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Doctors: Wellman was delusional before crash

Ashley Wellman told three psychiatrists/psychologists that she was delusional and trying to escape from an uncle who had sexually assaulted her in the past — and was not trying to commit suicide — when she ran a red light and crashed into a pickup truck at more than 100 mph at the Haleakala ...

Balance of power may be at stake in open East Maui council race

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story examining the race for the County Council’s East Maui residency seat is part of The Maui News’ coverage of key Maui County races in Tuesday’s general election. The stories will run periodically through Sunday. The Maui News election guide was published in last ...

Two more days remain for walk-in voting

The Maui News Residents have two more days to participate in early absentee voting for the general election. Maui County has two early voting sites, one at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku and the other at the Mitchell Pauole Center conference room on Molokai. They are ...

Isle’s largest solar project slated for old sugar fields

Maui’s largest solar and battery project is slated for a maximum of 500 acres of old Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. fields along Kuihelani Highway in Central Maui, AES Distributed Energy announced Thursday. The 60-megawatt photovoltaic system with 240 megawatt hours of battery storage ...

Maui youth soccer official pleads guilty to fraud

The Maui News A Maui youth soccer official pleaded guilty Thursday to bank fraud for stealing more than $180,000 from the league by forging checks that he deposited into his personal bank account over a period of three and a half years. Riki Maeda, 57, of Pukalani also made two unauthorized ...

Halloween turnout similar to last year

The Maui News The annual Halloween festivities drew about 20,000 people to Lahaina throughout Wednesday night, according to Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto. There were no arrests related to Front Street activities, he said. This year’s Halloween turnout was around the ...

Scariness and cuteness

Holden Shrader of Encinitas, Calif., pretends to toss a roll of paper towels to the crowd while dressed as President Donald Trump in Wednesday’s Keiki Halloween Parade. Mom Kelli Shrader said he came up with the idea for the costume himself, and they made it before leaving for Maui. ...

Nightmare on Haawina Street

The house on Haawina Street can be too spooky for some trick-or-treaters. Some of the kids are 10, 12 years old “and they won’t come,” said Karen McCall, owner of the home in Skill Village that has been attracting scores of young ghouls and goblins for nearly three decades on ...

Shoreline repair solutions sought

NAPILI — Maui County Public Works officials are mulling long-term shoreline repair solutions for a 30-foot section of Lower Honoapiilani Road, which is in danger of collapsing and shutting down utilities for nearby residents if another major storm were to hit. The department presented a ...

Made in Maui County Festival enters its fifth year

At the first Made in Maui County Festival in 2014, there were 115 vendors and one of the organizers said she was happy with what she got. “We had more spots, (but) that’s how much vendors we got,” said Teena Rasmussen, director of the county’s Office of Economic Development, who has ...

Lahaina halloween

A group of anemones from San Francisco migrate down Front Street on Wednesday evening. The annual Halloween in Lahaina attracts thousands of residents and visitors. Longtime Lahaina Halloween costume contest entrants Chuck and Julie Dicker of Lahaina shoot a commercial for Bill Cosby’s ...

Kahului man ordered to complete five-day jail term in family abuse case

WAILUKU — A man who twice abused his girlfriend in front of their child was ordered to turn himself in Friday to finish serving a five-day jail term. Jerome Jardine, 57, of Kahului also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service as part of two years’ probation. “Halloween ...

Peer support counseling recording not privileged in police sex assault case

A law prohibiting disclosure of communications from peer support counseling sessions doesn’t apply to an audio recording of a conversation between former Maui Police Department Capt. Stephen Orikasa and a female police sergeant, said Maui County Prosecuting Attorney John D. Kim. The ...

Remodeled Safeway opens

Kumu Hula Pono Murray performs an oli at the newly remodeled and expanded Safeway store at Lahaina Cannery Mall on Wednesday. The renovation increased the store’s footprint by 25,000 square feet to a total of 60,000 square feet. Expanded departments include the deli, bakery, fresh seafood and ...

Record rain falls in Kahului

A record amount of rain fell Tuesday at Kahului Airport on a wet day in the Valley Island. The National Weather Service rain gauge reported 0.7 inch, breaking the old record of 0.55 inch set in 1951. With flash flood alerts in effect Tuesday, the highest rainfall was recorded at Puu Kukui ...

Stadium, track to close for a month

The War Memorial Stadium and Satoki Yamamoto Track and Field repair projects will close the entire facility from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31. The track project will include surface patching and repainting of the lines, numbers and symbols of the running track, long jump and pole vault areas. In ...

Part of Vevau Street to close for a year

Privately owned Vevau Street between Kane and School streets in Kahului will be closed starting Nov. 8 for about a year during the construction of the Kahului Lani 1 Senior Affordable Apartment project. Motorists are advised to use caution and to follow all traffic control signs, devices and ...

Pulehu Road paving until Nov. 30

Paving work on Pulehu Road, which began Tuesday, will continue until Nov. 30 and disrupt traffic, the county Department of Public Works said. Drivers are asked to be attentive to traffic control personnel and to anticipate detours and diversions during asphalt overlay work. The work began at ...

Mayoral hopefuls address concerns of Maui’s youth

PUKALANI — Looking to students as the future, mayoral candidates Elle Cochran and Mike Victorino offered their thoughts on increasing job, housing and recreational opportunities for Maui’s youth during a debate held at King Kekaulike High School on Tuesday night. The “Debate of ...

Panel: Council’s ConAm flyer is campaign spending

The Campaign Spending Commission is asking the Maui County Council to register as a ballot issue committee for allocating $50,000 on a “public education” flyer addressing a state constitutional amendment. “It is making an expenditure for what I consider to be an ad, and like any ...