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Battle of the badges

FIRST PHOTO: Police officer Aaron Souza (right) tries to get away from firefighter Aukake Bongolan in the first quarter of the annual Battle of the Badges flag football game at War Memorial Stadium on Friday. SECOND PHOTO: Maui Police Department Chief Tivoli Faaumu shakes hands with Fire Chief ...

Mark Rudzinski

Flashlight brings help for stranded kayaker

Makawao kayaker Mark Rudzinski signaled SOS distress flashes with his flashlight early Tuesday, hoping someone would see him trapped about 200 feet below a cliff after strong waves slammed him into rocks the day before off the Nahiku coastline. “I didn’t sleep at all,” Rudzinski said of ...

Maui’s real estate market stays strong

Maui single-family home and condominium sales prices remained high in April, but not the lofty heights seen earlier this year, according to a Realtors Association of Maui report this week. The median price of a single-family home in Maui County was $671,000 last month. That’s lower than ...

Timothy Cullen

Ohio educator Cullen tapped to lead St. Anthony School

The Maui News Longtime Ohio educator Timothy Cullen has been named head of school for St. Anthony School, which serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to an announcement. Cullen’s appointment is effective July 10. He succeeds Betsey Gunderson, who has taken a ...

Some Honda, Acura vehicles recalled for Takata air bag repairs

The Maui News Owners of certain Honda and Acura vehicles are being advised to bring their vehicles in for free repairs because of defective Takata air bag inflators that could rupture during a crash, potentially killing or injuring occupants. Honda encourages owners of all affected Honda ...

E. Maui well, already in emergency service, gets final approval

The Maui News The state Health Department Safe Drinking Water Branch has given the new Wakiu Well C in East Maui, which was pressed into service earlier than planned, approval as a permanent water source, the Department of Water Supply said Thursday. The well was developed and scheduled to ...

Kamalani development offering Sunday previews

The Maui News Prospective homebuyers in Alexander & Baldwin’s Kamalani Subdivision can get an early preview of residences under construction during a weekly open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Interested homebuyers can get a site tour and information on the community in north ...

Ernest Cravalho III

County/In Brief

Man charged with attempted murder A man was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly drove a car toward a Kihei man who had confronted a suspected vehicle thief Wednesday night, police said. Bail was set at $51,000 for Ernest Carvalho III, 27, of Wailuku. He was charged with ...

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Graduation Day UH-Maui style

University of Hawaii Maui College graduate Maka Marin savors the moment after receiving his diploma Thursday afternoon on the Kahului campus. Graduating with an associate’s degree in liberal arts, Marin said his goal is to teach. “I want to be a teacher, I want to teach the world. I want to ...

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Turtles hit the beach at Hookipa

How many green sea turtles can you count? Green sea turtles haul out at Hookipa Beach Park on Wednesday morning. A lifeguard on duty said there are days when as many as 30 of the endangered turtles come ashore at the Hana end of the popular county beach. Warning tape and signs kept beachgoers ...

Mahina Martin, a founding member of the Coalition to Repeal 24 Hour Alcohol Sales, speaks to the Maui County Liquor Control Commission on Wednesday. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Panel to reconsider liquor rule changes

WAILUKU — A day after hearing emotional testimony from about 50 people affected by drunken driving and alcohol abuse, the Maui County Liquor Control Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to reconsider its decision to allow 24-hour retail sales of alcohol and removing the cap on hostess bars ...

A tent where a homeless family lives is less than 50 feet from tourists at Baldwin Beach Park. Some regular beachgoers have complained about the growing number of homeless people. This photo was taken May 2. While this encampment will be cleared later this month, a new survey shows that Maui’s homeless population has decreased 22 percent. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Ige: Homeless tide has turned; but there is still more work to do

Gov. David Ige said that the “tide has turned” on the state’s homelessness crisis, citing a study of Hawaii’s homeless population that showed double-digit percentage decreases in Maui County and on the Big Island. Overall, the annual “Point in Time” census showed a nearly 9 ...

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Gabbard visits MMMC

Mary Uyeda, a former Maui Memorial Medical Center employee, poses for a photo with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Monday. Uyeda currently is a Maui Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary volunteer. Gabbard, whose district includes Maui County, toured the Wailuku hospital, met with surgeons, doctors, ...

JUMPSmartMaui project comes to ‘successful’ end

The JUMPSmartMaui renewable energy demonstration project that helped set up electric vehicle charging station infrastructure and smart-grid EV technology on the island came to a “successful” conclusion in February after a nearly six-year run, the project announced this month. Japan’s ...

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Lipoa Center gets new lights

Typhoon Electric & Telecommunications electrician Darren Carillo installs a new LED light in the tower fronting Lipoa Center in Kihei on Tuesday morning. Apprentice Mason Miyamoto said that the lights are brighter and more energy efficient. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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Capobianco faces contraband charge

The Maui News Convicted murderer Steven Capobianco is facing a charge of promoting prison contraband after officials reported finding a glass tube during a cell inspection last year. Capobianco, 27, was arraigned Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court on the charge of second-degree promoting prison ...

Workshops to focus on pesticide alternatives

The Maui News Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran is coordinating workshops this month on finding alternatives to using pesticides. Free public workshops on pesticide-free lawn care include one from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waikapu Community Center and a one-day course on ...

Man gets jail term for hitting woman with butt of air rifle

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term was ordered Tuesday for a man convicted of assault for hitting his then-girlfriend with the butt of an air rifle. Elliot Kamalii, 33, had been facing a shorter 60-day jail term under a plea agreement recommending probation. But Kamalii violated the plea ...

Charity walk to be held Saturday

Maui County’s 39th Visitor Industry Charity Walk will be held Saturday morning at the War Memorial soccer field. The fundraiser, organized by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, benefits Maui nonprofit organizations, which also participate in the walk. Last year, there were 3,000 ...

Airline relocates LAX operations

Hawaiian Airlines will be relocating its Los Angeles International Airport operations to Terminal 5 on Wednesday, which will provide improved curbside check-in and a corridor to other terminals without having to reclear security. The move from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5 is part of a major ...