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Marriott workers authorize strike Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers statewide, including at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, the union announced Monday night. Of the 3,500 Marriott hotel workers statewide — including about 335 at the Sheraton ...

Kihei Garden & Landscape

Tree trimmer Adumin Andrade trims a palm tree Thursday morning along Airport Access Road in Kahului. He said he has been doing the job for more than 30 years. “I have a lot of passion about the trees. I love to see the beauty of the island, the beauty of the trees. That’s why we do what we ...

Ag program for keiki gets growing

As a kid, Justin Teixeira first became interested in farming while helping his grandmother plant orchids in her garden. Now a commercial farmer who grows flowers and vegetables on 290 acres in Kula, Teixeira hopes to spark the same early passion for farming in the students of Kula Elementary ...

Finding a ‘bit of excitement’ in books

Maui Friends of the Library volunteer Marianne Gill shows Kaydence Hall, 5, a picture of her painted face during Saturday’s event marking the second anniversary of the organization presenting the Maui Bookmobile as a gift to the Hawaii State Public Library System. It also celebrated the sixth ...

Tropical storm watch set for Olivia

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for Maui County on Sunday afternoon as Hurricane Olivia prepared to pass directly over the islands. On Sunday afternoon, Olivia was about 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo and was narrowly registering as a Category 1 hurricane moving ...

Coast Guard seeks public’s help in identifying adrift kayak’s owner

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a search Sunday afternoon for the owner of a kayak found adrift off Kamaole Beach Park in Kihei earlier in the day. Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur said the search did not turn up any results, and with no reports of missing persons in the area, the ...

Halau from Japan leads way with five awards at Ku Mai Ka Hula competition

Halau Hula ‘O Meha-naokala of Japan captured five awards and Halau Kamaluokaleihulu of Wailuku won four at the 2018 Ku Mai Ka Hula competition Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The competition features award-winning halau competing in solo and group performances. This ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Sept. 4 to 6. 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 ...

Winners of falsetto contest announced

Kaulike Pescaia of Maui won the 17th annual Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest on Saturday night at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Named after the legendary Hawaii falsetto singer who died in March, the annual competition showcases Maui County’s top amateur male falsetto ...

Signs of the times attracting ‘eyeballs’

Living on one of the busiest corners in Maui County had been a nightmare oftentimes for Kehau Filimoe’atu. Entering or leaving her home at the corner of Puunene and Wakea avenues in Kahului has always been difficult, especially with a stoplight within 100 feet of her driveway. Even on red ...

Victorino war chest larger heading into the general election

Former Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino reported having a campaign war chest surplus of $33,280.40 as of last month’s primary election while Council Member Elle Cochran, his rival for the Mayor’s Office, disclosed having a deficit of $1,283.47, reports to the state Campaign ...

Kaho‘olawe Commission unveils plans for new center

The county Urban Design Review Board has recommended approval of plans for a Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission education and operations center on 8.26 acres next to the Kihei Boat Ramp. The project would consolidate commission operations (now located in Wailuku and Kihei) at a new ...

Hurricane Olivia approaches isles

Just as Tropical Storm Norman moved away from the islands, Hurricane Olivia entered the Central Pacific on Saturday, and it was expected to be near the Hawaiian Islands late Tuesday, the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Olivia was ...

A day for appreciating breadfruit

Waiehu’s Paul Higashino (left) and Kahanu Gardens tree caretaker Kama Helekahi load ulu tree keiki into a wheelbarrow manned by Maui Nui Botanical Gardens volunteer Gary Shay during Saturday morning’s La ‘Ulu Breadfruit Day in Kahului. The starts from the Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu ...

State panel recommends ways to deal with rising sea levels

The Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission adopted recommendations Tuesday to guide Hawaii’s response to climate change impacts. The panel’s proposals include: • Supporting legislation for disclosure of private and public property offerings located in areas ...

Honoring a beloved Queen

Lili‘uokalani Trust’s Kipuka Maui co-lead Gail Murakami places lei into the waiting hands of a wooden Queen Lili‘uokalani sculpture as artist Dale Zarrella looks on during Friday morning’s dedication and blessing ceremony at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea. The event was ...

Campaign spending fine proposed for Atay

Staff of the state Campaign Spending Commission has filed a complaint against Maui County Council Member Alika Atay, his campaign, Friends of Alika Atay, and its treasurer. Commission staff members propose a $2,700 fine and a finding from the commission that there is probable cause to believe ...

Baldwin band director placed on paid leave during investigation

Baldwin High School band director and teacher Stephen Rodrigues has been placed on leave with pay from his job, as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving students. Rodrigues has been on department-directed leave since April 6, Lindsay Chambers, communications ...

Council approves Waikapu affordable housing project

Maui County Council members unanimously adopted a resolution Friday to advance a fast-track workforce housing project for 80 affordable units in Waikapu. The action came on an 8-0 vote, with Council Member Bob Carroll absent and excused. Plans for Waikapu Development Venture’s project ...