Local News

Cue ‘Pomp and Circumstance’

Graduation season has begun in Maui County, and two of the county’s larger high schools, Maui and Baldwin, will be graduating seniors at nontraditional times in the next two weeks. The commencement dates for the Sabers and Bears originally fell on the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but ...

2018 Commencement Exercises

Maui High School 4:30 p.m. May 19 War Memorial Stadium * * * Baldwin High School 6 p.m. May 22 War Memorial Stadium * * * Ka‘ahumanu Hou Christian School 7 p.m. May 23 King’s Cathedral Church * * * King Kekaulike High School 6 p.m. May 24, gates open at 4:30 p.m. ...

Impaired driving declines with education, consistent enforcement

KAHULUI — As six police officers and a deputy prosecutor were honored for their work to stop impaired driving, officials said education and consistent enforcement have contributed to a decline in drunken-driving arrests in Maui County. Police made 721 DUI arrests in Maui County last year, ...

Play extended at Waiehu golf course until June

Eighteen-hole play at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course has been extended until sometime in June, county Department of Parks and Recreation Director Ka‘ala Buenconsejo said Friday. Course renovations began April 16, and county officials had planned to close the back nine holes in May. The ...

Broken wire sparks Puunene brush fire

A utility pole guy wire broke off and made contact with the nearby power line to start a brush fire Tuesday afternoon near the Puunene Post Office on Hansen Road, a fire official said. Callers reported hearing a loud explosion before the fire started, said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto. ...

Property tax lien auction scheduled

People who’ve been delinquent in paying property taxes for three or more years risk losing their properties during a sale on May 22. The county Department of Finance will put 13 properties up for auction beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kihei Community Center. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The sale may ...

Policy training to close parks offices

More than a handful of Department of Parks and Recreation permit offices will be closed this month and next month while staff implements new procedures and processes tri-annual permits.The permit office closure schedule includes the following locations and days: • Central Maui (War ...

Recent disasters urge preparedness

Ongoing volcanic eruptions on the Big Island are a reminder for Maui County residents to prepare for emergencies and disasters, the Maui County Emergency Management Agency announced. Earthquakes triggered by the volcanic activity could bring local tsunamis, the agency warned. Officials urge ...

Public hearing set for polystyrene rules

A public hearing on draft administrative rules for the prohibited sale or use of polystyrene foam food containers will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Kalana Pakui Planning Department conference room in Wailuku. Passed last year, the measure goes into effect Dec. 31. Before the hearing, ...

Celebrating years of hard work

University of Hawaii-Manoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate Cristina Munoz lofts her diploma during commencement ceremonies on the UH-Maui College campus Thursday evening in Kahului. Students eligible to walk obtained an Academic Subject Certificate, Associates in Applied Science, ...

Lawsuit filed to pressure developers to keep promise

A lawsuit was filed Thursday against the builders of the Front Street Apartments and the state housing agency to challenge the developer’s attempt to convert the complex to market-rate units before the end of its 50-year commitment to keep rents affordable for low-income tenants. Three ...

More pieces of Lahaina bypass completed

The Maui News Improvements continue at both ends of the Lahaina bypass, to be referred to for the time being as Route 3000, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday. At 3:30 p.m. today, the Southern Connector Road between Honoapiilani Highway and Route 3000 near the ...

Maui testifiers tell OHA to stop in-fighting

WAILUKU — Several Maui residents Thursday expressed support for the embattled Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief executive officer, whose performance is being evaluated following a scathing state audit over use of funds. At a meeting in March, the OHA board discussed CEO Kamana‘opono ...

Electrical fire off Hansen Road

Two small fires, 10 by 10 feet and 20 by 60 feet, were ignited when power lines arced about 150 yards off Hansen Road across from the Puunene Post Office on Thursday afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters responded at 2:25 p.m. to a call of a loud explosion, said Fire Services Chief Ed ...

Heat-power unit at Lanai resort down

A heat and power unit that helps provide air conditioning at the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i and provides power to the Lanai grid is down again, due to engine damage on April 6, filings with the state Public Utilities Commission said. An evaluation of the unit showed “substantial damage” ...

Tracking software helps with location of computer thief

The Maui News WAILUKU — Tracking software in a stolen computer led investigators to a Lahaina man, who was placed on one year’s probation for theft. Kelly Wilkins, 49, said he had bought the computer, printer and docking station for $300 from someone in a Kaanapali parking lot. “The ...

There is no threat to air travel on Maui as yet

The Maui News Despite foreboding of Kilauea blowing its top and spreading ash that could shut down airports, the Maui Airports district manager said Thursday there have been no discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration about shutting down Kahului Airport. Marvin Moniz said it is ...

Leilani’s on the Beach to reopen following six-month renovation

The Maui News Following an extensive, multimillion-dollar six-month renovation, Leilani’s on the Beach will reopen late this month at the Whalers Village in Kaanapali, according to an announcement. The renovation included work on the main dining room and an extension of the lanai for more ...

Lower Nahiku without water

Customers in Lower Nahiku were without water Thursday due to a malfunction at the Nahiku water tank, the Department of Water Supply said. Water service will not be restored until Saturday, the department said. Until then, customers may fill containers at a portable water tanker, located at ...

Visitor charity walk Saturday

The 40th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk is set for Saturday at the War Memorial Soccer Field. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the walk to run from 7 to 10 a.m. The minimum donation to participate is $35 for adults ages 18 and older and at least $25 for those under 18. ...