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New technology, housekeeping among concerns in hotel strikes

BOSTON — Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge. The hotel of the not-so-distant future sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s drawing real world anxiety for some of the ...

Opening of road spur to ease traffic

Outbound traffic from Kahului Airport onto Airport Access Road will flow a little smoother Monday. When the Airport Access Road opened in July 2016, a spur of the road for cars leaving the airport was closed. The area was used as a staging area for construction of the Consolidated Rent-A-Car ...

Water issues in Kipahulu District

Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District officials have had to make emergency repairs to the park’s main waterline, which has resulted in water fountain and restroom closures, park officials said Friday. Visitors to the Kipahulu District are urged to bring their own drinking water and ...

Habitat ‘pau hana’ building events set

AARP Hawai‘i has scheduled housing “pau hana” events in Lahaina and Wailuku this month for volunteers to help build affordable homes and learn more about Habitat for Humanity projects. The first event is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kahoma, Lahaina, building site at 100 Komo Mai ...

$285,000 each awarded to centers

Three Maui County health facilities received $285,000 each in federal funds to battle the growing opiod epidemic and to provide mental health services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the funds to Community Clinic of Maui, ...

Deadline for craft fair guide entries Friday

The Maui News will be publishing a holiday craft fair guide on Nov. 4. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Friday: • Name of the event. • Sponsoring organizations or businesses. • Date and time. • Location. • A general ...

Tucking into the tube in Maalaea

Kula Elementary School 3rd-grader Aaron Solomon, 8, tucks into a small tube ride Wednesday afternoon while bodyboarding with brother Angel, 10, at Maalaea’s Haycraft Beach Park. The boys said they were enjoying their break from school. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

State DOT proposes Kalaupapa Airport projects

The state Department of Transportation is proposing to build a firefighting vehicle garage and install a new automated weather system at the Kalaupapa Airport, among the many changes that would help bring the facility up to speed with federal standards. Plans also call for renovating the ...

Big water rate hikes in Hana take effect

Water rates are going up tenfold for Hana Water Systems’ north service area users over the next four years from $1.42 to $14.29 per thousand gallon for the first 25,000 gallons following a Public Utilities Commission decision on Oct. 1. Hana Water south service area users will see their ...

Speeding, erratic driving observed before officer’s crash

WAILUKU — A driver was seen speeding and driving erratically to avoid being stopped by a police solo bike officer before a crash that injured the officer Wednesday afternoon on Maui Veterans Highway, according to police. Robert Freitas III, 37, of Waiehu drove through two gates and at ...

Skateboard rider sought in connection with dumpster fire

Lloyd Komoda, co-owner of Ace Printing Co. in Wailuku, wants to thank two individuals who pushed a burning dumpster away from his business Sunday night after someone on a skateboard apparently set fire to it at the business. “Those two basically really saved the building from catching on ...

UB40 coming to Maui again

The Maui News Reggae band UB40 with founding members Ali Campbell, and Astro and Mickey Virtue will perform Feb. 16 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion. Tickets for MACC members go on sale at 10 a.m. today. The general public may begin ...

Mariner, 62, rescued from fishing boat north of Maui

The Maui News A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked a 62-year-old mariner off of a fishing vessel Wednesday 82 miles north of Kahului, officials reported Thursday. The man was medevaced to Maui Memorial Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition. “Our trained crews and ...

Flash-flood watch, brown-water advisories are posted

The Maui News The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch for all Hawaiian Islands from this morning through Saturday evening. The advisory means weather conditions may lead to flash flooding. Forecasters report an area of very moist air moving over the islands and ...

Man is charged in knife incident

The Maui News WAILUKU — Bail was increased to $10,000 for a homeless man who was arrested for allegedly brandishing a knife and threatening two workers Wednesday morning at Kalama Park in Kihei. Brian Adcock, 45, was charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. The ...

Sugimura to hold monthly ‘talk story’

Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “talk story” event from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market, located at Kulamalu Town Center near Longs Drugs in Pukalani. The event is an opportunity for constituents to share their concerns. Upcountry ...

Parks offices to close for permits

County Department of Parks and Recreation permit offices will be closed on various dates this month to allow staff to process countywide tri-annual permits, the department announced Wednesday. The closure facilities and dates follow: • Central Maui at the War Memorial Gym — Tuesday; ...

Planning offices to close for training

The county Department of Planning will shut down all of its offices for staff training on Oct. 19. The closure affects all department divisions and offices on Molokai. Regular customer service will resume Oct. 22. Offices are open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call ...

Submissions sought for craft fair guide

The Maui News will be publishing a Holiday Craft Fair Guide on Nov.4. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 19: • Name of the event. • Sponsoring organizations or businesses. • Date and time. • Location. • A general ...

This week in MIL football

Lahainaluna at Kamehameha Maui Today, Kanaiaupuni Stadium, 7 p.m. Overview Lahainaluna has won 17 games in a row overall and can clinch its 12th straight Division II state berth with a win. Kamehameha Maui must win this game and next week against King Kekaulike to force a playoff game ...