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Waihee homes hit in Sunday flooding

The arduous cleanup and repairs in the aftermath of Sunday’s Waihee River flash flood continued Friday, as they will — no doubt — for some time to come. The flooding claimed no lives, but it stranded some residents for a time, inundated homes and yards and left people with harrowing ...

Kamehameha Schools agrees to pay $80M to sex abuse victims

HONOLULU (AP) — Kamehameha Schools has agreed to pay $80 million to the victims of a doctor accused of sexually abusing students and other patients for decades. Kamehameha Schools has also agreed to create new safeguards and methods to report abuse in the tentative settlement agreement ...

Age discrimination complaint advances in federal court

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright has rejected Maui County’s motion to dismiss a federal discrimination complaint, saying a former employee’s claims, including that of age discrimination, were “plausible.” However, the judge’s order said Robert Straub’s complaint “lacks ...

Kapono gives the party of a lifetime in Wailuku

Iconic Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono sings to residents of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center while performing a free concert Friday afternoon at the Wailuku facility with Alx Kawakami (left) and Johnny Valentine. They spent the day visiting Maui students and residents as part of the ...

Attempted meth sales get Waihee man sent to prison

WAILUKU — While a Waihee man asked for another chance on probation, a judge said the defendant’s track record didn’t support the request, sentencing him Wednesday to a 10-year prison term for attempted methamphetamine sales. When he was arrested in his latest cases, Tyson Hoopii, 38, ...

Kihei firm pays $84K in back overtime

Piilani Gardens LLC will pay $84,136 in overtime back wages to 22 employees who performed maintenance and landscaping on Maui in what a company representative called a “clerical error” on Friday. “It was a clerical error made by a third-party management office,” said a company ...

High surf forecast for eastern shores

A high-surf advisory has been issued for the east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 a.m. Monday, according to a notice from the Maui County Emergency Management Agency. Driven by a strong northeast high-pressure weather system, surf was forecast to build to 6 to 9 feet Friday and ...

Kihei fields to get turf restoration

The South Maui Community Park soccer and softball fields will be closed from March 1 to June 17 for turf restoration. For more information, call 879-4364.

Mobile consulate to visit UH-Maui

The mobile unit of the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco will visit Maui on March 3 and 4, according to an announcement. The Mexican officials will be at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului, issuing passports, voter credentials and printing birth certificates. ...

Maui Fruit Jewels wins food award

Maui Fruit Jewels, a gourmet fruit candy company in Happy Valley, was a winner in the Preserves category for the 2018 Good Food Awards last month. Owners Chris and Lin ter Horst were among 199 winners in the competition for its passion fruit paste. The annual awards ceremony welcomed more ...

Cesspools concern residents

KULA — Upcountry residents continued to angrily question officials with the state Department of Health this week about recent studies that identified their neighbor-hoods as a top priority area for cesspool contamination of drinking-water wells. Many of the more than 150 residents who ...

Lei of Aloha presented to Fla. school Sunday

Another tragedy, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead last week, was a call to action, once again, for the ti-leaf weavers of Lei of Aloha for World Peace. The group, founded by Ron Panzo and Kim Lara that began making lei following the ...

Maui hotel performance ‘phenomenal’ in January

Maui County hotels reported double-digit gains in a key metric — revenue per available room — in January, leading a Hawai‘i Tourism Authority researcher to use a superlative Thursday to describe the results. “We anticipated January would be a good month for Hawaii’s hotels statewide ...

Andaz Maui sold as part of $1 billion, three-hotel deal

The Maui News Andaz Maui at Wailea is part of a Hyatt Hotels Corp. $1 billion sale of three hotel properties to Host Hotels & Resorts, according to an announcement posted Thursday on Business Wire. The transaction is expected to close near the end of March. Under a long-term ...

Sierra Club Maui to recognize honorees

Sierra Club Maui will hold its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Paia Community Center. The agenda includes highlights from the Maui group’s work this past year, updates on its 2018 state legislative priorities and campaigns and recognition of the group’s 2018 Community ...

Chinese new year to be celebrated today

The Chinese new year of the Yang Earth Dog will be celebrated beginning at 9 a.m. today on the front lawn of the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku, according to an announcement. Master Ben Seng Au and his Shaolin Arts Academy will perform during the free event, which will be opened with ...

Grand castle in the sand

Scott Dodson and fiancee, Terri Robinson, of Cour d’Alene, Idaho, have a lot to show for eight hours of work at Kamaole I Beach Park in Kihei on Wednesday afternoon. While some of the sand sculptures Dodson makes back home are “off the beach” and made to last months and even years, ...

HGEA nurses disgruntled over Kaiser management

The head of about 800 union workers at Maui Memorial Medical Center said Maui Health System officials need “to step up their game” and start fulfilling “the bill of goods” touted by the private entity to improve former public hospitals on Maui. Randy Perreira, executive director of ...

Kahului School arson investigation closed

The Maui News Police have closed an arson investigation into a fire that burned Kahului Elementary School classrooms, after identifying a 17-year-old Oahu boy as a second juvenile suspect in the case. A police detective and juvenile investigators went to the Kapolei Police Station on Oahu ...