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Grants set for Lanai, Molokai businesses

The Maui County Office of Economic Development is accepting applications for grants for businesses on Lanai and Molokai. Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 22. Nonprofits are not eligible for the program. The small-business revitalization ...

Early voting ends as focus moves to Saturday’s primary

So far, nearly 19,000 voters in Maui County have either mailed in their absentee ballots or taken advantage of the early-voting opportunity on Maui and Molokai. As of Thursday, the last day of early in-person voting, 2,750 people had cast their ballots at the Velma McWayne Santos Community ...

New hotel proposed to service airport travelers

A 200-room hotel geared toward airport travelers is being proposed in Kahului not far from Costco, the Kahului Airport and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, built by the same developer. R.D. Olson Development of Newport Beach, Calif., wants to develop the 200-room Windward Hotel on 5 acres of ...

Maui Land & Pine logs second-quarter loss of $570,000

The Maui News Kapalua-based Maui Land & Pineapple Co. logged a net loss of $570,000, or 3 cents a share, in the second quarter and $1.5 million, or 8 cents a share, in the first half of the year, the company reported Thursday. This compares to gains of $6.5 million, or 34 cents a share, ...

High surf lingers in Hector’s wake

The Maui News A high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of Maui, Molokai and Lanai was expected to remain in effect until 6 a.m. today, the National Weather Service reported. Waves generated by the passage of Hurricane Hector peaked larger than expected on Thursday, forecasters said. ...

Free medical, dental and vision services Saturday

The Maui News Tropic Care 2018 will be offering free medical services to Maui County residents from Saturday to Aug. 19 at six locations on the three main islands of the county. The U.S. military training program will be offering free medical, dental and vision services. The clinics will ...

Police arrest man on $500K warrant

A man who had been sought by police was arrested Wednesday on a $500,000 warrant charging him with sexual assault, kidnapping and other offenses. Nahinu Freitas, 35, of Haiku was charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of kidnapping, attempted first-degree ...

Junk car disposal program to return

The county program that allows residents to dispose of one vehicle per year for free will be reinstated Sept. 4, the county Department of Environmental Management said Thursday. The program had been suspended in January due to lack of funds. Owners will be required to register their ...

Sugimura to hold monthly ‘talk story’

Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will meet residents to “talk story” from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market in Pukalani. The market is at the Kulamalu Town Center near Longs Drugs. The location is a “great outdoor venue for sharing concerns, discussing ...

Flags at half-staff for fallen firefighter

American and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff today and Sunday in honor of firefighter Brian Hughes of Hilo, who died while battling the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park in California on Sunday. Hughes, 33, was captain of an elite firefighting team called the Arrowhead Hotshots. ...

Wastewater project lawsuit to go on

A judge denied Anaergia Services’ request to dismiss portions of a lawsuit challenging the approval of an environmental impact statement for its project with Maui County for a renewable energy conversion and sludge processing project at the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation ...

Welcome to Jurassic Dinosaurs

First photo: Jurassic Tour supervisor Sean Martinez prepares an animatronic, rideable Tyrannosaurus Rex to be plugged in Wednesday at the bottom level of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center’s parking garage. The T-Rex is one of more than 40 lifesized, realistic dinosaurs set to be on display for the ...

Maui woman tells stories of atomic bombing at Hiroshima

Melinda Clarke saw her life’s calling written in the early-morning sky. Hiroshima. She would see it several more mornings in a vision, and even wore her glasses to bed to make sure. Hiroshima. It was not a good time in her life. She was newly divorced. Thieves had chopped down a door ...

Ethics board warns against accepting tournament gifts

WAILUKU — The Maui County Board of Ethics approved an advisory opinion Wednesday saying that gifts of swag and tickets from Maui Jim Maui Invitational basketball tournament officials can be inferred as being an intent to influence or reward county officers and elected officials in the ...

Real estate sales post $769,000 median home price in July

The median price of a single-family home in Maui County soared to $769,000 in July, the Realtors Association of Maui reported this week. That was not a record, although it’s just $11,000 shy of the record $780,000 median home price set in May 2005 and tied in July 2006. In all of 2006, ...

Hector passes south, continues west

The Maui News As expected, Hurricane Hector passed south of the Big Island and continued west on Wednesday morning, leaving minimal impacts in its wake other than strong surf along southeast- and east-facing shores of Maui and Hawaii island, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency ...

Deadline approaches for Upcountry senior housing applications

The Maui News Applications continue to be accepted for rental voucher subsidies for the first phase of the Hale Mahaolu Ewalu senior housing project in Pukalani, according to an announcement from Hale Mahaolu and Maui County. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Housing Choice ...

State Supreme Court grants a sublease for giant telescope

The Associated Press and The Maui News A Hawaii Supreme Court ruling is a partial victory for a company that wants to build a giant telescope, but the embattled project still faces another legal hurdle. The court’s Wednesday ruling prevents a telescope opponent from having a ...

Vaccination forms for flu shots due Aug. 16

The Maui News Nearly all Maui County public elementary and intermediate schools will be participating in the Stop Flu at School vaccination program. The annual Stop Flu at School program provides free flu shots to children in kindergarten through grade 8 attending participating schools. Flu ...

Primary walk-in voting ends today

Today is the last day for primary election walk-in voting at two locations in Maui County — at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku and at the Mitchell Pauole Center conference room in Kaunakakai. Voting hours at both locations are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mail-in ballots ...