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Kahoolawe panel to meet Thursday

The Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Items on the agenda include the next fiscal year operating budget; an agreement between the commission and the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana ...

New viewing sites proposed for Haleakala Crater overlook

Haleakala National Park’s preferred option for improving safety for visitors and protecting natural and historical sites at Kalahaku Overlook involves building two new sites to view Haleakala Crater and the sunrise. The Kalahaku Overlook Area Management draft environmental assessment, ...

Council backs turning old UH-MC dorms into emergency housing

Maui County is a step closer to transforming the vacant University of Hawaii Maui College dorms near Keopuolani Park in Kahului into emergency housing for the needy. On second and final reading Friday, the Maui County Council unanimously approved a bill authorizing Mayor Michael Victorino to ...

Hotel association issues public call to oppose tax rates

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association on Friday afternoon urged its members and the public to contact Maui County Council members and Mayor Michael Victorino to express opposition to the council’s recently approved property tax rates, which increase the levy on hotels and resorts by 17 ...

Prosecutors sworn in, ready to serve

Maui County Prosecuting Attorney Don Guzman is surrounded by newly sworn-in deputy prosecuting attorneys and office staff in front of the old Wailuku courthouse, which now serves as the prosecutor’s office. The photo followed the swearing-in of the deputies by 2nd Circuit Judge Richard ...

Bryant, CEO of Maui Humane Society, is leaving for new post

Jerleen Bryant, CEO of the Maui Humane Society, announced this week that she is leaving to become executive director of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation. “An opportunity was presented to me that I just could not pass up, even though it was literally the hardest decision of my ...

95 degrees is June record temperature

The spring heatwave continues with a record high temperature of 95 degrees recorded at Kahului Airport on Thursday, the National Weather Service said. The 95 degrees is the highest temperature on record for June and broke the record of 91 degrees for the day set in 2007. The record ...

Boy rescued from ledge in Haiku area

A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to safety Friday after he became stuck on a ledge while making his way down a trail leading to the shoreline at Uaoa Bay in the Haiku area, a fire official said. Paia firefighters and a Kahului rescue crew responded to the 11:21 a.m. call. The boy, who was ...

Kamehameha Day holiday is Tuesday

All county and state offices will be closed Tuesday in observance of King Kamehameha Day. The Hana and Lanai landfills along with Molokai Landfill & Recycling will be closed. Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost Greenwaste will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. Olowalu Recycling will be open ...

Hunting licenses to be issued June 15

Hunting licenses and stamps for hunting on public and private land will begin being issued by the state June 15. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife district and administrative offices will be issuing the licenses and stamps for the July 1 to ...

Commissions, boards need volunteers to fill vacancies

Applications are being sought for the Maui County Cost of Government Commission, as well as for other boards and commissions, the office of Mayor Michael Victorino said in a news release. The Cost of Government Commission promotes efficient government operations and improved customer service ...

Moon over South Maui

A nearly full moon rises over Haleakala as seen from the Kihei intersection of Piilani Highway and Kaiwahine Street on evening in mid-May. The next full moon is June 16.

Chief: MPD officer arrested for promoting drug

A 39-year-old Maui Police Department officer was arrested Friday on Molokai for promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree. Chief Tivoli Faaumu in a video statement identified the officer as Daniel Imakyure. Imakyure was released pending further investigation and placed on ...

Invasive moth found on Maui, eating mamaki

An introduced caterpillar and moth native to Southeast Asia have been discovered on Maui — the first documented sighting in the U.S. — and are feeding on endemic nettles plants, which are critical for watershed protection, and offering habitat competition for the native Kamehameha ...

‘Catastrophe of thieving’ leads to 5 years in prison

WAILUKU — A man who went “beyond a crime spree” while stealing mopeds, credit cards from a rental car and iPads from an elementary school was sentenced to five years in prison. Joshua Yamashita, 28, of Wailuku had pleaded no contest to 25 charges in seven cases for crimes occurring from ...

County asks residents to participate in survey

Maui County residents are being asked to participate in the Hawaii Housing Planning Study being conducted by SMS Research, a consulting company. The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns is joining with the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corp., the lead agency in ...

Na Hale sells 34th affordable home

The housing nonprofit Na Hale O Maui has sold its 34th home, handing the keys to the Sisouvong family of Wailuku. “This home was sold at a price substantially below the fair market value,” said Cassandra Abdul, executive director of Na Hale O Maui. “It will remain affordable in ...

Kahekili Highway repairs discussed

The county emergency repair project on Kahekili Highway will be discussed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Waihe‘e Elementary School cafeteria. The project involves repairing a culvert head wall about 0.2 mile south of Maluhia Country Estates subdivision. The head wall was damaged during a storm in ...

Offices on Aging closed June 14

The Maui County Offices on Aging will be closed June 14 due to the “Cherish Our Kupuna” Elder Abuse Awareness Conference at the Grand Wailea. The event is aimed to help professionals whose work involves dealing with various aspects of elder protection. Registration is closed. All ...