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Biking gains traction on Maui

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Hawaii is one of the worst bicycle-friendly states in the U.S. at No. 49, but Maui County has taken strides to improve bikeways and increase rider safety — and there has been a bump in ridership, especially from tourists. “One of the biggest challenges that we have is that we don’t ...

Bicycling equipment, safety tips offered

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Biking on Maui is both beautiful and risky, which is why riders should take precautions no matter the skill level, bicycle advocates say. No one under age of 16 is permitted to operate a bicycle on a public road without a helmet, according to state laws. Pricey cycling shoes, clothing or extra ...

Kihei man gets six months in jail for growing marijuana

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WAILUKU — A Kihei man was sentenced Tuesday to a six-month jail term after police seized marijuana plants and marijuana from his property. Andrew Durbin, 48, was placed on four years’ probation as part of his sentence. According to a criminal complaint filed against Durbin, police ...

High-surf warning extended to Monday

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The National Weather Service placed the north-facing shores of Maui and the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai under a high-surf warning from midnight Saturday through 6 p.m. Monday. Its official warning follows a special forecast leading up to the weekend that anticipated “giant” ...

Roadwork hours upped over spring break

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With public school students on spring break this week, crews will be extending morning and evening work hours for a repaving project on Lipoa Street in Kihei, the county announced. The road serves traffic going to and from Kihei Elementary and Lokelani Intermediate schools. Students will be ...

Community of volunteers clean beach

Community News

Families, local groups, clubs and businesses joined forces to clean Waiehu Beach Park on March 2. Malama Maui Nui, in partnership with Blue Zones Project Maui and Sharkastics, facilitated more than 140 volunteers. In less than two hours, more than 12 acres of county park, shoreline, roadside ...

Book Trust’s new Hawaii director is Maui resident

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Book Trust has selected Maui resident Katie McMillan as its new Hawaii director. Her position became effective Jan. 1. McMillan will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts in Hawaii and be responsible for overall outreach, program and communications to build a community of diverse and ...

Young Maui filmmakers honored

Community News

A team of four high school students from Maui Huliau Foundation’s youth filmmaking program recently won the Silver Award for their film submission to the 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest. Sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, the Boston-based nonprofit created the contest to teach ...

‘Paint Out’ celebrates young artists

Community News

Youths in grades 3-12 learned painting techniques Feb. 17 during the Maui Plein Air Youth Outdoor Paint Out at Campbell Park in Lahaina. Their instructor was artist Darice Machel McGuire, owner of E-Art Studio. Maui Arts League and Honu and Frida’s restaurants sponsored the free painting ...

Zenshin Daiko will mark 20th anniversary with trip to Japan

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Zenshin Daiko will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday by taking a trip to Japan. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to teaching taiko to children and sharing it with the community. Zenshin Daiko has performed all over Maui and the Neighbor Islands and in California, Wisconsin, ...

Local Briefs

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Photo workshop set on mountain Haleakala National Park’s 2019 Artist in Residence, astrophotographer Stan Honda, will hold a public night sky photography workshop at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Headquarters Visitor Center in the park’s Summit District (7,000-foot elevation). The New ...

Grants

Community News

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: Grade school students at St. Anthony School participated in the Kids Heart Challenge and the school raised more than $11,000 for the American Heart Association. St. Anthony ...

Honor Rolls

Community News

SEABURY HALL Upper School Third Quarter Head of School’s List 3.7-Plus Grade-Point Average Grade 12 — Alana Battad, Cleo Borthwick, Maile Dougherty, Lucy Dustman, Evan Elsasser, Sean Fleetham, Noah Garcia, Robert Gibbons, Lona Girardin, Carver Glomb, Jessica Griffiths, Ethan ...

W.S. Merwin, Pulitzer-winning poet and Peahi resident, dies

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin, a former United States poet laureate, died Friday in his sleep at his Peahi home, where he lived for about four decades. He was 91 years old. Copper Canyon Press, the Port Townsend, Wash., publisher of Merwin’s work, announced the passing of ...

Petition: Remove bathrooms at park to restore sanctity

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WAILUKU — Decrying the lack of community engagement, residents submitted a petition to state officials Thursday evening to halt some aspects of a $3 million project to upgrade Iao Valley state park. The petition, started by nonprofit director Kawewehi Pundyke, calls for ceasing work on a ...

Guzman earns full committee approval

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The Maui News Don Guzman earned an unanimous recommendation from a County Council committee Friday to be the next county prosecuting attorney. The voice vote of the council Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee was 8-0 with Council Member Riki Hokama excused. Guzman, a former ...

Having the heart of a chief at Pukalani school

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First photo: Portraying King Kamehameha the Great, Pukalani Elementary School 5th-grader Kiawe Nakamoto, 10, recounts his life story to 3rd-grader Quinn Danley-Tavares during the school’s Leadership Day on Thursday. The theme of this year’s event was “Have the Heart of a Chief.” Kiawe ...

Man charged with attempted murder in stabbing of cop

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WAILUKU — A 55-year-old Wailuku man is being held on half-a-million-dollars bail for stabbing a Maui Police officer with a pole and trying to stab him with an ice pick, according to court records. Joseph K. Pang Ching Sr. is being held on $501,000 bail on two counts of attempted murder in ...