Ramsay Taum, founder and president of Life Enhancement Institute of the Pacific, discusses how tourism needs to benefit local communities Wednesday during the 11th annual Hui Holomua Business Fest. Speakers of Native Hawaiian, Alaskan and Native American descent shared ways that native communities can have more control over how their stories and cultures are portrayed to visitors.
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Speakers: Honor the culture and visitor experience will be enriched

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WAIKAPU — When Ogala Lakota elder Ben Sherman visited Chile recently, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, he said. The Rapa Nui, the indigenous people of Easter Island, were protesting government tourism practices and had put up barriers to the island’s most iconic sites. “The ...

In historic shift, Boy Scouts move to admit girls

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NEW YORK — In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank. Duc Button, Boy ...

The Rev. Israel Yost, 100th Battalion chaplain during World War II, came to Maui to visit Club 100 veterans in 1947. During the visit, Yost gave his “Step Off the Road and Let the Dead Pass By” sermon at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. This photo is in the second part of the “One-Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit that opens Friday at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.
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Part 2 of nisei exhibit opens Friday

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The second part of “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit, focusing on the 100th Battalion’s exploits from Anzio to Rome in Italy during World War II, will open Friday and run through Dec. 16 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Paukukalo. This year marks the 75th ...

Puunene armory to be renamed for Maui Medal of Honor winner

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The Hawaii Army National Guard Armory in Puunene will be renamed the Private First Class Anthony T. Kahoohanohano Armory after a Maui Medal of Honor winner in a ceremony Friday at the facility. The memorialization ceremony with members of the Hawaii Army National Guard and Kahoohano-hano’s ...

Two humpback whales, an adult and sub-adult, were spotted off Kapalua on Tuesday morning, the first whales sighted for the 2017-18 whale season.
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First humpback whales of the season spotted off West Maui

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The first whale sighting of the season was reported Tuesday morning off Kapalua by the Pacific Whale Foundation’s sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit. “Our marine naturalist onboard, Dan Kraver, was talking to our guests about different types of fish found in Maui waters when I saw two huge ...

Tiger shark sighted off Kamaole beach

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The waters off Kamaole Beach Parks I, II and III in Kihei were closed for two hours after an 8-foot tiger shark was spotted 25 feet from shore Wednesday consuming a dead bird in the water, a Maui County fire official said. Two beachgoers saw the tiger shark on the north end of Kamaole II just ...

Fire crews monitor brush fire hot spots

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A suspicious set of brush fires that began Monday south of the Pulehu-Omaopio Road intersection will likely keep firefighters busy extinguishing hot spots through Saturday, a Maui County fire official said Wednesday. The fire remained 75 percent contained Wednesday with smoldering hot spots ...

Work begins to rebuild sewer line

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Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. began work this week on reconstructing a sewer line between the Kahoma Stream Bridge and Kenui Street in Lahaina. Work started on Tuesday on the $2 million Maui County project. Construction is expected to take about a month to complete, according to an ...

HECO reports bill payment scam

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There has been a recent spike in aggressive phone scams targeting Hawaii utility customers, and Hawaiian Electric Cos. Is urging customers to “just hang up” in a monthlong campaign. Maui Electric Co. is a subsidiary of HECO. Tips offered include: • If receiving a call from someone ...

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Lei of healing for Las Vegas

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Lehua Kekahuna chants a Hawaiian blessing while spreading sea salt around eight multistrand ti leaf lei bound for Las Vegas on Tuesday evening in Kihei. Assisting is Joe Tolbe. Volunteers working in shifts created the mile-long collection of lei over a three-day span. It was part of a statewide ...

Summer Sylva of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. delivers closing arguments before the state Commission on Water Resource Management Monday at the Haiku Community Center. Sylva was representing Na Moku Aupuni O Ko‘olau Hui, a group of East Maui residents calling for restoration of flow to more than 20 streams that have been diverted for sugar cane cultivation. The commission heard final arguments in the 16-year-old case from Na Moku, Maui Tomorrow, Alexander & Baldwin and Maui County on Monday. Now, it’s weighing its decision. The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Group calls for restoration of water to streams

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Saying that “sugar got what sugar needed,” attorneys for a group of East Maui residents called on a state water panel to increase flow levels for streams long diverted for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. crops. At a standing-room-only meeting at the Haiku Community Center on Monday, ...

Police returned a dozen of the 25 Niihau lei Tuesday that were stolen from Maui Hands in Makawao in July. Maui Hands photo

Some priceless Niihau shell lei return home

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Maui police returned a dozen priceless Niihau shell lei to a Makawao store Tuesday where security cameras captured a man stealing about a $100,000 worth of merchandise three months ago. “We were in tears — the whole staff was,” Maui Hands owner Panna Cappelli said of the lei homecoming. ...

Deanna Bolen Nitta breaks down while testifying Tuesday about how her neck was cut during a gathering four years ago at a Lahaina apartment. She was a witness in the 2nd Circuit Court attempted murder trial of Calvin Borge.
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Husband identifies defendant as man who slit wife’s throat

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WAILUKU — With a woman unable to see who slit her throat from behind during a gathering in a Lahaina apartment, her husband identified defendant Calvin Borge as the one who “sliced her.” Testifying Tuesday in Borge’s 2nd Circuit Court trial, Regan Nitta said Borge was behind Deanna ...

A set of fires that started in three different places and charred an estimated 100 acres was mostly under control Tuesday afternoon.
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Fire crews, civilians battle 3 brush fires in sugar cane fields

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A suspicious trio of fires in old sugar cane fields that began Monday afternoon burned about 100 acres but was 75 percent contained with no active flames Tuesday night, Maui County fire officials said. The fires burned south of the Pulehu-Omaopio Road intersection and were initially reported ...

Satellite DMVLs to close for training

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All satellite Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing offices will be closed Thursday for staff training, the county Department of Finance reported. The offices are located in Pukalani, Kihei, Lahaina, Hana, Molokai and Lanai. They all will reopen Friday. The DMVL office in the Maui Mall ...

Infrastructure is topic in West Maui

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Infrastructure in West Maui in the context of the development of the West Maui Community Plan will be discussed from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the West Maui Senior Center. The county Department of Planning is calling the community meeting, which includes an open house from 5 to 5:30 p.m., a panel ...

Kihei substation work set to begin

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Work on Maui Electric Co.’s Ka‘ono‘ulu Substation on the mauka side of the Piilani Highway-Ohukai Road intersection is set to begin this month, the utility announced Tuesday. The work is expected to be completed by next summer, and no extended interruptions of power are anticipated, ...

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‘The BFG’ showing at ‘Starry Night’ The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will hold is “Starry Night Cinema” movie on its lawn at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The show is “The BFG,” a 2016 fantasy and adventure film based on the 1982 novel by Roald Dahl. It features 10-year-old orphan, ...