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Picture perfect end for day of golf

Long after the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions was completed, PGA Tour Senior Staff Photographer Stan Badz took photos of Friday’s sunset at the Kapalua Plantation Course. Badz, who covers more than 20 golf events a year, including The Open in Great Britain, is part of a ...

County Boy Scouts might merge with Aloha Council

The nearly century-old Maui County Boy Scout Council, facing the loss of nearly half of its Scouts from the departure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints units at the end of year, is considering merging with the statewide Aloha Council. The Maui County Scouting program is the ...

MECO seeks takeover of EV charging stations

Maui Electric Co. wants to take over eight electric vehicle charging stations once the Maui Economic Development Board’s contract with Hitachi expires in March. MECO filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission in December to transfer ownership of the stations from MEDB, which ...

Man gets 5-year prison term for child pornography

WAILUKU — A Haiku man said he collected more than 1,800 pornographic images of children so he could warn others and report it to authorities, but a judge called the defendant a con man and pedophile, sentencing him Friday to a five-year prison term. Dennis DeRego, 57, also was sentenced to ...

Bank of Hawaii offering help to federal workers

Bank of Hawaii is offering financial assistance to federal or contract workers affected by the partial federal government shutdown that continues after starting on Dec. 22. In an announcement Friday, the bank is offering: • A personal loan program of up to $5,000 at a fixed 3 percent ...

Mom enjoying her ‘lifetime journey’

Mariah Constantino of Waiehu lifts son Tyson, 2, over her head while walking to a baby shower at Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley. “Being a mom is a lifetime journey of love,” she said Dec. 29 after being asked what being mother meant to her.

Proposed rates for Central Maui solar power lowest in state

The proposed 60-megawatt solar farm in Central Maui would charge 8 cents per kilowatt hour — the lowest in the state for renewable energy — and the 15-MW solar facility on Ulupalakua Ranch land, 12 cents per kWh, according to contracts submitted by Hawaiian Electric Co. to the state Public ...

Man sentenced to 1 year in jail for assaulting murder trial witness

WAILUKU — A man has been sentenced to a one-year jail term for assaulting a key witness in a murder trial last year. Kaipo Mahuna, 33, who has already spent more than nine months in jail, was placed on four years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed Dec. 21. He had pleaded no ...

Waterline break disrupts service

There was no water or low water pressure in the Olinda area Friday afternoon and evening due to a break in an 8-inch waterline on Olinda Road in Makawao, the water department said. The affected area included Olinda Road, Maluhia Place, Meha Road and Hanamu Road. Department of Water Supply ...

Kelly King slated for radio show

New Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King will appear at 11 a.m. Monday on “The Neutral Zone” with Jason Schwartz on KAKU, 88.5 FM. This will be King’s first radio appearance since being voted in as council chairwoman on Wednesday.

Preschool tuition help is available

Applications for the Preschool Open Doors program, which offers preschool tuition assistance, are being accepted through March 29. The assistance to qualifying families is for July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Children born between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, may apply for the assistance ...

Father, Son and Rory

First photo: Volunteer standard bearers Eric Cafferio and son Ben Cafferio, 12, shake hands with golfer Rory McIlroy after his Sentry Tournament of Champions round Thursday at the Kapalua Plantation Course. They said walking the course with McIlroy was a dream come true. “Amazing,” Eric ...

Navy: No live fire, land exercises off Maui County

Navy officials say there will be no live-fire or amphibious assault craft and aircraft landings as part of their proposed exercises around Maui County. Some residents, however, do not believe the Navy and are opposed to its Special Operations Training proposal that is up for comment in a ...

Judge admits error, sentences man to 30 years

WAILUKU — Saying he had been wrong to give a Makawao man a chance on probation three years ago, a judge sentenced the defendant Thursday to prison terms totaling 30 years for burglaries and theft. “You’re going to be sentenced today because you’ve committed new crimes that are ...

Former state Sen. Tokuda to lead nisei veterans center

The Maui News Former state Sen. Jill N. Tokuda has been named the new executive director of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. Starting this month, Tokuda replaces Deidre Tegarden, who has become Mayor Mike Victorino’s chief of staff. “The center has always been more than a place,” ...

New mayor, council take office

KAHULUI – In his first day on the job, new Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino went to work announcing that landfills will once again open on Sundays and that his office will convene groups addressing Native Hawaiian culture and economic diversity and bringing together environmentalists and the ...

King new chairwoman, other officers elected

WAILUKU — The new Maui County Council elected Kelly King as chairwoman, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez as vice chairwoman and Tasha Kama as presiding officer pro tempore during the council’s first meeting of the term on Wednesday. The council decided on its leadership in less than an hour, much ...

Maui County Council officially takes office

WAILUKU — Featuring several new faces and a majority of women for the first time, the Maui County Council officially took office on Wednesday. “I’m so excited, it’s really hard to find the words,” said Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, the youngest member of the council at 35. “There’s ...

Threatening charges upheld in court for knife-wielding man

WAILUKU — With three police officers testifying that a man pointed a knife during a struggle as he was being arrested, a judge ruled Wednesday there was evidence to support three felony threatening charges against the defendant. But Judge Blaine Kobayashi found there wasn’t sufficient ...

Kula Agricultural Park addition completed

Maui County completed the purchase of 262 acres of old Alexander & Baldwin sugar fields to increase the size of the Kula Agricultural Park to 709 acres for $6 million, the outgoing mayoral administration of Alan Arakawa announced Monday. The state has put in $5 million in general ...