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Sports fans are advised to beware of ticket scammers

With football season right around the corner, the Better Business Bureau warns fans to be aware of ticket scams. The most common scams around football are the reselling of fake or nonexistent tickets through online classifieds, counterfeit merchandise, price gouging, ticket scalping and ...

Working out for Make-A-Wish grant

Waikapu resident Duke Au Hoon holds up his cellphone so his wife, Rachel, and 4-year-old daughter, Kahalau, can see Kristi Ota and other athletes participating in a fundraising “WOD for Wishes” workout Friday at Maui CrossFit Extreme in Wailuku. CrossFit boxes across the island joined with ...

Help sought to find unicorn float owner

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help to identify the owner of a white unicorn float found off Olowalu Beach on Saturday. Mariners aboard the recreational sailboat Volpaia found the float adrift with no signs of the owners at 1:30 p.m. The Coast Guard issued a notice to ...

Big waves roll into south-facing shores

A high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of Maui County is in effect through 6 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the area, causing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Surf is expected to build to 6 to ...

Abercrombie set to speak at Nisei Veterans luncheon

Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be speaking at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Leadership Luncheon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Kahili Golf Course Nahele Ballroom in Waikapu. Abercrombie’s keynote address is titled “Leadership in Today’s Hawaii: How are the Nisei Values ...

Stocking up for Project Backpack

T. Lay (from right) of Kula stops by Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center on Saturday to drop off some school supplies to the Kiwanis of the Valley Isle’s Project Backpack table as Trevor Tanaka and Shari Yamamoto look on. Lay says she donates because “I grew up poor and know how important this is.” ...

Two people killed in Kihei crash

KIHEI — A 48-year-old Kihei woman and 42-year-old Kihei man were killed and two others injured in a van-motorcycle crash Friday at the intersection of Piilani Highway and Welakahao Road that snarled traffic most of the afternoon in South Maui, police said. At about 1:15 p.m., a black 2003 ...

Three charter amendments make it to Nov. 6 ballot

Three amendments to the County Charter will make their way onto the general election ballot Nov. 6, following Friday’s vote by the Maui County Council. One amendment would establish a $20,000 penalty for illegal transient accommodations and another would expand the uses of the county’s ...

Man gets 5-year prison term for ‘vicious’ attack in Kihei bar

WAILUKU — For a “vicious, vicious attack” in a Kihei bar, a man was sentenced Thursday to a five-year prison term. Ivan Bailey, 27, of Wailuku had been released from prison on parole when the assault occurred June 24, 2016, at the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Kihei Kalama Village. In ...

New gym going up

South Maui Community Park Recreation Center is taking shape as masons from Ono Construction LLC work on the walls of the long-awaited gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. General Contractor and Project Manager Kelly Keating of Blazy Construction Inc. said construction is on target to be finished by ...

Officer rushes into burning unit to save disoriented resident

A police officer went into a burning Honokowai apartment early Friday to rescue a man who was heard yelling for help, officials said. Police and firefighters were dispatched to Sunset Terrace Apartments at 3626 Lower Honoapiilani Road at 2:09 a.m. when residents reported heavy smoke coming ...

Spectrum installs first wave of free public Wi-Fi hot spots

The first wave of free public Wi-Fi hot spots in Hawaii, including in Wailuku, Hana and Kalaupapa, are active, the state Department of Commerce and Consumers Affairs said Wednesday. The Wi-Fi hot spots, part of a requirement of the transfer of Oceanic Time Warner Cable to Charter ...

Hungry monk seal pup rescued from Molokai

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal pup found malnourished on Molokai is now in the care of the Marine Mammal Center’s hospital on the Big Island. The pup named Sole is in stable condition at the Ke Kai Ola facility in Kailua-Kona after it was rescued last week. The male pup born in ...

County jobless rate dips to 2.7 percent

Maui County’s jobless rate fell to 2.7 percent in June, a nearly half percentage-point drop since June 2017, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday. The jobless rate for Maui island was 2.6 percent, down from 2.8 percent a year ago. Lanai’s jobless rate was 2.5 ...

Gunshots fired during robbery

Police are investigating a report that gunshots were fired during a robbery Thursday night at a Haiku residence. The robbery was reported at 10:35 p.m. at the home in the 2700 area of Hana Highway. Three residents told police that three men entered the home, with one man brandishing a shiny ...

Visit from a vacationing hero

Green Beret Staff Sgt. Jerry Cortinas (right) talks to Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa at the Kahului Airport on Saturday. Cortinas of Brownsville, Texas, lost half of his left arm in Afghanistan in 2002, when the mortar that he was loading blew up, according to Vacations for Warriors, a ...

Workshop planned on leases, service contracts

A workshop on the do’s and don’ts of leases and service contracts will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Maui Research & Technology Center in Kihei. Honolulu attorney Duane R. Fisher, who has negotiated, drafted, reviewed and analyzed thousands of contracts for businesses of ...

Update 4:45 p.m.: 2 dead in Kihei crash; Piilani Highway reopened

Two people died and a woman was critically injured when a van and motorcycle collided Friday afternoon at Piilani Highway and Welakahao Road in Kihei, police said. The van was turning left from Welakahao Road onto Piilani Highway in front of the motorcycle, which was traveling south on the ...

Makena hotel coming down piece by piece

MAKENA — Portions of the seven-story hotel that was once the Maui Prince and Makena Beach & Golf Resort are coming down. The hotel’s ballroom is mostly gone and demolition of the south wing is underway and projected to be completed by the end of August, said Ka‘imi Judd, vice ...

Drop boxes for medications to be open Monday

WAILUKU — Starting Monday, residents will be able to turn in unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication at most police stations on Maui and on Lanai. Green drop boxes are being installed in the Wailuku, Kihei and Lahaina police stations. At the Lanai Police Station, a ...