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Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of March 7 to 17. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Feb. 26 to March 11. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Emmanuel Lutheran School 7th-grader Leela Waterford (second from left) is the 2017 Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee champion and advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Pictured with her at New Hope Oahu at Sand Island on Friday night are her parents, Anita (left) and Randy Waterford, and older sister Ameera.

Maui girl captures state spelling bee title

Leela Waterford, a 7th-grader at Emmanuel Lutheran School in Kahului, captured the 2017 Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee title Friday on Oahu. The 13-year-old Maui District Spelling Bee champion will be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Her ...

Stranded cars are towed from the flooded intersection of South Kihei Road and Kaonoulu Street on March 7, the latest flood episode in the area, which the county hopes to relieve through a South Maui Drainage Master plan.  The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Kihei flood plan, 10 years in draft stage, is almost complete

A draft plan to ease flooding along South Kihei Road has taken almost 10 years to complete, but is close to fruition and scheduled to be presented to the public in the next several months. “It is (in) the pre-final draft stage, but Public Works is planning to present it to the Kihei ...

Maui Waena Intermediate School opened its new nine-classroom building Friday, including its Technology Club room. The 15,000-square-foot building houses classrooms for math, science, music and computer resources.  The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Maui Waena’s new building — after 10 years — is finally open

KAHULUI — Maui Waena Intermediate School’s new classroom building — more than a decade in the making — is finally open. Yes, it really is open. No more permits. No more inspections. No more delays. “We’re beyond excited,” interim Principal Jackie McCandless said ...

Applications to hunt sheep on Lanai will be available Monday

The Maui News Applications for the 2017 Lanai Mouflon Sheep Hunting Season will be available beginning Monday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife has announced. Applications and instruction sheets will be available at all Division of ...

County / In Brief

Beach cleared for unexploded grenade There was no public access in the area of Chang’s Beach near the Makena Surf Resort on Saturday after condominium security found what looked like an unexploded grenade in the area, according to Maui police. Around 11 a.m., Makena Surf security found ...

Pukalani resident Jerry Masaki testifies against sewer rate increases proposed by Hawaii Water Service Co. during a Hawaii Public Utilities Commission hearing Thursday night at Pukalani Elementary School.   The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Pukalani wastewater customers declare rate hike ‘outrageous’

Pukalani residents universally opposed sewer rate increases proposed by Hawaii Water Service Co., calling them “outrageous” and “unfair” during a Hawaii Public Utilities Commission hearing Thursday night at Pukalani Elementary School. About 150 people attended the hearing with around ...

In January, Alexander & Baldwin sold the Maui Clinic building on Puunene Avenue to Oahu-based investment group Puunene Investors LLC. The new owner plans to turn the building, which has long housed a medical clinic and doctors’ offices, into retail space.   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui Clinic sold, to become new retail hub

The Maui Clinic building next to the Maui Mall will be transformed into a retail hub, a change from serving as a medical clinic and doctors’ offices for more than 50 years. The property was sold by Alexander & Baldwin to Oahu-based investment group Puunene Investors LLC for $3.4 ...

Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying the woman seen in this still image made from a Wailuku store’s surveillance video.

Calif. couple report being held at gunpoint, driven around island

The Maui News A California couple reported being held up at gunpoint, robbed and driven around the island on Wednesday and Maui police are seeking information on possible suspects. The visitors, a 25-year-old man and his 25-year-old fiancee, said that they were approached by an unknown male ...

MECO cancels request for three diesel generators

Maui Electric Co. is suspending its request to install three temporary diesel power generators at its Kuihelani Substation while the utility looks at other ways of providing reserve energy. On March 9, the state Public Utilities Commission approved MECO’s request to suspend its application ...

Ariel Harshner

Haiku man sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault of two girls

The Maui News WAILUKU — With a deputy prosecutor saying a Haiku property “haunts the memories” of two girls who were subjected to sex acts there, a man was sentenced Friday to a 10-year prison term for sexually assaulting the girls. While following a plea agreement in imposing the ...

Lawrence Becraft

5 MPD officers make the rank of sergeant

The Maui News Five Maui Police Department officers have been promoted to the rank of sergeant. They are: • Lawrence Becraft, who will be assigned to the Lahaina Patrol Division. He was raised on the Big Island before joining the department in 1993. During his career, he has been assigned ...

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Area reserve adds 55 stalls for visitor parking

FIRST PHOTO: Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Bagshaw provides visitors Ray and Marilyn Parks of Gig Harbor, Wash., an informational handout Tuesday morning near Kanahena Beach. In the background is the reserve’s newly paved parking lot. SECOND PHOTO: The newly ...

County / In Brief

Kahului house fire displaces 3 people A house fire in Kahului on Thursday left three people displaced, a fire official said. The fire on Puunene Avenue was reported at 6:49 p.m., Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. Fire crews arrived at 6:54 p.m. to find a single-story dwelling ...

Timothy Berney

Maui Medical adds Dr. Timothy Berney to orthopedic team

The Maui News Maui Medical Group has hired Dr. Timothy Berney as a member of its Orthopedic Surgery Team. He most recently worked at the Arizona Orthopedics Joint Replacement & Sports Medicine Center in Tucson. Prior to that he was in private practice for 10 years in Aberdeen, Wash. ...

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Bustin’ a move to Bruno Mars medley

King Kamehameha III Elementary School 3rd-graders do Honolulu recording artist Bruno Mars proud as they dance to a medley of his hits during Friday morning’s 2017 Ho‘ike on the school playground. This year’s king, or Mo‘i Kane, of the annual event was Kekuhi Lindsey, while Nancy Kaina ...

Tiny coffee berry borer beetles drill into a coffee fruit. The insect destroys coffee crops by boring into cherries and laying eggs. The larvae then feed on the bean, reducing both yield and quality. The state Department of Agriculture has announced that a quarantine on coffee plants, unroasted beans, used bags and equipment will be expanded to Maui on May 1 in an effort to prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer to uninfested islands. ANDREA KAWABATA photo

Maui island’s coffee industry to be subject to quarantine May 1

A quarantine on coffee plants, unroasted beans, used bags and equipment will be expanded to Maui on May 1 in an effort to prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer to uninfested islands, the state Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. In December, the invasive beetle was ...

State House budget approved; moves to Senate for review

The Maui News Around $60 million for improvements at Maui County airports, $10 million for an agricultural park Upcountry and $9 million for flood damage repairs at Iao Valley State Monument are in a proposed budget approved by the state House on Wednesday. The House’s version of the ...