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Can anything be done?

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Each new year, the debate arises about fireworks, especially aerials and devices that send thundering booms echoing throughout neighborhoods, even months before the holiday. And each new year residents, politicians and first responders point to their dangers. Yet the fireworks go on and the ...

Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest begins Saturday

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Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center & Positively+KAI will present the 22nd annual Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest on Saturday and Jan. 20 on the beach at the PYCC in Paia. The family-oriented bodyboard and surf competition is a showcase for Maui’s young bodyboarders and surfers to display their ...

Artificial reefs may be wave of the future

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A nonconventional artificial reef that uses concrete with natural materials, instead of old cars and tires, could be proposed to the West Maui community later this year as a way to combat coastal erosion impacting condominiums and properties, according to a coastal engineer who grew up on Maui. ...

Winners announced for video cooking contest

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To engage students 12-18 years old, a countywide Grow, Eat, and Think Local Video Cooking Contest was launched by the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service in fall 2018. In partnership with Mill House Executive Chef Taylor Ponte, the competition promoted the farm-to-table concept ...

Man sent to jail for threatening mother with knife

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WAILUKU — A man who said he had helped his mother move into her home has been sentenced to a one-year jail term for forcing his way into her home, punching her and threatening her with a knife. Michael Siegfried, 38, also was placed on four years’ probation. “Although things did turn ...

Conservation leadership program seeks applicants

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Applications are now being accepted for Na Hua Ho‘ohuli i ka Pono, a service-learning program specifically designed to help develop Maui’s next generation of conservation leaders. Host agencies for the Summer 2019 Program are the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Maui Invasive Species ...

7-year-old crimes catch up with man who had moved on

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WAILUKU — Seven years after he was arrested for selling drugs to two undercover officers at Makena State Park, a man was placed on four years’ probation Wednesday for the crimes. Benjamin Bird, 37, had left Maui as time passed before he was indicted on the charges, and he was living on ...

Applications available for HRYF scholarships

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Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation is a nonprofit charitable corporation founded in 1976. Its main objective is to provide scholarships for Hawaii youths to further their education after high school. The 10 Rotary clubs on Maui and Lanai are now accepting applications for this scholarship award. ...

Rotary’s Rose Parade float to be discussed

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A director of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Kahului from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului. Barry Rosenfeld will discuss Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rotary Rose Parade float. A Rotarian since 1985, ...

Gala will benefit chamber orchestra

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“Play On!,” a gala benefiting the Maui Chamber Orchestra, will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Olowalu Plantation House. Tickets are $125. There will be heavy pupu, drinks and a full program of live classical music. Supporters who purchase a gala ticket by Friday become ...

Maui’s mayors honored with display

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In the waning days of his administration, former Mayor Alan Arakawa put up a “Wall of Mayors” in the Mayor’s Office on the ninth floor of the county building. A ceremony was held Dec. 27 to honor the former mayors — Elmer Cravalho, Hannibal Tavares, Linda Lingle, James “Kimo” Apana, ...

Local Briefs

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PCA announces quarterly meeting Pukalani Community Association’s first quarterly meeting of 2019 will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the downstairs meeting room of the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center. The program will include a review of the December Christmas Fair and Electric Golf ...

Make 2019 the year you spend more time outside

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The Hawaiian language includes over 200 words for rain with a subset of names specific to a place. Hawaiian rain names recognize that what falls from the sky can be delicate (lilinoe, kili, uaoa); windblown (lelehuna); showery ( a naulu); cold (kili hau or ua ‘awa); or rainbow-hued (uakoko). ...

Roots School recieves $15,000 FLEX grant

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Roots School in Haiku recently received a $15,000 FLEX grant from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. The statewide FLEX grant is particularly competitive because funds are unrestricted and may be used for any variety of needs that a nonprofit organization has. “FLEX was created to provide ...

A little ‘go daddy-o’ demonstration

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy horn section members Andy Rowley (from left), Karl Hunter, Mitchell Cooper, Glen Marhevka and Alex Henderson demonstrate a style of jazz made popular by Tito Punete while conducting a horn clinic with the King Kekaulike Na Ali‘i Big Band on Friday afternoon at the ...

Rawlins-Fernandez to lead council budget panel

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WAILUKU — Maui County Council freshman member Keani Rawlins-Fernandez took a key position Friday as chairwoman of the Economic Development and Budget Committee, which handles the nitty-gritty aspects of the county budget for the council. She takes over the committee that had been chaired ...

Native Hawaiians keep eye on visitors to Haleakala crater

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Native Hawaiian practitioners have headed up Haleakala to “assist the mountain” by gently reminding visitors to take their trash with them, to stay on trails and to leave rocks in the park. Heeding the Trump administration’s call to keep national parks open with little to no services ...

Dr. Shintani shares his ‘New Paradigm of Health’ protocol

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Hawaii has edged out Okinawa for longevity of its residents with an average life expectancy of 81.3 years compared to Okinawa’s 81.2 years, said Dr. Terry Shintani during a talk on healthy longevity Thursday night at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. More than 150 people overflowed ...

Staying ahead of the wave

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A bodyboarder races in front of a crashing wave inside Kahului Harbor on Wednesday afternoon. There was a high-surf warning in effect for north-facing shores through Sunday evening with waves expected to reach 25 to 35 feet. SECOND PHOTO: A stand-up paddler using a hydrofoil board cuts back on ...

Grand jury indicts man in attempted sex assault

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A 58-year-old man was indicted Friday on a warrant charging him with kidnapping and attempted first-degree sexual assault of a woman last week at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. Raymond Birano Jr. of Haiku is set to be arraigned next week in 2nd Circuit Court on the charges, according to ...