‘Cultural Day’ set at NVMC on Saturday

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“Cultural Day,” a project being spearheaded by Baldwin High School senior Tiara Kobayashi-Bautista, will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion located on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center campus in Kahului. Kobayashi-Bautista’s grandfather, Stanley ...

Lily Swan (left) and Crissy Palmieri will strum their harps at the Wailuku library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Harpists to perform at Wailuku library Harpists Lily Swan and Crissy Palmieri will perform holiday music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wailuku Public Library. This free program is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library and is suitable for all ages. Young children must be ...

Africanized honeybees, like the one shown here from Florida, look nearly identical to a common honeybee — the main difference is in their behavior. Africanized honeybees are not known to be in Hawaii and residents can help prevent them from becoming established by reporting unusually aggressive bees to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Apiary Program. -- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services photo

Africanized honeybees pose a threat to Hawaii agriculture

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In 2011, alert harbor workers in Honolulu noticed bees inside a container of medical supplies shipped from Long Beach, Calif. They closed the container and notified the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. The container was fumigated and the DOA sent the bees in for genetic testing. They were ...

Lights of traffic on Hana Highway and Hansen Road are blurred in this time-lapse photo taken Thursday evening from the side of Hansen Road in Kahului. The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization is calling on the Maui County Council to adopt a 0.5 percent increase in the general excise tax to jump-start needed state transportation highway projects. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

County Council urged to approve GET increase

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Maui County again has to decide whether it wants to increase the state’s general excise tax by 0.5 percent to pay for transportation projects, and the body that oversees federal funding for those projects thinks the county should do so. The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization is ...

Social work program prerequisite course offered at UH-MC

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The University of Hawaii Maui College is offering a prerequisite class for an online bachelor of social work degree program, the college announced. Friday is the deadline to submit applications for the spring program. Applicants with an associate’s degree or equivalent are eligible to ...

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Da Maui Sleigh offers free rides

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Holiday revelers take a free spin in Da Maui Sleigh on Friday afternoon in the parking lot at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. Towed by a pickup truck spouting “snow,” the sleigh was provided by Kahului’s James Presbitero, while the Maui Friends of the Library gave children free books and ...

County / In Brief

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Hana man, 36, charged in stabbing A 36-year-old man was arrested Thursday in the stabbing of another man in the shoreline area of Olowalu, police said. Shaun Nishida of Hana was arrested at about 5:30 p.m. by Hana Patrol Division officers. He was charged with second-degree attempted ...

Wailuku woman sentenced for releasing dog on police officers

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WAILUKU — A woman who let loose a pit bull that charged at police officers was released after spending nearly seven months in jail. “Who let the dogs out?” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said in sentencing Sierra Andrade. “The ‘who’ is you, you, you.” Andrade, 25, of Wailuku was ...

Baldwin High School students join police DUI Task Force officers at a DUI checkpoint in Kihei on Dec. 2. -- Maui Police Department photo

Students participate in DUI checkpoint

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About 30 Baldwin High School students joined Maui Police Department officers at a DUI checkpoint in Kihei on Dec. 2 to help remind drivers to stay safe this holiday season. The students held signs with messages like “Speeding Kills” and “Safety First is Safety Always” at the ...

Makawao man gets probation for drug transaction

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WAILUKU — A Makawao man who was participating in drug treatment was placed on four years’ probation for a drug transaction with a 16-year-old boy last year. As part of his sentence imposed Nov. 27, Kilipaki Nelson, 35, was ordered to stay away from any places of education, including ...

Old sugar mill equipment adds decor to the outside of the Mill House restaurant Thursday at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The proposed Waikapu Country Town project would surround the Maui Tropical Plantation.

Atherton’s Waikapu project finishes evidentiary phase

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KAHULUI — The state Land Use Commission completed the evidentiary phase of its review of the Waikapu Country Town project on Thursday. Commission Chairman Arnold Wong directed attorneys representing the developer, state and Maui County to prepare proposed findings of fact, conclusions of ...

U-Haul rental trucks, vans and trailers are parked in front of the company’s new site at the former Kmart store in Kahului on Wednesday afternoon. The island’s first U-Haul-owned location opened for business Oct. 19. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

U-Haul begins renovation of old Kmart building

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U-Haul expects to complete its renovation of the former Kmart building in Kahului into hundreds of self-storage units and a truck rental showroom in six months to a year, said the U-Haul Company of Hawaii president. “It is going to go up pretty quickly,” Kaleo Alau said Wednesday. He ...

Cheryl Moore and Norman Abihai view dryland taro recently at Abihai’s Waiohuli homestead. Moore will discuss Waiohuli archaeology at a free mini-lecture 11 a.m. Saturday during the Keokea Farmers Market. Pa‘upena CDC photo

Archaeology talk set

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The Maui News A talk on the significant archaeological items on the 80-acre Waiohuli Archaeological Reserve will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Keokea nursery next door to Grandma’s Coffee House. Cheryl Mali‘ikapu Moore will speak on the reserve on the Waiohuli Phase 1-A Hawaiian ...

A&B offers $25,000 to help Kahului school’s recovery

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The Maui News Alexander & Baldwin will be donating $25,000 to assist with recovery efforts at Kahului Elementary School following a suspicious fire that damaged six classrooms on Nov. 24. “A&B has a long history with Kahului Elementary, and we are devastated that it’s been hit ...

Police investigate stabbing of man near recycle center

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The Maui News Police investigated the stabbing of a 45-year-old Lahaina man Wednesday night on the shoreline area of Honoapiilani Highway near the recycling and refuse center in Olowalu. Police were called to the area at about 10:50 p.m. after two men had gotten into a fight and one man ...

MFD warns of Upcountry home inspection scam

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The Maui News The Maui Fire Department is warning the public about a phone scam by callers offering free home inspections of smoke alarms to Upcountry residents. In recent weeks, Kula and Pukalani residents have reported receiving calls claiming to be from the Maui Fire Department and ...


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• Molokai luxury yacht. Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, issued a statement Thursday saying, “Yuri Milner does not own the boat Ulysses.” A story published Nov. 29 on Page A3 reported that a luxury yacht made a surprise visit to Kaunakakai Harbor on Nov. ...

Local Religion / In Brief


St. Theresa church holiday schedule set St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Kihei has announced its schedule for Advent and Christmas services. The parish Advent penance service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Misa de Gallo (dawn Mass) will be celebrated daily at 5 a.m., from Dec. 16 ...

Developer Mike Atherton shows state Land Use Commission members a feature on a map of his proposed Waikapu Country Town project Wednesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Plans call for building 1,000 single-family and 433 multifamily units. Also, as many as 146 ohana units would be allowed. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

LUC members hear testimony backing ‘agrihood’ project

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KAHULUI — Land Use Commission members heard several hours of testimony Wednesday as part of hearings on proposed state district boundary amendments for the nearly 500-acre Waikapu Country Town project. The panel will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. today in the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room at the Maui ...