Local News

Stolen vehicle arrest made

A Makawao man was arrested Monday when he was seen with a stolen vehicle containing a rifle, according to police. Clinton Remegio, 26, was charged with second-degree theft, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, keeping an unloaded firearm in an improper place, failing to obtain a ...

4.6 earthquake felt on Maui

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake southwest of Hawaii island on Thursday morning was felt on Maui, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The quake occurred at 9:07 a.m. and was centered about 52 miles southeast of Ka Lae (South Point) on Hawaii island about 17 ...

Frolicking whales

After a slow start, humpback whale season seemed to be in full swing Wednesday morning, with the gentle giants spouting, tail-slapping and breaching all over Maalaea Bay. These photos were taken from the beach at Haycraft Park in Maalaea.

$350,000 pact reached in MPD discrimination suit

Maui County is paying $350,000 to settle a federal sex discrimination lawsuit brought by retired Maui Police Department Capt. Mollie Klingman, who alleged she was discriminated against when she wasn’t promoted to assistant chief. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu in July ...

MacNet closing after nearly quarter century

KAHULUI — After nearly a quarter century of serving Maui’s computer and technology needs, locally owned MacNet is powering down next month. The store, which sells Apple and Bose products and provides tech support, recently announced its forthcoming closure on March 15 due to changing ...

Ethics Commission member sought

he state Ethics Commission has a vacancy and the Judicial Council is seeking applicants. The commission addresses ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists and state employees, with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct. The five ...

Strong winds, high surf, rain forecast this weekend

Strong winds and exceptionally large surf that could cause coastal flooding are expected to hit Maui County and the rest of the state beginning Friday and last through the weekend, the National Weather Service said Wednesday. In a special weather statement, the weather service advised ...

UH Transfer Day Monday

UH Transfer Day, where community college students on track for an associate degree can apply to four-year UH institutions, is set for UH-Maui College on Monday on campus and through Skybridge centers in Lahaina, Hana, Lanai and Molokai in Kaaike 105CD. At UH-Maui College, the booths will be ...

Upcountry Dog Park celebrates birthday

The Upcountry Dogpark at Eddie Tam Complex will be celebrating its third birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Maui Humane Society will be joining the celebration and offer licenses for purchase and to solicit volunteers. Other activities include an animal costume parade. Free ...

Central Pacific provides $50,000 to MYFS facility

Maui Youth & Family Services has received a $50,000 grant from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation to support the construction of a new coordinated programs facility in Makawao, the bank announced last week. MYFS’ mission is to empower youth and families challenged with behavioral ...

Planning’s McLean gets preliminary OK

WAILUKU – The County Council’s Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee recommended approval of Michele McLean as planning director Tuesday amid claims by some members that confirmation proceedings are “prescripted and predetermined.” The sharply divided council committee voted ...

Panel votes against Wong confirmation

A Maui County Council committee voted against Patrick Wong for Corporation Counsel in a tight 5-4 vote on Tuesday evening. Council Members Tasha Kama, Kelly King, Tamara Paltin, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez and Shane Sinenci voted against Wong, an ap- pointee of Mayor Michael Victorino who also ...

VA one-stop facility is ‘progressing’

Officials say a long-awaited one-stop Veterans Affairs facility in Kahului is progressing, with land agreements expected to be completed this year. The $9.9 million, 4.5-acre project proposed for state land mauka of Maui High School would consolidate three major VA facilities on Maui. Plans ...

Man with bat tries to force girl into car

A man holding a bat tried to force an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle while the girl walked to school in Lahaina on Monday morning in a stranger danger incident, according to police. The girl was walking with a 6-year-old female on Lahainaluna Road near Kelawea Park between 7:15 and 7:40 ...

Rainbow over the Pali

A rainbow arching over the pali on Maui’s west side was caught on a wet Saturday. The forecast for Maui today is mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning and scattered showers in the afternoon over windward and mountain areas. Afternoon scattered showers are predicted for leeward ...

Man gets 1-year sentence for attempted strangulation

A 37-year-old man who was convicted to trying to strangle his ex-girlfriend and violating protective orders and missing court dates in 2016 and 2017 was sentenced Tuesday to a total of five years’ probation and one year in jail. Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen sentenced Jess Lee on ...

Telephone pole comes down

A Hawaiian Telcom utility pole snapped on Honoapiilani Highway at Leialii Parkway in Lahaina on Tuesday morning, spreading wires and partially closing the highway, police said. The closure was reported at 5 a.m., police said. A Hawaiian Telcom spokeswoman said that the pole had been replaced ...

Kula refuse route missed

A refuse route in Kula was missed Tuesday due to a manpower shortage and will be picked up today, the county Department of Environmental Management said. The areas affected included the Kula Kai and Kula Manu subdivisions; Omaopio, Pulehu and Lower Kula roads; and Akea and Waokele place. ...

Local Briefs

Auction, lunch at Keawala‘i church Keawala‘i Congregational Church will hold a catered luncheon and silent auction Sunday on the church grounds in Makena. Proceeds will help Maui residents in need. The silent auction will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Winning ...

Drumming up kokua for whales

Glen Lacy and Patricia Roberts of Drum and Dance of Passion provide a rousing African beat for participants and spectators at the start of Saturday morning’s Pacific Whale Foundation Run & Walk for Whales in Maalaea. The Kihei duo has been supporting the foundation’s whale celebrations ...