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Man sentenced to 18-month jail term for gun charge, theft

WAILUKU — A man who was found with a semi-automatic pistol when police stopped a pickup truck was sentenced Wednesday to an 18-month jail term. Alec Studenka, 30, also was placed on four years’ probation. Police found the semi-automatic Glock pistol after another man reported having the ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of July 23 to 24. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Suzie Schwab came to Maui to die but instead found . . . life loving animals

Suzie Schwab’s love for helping animals led to the creation of a Haiku animal rehabilitation sanctuary and helped her survive a terminal cancer diagnosis. Along with alternative medicine, her love of nurturing animals gave her more than 40 years of “unexpected life” before her death July ...

Familiar faces aim to be the new face for 8th District House seat

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s feature on candidates seeking the 8th House District seat marks the beginning of coverage of contested Maui County races in the Aug. 11 primary election. Stories on other races will be published in the days leading up to the election. A primary election voter guide ...

Crash course

KAHULUI — It looks like a simple toy car with flashing lights that Mom and Dad might leave for Junior under the Christmas tree. But don’t let looks deceive, said Ian Kitajima of Oceanit, a Hawaii company that promotes innovation through engineering and scientific excellence. The car is ...

Program to provide free medical, dental, vision care in August

A U.S. military training program will be offering free medical, dental and vision services as part of Tropic Care 2018 on Maui, Molokai and Lanai next month. Tropic Care health services are offered by the U.S. military’s Innovative Readiness Training program, as part of a joint-service ...

Kihei woman, 25, dies of crash injuries

A 25-year-old Kihei woman thrown from a motorcycle in a July 20 crash that claimed two lives at the scene has lost her battle to stay alive in a Honolulu hospital, family members reported. Monique Tong died early Saturday morning at The Queen’s Medical Center, a relative said. A “Go ...

Japanese keiki get schooled by fishes

Students from Kikkyo Kindergarten of Japan and Kansha Preschool watch a shark swim past Friday morning at the Maui Ocean Center. Kansha Preschool at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center recently partnered with the school from Hakodate on Japan’s Hokkaido island. Four students from Kikkyo ...

A&B, Fire Department team up against wildfire threat

Following the 2,500-acre fire that burned through old sugar cane fields and brush in early July, the Maui County Fire Department and Alexander & Baldwin have been discussing more ways to prevent and better handle fires that may break out in the 36,000 acres of former sugar cane fields. On ...

Early walk-in voting begins Monday

Early walk-in voting begins Monday at a new location on Maui — the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, the Office of the County Clerk announced. Voters will not be able to cast their votes at the longtime absentee walk-in voting site, the County Clerk’s Office on the seventh ...

Panel: Disclaimers required on all political advertising

The state Campaign Spending Commission and the state attorney general’s office this week offered guidance to campaigns about advertisements and nonprofit groups about the prohibition in engaging in political activity. On Tuesday, the commission announced that all candidate and noncandidiate ...

Hitting the cool ocean

A boy jumps off a rocky point between Kihei’s Kamaole II and Kamaole III beach parks Tuesday afternoon as the summer vacation draws to a close. It’s been humid these past several days with levels ranging from 94 percent to 88 percent between 2 and 7 a.m. Friday. The high temperature for ...

No smoking signs going up across UH-MC campus

The University of Hawaii Maui College is planning to put up signs Monday announcing that the Kahului campus and educational centers countywide are tobacco- and smoke-free following the signing of a measure earlier this month by Gov. David Ige banning smoking on all UH campuses ...

Medicare cards without SSN are coming

New Medicare cards are being issued that don’t include a beneficiary’s Social Security number in an effort to prevent identity theft, according to insurer Humana. The new ID numbers will be an individually generated combination of letters and numbers, said Yulia Parra, Pacific region ...

Man in standoff held in car theft

A Wailuku man who surrendered to end a standoff at a Wailuku housing complex Wednesday has been charged with two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and one count of resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, police said. Bail was set at $15,000 for Keoni Kuhaulua, ...

Meeting Tuesday for vets on Molokai

A town hall meeting for veterans, their families and their survivors as well as organizations and individuals who work with veterans is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Molokai Veterans Caring For Veterans Center. The meeting called by the Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System ...

Bring water to Haleakala Kipahulu

Visitors to the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park will need to bring their own drinking water starting Monday while the park repairs a main waterline. A leak was discovered during routine inspections, said park spokesman Charles Lassiter. In addition to no drinking water, restrooms ...

Summit building to close Tuesday

The Haleakala National Park summit observation building at Red Hill, or Pu‘u‘ula‘ula, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday for maintenance, the park service said. The building at Haleakala’s tallest point at 10,023 feet will be open for both sunrise and sunset that day.

Pick up special education records

Special education students who graduated with a diploma or turned 22 during the 2014-15 school year or earlier may want to obtain copies of their records because the state Department of Education is not required to keep them. Arrangements for pickup may be made by calling 873-3520 on Maui ...

Free poi-pounding event planned today

A free kui, or poi-pounding event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Maui Nui Botanical Garden in Wailuku. The kalo; papa kui, or boards; and pohaku kui ai, or stones, will be provided, though attendees are free to bring their own kui implements as well. The event is sponsored ...