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Supporters come out to testify for Taylor

WAILUKU — County Department of Water Supply workers and members of the community urged Maui County Council members to retain Water Director Dave Taylor, despite Mayor Alan Arakawa calling for his ouster. Because public testimony took all day Friday, the Maui County County was unable to take ...

Help sought to find owner of red kayak

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking help in identifying the owner of a red kayak found adrift Saturday a mile and a half south of Olowalu Beach. A crew aboard a 45-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Maui searched the area offshore while Maui firefighters conducted a search onshore, the Coast Guard ...

Carlos Gutierrez, vice president for state and local government affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, speaks in opposition to Maui County’s proposed ban on sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which some scientists have linked to reef damage. Association officials said factors like climate change and runoff were more to blame for coral bleaching than sunscreen. --  The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Testimony: There’s no ‘reef-safe’ sunscreen

WAILUKU — Saying there is “no such thing as reef-safe sunscreen,” representatives from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association spoke out against Maui County’s proposed ban on sunscreen containing certain chemicals at a Maui County Council meeting Friday. The bill, introduced by ...

Council urged to scrap bill that allows a vote to fire members’ staff

WAILUKU — Calling it “a power grab” and “undemocratic,” dozens of testifiers asked the Maui County Council on Friday to toss out a bill that would allow council members to vote to remove individual members’ staff. Residents sharply criticized Council Chairman Mike White — who ...

U-Haul to create Maui home base in old Kmart building

U-Haul Moving & Storage has moved into the old Kmart building in Kahului, where the national company’s first Maui truck and trailer rental and self-storage facility will be constructed. U-Haul announced Thursday that it purchased the 107,520 square foot building on 7.3 acres at the ...

Maui visitor arrivals continue to surge, set to break records

Maui appears to be on track for another record-breaking year in tourist arrivals and expenditures with October logging another month of growth, preliminary Hawai‘i Tourism Authority data show. Arrivals by air for the month grew 3 percent from 2016 with 212,649 tourists visiting the Valley ...

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Sidewalk will soon encircle shopping center

A crew from T.J. Gomes Trucking Co. lays a concrete sidewalk along Kaupo Street in Wailuku on Wednesday morning. SECOND PHOTO: The 6-foot-wide sidewalk is about 2,000 feet long and will circle Phase Two of the Kehalani Village Center project, as well as along Kuikahi Drive up to Honoapiilani ...

Lanai panel OKs time extension for builder, fewer houses on tap

The Lanai Planning Commission has granted Pulama Lana‘i a five-year extension to complete its Manele housing project, as well as approval to reduce the number of single-family lots from 166 to 81. The commission voted 6-0 on Nov. 15 to approve Pulama Lana‘i’s request, according to ...

County / In Brief

Kahoolawe trolling days for December are announced Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed today and Sunday and Dec. 16 and 17, according to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of ...

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Hospice Maui’s new land parcel blessed

Longtime Hospice Maui supporter Leslie Kuloloio (first photo) conducts Wednesday’s blessing for the agency’s planned meditation garden and walking path. Kuloloio concluded by offering a heartfelt mahalo to hospice staff. “Thank you, to each and every one of you, thank you.” During ...

Skeeter Stebbins (in hat) and Chuck Dicker of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise unload trees from a refrigerated container to sell Thursday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall. Despite reports of tree shortages, the Lahaina club has brought in its normal amount of 500 trees this year. King’s Cathedral Maui in Kahului, which has been selling trees for 35 years, will not be selling them this year. THEO MORRISON photo

Christmas tree shortage foils annual fundraiser

KAHULUI — A shortage of Christmas trees on the Mainland has led King’s Cathedral Maui, which has been selling evergreens for 35 years as a fundraiser, to discontinue sales this year. “It was hard for us to find a company to go with this year,” said King’s Cathedral Maui Music ...

Weeklong phone outage frustrates Nahiku residents

Nahiku resident Mapu Kekahuna felt “on edge” a week before Thanksgiving because his elderly mother, diabetic sister and a pregnant family member all were without landline phone service — their only form of phone connection — for almost a week. “Anything can happen, and they have no ...

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Work continues on Lahaina bypass extension

The 2.6-mile stretch of the Lahaina bypass currently under construction from Launiupoko toward Olowalu, near Cut Mountain, abruptly ends above Honoapiilani Highway in Olowalu in this photo taken Nov. 17. Residents have expressed concerns about the southern terminus of the bypass with ...

County leads state in room rates, revenue

The Maui News Although Maui County trails Oahu in hotel occupancy rates so far this year, Valley Isle hotels lead the state in daily room rates and revenue per available room, according to Hawai‘i Tourism Authority statistics released Tuesday. Occupancy rates in Maui County hotels were at ...

South Kihei Road bridge work on schedule

The Maui News County Public Works Department Director David Goode said Thursday that repairs to an old culvert bridge on South Kihei Road are on schedule to be completed by the end of February. Both the department and the office of Council Member Kelly King have been fielding a lot of ...

Bail remains at $10,000 for man charged in robbery

The Maui News WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $10,000 for a man who had been released from jail on supervision four days before he was arrested during a confrontation with security officers at Macy’s. Preston Latu, 28, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery. He reportedly ...

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Man arrested in Maui Hands theft

A second suspect was arrested in the theft of Niihau shell lei and jewelry from the Maui Hands store in Makawao. Matthew Moultrie Elayer, 32, of Kula pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree theft during his arraignment Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court. He was being held in lieu of ...

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MPD captain requests a jury trial

WAILUKU — Maui Police Department Capt. Stephen Orikasa pleaded not guilty Thursday and asked for a jury trial on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge alleging he inappropriately touched a female detective at work. A Dec. 12 date was set for him to appear in 2nd Circuit Court. In a ...

Liquor certification exam canceled

The liquor certification exam will be not held today due to a staff shortage, the county Department of Liquor Control said. Wailuku certification exams will resume next week during regularly scheduled times Tuesday and Friday in Room 105 of the David Trask Building, 2145 Kaohu ...

Flash-flood watch extended

The flash-flood watch has been extended to this afternoon for Maui by the National Weather Service. A persistent heavy rain, enhanced by a nearby upper trough, continues to flow in from the east with the trade winds, the weather service said. With the ground already saturated by days of ...