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Suspect who tried an ocean escape charged with robbery

WAILUKU — A man who spent about four hours in the ocean off Kaanapali after running from tourists who saw him stealing from their rental van is facing robbery and other charges. Blaize Castro, 27, of Kahului is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized ...

Man charged with robbery, assault at Kahului Marmac

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Makawao man was arrested on a robbery charge for allegedly punching an employee while shoplifting from a Kahului store last year, according to police. Justin Feliciano, 25, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree theft and ...

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Get ’em while they’re hot

Siblings Jayden (left) and Shayla Uyeno serve food to a line of hungry patrons during Boy Scout Troop 22’s annual all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraising event at Kamalii Elementary School in Kihei on Saturday. On the menu were pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and rice. Scouts with the South Maui ...

County/In Brief

HIgh-surf warning issued for islands The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for north-facing shores of Maui and north- and west-facing shores of Molokai through 6 p.m. Wednesday. A high-surf warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This ...

Haleakala volunteer deadline approaches

The Maui News Haleakala National Park’s deadline is Wednesday for applications for its visitor services volunteers program, according to an announcement. The park is recruiting residents as visitor center volunteers and trail guardians to educate visitors about the park’s natural ...

Singer and songwriter Colbie Caillat will perform April 7 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Tickets go on sale to MACC members Friday and to the general public Feb. 25. Photo via Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Colbie Caillat coming to MACC

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Colbie Caillat will perform April 7 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Caillat has won two Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million singles worldwide, according to announcement ...

Texas man convicted of interfering with flight crew

The Maui News A federal jury has convicted a 53-year-old Texas man of interfering with a flight attendant on a nonstop American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Maui last year, federal prosecutors announced Friday. William Clark Turner of Kemp, Texas, was found guilty of one count ...

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U.S. tops Germany

Tennis fans snap photos of the U.S. Fed Cup team Sunday at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch. The U.S. defeated Germany 3-0. German fans cheer during Sunday’s match between Germany’s Andrea Petkovic and American CoCo Vandeweghe. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

Maui singer/songwriter Kalani Pe‘a accepts the award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for “E Walea” during the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. AP photo

Grammy goes to Kalani Pe‘a

Running down the aisle with his arms open wide, Maui singer/songwriter Kalani Pe‘a stepped on stage to accept a historic Grammy Award on Sunday in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old artist won the Best Regional Roots Music Album category for his debut album, “E Walea,” his first-ever Grammy ...

An open-house sign for a unit at Haleakala Gardens is seen along Kulanihakoi Street in Kihei on Sunday afternoon. Kihei led the way in condo sales in January with 36 units sold for a median price of $475,000, according to the Realtors Association of Maui. The Maui News / BRAD SHERMAN photo

Median Maui County home prices slip from December

The median price of a single-family home in Maui County fell 6.5 percent to $655,000 in January, compared with December when median prices reached $700,500, according to Realtors Association of Maui statistics. But, compared with January 2016, the median price has risen 4 percent from ...

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Flooding temporarily closes South Kihei Road

A road-closed sign blocks traffic from continuing north bound on South Kihei Road at Kulanihakoi Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The roadway was closed between Wailana Place and Kaonoulu Street at 7:15 p.m. Saturday due to flooding and ponding, county spokesman Rod Antone said. It reopened around ...

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking  help identifying the owner of dive gear found adrift approximately one mile offshore from Hookipa Beach Park on Sunday. The gear consists of an orange dive float, dive flag and a wooden spear gun. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Help sought in identifying owner of gear

The Maui News The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of dive gear found adrift about a mile offshore from Hookipa Beach Park on Sunday. The gear includes an orange dive float, dive flag and wooden spear gun. Around noon Sunday, lifeguards at Hookipa ...

County/In Brief

Mayor to speak at Wednesday meeting Mayor Alan Arakawa will discuss water issues and the county’s long-range community plan process during a Kula Community Association meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The association has ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Feb. 3 to 7. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation ...

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 Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

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Rain doesn’t dampen the excitement

FIRST PHOTO: Tennis fans cheer Saturday during Fed Cup play between the U.S. and Germany at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch in Kaanapali. SECOND PHOTO: Spectators break out umbrellas and use other means to shield themselves from rain during the first Fed Cup match of the day Saturday. The U.S. ...

Maui Electric Co. President Sharon Suzuki speaks to about 75 people Thursday night during a community discussion at the University of Hawaii Maui College.   The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

MECO on track to beat renewable energy goals

KAHULUI — Maui Electric Co. is marching toward 100 percent renewable energy for Maui County, and that will come without an undersea interisland cable, utility President Sharon Suzuki told about 75 people during a community discussion Thursday night at the University of Hawaii Maui ...

Stacy Crivello

Council running out of time to review Molokai plan

The clock is running on the Maui County Council’s yearlong deadline to take action on the Molokai Community Plan update, which has been sitting in the council’s Planning Committee docket since May 4. Council members have only another 12 weeks or so to review and approve the revised plan. ...

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Fruit sorted before distribution

Feed My Sheep drivers Revelation Manini (foreground) and Nicholas Kindt sort through donated fruit to winnow out the good from the bad Thursday afternoon in Puunene. The drivers said it was worth the effort to provide fresh fruit to fortify people needing access to quality food. “Let’s just ...

Funds available to help pay for child care

Assistance with the cost of child care is available to low-income Native Hawaiians living on Molokai and in parts of Maui through a three-year grant awarded to Maui Family Support Services Inc. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of $1 million per year helps cover the ...