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Text alerts to parents activated

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The state Department of Education last week launched a text message communication method for alerts and activities between schools and parents. On Aug. 27, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message from 67587 to public school parents, which said: “Hawaii Department of Education alerts. ...

7 rescued from Wailuku River waters

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Firefighters rescued four adults and three children who were stranded by rising waters in Iao Valley State Park on Sunday afternoon, a fire official said. Firefighters were called to the park at 4:15 p.m. and found the group stranded on a high spot in the middle of the Wailuku River by ...

Pukalani DMVL office closed

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The Pukalani satellite office of the Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing was closed Friday due to system connectivity issues, the Department of Finance reported. The Pukalani staff was sent down to the Kahului Service Center at the Maui Mall, where Upcountry customers were being ...

Mayor to address emergency response

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“Your County with Mayor Arakawa” will address the recent Tropical Storm Lane and West Maui brush fires during a live hourlong cable TV program at 7 p.m. today on Akaku Channel 55. County Communications Director Rod Antone will moderate the program that will feature Maui Emergency ...

Local Briefs

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Deadline today for beekeeping class The application deadline to participate in the 4-H Youth Beekeeping class is today. To complete an application, visit go.hawaii.edu/vsf. The class, which will take place 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, begins next Tuesday and continues until Oct. 23. It will ...

Hotel workers rally on Kaanapali Beach for higher wages, contract

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KAANAPALI — Under the rallying cry of “one job should be enough,” hotel union workers called for higher wages and a contract Monday afternoon on the beach fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. About 200 people, most of them Sheraton workers and members of the UNITE HERE Local 5 ...

Statue of Lili‘uokalani to be dedicated at Kea Lani

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The Maui News – A statue of Queen Lili‘uokalani will be dedicated Friday morning a the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea. The statue was the inspiration of the Women At Accor Generation resort committee and Fairmont Hui ‘Ohana and will be placed in the lobby of the resort. Maui sculptor ...

Lanai, Molokai see big increases in visitors for July

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Lanai island continued posting double-digit increases in visitor arrivals and spending in July, a trend that has been ongoing at least since the beginning of this year, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority monthly statistics show. For the month of July, Lanai welcomed 6,251 visitors, up 19.1 percent ...

Expo attracts future brides, grooms

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FIRST PHOTO: Ryan Anderson and Maegan Fowler, both of Pukalani, take a spin in The Maui Photo Bus at the 23rd annual Maui Wedding Expo on Saturday at The King Kamehameha Golf Club. The couple have not yet set a date but are aiming for “maybe June,” said Anderson. The mobile vintage photo ...

Kihei man sentenced for break-in at garage

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WAILUKU — A man who was found in the garage after he had been asked to leave a Paia residence was placed on four years’ probation Wednesday and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Before showing up at the residence at about 11 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017, Samuel Shellooe had sent ...

STEM camp creator wins top prize at MEDB education event

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Justin Hanks said he was so “overjoyed” to win a $5,000 award from the Maui Economic Development Board that he almost cried. The 2018 King Kekaulike High School graduate received the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award at MEDB’s annual Ke Alahele Education Fund dinner Saturday night at ...

County luxury hotels outperform rest in state

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Maui County luxury hotels and Wailea resorts led the state in average daily room rates and revenue per available room in July, the month before Hurricane Lane menaced the islands, according to a monthly hotel performance report from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Maui County luxury hotels ...

Candidate night set by Haiku, Paia groups

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A candidate night hosted by the Haiku Community Association and Paia Town Association has been rescheduled to Wednesday, the association announced. The event will take place at the Haiku Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the meeting will run from 6:30 to. The associations have ...

Maui Ocean Center-raised honu are released in ocean

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Two Hawaiian green sea turtles, hatched at Sea Life Park Hawaii on Oahu and raised at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea, were released into the ocean Thursday. Kekoa (Turtle C) and Kanoa (Turtle D) were released from the Ali‘i Nui catamaran. It was a bittersweet moment for the ocean ...

Crime Watch

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THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Aug. 12 to 18. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

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THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of August 27 to 31. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Names & Faces

Business

• Kahului audiologist Dr. Richard Navarro has been named as a director-level business leader of the Shaklee Corp. of Pleasanton, Calif., according to an announcement from Love To Hear Again. Navarro received the designation last month during the Shaklee Global conference in Las Vegas. • ...

Officials: Hurricane, fire tourism impacts appear slight

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Maui’s tourism industry has been on a roll since recovering from the Great Recession, setting records for arrivals and visitor spending. Then last month’s West Maui brush fires and ominous warnings of Hurricane Lane impacts threatened the tourism juggernaut. Fielding phone calls at the ...

MFOL plans birthday celebration

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Maui Friends of the Library invite the community to celebrate books and libraries during its birthday celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. It’s the sixth year for the bookstore at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and the second year of operation for the ...

Options mulled to reduce sediment flowing to reefs

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LAHAINA — Retrofitting sediment basins, restoring historical loi terraces and repurposing flood plains are among several solutions the Army Corps of Engineers is considering to reduce sediment flowing into West Maui reefs. Honolulu District Corps officials presented their initial list of ...