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13-year-old ‘fast track’ project nears ‘no track’

Remember Hale Mua, the affordable housing planned in Waiehu by developer Sterling Kim? Well, you might as well forget about it, especially after the property has been foreclosed on and the new owner has no development plans. On June 4, the state Land Use Commission issued an “order to ...

Fugitive in Hale Makana unit gives up without fight

The Maui News A wanted fugitive holed up in a unit at Hale Makana O Wai‘ale in Wailuku that caused the evacuation of three two-story building complexes surrendered peacefully to police Wednesday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m., the police Special Response Team approached the unit, and the ...

Former MPD captain pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

The Maui News WAILUKU — Former Maui Police Department Capt. Stephen Orikasa pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually touching a female police sergeant last year. In exchange for his guilty plea to fourth-degree sexual assault, the prosecution agreed not to seek jail time for Orikasa and to ...

Man assaults co-worker and gets probation

WAILUKU — A man was placed on four years’ probation last week for assaulting a co-worker, then fleeing to California after being beaten himself. Efren Ocegueda, 29, of Lahaina was released from jail following his sentencing July 19 after being incarcerated for about five ...

Cancer Wellness Retreat Sept. 22-23

The Maui News The second annual Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat — for newly diagnosed patients to those 1 year out from treatment — will be held Sept. 22 and 23 at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Twenty-four cancer survivors will be selected to receive free lodging, meals and classes. The ...

Sandy Hook parent to discuss ‘love enrichment’ program

The Maui News A woman who lost her son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will be speaking about “The Choose Love Enrichment Program” she developed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lokelani Intermediate School cafeteria in Kihei. On Dec. 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis’ son, ...

Meeting on rental project set for Friday

An informational meeting on the 200-unit Keawe Street Apartments at the Villages of Leiali‘i affordable rental project will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Lahaina Civic Center Social Hall. The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. intends to issue a request for proposals for ...

Police respond to homeless complaint

Responding to complaints about a homeless encampment under Waiakoa Uka Bridge in Kihei, community policing officers went there last week intending to issue notices to vacate the area. No one was there when the officers arrived at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, police said. The action was in ...

Man found to have unloaded air pistol

Maui police responded to a call at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday of a man brandishing a weapon near the Lono Building in Kahului. When police made contact with the man, they found him holding an unloaded air pistol, police said. A disorderly conduct case was initiated against the man, 28, ...

Corrections

• Surfing spot caption. Surfers have a petition calling for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Recreation to exercise care and to not disrupt their surf spots as it builds a new ferry dock at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor. Due to an editing error, a ...

Surfers: Be cautious when building ferry pier

Surfers are asking the state to exercise caution during the upcoming construction of the new Lahaina Small Boat Harbor ferry pier, which is expected to start in September 2019, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Plans call for building a new pier 70 feet north of ...

Bids accepted for new county service center

Maui County began accepting construction bids Tuesday for the $25 million Maui County Service Center in the Alexander & Baldwin Maui Business Park II in Puunene/Kahului. The new service center will house the county property tax and motor vehicle divisions and the Finance Department now in ...

Woman jailed for violating probation

WAILUKU — A woman convicted of a lesser charge in connection with the robbery of a Kahului beauty supply store was taken into custody Tuesday to serve a seven-day jail term after she admitted she violated her probation by using methamphetamine. Jennifer Kong, 39, of Wailuku was reported to ...

Council panel OKs facility fee revisions

A Maui County Council committee Tuesday voted to drastically reduce fee hikes for county parks facilities that were supposed to take effect July 1 after hearing complaints from users and learning that the implementation would shut down permits offices for a week. Instead of the $20 ...

Golfing for Ka Lima

Kihei’s Jim Lynch sinks a putt on the Kaanapali Royal Course’s fourth hole and then celebrates with playing partners Steve Olson (left) and Ryan McNally of Wailea on Friday during the first day of a two-day fundraising golf event for Ka Lima O Maui. Founded in 1955, Ka Lima O Maui helps ...

Bacteria levels high off Hanakaoo

The Maui News The levels of enterococci bacteria in the waters off Hanakaoo in West Maui exceed safe levels, the state Department of Health Clean Water Branch said Tuesday afternoon. The advisory said the waters showed levels of bacteria at 150 per 100 milliliters of water during routine ...

Maui MPO to discuss impacts of new state laws

The Maui News The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board on Thursday morning will be discussing new state laws and their impacts on Maui’s transportation system. The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the Kalana Pakui Planning Conference Room. State lawmakers and Federal Highway ...

Abandoned vehicles auction Friday

Maui County will be holding an auction for abandoned vehicles at 9 a.m. Friday at the storage facility on Pulehu Road at its intersection with Hansen Road. The vehicles will be auctioned off unless claimed at the county Department of Environmental Management Abandoned Vehicles office, 2145 ...

Hana Road is ‘Journey No. 38’

The 52-mile drive from Kahului to Hana was named “Journey No. 38” on the list of World’s Best Journeys, put out earlier this month. The World’s Best Journeys list of 50 excursions was collaboration between Flight Network and 500 travel journalists. The journeys are billed as the ...

Local Briefs

Brainstorming event at QKC Maui Business Brainstormers will have a daylong event titled “2018 is Almost Over: How Many of Your Business Goals Got the Checkmark?” on Monday at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. There will be four sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions include “R.O.I. ...