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Wailuku complex makes cut, roundabout doesn’t

The project with the heftiest price tag — the $81.2 million Wailuku civic complex — made the cut in Budget and Finance Chairman Riki Hokama’s proposed budget, though other projects like the Maui Lani roundabout got the ax. Hokama expressed support for the complex Monday, which he ...

House, Senate OK state budget

The state House and Senate passed a $14.4 billion state budget Wednesday that includes $40 million for construction of the Kaanapali leg of the Lahaina bypass, $49 million for construction of the Paia bypass and $40 million for building the new Kihei high school. The budget, which runs from ...

Man accused in stranger danger case gets 1 year

WAILUKU — Although the defense and prosecution recommended no additional incarceration, a judge Wednesday ordered the maximum one-year jail term for a man who was arrested for trying to lure Kihei schoolgirls into a car last year. “You’re exactly the kind of reason why we teach our kids ...

Woman charged in fatal crash fit for trial

The Maui News WAILUKU — Court proceedings resumed for a woman charged with murder in a fatal traffic collision after she was found mentally fit to proceed Wednesday. The defense and prosecution agreed to the finding based on reports by three psychiatrists or psychologists who examined ...

Hamman confirmed as 2nd Circuit District Court judge

The Maui News Kirstin M. Hamman was confirmed by the state Senate on Wednesday as a District Court judge for the Maui County judicial circuit. She fills a vacancy on the 2nd Circuit District Court bench created by the August retirement of Family Court Judge Keith Tanaka. Hamman has been ...

Ka‘ahumanu Center copes with security after restroom attacks

KAHULUI — Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center’s security personnel have increased rotations and checks of a second-floor restroom where a 35-year-old Makawao man was killed in a machete attack in March after a confrontation on the Maui Bus on a trip to the mall. The shopping center also is working ...

Bypass traffic ties up at Lahaina Gateway

LAHAINA — Fears over the opening of the latest Lahaina bypass section causing heavy traffic congestion on Keawe Street were realized Monday with many cars unable to enter or exit Lahaina Gateway Center, store managers said. During the morning and afternoon rush hours on Monday, cars ...

Hali‘imaile Pineapple president to be new GM at A&B

Darren Strand, president of Hali‘imaile Pineapple Co., will be moving to Alexander & Baldwin and becoming the new general manager for diversified agriculture on Maui, A&B announced Tuesday. He replaces Rick Volner, who resigned in January to become general manager of Maui operations ...

Petition for 5,000 acres delivered to A&B

The Maui News A petition by Hukilike No Maui: Together for Maui that asks Alexander & Baldwin to make 5,000 acres of Central Maui land available through sale and donation for small-scale farming, affordable housing and conservation was presented to the company Tuesday at its shareholders ...

Police get tip, arrest pizzeria robbery suspect

The Maui News A man sought in the robbery of Serpico’s Pizzeria was arrested Monday morning when police located him in Makawao after a Maui Crime Stoppers tip. Bail was set at $50,000 for Damion Emeson, 46, of Haiku. He was charged with first-degree robbery. The robbery was reported at ...

Second man is arrested in assault

WAILUKU — A second man has been arrested in the assault of a Kula man at his residence this month. Coby Magalianes, 38, of Haiku has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree burglary in the April 2 beating. During a hearing Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Magalianes asked ...

Haliimaile Gym is closed until Friday

The Haliimaile Gym will be closed to all users through Friday for maintenance, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, call the department at 572-8122.

Michael Pye hired as new Fairmont GM

Michael Pye has been hired as Hawaii general manager for Fairmont Hotels and as general manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, according to Wayne Buckingham, senior vice president of Accor Hotels. In his new job at the Kea Lani, Pye will oversee the 450-room, all-suite and villa luxury ...

Rock & Brews to hold Kauai benefit

Rock & Brews in Paia is holding an “Aloha Night” fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. May 2 to support those affected by the flooding in Kauai earlier this month. There will be live music by Kuikawa with proceeds from the evening donated to the nonprofit Malama Kaua‘i. There also will be an ...

Local Briefs

Solar telescope is topic of lecture There will be a free community lecture about the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope being built on the summit of Haleakala at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in ...

Bypass opening offers some bumps in the road

The newly opened section of the Lahaina bypass created an early morning traffic jam, doubled the work commutes for many residents and even confused some navigational apps on its first day open to the public Monday. “Everybody was late (to work) today, so if the mail’s late, don’t blame ...

Hokama pares mayor’s budget by $33 million

County Council budget chairman Riki Hokama released his proposed county budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 on Monday, taking a knife to Mayor Alan Arakawa’s proposal to the tune of $33 million. Hokama’s $787 million proposed capital improvement and operating budget includes a ...

Container of donations is readied to ship

The Maui News A shipping container of donations — more than 2,000 items — was collected in a drive in Kahului on Saturday and Sunday for those impacted by the massive flooding on Kauai. Items collected included rubber boots, first-aid kits, tarps, shovels, nonperishable food, cleaning ...

King Kekaulike, Maui High among state’s most improved schools

The Maui News Maui and King Kekaulike high schools were among the most improved public schools in the state for college enrollment and on-time graduation rate, according to the latest College and Career Readiness Indicators Report released earlier this month. The two schools were ...