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After election shakeup, dust begins to settle for new council

Six new council members, including four freshmen, and a new “perceived” 5-4 majority may spur major changes when business begins in January at the County Council. South Maui Council Member Kelly King appears to be a front-runner for chairwoman in the new majority, though members declined ...

Tale of the tallies

A day after winning the most closely contested race for the Maui County Council, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez credited a focus on areas with a history of blank votes and increased campaigning on Maui — where voters ultimately propelled her to victory. Rawlins-Fernandez won all but one Maui island ...

County In Brief

Wellness Gathering at UH-MC Saturday Hui No Ke Ola Pono will present ‘Aha Mauliola — A Native Hawaiian Wellness Gathering from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus. The event will explore ways Hawaiian culture and practices can support and encourage ...

No leadership overhaul expected at Capitol

Overall, Maui County’s state lawmakers predict not much will change in leadership and power at the state Capitol following Tuesday’s general election. “We still have a strong delegation. We’ve got people in key positions,” said West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker, a Democrat, who ...

Search for missing fisherman suspended

After two days of searching, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday that it was calling off the active search for a fisherman who went overboard Sunday afternoon 80 miles north of Hana. “We extend our condolences to the friends and loved ones affected by this tragedy,” said Petty ...

Looking for People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2018. These could include ...

Decision 2018 General Election

Results as of Nov. 7 4:11 a.m. General Election 2018 candidates The following is a list of all candidates who appeared on Maui County ballots in the Nov. 6 general election. Federal and state offices are partisan. Maui County offices are nonpartisan. Numbers in italics are statewide totals. ...

Victorino victorious in contest for mayor

KAHULUI — As the latest results rolled in just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, a cheer went up at Mike Victorino’s Election Night party — the former council member had just about secured his victory as the new mayor of Maui County. As of the third printout at 9:37 p.m., Victorino had 26,227 ...

Lee upsets Atay in Wailuku council face-off

KAHULUI — Sitting Maui County Council Member Alika Atay appeared headed toward defeat and Mayor Alan Arakawa lost his bid to reclaim his old Kahului residency council seat. Former council member and former county Housing and Human Concerns Director Alice Lee garnered 22,917 votes, or 47.3 ...

Rawlins-Fernandez, Sinenci earn place on Maui County Council

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, who left her jobs and her home on Molokai to make campaigning her full-time job, defeated incumbent Stacy Helm Crivello for the Molokai residency seat on the Maui County Council. The women were around 1,000 votes apart all night, with Crivello holding a slim lead for ...

Molina, Paltin poised to fill open council seats

Former Council Member Mike Molina and lifeguard Tamara Paltin, both seeking open seats on the County Council, appeared to be headed for victory Tuesday night. Molina was seeking the Makawao-Haiku-Paia residency seat, vacated by council Chairman Mike White, who is leaving the seat to ...

Incumbent state legislators sail to re-election success

Incumbent West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker saw a slight percentage reduction in her lead on the third printout Tuesday night but stayed comfortably ahead in partial results. With absentee votes and 33 of 34 precincts counted, Baker was on course to keep her 6th Senate District seat. She had ...

Some voting precincts were busy, others not so much

Some Maui voting precincts were busy Tuesday afternoon on Election Day, but it wasn’t busy everywhere. People were waiting in line to vote when the polls opened at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, said precinct official Diane Greene. “It’s been steady,” she said ...

2 of 3 Maui County Charter amendments approved

Voters approved two of three Maui County Charter amendments on Tuesday. Voters agreed to increase the penalty for the operation of a transient accommodation without a valid permit to up to $20,000, plus a $10,000-per-day fine for each day the unlawful operation continues. With 33 of 34 ...

‘Taste of China’ event in Lahaina

The Chinese Heritage Festival “Taste of China” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St. in Lahaina. Red bean mochi, freshly baked pineapple buns and sweet sesame candies are just a few of the Chinatown treats that will be flown in from Oahu. Open to the ...

Ukulele gets the spotlight at event

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will host the Maui ‘Ukulele Guild Exhibition 11th Anniversary Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Maui ‘Ukulele Guild is a small group of Maui ukulele enthusiasts who are committed to the education, promotion and preservation of ukulele building ...

Subaru sales will benefit nonprofits

Subaru Hawaii has launched its annual “Share the Love” campaign by announcing that it will be increasing its donation from $30,000 to $50,000. This year, it has also added a new partner, Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter. For every new Subaru vehicle purchased in Hawaii through Dec. ...

Auwahi Wind topic at chamber event

George Akau, project biologist, and Jeff Stuber, operations & maintenance manager of Auwahi Wind are the featured speakers at November’s Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s Talk Story social at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Maui Tropical Plantation Tram Station. No-host cocktails ...

Booths available for keiki safety event

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will present its inaugural QKC Cares Keiki Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. All Maui County nonprofit organizations and state and county agencies are invited to participate. Booth applications are available; space is limited. For more information, visit ...

PCA to hear from Kathleen Diminio

Kathleen Diminio, Department of Education complex area superintendent, will be the featured speaker at the general membership meeting of the Pukalani Community Association at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Diminio will provide an update and accept feedback on the education of island students. Discussion ...