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West Maui group president installed

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The new president of the West Maui Taxpayers Association is Joe Pluta, a former president and founding director of the organization nearly 40 years ago, according to an announcement. Under the organization’s bylaws, former association President Frederick “Rick” Nava needed to step down ...

BBB accepting award nominations

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The Better Business Bureau is accepting nominations for its Northwest + Pacific business and charity of the year for 2018. The BBB Torch Awards program honors companies and businesses that demonstrate a high degree of integrity and ensure the organization’s practices meet the highest ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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Greg Laurie will speak in Kapalua Pastor Greg Laurie will be speaking at Harvest at Kumulani Chapel on Sunday and June 24. Service times are 8 and 10 a.m. in Hale Hokulani (The Barn) on Office Road in Kapalua. All are welcome to attend, and Sunday School is provided at the 10 a.m. ...

Stars shine in Maui Film Festival opening

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First photo: Maui Film Festival 2015 Navigator Award winner Colin Farrell chats with friends during Wednesday’s Taste of Summer festival-opening culinary event at the Grand Wailea Resort. “Andy Irons: Kissed By God” is the Celestial Cinema’s 8 p.m. movie today, followed by “Vague a ...

Aging Hana pier beyond restoration

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Removal of the deteriorating Hana pier, which has been in the works since 2016, may not take place until 2021, according to the project’s final environmental impact statement. The state Department of Transportation has said the aging pier is beyond repair, but longtime residents don’t ...

Wailuku man gets five years in prison for hammer attack

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WAILUKU — Saying a defendant had shown no remorse, a judge ordered a five-year prison term Wednesday for a man convicted of a hammer attack on a woman working at a Waiehu business. “It’s truly remarkable that this victim survived this attack and that we were not here on an even more ...

Governor signs bill banning chlorpyrifos

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The Maui News Hawaii became the first in the nation to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos when Gov. David Ige signed Senate Bill 3095 into law Wednesday. Now known as Act 45, the measure prohibits the use of pesticides containing the potentially harmful chemical chlorpyrifos, which at ...

Monk seal found dead on Molokai

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The Maui News Federal officials are investigating after a monk seal was found dead under suspicious circumstances on Molokai. On May 31, a juvenile female monk seal was found dead on the west end of Kawaaloa Bay at Moomomi on the island’s northwest shore. A postmortem examination by the ...

Home improvement showcase

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First photo: Maui Closet Co. West Side designer Jen Wells (right) and office manager Pat Cabanting meet Pukalani’s Bryan and June Kawakami during Saturday’s Home Show at War Memorial Gym in Kahului. Second photo: Service Rentals and Supplies Inc. General Manager Mel Hipolito demonstrates ...

Trial date set for man facing murder charges

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The Maui News WAILUKU — An Aug. 27 trial is set in 2nd Circuit Court for a man facing murder and other charges in a shooting in Kanaio. During his arraignment Wednesday, Justin Namauu, 42, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, ...

Maui, Lanai clinics to get federal funding

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The Maui News The Community Clinic of Maui and Lanai Community Health Center are among seven clinics statewide that will receive a portion of more than $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to an announcement from U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono. The ...

Energy office to hold meetings on utility ownership

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The Maui News The Hawaii State Energy Office will hold meetings on Maui, Molokai and Lanai to gather input for a study about future models for utility ownership and regulation in Hawaii. The state Legislature asked the office to conduct the study to evaluate the costs and benefits of ...

Golden Bear holoholo

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The TS Golden Bear anchors off Lahaina Tuesday morning. The 500-foot training ship of the California State University Maritime Academy is based out of Vallejo, Calif. According to the Cal Maritime website, every summer, cadets and faculty take the ship out for a two-month training cruise. The ...

Na Kamehameha parade set for Saturday in Lahaina

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The Maui News Front Street in Lahaina will be closed to traffic starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the 2018 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaule‘a. Front Street from Kenui to Shaw streets will be closed for the parade that begins at 9:45 a.m. and runs south through ...

MECO to replace utility pole on Makawao Avenue

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The Maui News A portion of Makawao Avenue will be closed Friday morning, late Friday night and early Saturday morning while a Maui Electric Co. crew replaces a utility pole and does other work in the area, according to an announcement. Work will close the section of road near 1202 Makawao ...

Setting up Celestial Cinema

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First photo: Maui Film Festival sound engineer Charles Trundy sets up the Celestial Cinema’s mixing board Tuesday afternoon at the Wailea Golf Course Amphitheater. He said he has been working for the annual festival for about a decade. “I just think it’s a great event for our ...

Council candidates challenged

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Haiku resident Sean Lester is challenging the candidacies of Council Member Riki Hokama and former Council Members Mike Molina and Alice Lee, arguing that term limits adopted by voters in 1998 disqualify them from seeking council offices. All three have served five consecutive two-year ...

Panel advises settlement in director’s suit

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WAILUKU — The lawsuit filed by Department of Water Supply Director David Taylor against Mayor Alan Arakawa over Taylor’s dismissal last year may be winding down with the parties nearing a settlement. The Maui County Council’s Parks, Recreation, Energy and Legal Affairs Committee voted ...

Makawao man resentenced to 10-year prison term

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WAILUKU — After violating requirements of his probation in kidnapping, burglary and assault cases for the fourth time, a Makawao man was resentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. Kipp Haole, 45, had his probation revoked based on convictions for harassment and fourth-degree criminal ...

Front Street Apartments purchase could keep rents affordable

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Maui County is preparing to advance $250,000 to help fund an appraisal of the ground lease for the affordable Front Street Apartments, where rents are set to go to market rates in 2019. The county would need to put up the money if Gov. David Ige signs Senate Bill 2293, which calls for the ...