road crews. Work ...

Carver recognized as ‘living treasure’

Maui master carver Sam Ka‘ai has been recognized as a “living treasure” by the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs. On Monday, OHA held its inaugural Na Mamo Makamae o Ka Po‘e: Living Treasures of the Hawaiian People, a Native-Hawaiian community event that honored seven master ...

The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Farewell gazebo goes up at Humane society

Paia artist Tracey Harrap (right) instructs Home Depot specialist Sunshine Palafox on painting one of the wooden beams for the Farewell Gazebo on June 2 at the Maui Humane Society. Community volunteers and the Home Depot Foundation have joined together to build the 12-by-12-foot gazebo to serve ...

Frank and Hilda Forbes and their children, Indy and Sully, pose for a family photo at Kuau Point last month. Ten-month-old Sully Forbes, who has been receiving treatment for retinoblastoma on the Mainland,  has been declared cancer-free. • Forbes family photo

‘We Sullybrate every day’

Cancer was no match for a smiling baby boy from Kuau. After nearly six months that included costly trips to the Mainland, painful eye treatments and three rounds of chemotherapy, 10-month-old Sully Forbes has been declared cancer-free. Dr. Carol Shields broke the good news to the Forbes ...

Fire scorches half-acre of Molokai brush

A Hoolehua resident burned green waste near a home and thought it was extinguished, but the blaze rekindled and burned about half an acre Saturday before Molokai firefighters put it out, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. Hoolehua and Kaunakakai firefighters responded to a report of a ...

2,351 cited during enforcement effort

Police officers issued 2,351 citations during the two-week “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign that ended June 4. Traffic Section officers were assisted by patrol officers in the operation targeting seat belt, child restraint and pickup truck restriction violations. The citations ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 5 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 evaluation ...