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Kihei student effort yields 1,529 food items

Community News

The Kihei Elementary School Student Council held a Food Drive for the Maui Food Bank between Nov. 6 and 17. Students were encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support the drive. Grade-level bins for collection were located in the cafeteria, and teachers and students logged their ...

Shoes for the homeless

Community News

Randi Ouye delivered gently used and new shoes and slippers (from women to men’s shoes) to the Family Life Center in Kahului on Nov. 30. Ouye collected a total of more than 100 pairs of shoes for the homeless. The effort was part of Ouye’s 8th-grade community service project for St. Anthony ...

Rice distributed throughout Maui County for the holidays

Community News

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County in November and December. The annual “Rice for the Holidays” program began in 2009 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in their annual giveaway of turkeys to the ...

Honor Rolls

Community News

BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL First Quarter Principal’s Commendation List 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average Note: (+) denotes students with grade-point average above 4.0 because of student work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 9 — Liam Caldwell, Lana Calibuso-Kwee, Kylie ...

All aboard the Holiday Express

Local News

Santa’s helper, Lanai resident Bill Hensley, bids farewell to passengers of the Sugar Cane Train Maui’s Holiday Express after taking a ride and posing for photos Wednesday evening. “It’s something I look forward to every year,” Hensley said. “The train is amazing. I love the ...

Council votes to keep Taylor as director of Water Supply

Local News

WAILUKU — Dave Taylor earned the unanimous support of the Maui County Council on Friday to stay on as director of the county Department of Water Supply. All nine council members voted against Mayor Alan Arakawa’s request to remove Taylor from his position, saying there was no history of ...

Mycogen Seeds to shut down operations on Molokai in spring

Local News

Dozens of employees of Mycogen Seeds on Molokai received bad news just a couple of weeks before Christmas — the seed crop research company will shut down on the Friendly Isle in the spring as Dow-DuPont Agriculture consolidates operations in Hawaii. “It’s so devastating,” Teena ...

Haliimaile man guilty of harassment, disorderly conduct

Local News

WAILUKU — A man who used a racial slur while accosting two teenagers in a Pukalani restaurant was found guilty Friday of harassment and disorderly conduct. The language used by Antonio Gimbernat was “offensive and coarse” and exceeded the bounds of the constitutional protection of free ...

Sandy Hook victims remembered

Local News

A demonstration on Kaahumanu Avenue fronting the Kahului Shopping Center marking the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings drew 34 people Thursday. The demonstration was organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Organizing For Action and was part of a ...

Man accused of killing his wife has outburst in court

Local News

WAILUKU — At the mention of his confession to his teenage daughter, a murder suspect began swearing and yelling during a hearing Friday on his mental fitness to proceed to trial in the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife in the Kehalani Foodland store. Stephen B. Schmidt had been sitting ...

Leadership changes are coming

Local News

Mayor Alan Arakawa is shuffling the deck chairs of his administrative team, tapping Chief of Staff Herman Andaya to lead the Emergency Management Agency, moving Budget Director Lynn Araki-Regan to Andaya’s post and returning Sandy Baz to his former position as budget director. Managing ...

Weather conditions shut down parts of park

Local News

Haleakala National Park officials shut down the park road at the 8,000-foot Kalahaku Overlook in the summit district Friday morning because of black ice brought by below-freezing temperatures, park spokeswoman Pauline Angelakis said. And gates to the Summit District were closed Friday night ...

Information sought in Kihei kidnapping attempt

Local News

Police are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of an attempted kidnapping of a student Wednesday afternoon at Kihei Elementary School. A girl was approached by a man she didn’t know between 1:15 and 1:25 p.m., police said. The man told the girl he was there to pick her up ...

Gym dedicated to a coach who led by shining example

Local News

KAHULUI — The Maui High School gymnasium was dedicated and named Thursday in honor of Izumi “Shine” Matsui, the school’s late football coach, athletic director and teacher who extended sports opportunities for female athletes in the ’70s and inspired island boys to attend college to ...

Arakawa hit with amended campaign spending complaint

Local News

The state Campaign Spending Commission has filed an amended complaint against Mayor Alan Arakawa, alleging that his campaign contributed more than double a legal limit for contributions to charitable and community service organizations. State law limits charitable contributions to prevent ...

‘Finding Nemo’ responsibly

Local News

The Maui Ocean Center hopes to have 20 percent of all its marine life on display acquired from aquaculture facilities — rather than the wild — by 2020, the center’s curator said last week. “We believe this is the future,” John Gorman said during a Maui Nui Marine Resource Council ...

Molokai mule riders rescued by rangers, fire crews and police

Local News

The Maui News Two people on the Molokai Mule Ride were injured when they fell from their mules and had to be airlifted from the Kalaupapa Trail on Thursday morning, a fire official said. A fire crew from Hoolehua responded to the 10:10 a.m. call that a man and a woman had fallen off their ...

Students donate to hurricane victims

Local News

Wailuku Elementary School students Leleen Sarapio (from right) and Jameson Apano hand a check for $941.72 to American Red Cross volunteers Anne Keyser and Nancy Kanyuk to aid Hurricane Harvey and Irma survivors Wednesday morning in the school’s cafeteria. Another check of equal value will be ...

Man gets probation for theft of bovine

Local News

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man who was seen loading a dead bovine into his truck on Molokai Ranch property was placed on one year’s probation Monday. Robert Espaniola, 35, of Hoolehua had paid $500 in restitution when he earlier pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree ...

Police are out to remind partygoers to ‘Drive Sober’

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The Maui News Police will increase DUI patrols and checkpoints into the new year as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. In addition to the increase in impaired driving enforcement, officers will be on the lookout for drivers who speed, talk or ...