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First lady promotes a love of reading

Hawaii first lady Dawn Amano-Ige signs autographs for Wailuku Elementary School students Friday afternoon while promoting reading in the school library. Amano-Ige read the book “Protuditi!” by Chris Van Allsburg and gave each student a book. She visited the school to present 300 books ...

Budget chairman: County not ready to go with tiered property tax rates

Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Riki Hokama said Friday that he would not include a tiered scheme for property taxes in his proposed version of the budget because the county’s real property tax system is not yet equipped to handle it. “My proposal will not show ...

Homelands commissioner confirmed

The Hawaii state Senate has confirmed Zachary Helm as the Hawaiian Homes Commission member from Molokai, according to an announcement from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Helm, who has worked 30 years with the county Department of Parks and Recreation, will serve as a commissioner ...

More than 9,000 lose power on island

Nearly 9,200 customers in various parts of Maui lost electricity beginning at 8:40 a.m. Friday when the island’s electrical grid triggered an automatic “load shed,” or a safety mechanism that drops circuits in different areas to prevent damage to the overall system and possibly a more ...

Calif. scuba diver who died identified

Police identified a man who died Sunday morning while scuba diving off Molokini as Jeffery Sharp, 63, of Modesto. Officials said he had been diving with a female and was found unresponsive after surfacing. Responding to a call, a U.S. Coast Guard boat brought the man to shore at the Kihei ...

Police arrest man wearing sports bra after burglary

WAILUKU — A man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing a Haiku residence Sunday after he was caught wearing a sports bra stolen from the home, police said. During his arraignment Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court, Holden Bingham, 27, of Kahului pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree ...

Seabury students mark Columbine’s 19th anniversary

Seabury Hall students participate in a nationwide student walkout event Friday to protest gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings that claimed 13 lives on April 20, 1999, in Colorado. Organizers say more than 2,600 demonstrations were planned from Maine to ...

Maui vegetable farmers fighting Mother Nature

KULA — Justin Teixeira surveys his farm, looking for diseased and rotting zucchini damaged by the latest downpour at the Kula Agricultural Park. Pushing away leaves discolored by white mildew, Teixeira grabs a zucchini and breaks it in half to reveal a rotten core ruined by fruit flies and ...

Former Maui police officer pleads guilty to traffic-stop theft

The Maui News A former Maui Police Department officer pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges brought after he stole money from a man during a traffic stop and later tried to bribe the victim to withdraw his theft complaint. Anthony “Ikaika” Maldonado, 29, of Kahului entered ...

Child car seat inspection set

The Maui News Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should ...

Water service to be disrupted in Kihei

The Maui News Some customers in Kihei will have their water shut off intermittently Tuesday and Wednesday as the county Department of Water Supply continues preparations for a tie-in of a fire line and a partial replacement of a main line on Kanini Road. The work is in preparation for the ...

Bike ride to a game

Kahului’s Brandon Silva rides along Hina Avenue with daughter Teani, 4, last week. Silva said the pair were on their way to the Kahului Elementary School field to watch his son, Deegan, play a Pony League game with the Wailuku Phillies. He said it seemed like a good day for a bike ride with ...

Collection to help Kauai residents set this weekend

The Maui News A Malama Kaua‘i drive to collect items for Kauai residents impacted by the recent heavy rains and massive flooding will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the empty lot fronting Hoaloha Park in Kahului. The drive is being organized by Tiare Lawrence and ...

Crime Stoppers

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a homeless woman who was reported missing Wednesday by someone who last heard from her 13 days earlier. Amber Rose Langdon was reported to be living on the beach in a 2004 white Chevrolet Astro passenger van with license plates MSG ...

Federal jury convicts man of assaulting his wife at Haleakala

The Maui News A federal jury has found a man guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and assaulting his wife by strangulation while they were camping at Haleakala National Park last year. The verdict convicting Matthew Berckmann, 44, was returned Wednesday, a few hours after ...

Some students from Fla. high school to join Maui program

The Maui News Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida will be traveling to Maui for a youth leadership program this summer to help manage their trauma from the school shooting that left 17 people dead earlier this year. The Alaka‘i Youth Leadership Academy is a six-day ...

Corrections

• Maui Scene / Charlie Brown. Lina Krueger’s name was misspelled in the photo caption on Page 5 of Maui Scene published Thursday. She is performing in ProArts Playhouse’s presentation of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Maui Scene is produced by the Special Sections division in ...

South Maui residents object to bridge project

Some Kihei residents and community organizations are urging the county to halt the Kulanihakoi Bridge Replacement project, saying it will not stop flooding in the area and will interfere with Native Hawaiian practices and impact a freshwater spring. The county is expecting to seek bids in ...

Mayor has at least $2M in land and farm holdings

WAILUKU — Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s holdings in land and Arakawa Farms is worth at least $2 million, according to his financial report for 2017. The annual report filed with the Ethics Board earlier this month said that he was half-owner with his brother, Wallace, in three Kula ...

Rain forecast for today and Friday

The Maui News Another spate of rainfall may be coming today through Friday with the National Weather Service issuing a flash-flood watch for Maui County. The watch is in effect from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Friday. It means that conditions may develop that could lead to flash flooding. A ...