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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 ...

It’s jacaranda time upcountry

A motorist passes under an archway of jacaranda trees on Haleakala Highway in Kula on Tuesday afternoon. While the purple-flowered trees have passed their peak in some Upcountry areas, there still are many trees in full bloom lining the roads. The fast-growing trees native to South America and ...

Defendant gets prison term for punching man

WAILUKU — Saying a defendant hadn’t learned from his earlier contacts with the law, a judge Wednesday ordered a five-year prison term for an assault on a man as he was sitting in his pickup truck in a Kahului parking lot. “The message should be clear — you cannot just walk up to ...

Molokai, McKinley high schools win ‘Cash for College’ challenge

The Maui News Molokai and McKinley high schools have won the Federal Student Aid “Cash for College” challenge, according to an announcement from the University of Hawaii. The Molokai and Honolulu schools took first place for having the highest percentage of students complete the “Free ...

PetersenDean buys second Maui company

The Maui News PetersenDean Hawaii LLC, which purchased Haleakala Solar in March, has bought another longtime island company, Maui Roofing Inc. PetersenDean, based in Fremont, Calif., said Tuesday that buying the Kihei-based company was a “strategic purchase” that will add a roofing ...

Be alert for Medicare scams

The Maui News AARP is warning Medicare recipients about possible scams related to new identification cards being issued by the federal government. A free webinar about Medicare cards and fraud schemes will be presented today by AARP and the Federal Trade Commission. People can register at ...

Man charged with stealing car

Bail was set at $10,000 for a man who was arrested after he was identified as the driver of a stolen car that was involved in a collision Monday morning on Honoapiilani Highway, police said. Christopher Hoffman, 39, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and ...

Man found dead off Molokini

A man was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive while scuba diving at Molokini on Sunday morning, officials said. The Coast Guard responded to a call from a vessel reporting that the man was unresponsive after surfacing while he was scuba diving with a female. He remained ...

Sugimura to hold talk story Saturday

Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “Talk Story with Yuki” outreach program from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market. Sugimura, who holds the Upcountry residency seat, meets with the public to hear their concerns over county issues on the ...

Early College registration set

Registration for the Early College program at University of Hawaii Maui College for the fall 2018 semester begins on Monday. Qualified high school students wanting to earn college credits while still in high school can begin the process by contacting their respective high school counselors, ...

Ige appoints Hashimoto to serve remainder of Souki’s House term

Gov. David Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to fill the state House seat of former Speaker Joe Souki on Tuesday. It will be the first time in nearly 40 years that Central Maui residents will be represented by a new face in Honolulu. “It’s been a whirlwind,” Hashimoto said Tuesday. ...

Rising vacancies show soft retail space market

Maui’s retail market saw its second consecutive year of rising rates of vacancies, ending last year with a 20-year high of 15.57 percent unoccupied store space, according to Colliers International’s Maui market year-end 2017 research and forecast report. Central Maui’s retail vacancy ...

2 women await sentencing for embezzling more than $1M

Two women are awaiting sentencing in federal court after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the now-closed First Hawaiian Homes Federal Credit Union on Molokai. Allennie Naeole and Janell Purdy were the only two permanent employees of the credit union when the funds were ...

Plenty of fun and games at Valley Isle Keiki Fest

Three-year-old Haley Bruner of Kahului can’t contain her excitement at meeting Kihei children’s librarian Kathleen Ageton and “Hairy” outside the Holoholo Bookmobile at the Valley Isle Keiki Fest at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus Saturday. Hairy was there to tell kids ...

Free admission and activities set during National Park Week

The Maui News There will be free admission Saturday to Haleakala National Park as part of special events for National Park Week, which runs through April 29. While entrance fees will be waived for Saturday, reservations still need to be made to view the sunrise at the summit of Haleakala. ...