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Hale Makua is new nurse aide exam site

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Hale Makua Health Services has become a testing site for the Nurse Aide Competency Exam, which must be passed to become a certified nurse aide. When the only testing site closed its doors in February, Hale Makua stepped in and became a Prometric testing site. It is set to give its first Nurse ...

Family’s forgiveness saves driver from jail

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WAILUKU — A family’s forgiveness led to a sentence of probation Friday for a driver who hit a Kahului man in a crosswalk in a fatal collision more than three years ago. Gabriella Somerville, 25, of Wailuku was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service as part of five years’ ...

Tiger sharks are sighted off S. Maui

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The Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve was closed Friday afternoon due to tiger shark sightings, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. “Blacktip reef sharks are pupping and have been coming in nearshore this past week, which are attracting tiger sharks to come in as ...

Boat taking on water, helped

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A boat that was taking on water about a mile off Kaanapali was escorted back to Mala Boat Ramp on Friday morning, a fire official said. Some of the 10 people aboard the boat were transferred to a Coast Guard vessel before the boat returned to the boat ramp on its own power, said Fire Services ...

Sugimura holds talk story today

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Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “Talk Story with Yuki Lei” outreach program from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the Upcountry Farmers Market. State Rep. Kyle Yamashita also will be at the event, where the public will be able to voice their concerns with their county and ...

Brewbaker to speak at economic summit

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Economist Paul Brewbaker will be attending an economic summit on housing markets from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. The event is sponsored by Wailea Realty Corp. — A Boutique of Windermere Real Estate. Brewbaker, economist for TZ Economics, and Matthew Gardner, ...

MECO to conduct aerial inspections

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Maui Electric Co. will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections on Maui and Molokai next week, MECO announced. Inspections will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday on Maui and Thursday on Molokai. The dates and locations are subject to change depending on the ...

‘A win, win, win’

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WAIOHULI — Top state officials and the Waiohuli community gathered to bless and break ground Thursday on the pilot program “Kealahou,” which provides job skills to Maui inmates who in turn will build a home for a Native Hawaiian homestead family. “It’s kind of like putting all of ...

Group intervenes over Welakahao project concerns

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WAILUKU — A market-priced housing project in Kihei is on hold while developers meet with lineal descendants of the area who raised concerns about the impacts to the wetlands and water flows. On Tuesday, the Maui Planning Commission granted a request from three community members to intervene ...

Ige supports giving water permit holders more time

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WAIOHULI — Gov. David Ige is in favor of giving all revocable water permit holders more time to seek long-term leases from the state, rather than possibly leaving them dry at the end of the year. When asked about his position on contentious House Bill 1326 that would extend the short-term ...

Rain, wind, high surf forecast today

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The Maui News Rain and wind will continue to impact Maui County through today, with high surf anticipated to stick around until Sunday evening. The National Weather Service maintained a flash-flood watch for Maui through this afternoon, as a broad, upper level low pressure system east of ...

Bacteria detected in shaft again; water safe to drink

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The Maui News E. coli bacteria has been detected in the Ualapue Shaft on Molokai, but water drawn from the shaft system remains safe to drink, the county Department of Water Supply reported Thursday afternoon. The water sample was collected Wednesday. The presence of E. coli indicates that ...

Liquor commissioner accused of making clinic threat resigns

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The Maui News Jonathan Todd has resigned from the Maui County Liquor Control Commission following his arrest last week in connection with a telephone threat that led to the closure of a Kaiser Permanente Clinic in Wailuku. Todd submitted his letter of resignation from the commission ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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Visiting lama to give lessons The Maui Dharma Center in Paia has announced a weekend of Tibetan Buddhist teachings by visiting lama, The Venerable Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, on Saturday and Sunday. Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the late Nechung Rinpoche of Wood Valley Temple, Pahala, on ...

Lahaina Cannery Mall eyes expansion with gas station

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WAILUKU — Owners of the Lahaina Cannery Mall are looking to add a gas station and convenience store to the recently renovated shopping complex. Lahaina Cannery Retail Owner L.P. is seeking a special management area use permit to build a gas station with eight fuel pumps and an ...

Hale Mahaolu Lahaina Surf will not raise rents on tenants

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Amid alarm over a proposed rent spike at a Lahaina affordable housing property, its director clarified that the increase would not be paid by residents and that their rent will remain the same. A letter was sent Friday to Hale Mahaolu Lahaina Surf residents notifying them of a proposed ...

Maui County well represented at world robotics competition

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Maui County will be well-represented at a world robotics competition in Kentucky as at least four teams made up of elementary and intermediate school students will be heading to Louisville at the end of this month. The Maui County schools, three from Molokai and one from Maui, qualified for ...

Wind advisory in effect

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Lanai, Kahoolawe and Maui through 8 p.m. today. Northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected, with localized gusts of 50 mph. Winds this strong could topple tree branches and cause localized power outages, the advisory said. ...

Power restored to Central Maui

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Maui Electric Co. restored power to customers in Central Maui after tree branches caused an outage on Wednesday afternoon. MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker said that 78 Maui Electric customers lost power at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kahului industrial area due to tree branches making ...

Salary commission to discuss mayor, County Council raises

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The Maui News The Maui County Salary Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday to discuss possible salary adjustments for the mayor and County Council, whose members are among the highest paid in the state. The agenda item did not detail what the adjustments may be, but the meeting comes ...