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Blue Zone Project cooking demo set

A Blue Zones Project cooking demonstration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, according to an announcement. The event is part of a monthly series scheduled for the second Friday of every month at the mall’s Center Court. Brought to Hawaii by the ...

Median home price drops in September

The median price for a single-family home dipped to its lowest monthly level this year in September to $650,000 after ranging from $700,000 to $740,000 for the previous four months, Realtors Association of Maui data showed. The median price, the midpoint price in the series of sales, was 2 ...

Planning panel backs zoning change for South Maui project

WAILUKU — The Maui Planning Commission has recommended allowing Honua‘ula Partners to build all or a portion of 250 affordable housing units at its master-planned community between Maui Meadows and Makena resort in South Maui. On Tuesday, the commission voted 5-0, with a bare quorum, to ...

Road closures and traffic delays expected for 47th Maui Marathon

The 47th Maui Marathon from Kahului to Kaanapali will be held Sunday, and motorists should expect traffic delays, road closures and rerouting from early morning to about 1:30 p.m. Marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer events will be run. The marathon begins on Hookele Street ...

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Car overturns near McGregor Point on pali

A Maui police officer stands near an overturned vehicle Thursday afternoon near the McGregor Point scenic lookout. Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said there was a possible head-on collision between two vehicles around 2:45 p.m. near Milepost 1 on Honoapiilani Highway. One vehicle rolled ...

Mayor Alan Arakawa is shown at a 2014 campaign event. The Campaign Spending Commission is investigating post-election expenditures for Arakawa’s campaign including donations to nonprofits listed as advertising. 
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Mayor accused of falsifying campaign spending report

A two-year Campaign Spending Commission investigation of post-election expenditures reported by Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s campaign from Nov. 5, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016, found 59 “advertising” expenditures to 41 nonprofit and community organizations amounting to more than ...

Ramsay Taum, founder and president of Life Enhancement Institute of the Pacific, discusses how tourism needs to benefit local communities Wednesday during the 11th annual Hui Holomua Business Fest. Speakers of Native Hawaiian, Alaskan and Native American descent shared ways that native communities can have more control over how their stories and cultures are portrayed to visitors.
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Speakers: Honor the culture and visitor experience will be enriched

WAIKAPU — When Ogala Lakota elder Ben Sherman visited Chile recently, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, he said. The Rapa Nui, the indigenous people of Easter Island, were protesting government tourism practices and had put up barriers to the island’s most iconic sites. “The ...

In historic shift, Boy Scouts move to admit girls

NEW YORK — In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. Duc Button, Boy ...

The Rev. Israel Yost, 100th Battalion chaplain during World War II, came to Maui to visit Club 100 veterans in 1947. During the visit, Yost gave his “Step Off the Road and Let the Dead Pass By” sermon at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. This photo is in the second part of the “One-Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit that opens Friday at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.
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Part 2 of nisei exhibit opens Friday

The second part of “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit, focusing on the 100th Battalion’s exploits from Anzio to Rome in Italy during World War II, will open Friday and run through Dec. 16 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Paukukalo. This year marks the 75th ...

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Glenn Mukai anticipates job review: ‘They’ve always been fair’

WAILUKU — The first annual review of the performance of county Liquor Control Director Glenn Mukai — who has drawn heavy criticism from residents and community groups for actions by his department — is set for the Liquor Control Commission’s next meeting on Nov. 8, commissioners ...

Puunene armory to be renamed for Maui Medal of Honor winner

The Hawaii Army National Guard Armory in Puunene will be renamed the Private First Class Anthony T. Kahoohanohano Armory after a Maui Medal of Honor winner in a ceremony Friday at the facility. The memorialization ceremony with members of the Hawaii Army National Guard and Kahoohano-hano’s ...

Two humpback whales, an adult and sub-adult, were spotted off Kapalua on Tuesday morning, the first whales sighted for the 2017-18 whale season.
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First humpback whales of the season spotted off West Maui

The first whale sighting of the season was reported Tuesday morning off Kapalua by the Pacific Whale Foundation’s sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit. “Our marine naturalist onboard, Dan Kraver, was talking to our guests about different types of fish found in Maui waters when I saw two huge ...

Tiger shark sighted off Kamaole beach

The waters off Kamaole Beach Parks I, II and III in Kihei were closed for two hours after an 8-foot tiger shark was spotted 25 feet from shore Wednesday consuming a dead bird in the water, a Maui County fire official said. Two beachgoers saw the tiger shark on the north end of Kamaole II just ...

Fire crews monitor brush fire hot spots

A suspicious set of brush fires that began Monday south of the Pulehu-Omaopio Road intersection will likely keep firefighters busy extinguishing hot spots through Saturday, a Maui County fire official said Wednesday. The fire remained 75 percent contained Wednesday with smoldering hot spots ...

Work begins to rebuild sewer line

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. began work this week on reconstructing a sewer line between the Kahoma Stream Bridge and Kenui Street in Lahaina. Work started on Tuesday on the $2 million Maui County project. Construction is expected to take about a month to complete, according to an ...

HECO reports bill payment scam

There has been a recent spike in aggressive phone scams targeting Hawaii utility customers, and Hawaiian Electric Cos. Is urging customers to “just hang up” in a monthlong campaign. Maui Electric Co. is a subsidiary of HECO. Tips offered include: • If receiving a call from someone ...

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Lei of healing for Las Vegas

Lehua Kekahuna chants a Hawaiian blessing while spreading sea salt around eight multistrand ti leaf lei bound for Las Vegas on Tuesday evening in Kihei. Assisting is Joe Tolbe. Volunteers working in shifts created the mile-long collection of lei over a three-day span. It was part of a statewide ...

Summer Sylva of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. delivers closing arguments before the state Commission on Water Resource Management Monday at the Haiku Community Center. Sylva was representing Na Moku Aupuni O Ko‘olau Hui, a group of East Maui residents calling for restoration of flow to more than 20 streams that have been diverted for sugar cane cultivation. The commission heard final arguments in the 16-year-old case from Na Moku, Maui Tomorrow, Alexander & Baldwin and Maui County on Monday. Now, it’s weighing its decision. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Group calls for restoration of water to streams

Saying that “sugar got what sugar needed,” attorneys for a group of East Maui residents called on a state water panel to increase flow levels for streams long diverted for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. crops. At a standing-room-only meeting at the Haiku Community Center on Monday, ...

Police returned a dozen of the 25 Niihau lei Tuesday that were stolen from Maui Hands in Makawao in July. Maui Hands photo

Some priceless Niihau shell lei return home

Maui police returned a dozen priceless Niihau shell lei to a Makawao store Tuesday where security cameras captured a man stealing about a $100,000 worth of merchandise three months ago. “We were in tears — the whole staff was,” Maui Hands owner Panna Cappelli said of the lei homecoming. ...