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Bringing a fallen leaf to life

Baldwin High School junior Kahiau Wong, 17, focuses on a close-up shot of a fallen leaf Tuesday morning during a landscape photography class on the school campus. “I think that I can be creative,” Wong said. “It is a creative outlet for me.” The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

5.5 quake at Kilauea felt in Maui County

The Maui News A 5.5 magnitude earthquake beneath Kilauea volcano at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday was felt on Maui and Molokai, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The earthquake was centered about 7.5 miles southeast of the Kilauea caldera near the Holei Pali area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ...

Soft opening for Malalani Saturday

A soft opening for the Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association Malalani, or heavenly garden, in Keokea town is set for Saturday. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next door to Grandma’s Coffee House on a site with signage, landscaping and a farmers market. The free event will ...

Preschool offers tuition assistance

The Preschool Open Doors program will offer preschool tuition assistance for eligible families for the upcoming year, July 1 through June 30, 2020. Applications are due by March 29 to be considered. They can be sent to the Oahu POD office at 560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, Honolulu 96817; ...

Lokelani Robotics holds fundraiser

A Lokelani Robotics Worlds Fundraiser Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lokelani Intermediate School. The event will raise money for the “Kolohe Kids” Lokelani robotics team to attend the 2019 VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville, Ky. in April. There will be a rummage ...

Car, booster seat inspections Saturday

Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the ...

Mayor delivers inaugural State of the County

PUKALANI — Mayor Michael Victorino voiced his support for a state House water bill, an underpass to Kihei high school and the Wailuku Civic Complex in his inaugural State of the County address on Tuesday night. State and county officials and local residents gathered at the King Kekaulike ...

Jail lockdown lifted morning after disturbance

A lockdown at the Maui Community Correctional Center was lifted Tuesday morning, a day after inmates broke fire sprinklers and started a small fire, causing significant damage to two modules housing pretrial inmates. The disturbance in one module was reported just before 3 p.m. Monday, when ...

Era ending for Maui’s Boy Scouts

WAILUKU — Maui’s Boy Scouts of America council voted unanimously Monday night to merge with the regional Oahu-based Aloha Council, signaling an end to nearly a century of independence and hailing the start of a unified Hawaii program. Set to celebrate 100 years of Scouting next year as ...

Most testifiers back Guzman

WAILUKU — The majority of the 14 testifiers at a Maui County Council committee meeting Tuesday expressed support for Mayor Michael Victorino’s appointment of former Council Member Don Guzman as Maui County Prosecuting Attorney. Guzman is Victorino’s second pick for the top prosecutor ...

Haleakala customers finally get power back

The Maui News Snow, ice, rain, wind and rugged and remote locations did not stop Maui Electric Co. crews from restoring power to all customers atop Haleakala, though it took about a month. The utility announced the restoration of power to the small remaining pocket of commercial customers ...

Out-of-state patient uses Maui Grown Therapies

The Maui News Maui Grown Therapies has received its first out-of-state medical cannabis patient, one week after the state Department of Health opened registration to visitors. Kelly Kuperman, 24, of Surprise, Ariz., came to Maui for the first time to celebrate a family member’s recent ...

Firefighters aid injured hiker

Firefighters used an all-terrain vehicle to rescue an injured hiker who reportedly fell Tuesday morning while hiking with family members on a trail in lava fields south of La Perouse Bay in Makena, a fire official said. Wailea firefighters, responding to the 10:39 a.m. call, located the ...

Brush burns at campsite

A makeshift campsite in Kula burned Tuesday morning in brush between Keanuhea Street and Kula Highway, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 8:50 a.m., with crews arriving to find the campsite completely burned, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. He said the Fire ...

Fair housing laws topic of gathering

The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns will host a free training session on fair housing laws and procedures from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 12 at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The public is invited to the free training, which will be held in the Ike Lea Building, Room ...

Local Briefs

2 KSM educators nationally certified Two Kamehameha Schools Maui educators recently achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nicole Barsamian, an art kumu at KS Maui Middle School, and Alana Kaopuiki-Pellegrino, a K-2 resource kumu at KS Maui ...

Kahana shore condos offer beach nourishment plans

The Kahana Bay Steering Committee is proposing a beach nourishment project to restore a coastline that’s been severely eroded from sea level rise, frequent storms and seawalls. The committee, which represents nine oceanfront condominiums and one kuleana parcel along the Kahana Bay ...

Standoff at Maui jail: ‘Disturbance’ at MCCC resolved after 3 1/2 hours

A “disturbance” in a module housing pretrial detainees at Maui Community Correctional Center on Monday afternoon closed surrounding roads and drew a strong police and fire presence at the Wailuku jail. The standoff was resolved without major injuries at 6:30 p.m. when correctional staff ...

Beach neighbors plan, propose to pay for multimillion-dollar groin repairs

A group of Spreckelsville Beach neighbors are proposing a more than $1 million project to repair the majority of remnant rock groin structures near their properties in an effort to stem sand loss and shoreline recession. A draft environmental assessment for the project on the west end of ...

Woman who injured man carrying food donation jailed

WAILUKU — A woman was taken into custody Thursday to serve a one-year jail term for injuring a man who fell when she grabbed a bag of food he was taking to a Kihei church. Amy R. Johnson, 37, of Kihei had been standing in line for food at Hale Kau Kau at St. Theresa Church when she began ...