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Man arrested after allegedly hitting officer with baton

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A man was arrested after he took a police officer’s baton and struck him as they struggled Tuesday night in Paia, according to police. Eric Stroeve, 49, of Lahaina was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault, resisting ...

Ex-officer’s chance to keep convictions off record removed

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The Maui News WAILUKU — Saying society also was a victim when a former Kihei police officer issued false parking and speeding tickets, a judge Wednesday removed a chance for the defendant to keep convictions off his record. Wailuku District Judge Adrianne Heely granted the prosecution’s ...

Unemployment drops across county

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The Maui News Maui County’s unemployment dipped slightly in May to 3 percent, compared with 3.1 percent in May 2016, according to jobless figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Maui island’s unemployment was unchanged at 2.9 percent, while ...

National park seeking input from public on overcrowding

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The Maui News Haleakala National Park is accepting comments through July 21 on overcrowding and resource concerns during sunrise while it develops an environmental assessment. People also may comment on the pilot reservation system introduced in February that requires visitors to make an ...

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A day at the park

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Kai Luna, 4, climbs up a miniature rock wall Thursday afternoon at Keopuolani Park. National Weather Service forecasters predict today will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in windward and mauka areas and scattered showers in leeward areas. High temperatures should range from 84 to 89 ...

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono greets representatives of Hawaii-based businesses at the fourth annual Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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Hirono focuses on Maui County issues

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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono is feeling healthy, keeping tabs on Maui’s one-stop shop for medical and psychological services and has not lost hope in the Valley Isle’s agricultural industry. The first-term Democrat has remained active since undergoing surgery to remove a kidney in May and ...

Council committee wrestles with sand-mining bill

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A Maui County Council committee is considering ways to regulate sand extraction in the county in light of a recent Central Maui sand excavation and export case that came under fire from members of the community and Mayor Alan Arakawa. On April 27, Arakawa sent a letter to the County Council ...

This three-bedroom single-family home at 89 Poniu Circle in Wailuku is for sale for $560,000. For the third time in the past year, the median price of a single-family home in Maui County reached the $700,000 benchmark in May, according to a Realtors Association of Maui report.
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Maui real estate market ‘rising’

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For the third time in the past year, the median price of a single-family home in Maui County reached the $700,000 benchmark in May, according to a Realtors Association of Maui report. Prices bounce around from month to month — the single-family home median was $743,000 in March and $671,000 ...

Blood bank coming to Maui

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The Blood Bank of Hawaii will be accepting donations of blood next week at the Cameron Center in Wailuku. The times and dates are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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. “Memorial Day ...

Four face drug charges after arrests at Lanai residence

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WAILUKU — Four people are facing drug charges after police reported seizing drugs, cash and paraphernalia in a search of a Lanai residence. Aug. 2 pretrials are set in 2nd Circuit Court for three of the defendants — Shantel Sunio, 33; Melody Lastimosa, 37; and Keenan Sabin, 46. A fourth ...

Bail stays at $250K in armed robbery

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WAILUKU — Bail was kept at $250,000 for a man who allegedly pointed a rifle at patrons during a robbery at Tokyo Lounge in Wailuku. During a court hearing Thursday, William Keliihoomalu IV, 30, of Wailuku asked to be released on supervision. His sister could provide Keliihoomalu with a ...

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A cool treat

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Ari Satomba, 4, of Kahului enjoys a cup of shave ice with her father, Jeff, during some “rare time off” together Thursday afternoon outside Ululani’s at the Maui Lani Center. The Satombas just welcomed another daughter, and his wife graciously let the two take a break and share a treat ...

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Workshop on New Testament in Wailuku The Tri-Isle Association of the United Church of Christ will offer a two-weekend workshop July 7-8 and July 14-15 on the New Testament under the direction of Craig C. Hill. Hill is currently professor of New Testament and dean of Perkins School of ...

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Time at Camp Imua is zipping along

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About 60 campers and 175 caregivers traveled to Piiholo Ranch Zipline on Wednesday as part of the 41st annual Camp Imua. Campers ages 6 to 16 got to zipline, mountain climb, pet animals and do other activities as part of the weeklong recreational camp for children with disabilities and special ...

Woman files suit against county over demotion

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The former chief of field operations and maintenance in the Maui County Department of Public Works filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit this week, alleging she was removed from her position for refusing to remain quiet about the misuse of county-issued procurement cards and the repair of ...

Audit of pCard program finds improper use and misuse

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Maui County Department of Finance Director Danny Agsalog booked two family members’ airline tickets on his county-issued procurement card, but he did so only after paying the county upfront, a county official said Wednesday. “There was no attempt to misuse county funds, although ...

Haliimaile resident Richard Ingram sits in the back of an ambulance Sunday after he was beaten and robbed of $20,000 at his home.

Haliimaile man beaten during home invasion

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Two robbers wearing black leather pants, gloves, jackets and visored motorcycle helmets pistol-whipped a 59-year-old disabled Haliimaile man, knocked his friend unconscious and stole $20,000 from a just-opened safe Sunday, the victim reported Wednesday. At 11:43 a.m. Sunday, Richard Ingram had ...

Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Martin listens to state psychologist Alex Lichton testify via video Wednesday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court.
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Judge orders accused murderer be re-examined for mental fitness

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WAILUKU — With differing opinions about how much murder suspect Stephen B. Schmidt was exaggerating or faking psychiatric symptoms, a judge ordered Wednesday that the defendant be re-examined for his mental fitness. Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said that supplemental reports from the ...

Work will begin on Kahekili Highway between Mileposts 15 and 16 in Kahakuloa on July 10.  •  Map via County of Maui

Work to close portion of Kahekili Highway

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The Maui News – A portion of Kahekili Highway in Kahakuloa will be closed at certain times beginning July 10 to allow stabilization work on a deteriorating portion of the highway, the county announced Wednesday. When work begins, residential and tourist traffic will be able to reach ...

Company’s name changes

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Oceanic Time-Warner has changed its name to Spectrum as of Wednesday. The “rebranding” move comes after Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable became one company. The company provides customers with cable television, internet and phone service. For more information, go to ...