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DHHL asks public to stay out of royal coconut grove

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands requested Friday that the public respect “no trespassing” signs at the historic royal Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove on Molokai. There have been recent reports of unauthorized entry for recreation and socialization, the DHHL said. Vehicle access to Kapuaiwa is ...

Saiki: There will be no override session at state Legislature

The state House and Senate will not convene an override session Tuesday, House Speaker Scott Saiki said Friday. The speaker cited a “lack of consensus” between the two chambers. Gov. David Ige has until Tuesday to veto, sign or let bills become law without his signature. Late last ...

Fourth of July on Front Street

First photo: A dazzling display of fireworks explodes in the nighttime sky as spectators watch from the roof of the Lahaina Yacht Club on Thursday evening, capping a day of Fourth of July festivities in Lahaina town. Put on by the Lahaina Town Action Committee, the annual celebration included ...

One last ride through Makawao town

As this year’s grand marshal at the Makawao Rodeo Parade, Wayne Asue hopes to honor his family and late friends by riding horseback through Makawao one last time. “I’ve always wanted to go back and ride through Makawao town,” the 67-year-old Asue said. “I had two gentlemen friends, ...

Local boy shines on Air Force One

When Jeremy Loque saw a YouTube video on detailers who work to preserve the original Air Force One jet at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, he thought it was “one of the coolest projects in this industry.” Now the Wailuku firefighter and automotive detailer is part of the select team ...

Chinese visitor dies at Big Beach

A 65-year-old Chinese visitor died after being hit by a wave and pulled into the ocean at Big Beach in Makena on Wednesday evening, according to police and fire officials. At around 7 p.m. Wednesday, the male visitor was walking along the shoreline of Big Beach when he was hit by a large wave ...

Holiday heat breaks a record

As residents flocked to the beach on a simmering Fourth of July, Central Maui topped another heat record at 93 degrees. The temperature beat the record of 90 degrees set on Fourth of July last year, according to the National Weather Service. The early part of July is already proving as hot ...

Hurricane Barbara continues to weaken

Hurricane Barbara continued to weaken Thursday, dropping from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2. Barbara was packing maximum sustained winds of about 130 mph Wednesday, but winds died down to about 100 mph the following day. The hurricane was about 1,540 miles east of Hilo and was moving ...

Man arrested after Kahului brush fire

A 40-year-old man was arrested for arson after a brush fire behind Walmart on Wednesday that witnesses said was intentionally set. The fire, which was reported at 1:17 p.m., burned 5 acres of brush near the intersection of Hana Highway and Airport Access Road. Crews had fully contained the ...

Immigrant Services to close Thursdays

The Lahaina office of the Immigrant Services Division will close temporarily on Thursdays, starting July 11, due to staffing shortages, the county announced Wednesday. The office will be closed on Thursdays for the month of July and on Aug. 1, 8 and 15. It will reopen on Thursdays beginning ...

Parks to offer free summer programs

As part of National Park and Recreation Month in July, the county will be offering free summer programs for people of all ages, including movies, dancing and swimming under the stars. Family movie nights will be held throughout the month at: • Kamaole III Beach Park on July 12. Call ...

Brush fire burns near Walmart

Firefighters get an assist from the department’s Air One helicopter while fighting Wednesday afternoon’s brush fire near Walmart in Kahului. The fire burned 5 acres and was fully contained as of 4:45 p.m., though firefighters continued to mop up and extinguish hot spots within the fire’s ...

Affordable project fails in committee

WAILUKU — After two meetings of listening to public testimony and questioning project officials, the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee voted Wednesday against two fast-track housing projects proposed for Launiupoko. The committee voted 4-3 to recommend disapproving the ...

First Rapid Ohia Death case may not be Maui’s last

A lone 15- to 20-foot tall ohia tree in the Koali area of Hana “did not look healthy” before testing positive for Rapid Ohia Death, Maui’s first confirmed case of the fungal disease and perhaps not the last. While the single tree was infected with a less aggressive version of Rapid Ohia ...

Woman, 90, assaulted in burglary

WAILUKU — Three people have been indicted by a 2nd Circuit Court Grand Jury for a case involving a break-in of a Harbor Lights Condominium unit, where police said a 90-year-old woman was assaulted and suffered life-threatening injuries. At arraignment and plea hearings before 2nd Circuit ...

Five acres of brush behind Walmart burns; smoky in lot

The Maui News A brush fire burned 5 acres behind Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, clouding the parking lot with smoke and soot. The fire was reported at 1:17 p.m., according to the Fire Department. Passing motorists called 911 and reported seeing smoke and flames along with people running out ...

High surf advisory extended; it was 93 degrees

The Maui News The National Weather Service has extended a high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of Maui County through 6 a.m. today. Surf of 5 to 8 feet was predicted along south-facing shores of all islands. South-southwest swells will continue to produce elevated surf throughout ...

Barbara expected to become tropical storm

The Maui News Hurricane Barbara, which was hovering around Category 4 status on Wednesday afternoon, was expected to weaken as it approached cooler waters in the Central Pacific. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Barbara was about 1,785 miles east of Hilo and packing maximum sustained winds of 130 ...

Paia robbery investigated

The Maui News Police are investigating a report of a robbery Monday night in Paia town, where a 21-year-old Haiku woman said she was punched and kicked by a man and a woman she had a confrontation with moments earlier, police said. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. The woman was ...

Hasegawa, Nobriga Kim to appear at free workshop

The Maui News A free workshop titled “Building a Product (or a Service)” and set for Monday will feature Neil Hasegawa of Hasegawa General Store in Hana and Cathy Nobriga Kim of Roselani Ice Cream. The three-hour workshop, a collaboration between Maui Business Brainstormers, Ha-wai‘i ...