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Olowalu fire flares Saturday

Local News

Keeping a wary eye on fickle winds, firefighters deployed three helicopters to dump loads of water on a stubborn brush fire Saturday in remote areas of Olowalu Valley. Initially reported around 10 a.m. Friday north of Olowalu General Store, the blaze spread up the valley and forced the ...

Monthly siren test Tuesday

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The monthly siren warning system and live test of the audio broadcasting system will be conducted at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced. The Attention Alert Signal is a steady 1-minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any ...

Lets go fly a kite

Community News

Miyuki Fernandez, 1, frolics in her kimono at the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui’s Kite Fesitval held at Keopuolani Park. The festival took place on Aug. 18.

Gobbling gobies

Local News

Kekai Keahi and other West Maui community members are concerned about the recent overfishing of the native oopu, or Hawaiian gobies, that have been coming down West Maui streams after heavy rains brought by the remnants of Hurricane Lane. Keahi estimates that in about a week, at least 1,000 ...

Local Briefs

Community News

Pizza fundraiser set for Maui Ki-Aikido Maui Ki-Aikido will hold a fundraiser at The Flatbread Co. in Paia on Tuesday as a benefit for ongoing classes, special seminars and programs. The pizza-night fundraiser includes a silent auction offering services and prizes. A portion of the ...

Leatherback turtles are the ‘sea dogs’ of the ocean

Community News

“Sea dogs” are sailors notorious for their grit, knowledge and ocean savvy. They brave the high seas on long journeys through the harshest of oceanic environments. Sea dogs are pioneers of the blue frontier, aged with experience and a lifetime of sun and salt. When it comes to sea turtles, ...

Olowalu burning

Local News

A week after West Maui was hit with massive brush fires that scorched more than 2,000 acres, another fire broke out in Olowalu Friday morning, forcing the evacuation of businesses and residents. An estimated 200 acres burned. The blaze was reported around 10 a.m. Friday north of Olowalu ...

Pepper spray is apparently released aboard Hawaiian flight

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Passengers were “coughing and choking” in first class midway on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland, Calif., to Maui on Friday morning after the release of pepper spray into the cabin that “affected everybody,” according to a passenger. “Everyone was just coughing and coughing. ...

Planning panel gets first look at airport hotel project

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WAILUKU — Maui Planning Commission members queried developers of a new hotel on issues of parking, water and the need for another hotel near the airport Tuesday — the first time the project appeared before the commission. R.D. Olson Development has proposed a business traveler-geared ...

Airport tram on track for 2019 opening

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Schwager Davis Inc. ironworker Cass Via guides an equipment operator Tuesday afternoon who is lowering a section of track into place for the tram that will connect Kahului Airport to the new consolidated rental car facility building. The track, which will serve as a guide for the rubber-tired ...

Informational meeting for fire victims is today

Local News

A disaster recovery informational meeting for people affected by the West Maui fires will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Waiola Church, and the Olowalu Recycling and Refuse Convenience Center will be reopening at 8 a.m. today. The county Department of Environmental Management ...

Woman found in Haiku identified

Local News

A woman found dead Monday morning in a Haiku gulch has been identified as 29-year-old Maile Hanson of Waiehu. Her body was recovered when police officers responded to a call at about 7:30 a.m. Monday in the area of East Kuiaha Gulch near Hana Highway, police said. Police said the ...

Kahului house fire displaces 17 people

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Seventeen residents were displaced by a fire early Friday at a residence on Pohai Street in Kahului, police said. Wailuku patrol officers and a Kahului engine company responded to the fire reported at 1:18 a.m. Officers reported no flames but heavy smoke coming from the main residence on the ...

Man found off Kanaha identified

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A man who was pronounced dead after he was found floating in the ocean off Kanaha Beach Park was identified as 64-year-old Leo Kaya of Pukalani. His body was recovered after police were dispatched to the Kahului park at about 1 p.m. Thursday. The cause of Kaya’s death is still under ...

Hawaii counties sue state to block tax ballot question

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii counties are seeking to block a ballot question that would amend the state constitution to give the Legislature the power to tax investment real estate to fund schools. The state’s four counties encompassing the Big Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu filed an amended ...