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Maui Toastmasters Carrie Rogers (from left), Gina Gromley, Don McEntire and Christine Bowers are advancing to the District Fall Conference on Nov. 4 at the Pagoda Hotel on Oahu.

Four Maui Toastmasters sweep Division A Contest

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Contestants from three Maui Toastmasters clubs placed first and second in each contest category at the Division A Contest on Oct. 7 on Oahu and will move on to the District Fall Conference on Nov. 4 at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. • Speech Evaluation Contest winners — first place, ...

Two KIRC staff members will give talk about Kahoolawe

Community News

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise breakfast meeting at 7 Tuesday will feature a presentation about the island of Kahoolawe. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the historic Pioneer Inn. The $10 fee includes a breakfast with a choice of menu items. Reservations are not ...

Maui Chamber plans labor law seminar Nov. 9

Community News

The Maui Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Labor Law Seminar on Nov. 9 in the Elleair Room at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului. It will be presented by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, which specializes in Hawaii labor and employment law. Registration and continental ...

Erna Schedler

Local Briefs

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Woman celebrates her 105th birthday Erna Schedler, a member of Kihei Lutheran Church, recently celebrated her 105th birthday by sharing a birthday cake during the social time after a Sunday morning service. She was joined by her daughters, Susan Embree and Nancy Henry, who spent the week with ...

Whitney Hashimoto stresses value of communication skills

Community News

The dictionary defines “communication” as “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.” It ranges from a speech given by a head of state to Snapchat — and everything in between. In other words, it’s ...

Molokai nonprofit receives donation

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An all-women group from Monsanto Hawaii collected, assembled, donated and delivered 100 personal hygiene bags and 71 pairs of slippers on Sept. 14 to Child & Family Service on Molokai for the benefit of foster children in need. Hawaii’s oldest human service nonprofit, Child & Family ...

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Celebrating pumpkins

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FIRST PHOTO: Donald and Mina Chaikin of Kihei stroll the grounds of the Emmanuel Lutheran 20th annual Pumpkin Fest on Friday in Kahului with twin sons, Lui and Sky. The couple said that the job of raising twin sons takes additional planning and work. “Sixteen months have gone by a blink,” ...

County’s removal of dangerous trees to take ‘several years’

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It will probably take “several years” for Maui County to complete its planned removal of 112 dead or dying eucalyptus trees along Piiholo Road, a county spokesman said this week. In July, the county removed 20 hazardous eucalyptus trees above the Piiholo Ranch Zipline, but more funding ...

Protest highlights loophole in state burial sites law

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A group of protesters is concerned that a loophole in state law could put possible burial sites around Maui at risk. Earlier this week, demonstrators gathered along Lower Main Street in Wailuku as a bulldozer leveled a vacant dirt lot that Home Maid Bakery wants to turn into a gravel parking ...

Kokoro Yamazaki and Aki Foreman photograph a drone in flight in May at Lahaina Intermediate School’s STEMworks AFTERschool program. The free program is requesting donations of snacks for the youths. -- STEMworks AFTERschool photo

Snacks sought for after-school program

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A federally funded science and technology-based after-school program operating at five Maui County elementary and intermediate schools is seeking donations of healthy snacks for its youths because its grant does not allow for the purchase of them. STEMworks AFTERschool, a free project-based ...

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Job Fair continues to grow

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Anuhea Gabriel, a Minit Stop human resources associate, interviews Brandon DeCambra on Friday morning during Ka Lima O Maui’s sixth annual Job Fair at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Ka Lima O Maui Executive Director Chantal Ratte said that the event drew 32 businesses ...

PUC approves two solar power programs

Local News

New rooftop solar programs that will allow customers to once again feed power to the grid and receive credits were approved by the state Public Utilities Commission on Friday. The two new programs allow sale of rooftop solar power to Hawaiian Electric Cos. grids during peak nighttime periods ...

Two men indicted on kidnapping charges

Local News

WAILUKU — Two men have been indicted on three counts of attempted kidnapping for allegedly trying to lure three schoolgirls into a car in Kihei last month. Bail was set at $300,000 each for Edward J. Martin, 39, who gave no local address, and Michael Evangelista, 45, of Napili. Both men ...

Parks department to host open-house sessions

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A series of interactive open-house sessions will be held next week to address parks and recreation facility needs, the county announced Thursday. The sessions are part of a parks department project to prepare a system plan, which will define future recreation needs, an overall strategy and ...

Bail kept at $63,000 for man accused in shooting

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WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $63,000 Friday for a Pukalani man who was arrested after allegedly shooting his girlfriend 17 times with an air rifle. Bryan Planesi, 19, has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of second-degree assault, 13 counts of abuse and one count of felony abuse in the Oct. ...

County unemployment rate falls to 2.5% in September

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Maui County’s jobless rate for September fell to 2.5 percent, down from 3.3 percent a year earlier, as state unemployment totals dipped to near-record lows, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday. Maui island’s rate was a tick lower at 2.4 percent, down from ...

Cheryl Rico

County / In Brief

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Help sought in locating woman Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 66-year-old woman who was reported missing from her Wailuku residence Wednesday. Cheryl Rico is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall. She may have a facial droop on the left side. She is known to frequent ...

Kula resident Leslie Leclerc stands behind her 71-year-old mother, Gloria Montes.

Kula woman is working to help mother on Puerto Rico

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It has been “the hardest month of my life,” said Kula resident Leslie Leclerc, a native of Puerto Rico, as her childhood home was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and communication with relatives on the U.S. territory has been hampered as most electric services remain out. Leclerc, 46, said ...

A message from the publisher: Home delivery moving to mail

Local News

Beginning Monday, November 13, home delivery to Maui News subscribers will be via the United States Postal Service. Subscribers will receive their paper the same day of publication with their daily mail. If you currently do not have a mailbox where you receive your newspaper, one will need to ...