Collections specialist Christal Morris prepares Kahului Elementary School teacher Wendy Shishido to donate blood Monday afternoon during the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s five-day drive on Maui. Donors are often hard to find during the summer, Blood Bank officials said. The blood drive takes place at the Cameron Center auditorium from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Donors sought for Maui blood drive

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WAILUKU — Summertime is the peak season for temperatures, vacations and barbecues, but not, it seems, for blood donations. With kids out of school and families on vacation, donor turnout is often low during the summer months. “That’s an across-the-nation thing,” Blood Bank of Hawaii ...

A sign greets visitors in early 2015 to the Lodge at Koele. The resort has been closed since January 2015, when the 102-room hotel was used to house construction workers renovating the Four Seasons’ Manele resort. Pulama Lana‘i plans to launch a $75 million project late this year to upgrade and “refresh” the Koele resort. Maui News file photo

Pulama Lana‘i seeks approval for Lodge at Koele project

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The Maui News Pulama Lana‘i is seeking approval for a $75 million project to upgrade and “refresh” the nearly 25-acre Lodge at Koele, located northeast of Lanai City on Keomuku Highway. According to an application, The Lodge at Koele, a Four Seasons resort, was originally built in the ...


Canoes make stop at Kahoolawe

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Members of halau Ka Pa Hula O Ka Lei Lehua welcome voyagers from Hokule‘a, Hikianalia and Fa‘afaite to Kahoolawe on Saturday. After a three-year journey around the world, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s sailing canoe Hokule‘a has returned to Hawaii. Second photo: Malama Honua ...

Bail reduced for accused getaway driver

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While denying a defendant’s request to be released on supervision, a judge Friday reduced bail to $120,000 for a woman described as the getaway driver in a robbery at a Kahului beauty supply store. Jennifer Kong, 38, of Wailuku is among three people charged in the robbery the morning of ...


Comic Bill Dana, formerly of Hana, dies

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The Associated Press Comedy writer, performer and former Hana resident Bill Dana, who reached stardom in the 1950s and ’60s with his character Jose Jimenez, has died. He was 92. Dana died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Tenn., according to Emerson College, his alma mater. Early in ...

Calif. man pulled from water dies

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A 68-year-old California man was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the ocean at Napili Point on Sunday afternoon, a fire official said. Lahaina firefighters, arriving on the scene 11 minutes after a 3:11 p.m. alarm, found bystanders attempting to resuscitate the man, said Fire Services ...

Carving dedication ceremony set

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A dedication ceremony for the “Hawaiian Whale Tails” carving will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in front of the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Ka‘a‘ike Building mural. The carving by Kerry Strongman, a Maori master carver and sculptor from Te Hana, Aotearoa, tells the ...

A sign inside the Kmart on Dairy Road in Kahului indicates the store’s final day of business Sunday. Dozens of loyal shoppers came in to snag some last-minute deals. Many said they were sad to bid farewell to Kmart, which was the first big-box store to open on Maui. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Kmart closes its doors on Maui

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KAHULUI — Kmart’s last day of business on Maui drew many loyal customers for the same reason it always has over the past two decades: all the great deals. “I think we’re still shopping like the store isn’t closing,” Paia resident Blair Wright said Sunday. “We’re buying things ...

Molokai man sentenced to 18 months in jail

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Molokai man was sentenced Tuesday to an 18-month jail term after he was found with drugs and ammunition last year. Kainoa Lee, 24, of Kaunakakai also was placed on four years’ probation. He could be released early from jail after serving 270 days, which he ...

E-Cycling to be suspended

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The county’s electronics recycling program on Maui and Molokai will be suspended for five weeks beginning July 1 in order to implement new processing and Mainland shipping systems, the Department of Environmental Management has announced. The program, which is managed by Habitat for ...

Roadwork to affect isle traffic

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Sewer pipe installations will cause nighttime lane closures on Waiehu Beach Road this week, according to the state Department of Transportation. There will be alternating lane closures in both directions between Kahului Beach Road and Eluene Place from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. today through ...

Dui Sentences

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THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 13 to 14. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Crime Watch

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THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from June 4 to 10. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

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Kamehameha Celebrated

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FIRST PHOTO: Princess Hawealani Kahahane, representing the island of Kauai, greets paradegoers as she makes her way down Front Street in Lahaina on Saturday morning during the 2017 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaulea. SECOND PHOTO: Bubba (from left), Missy and Bootsie ...

Volunteers weed a 250-foot windbreak of established native mock orange-alahee trees for new plantings of ohia trees and aalii understory. -- LYNN BRITTON photo

New partners join arboretum

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A Fleming Arboretum workday on May 20 was organized by Maui Green & Beautiful, formally the Maui Outdoor Circle. A light late morning shower invigorated the participants, a welcome reprieve from down country early summer heat, according to a news release. Volunteers completed weeding a ...

The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s sailing canoe Hokule‘a arrives at Magic Island on Saturday. -- AP photo

Hokule‘a returns to Hawaii after worldwide voyage

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When Jeff Balinbin took his voyaging students to drape a lei over Hokule‘a at the canoe’s homecoming, he might just have been giving them a glimpse of their future. The five intermediate and high school students from Maui have been training to be on the canoe, learning about the stars, ...

Contest promotes water conservation

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The county Department of Water Supply has announced the winners of its eighth annual Water Conservation Poster Contest and of its first Source Water Protection Video Contest. DWS received poster artwork from 770 students from kindergarten to 8th grade and several creative and inspiring ...

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Experts say  elder abuse is happening in all settings

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WAIKAPU — The older veteran whose son pushed him down the stairs, the man who kept an elderly woman alive to get her Social Security checks, the overworked caregiver who took the stress out on a patient — all are examples of elder abuse, and often they go unnoticed, experts on aging and ...

Honor Rolls

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KALAMA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Fourth Quarter Renaissance Students Kalama Intermediate School’s Renaissance program recognizes a combination of academic achievement, good citizenship and community service. 4.0 Grade-Point Average Grade 8 — Noelani Aguera, Shayden Aoyagi, Emma Ayresman, ...