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Sakamoto Pool to close for 6 months

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The Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool at the War Memorial Complex will be closed to the public from June 1 through Nov. 30 for restroom renovations and improvement projects. The restroom renovation project calls for the removal and replacement of existing toilet fixtures, accessories, partitions, ...

Hanneman takes third in Bali

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Maui’s Eli Hanneman holds his trophy after finishing third at the World Surf League Red Bull Airborne Bali today in Keramas, Indonesia. Coming off a strong performance on Day 1, the Lahaina youngster continued to dazzle in his final qualifying heat, finishing atop the leaderboard with a total ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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The community is invited to celebrate Vesak Day (the birth of Buddha) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Chua Tu Hanh Vietnamese Buddhist Temple in Kahului. There will be a short, guided sitting meditation followed by a dharma talk by the Venerable Chan Phap Dang, the first disciple of Zen master Thich ...

Bill would restrict use of plastic foodware

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WAILUKU— Ashley O’Colmain brought members of a Maui County Council committee jars filled with seawater and plastic she picked up at Kahului Harbor just before a Tuesday committee meeting. “It’s very scary. All I did was scoop it off of the top of the sand,” she said. O’Colmain ...

Shining Star Awkwafina will premiere new film after award

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WAILEA — After co-starring in the breakout hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” actress Awkwafina will accept the 2019 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award and will premiere her new film, “The Farewell,” on June 15, festival founder and director Barry Rivers announced Wednesday. “We are ...

911 call leads police, fire crews to resume missing woman search

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The Maui News Maui police and fire crews restarted their suspended search for missing Haiku woman Amanda Eller on Tuesday, after receiving a 911 call from an area above the Makawao Forest Reserve about possible additional information about the case, Maui police said Wednesday afternoon. ...

Seeking volunteers to foster dogs

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First photo: Maui Humane Society animal care attendant Lexi Hughes checks on groggy pup Baxter after his surgery Wednesday afternoon at the Puunene facility. Hughes estimated the heeler mix to be about six months old, and said he was neutered in preparation for going to a short-term foster ...

County to suspend auctions of abandoned vehicles

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The Maui News Maui County’s Department of Environmental Management will be indefinitely suspending future abandoned vehicle auctions after the last auction on May 31 as the county was spending more money on the auctions than generating revenue, the county said on Monday. In fiscal year ...

Bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing more than $1.3 million

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The Maui News A former Ki-Hana Nursery bookkeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud for stealing more than $1.3 million from the Kihei business. Thelma Pascua-Suyat of Kahului entered the plea and was found guilty when she appeared in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. According to a ...

Mayor on visit to Japan, South Korea

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Mayor Michael Victorino and his wife, Joycelyn, left Wednesday for an 11-day goodwill and economic development trip to Japan and Korea. “This is an opportunity to promote Maui as a destination for visitors from Japan and Korea as well as improve business relationships and promote goodwill ...

County Office on Aging closed today

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The Maui County Office on Aging at the J. Walter Cameron Center will be closed today to celebrate Maui County’s 51st annual Outstanding Older American Male and Female of Maui County. This year’s nominees are: Carolee “Aunty Doll” Aricayos, Louise Corpuz, Arleen Gerbig, George Kahamoku ...

$340M rental car facility opens at Kahului Airport

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KAHULUI — Hailed as the largest single public works project on Maui and the first of its kind in the state, the Kahului Airport Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility was celebrated by state leaders Tuesday ahead of its public opening today. The new $340 million, multilevel CONRAC houses all ...

Council budget up for first reading

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After years of cutting back the mayor’s budgets, the Maui County Council is bringing an $823.6 million budget to the table, $43 million higher than Mayor Michael Victorino’s proposal and a touch above the $820 million proposal that former Mayor Alan Arakawa called his “most aggressive ...

Gutted truck

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Looking like it could be blown off its perch by a strong gust of trade winds, a gutted Ford F-150 sits precariously on four cinder blocks Tuesday morning on Kahului’s Pakaula Street. The stripped truck was midway between the Lowe’s and Target stores. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

OHA seeks input on strategic plan

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking the community’s input for the development of the agency’s new strategic plan through an online survey and a series of statewide meetings, with the first one on Maui on Monday. The process is to develop the strategic plan for 2020 and beyond. The ...

Preschool application period extended

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An additional application period has been opened for the Preschool Open Doors program, which provides subsidies to eligible families to help pay for preschool tuition. To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year (for those born ...

Boating safety set for Saturday

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Coast Guard are launching National Safe Boating Week with events from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kihei Boat Ramp. Boat owners can bring their vessels to the ramp for a free Recreational Vessel Safety Exam by the Coast Guard Auxiliary ...

Free car seat inspections to be held Saturday

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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 ...