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Rotary to hear from nonprofit director

John Hau‘oli Tomoso, executive director of Tri-Isle RC&D Council, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kahului’s meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului. Tomoso will speak on the organization’s mission and its way of collaborating and ...

Keanae man found not guilty of murder

WAILUKU — A Keanae man was found not guilty of murder in the killing of another man who was found beaten to death in Maliko Gulch four years ago. A 2nd Circuit Court jury returned the verdict Friday afternoon, acquitting Jesse Hueu, 48, of second-degree murder of 56-year-old Derrick ...

Water ruling shouldn’t affect W. Maui supply

The county water department said Friday that there should be sufficient flow in the Kanaha Stream — 90 percent of the time — to meet needs of Lahaina customers and to comply with the state water commission’s order last week to restore 550,000 gallons of water per day to the ...

Land use panel OKs sale of portion of church property

With a church member calling it a “major milestone” for Emmanuel Lutheran Church Maui, the state Land Use Commission Thursday approved six motions that allow the church to sell a portion of its Waikapu property for affordable housing and give the congregation more time to build new church ...

Down payment, closing cost help for homebuyers

The county will be accepting applications beginning Monday for the First-Time Home Buyer’s Down Payment Assistance Program, designed to help low- to above-moderate income first-time homebuyers with down payments and/or closing costs. Administered by the county’s Housing Division, the ...

Affordable apartments on the way

The Rev. Al Terry conducts Friday’s blessing of the affordable rental Kenolio Apartments on Friday. The 186-unit project is located along Piilani Highway, near the intersection of Kaonoulu and Kenolio streets. The complex will have 12 three-story multifamily residences with one-, two- and ...

Telescope protester’s conviction vacated

A state appeals court vacated a Lahaina man’s conviction for his role in a 2015 protest as equipment for construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope was being transported to the summit of Haleakala. In an opinion filed Thursday, the Intermediate Court of Appeals said the jury that ...

New Waiehu golf clubhouse design to be unveiled

A preliminary concept for a new clubhouse at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course will be shown at Wailuku First Friday and on Dec. 12. The current clubhouse at the 87-year-old public golf course was built in 1962 and has not been significantly upgraded. The Department of Parks and Recreation has ...

Maui senators retain leadership positions

Maui County state senators have retained their leadership positions in the upcoming legislative session, with Gil Keith-Agaran serving as vice chairman of the Senate’s money committee, J. Kalani English as majority leader and Roz Baker as chairwoman of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and ...

Kitchen fire on Molokai doused

Molokai firefighters responded to a kitchen fire in a duplex in Kawela on Thursday afternoon that was extinguished by the resident, fire officials said. At 2:20 p.m., Molokai firefighters responded to reports of a fire in the residential structure on Kamehameha V Highway, Fire Services Chief ...

Hawaiian Independence Day

First photo: University of Hawaii Maui College Hawaiian studies instructor Kahele Dukelow points out the important role indigenous language plays in Hawaiian identity as part of Thursday’s 175th anniversary celebration of La Ku‘oko‘a, “Hawaiian Independence Day,” on the Kahului ...

Stream-flow ruling affects county water source

The county Department of Water Supply, which has been diverting most of the water from the Kanaha Stream for its West Maui customers, will have to return 550,000 gallons a day to the stream, following a decision last week by the state water commission. A stream diversion feeds water into the ...

Jury deliberating fate of murder defendant Hueu

WAILUKU — Saying murder suspect Jesse Hueu shared information only “the killer would know,” a deputy prosecutor urged a 2nd Circuit Court jury Thursday to find the defendant guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Derrick Kualaau, who was found lying in a pool of blood on his ...

SBA disaster official available to talk to Lane victims

The Maui News An official with the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance office will be available to speak with victims of Hurricane Lane about disaster loans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina. Public Information Officer ...

Country star Lee Brice rocks MACC

First photo: Country star Lee Brice performs with bass player Paul Rippee during a concert Wednesday night in the A&B Amphitheater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He performed his latest single, “Rumor,” as well as hits including “I Drive Your Truck” and “I Don’t ...

Banyan Tree holiday lighting is Saturday

The Maui News The 21st annual Lighting of The Banyan Tree, hosted by the LahainaTown Action Committee, will be held Saturday evening as part of daylong activities at Campbell and Banyan Tree parks in Lahaina town. Front Street will be decorated with 64 Christmas wreaths as well. “With ...

Hawaiian, JetBlue expand codeshare agreement

The Maui News Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue have expanded their codeshare agreement, which will allow travelers from dozens of cities, most of them in the eastern U.S., to connect to the Hawaiian Islands via Boston’s Logan International Airport starting in April. Boston-area JetBlue ...

Christmas suggested mailing dates out; first one is Dec. 13

The Maui News The U.S. Postal Service has offered its suggested holiday mailing dates to get packages to their destinations before Christmas with the first dates set for Dec. 13. The Postal Service sent out a news release Monday with the dates for Hawaii mailings and emphasized that the ...

Bus routes tweaks to take effect Dec. 7

The Maui News A few changes in Kahului, Wailuku, Waihee and Lahaina Maui Bus routes take effect Dec. 7, the county Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The changes follow: • Kahului Loop No. 5 and Kahului Reverse Loop No. 6. Both routes will no longer travel into Kahului ...

New Lexus facility just about ready to roll

Alpha Construction’s Ian Manibog uses a “peanut roller” to compact base material for the parking lot for Servco Pacific’s Lexus Maui and Subaru Maui in Puunene earlier this month. The 22,000-square-foot facility is nearing completion at the intersection of Pulehu Road and Hookele ...