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Hanabusa ‘the right person’ at ‘the right time’ — Tsutsui

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KAHULUI — Former Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui raised the arm of U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and declared her the next governor of Hawaii to resounding cheers Tuesday evening outside her new campaign headquarters at the Old Kahului Shopping Center. Hanabusa is challenging incumbent Gov. ...

Bright spots found in second MFD audit

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WAILUKU — By scheduling five firefighters per work crew, instead of a minimum of four, Maui County’s Department of Fire and Public Safety is saving approximately $4.5 million annually in overtime pay, according to a recent external audit reviewed Tuesday by council members. The fifth ...

State House passes measure to increase TAT for counties

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A bill that would increase Neighbor Island counties’ share of transient accommodations tax revenue by $36 million a year through 2030 passed the state House of Representatives on third reading Tuesday, according to House Speaker Scott Saiki. Under the House version of Senate Bill 648, Maui ...

Renovations to the Maui District Health Office set to begin

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The Maui News The Maui District Health Office of the state Department of Health, located in the State Building in Wailuku, will be undergoing renovations beginning Monday that will last about a month. This first phase of renovations will lead to temporary relocation of the Sanitation ...

Farewell to falling trees along Piiholo Road

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Traffic backs up behind an excavator navigating Piiholo Road on Tuesday afternoon as work begins to clear dead and dying eucalyptus trees from the side of the road. The county announced that the emergency work was to commence Monday and be completed in June. The job entails cutting 300 ...

Montana man saves daughter, but not himself, from ocean

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The Maui News A Montana man jumped into the ocean Tuesday afternoon and saved his daughter, who was swept in by a wave, but did not make it out himself at the beautiful but dangerous Olivine Pools near Kahakuloa, Maui fire officials said. The 15-year-old girl was standing near the water’s ...

Two men charged in theft from car

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Two men were arrested Monday in the theft of a woman’s wallet and cellphone from her vehicle in Kihei, police said. The theft was reported at 6:37 p.m. Sunday after the woman confronted a man who had reached into the driver’s side window of her vehicle to take the property from the center ...

Police on lookout for texting drivers

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Police will crack down on motorists who text while driving in April as part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign. The stepped-up enforcement begins Sunday and continues through April 30. Drivers who violate the state mobile electronic device law face a fine of $297, which ...

Celebration of life set for PWF founder

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A come-as-you-are celebration of life for Pacific Whale Foundation founder Greg Kaufman will be held from 5 p.m. to sundown Friday at Makena State Park’s Big Beach, according to an announcement. Kaufman died Feb. 10 after losing a battle with brain cancer. He was 63. The event for ...

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Kuhio Day, egg hunt at UH-MC Sunday A Kuhio Day celebration will begin with a sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday at the University of Hawaii Maui College Great Lawn in Kahului. A cultural protocal follows at 7:30 a.m., and an Easter egg hunt at 8:15. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 ...

Maui High teacher takes top award for robotics educators

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Longtime Maui High School robotics teacher Keith Imada took home the top award for educators over the weekend at the 11th annual FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Competition at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. It is the first time Imada has won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which is ...

Report: 1 in 7 homes in county a vacation rental

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A recent report says that with 1 in 7 residential units being used as vacation rentals, Maui has the highest percentage of such use in the state. And along with it, 60 percent of condominiums and 52 percent of homes on Maui are sold to nonresident buyers, according to the report released last ...

County special use permit sought for Jaws zipline project

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Northshore Zipline Co. is seeking a special use permit for a nearly 13.9-acre zipline project in Haiku. The project is separate from the company’s operation of what the county says is an unpermitted facility at 2065 Kauhikoa Road in Haiku. In July 2016, the Maui Planning Commission denied a ...

Who is walking whom?

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Kahului’s Tamryn Ferrer, 7, takes the family dog, Yuki, for a walk at the Luana Gardens Field on Friday afternoon as she and her dad are on their way to check out the Maui Interscholastic League baseball game between Seabury Hall and St. Anthony. Tamryn said Yuki was “loving,” but dad ...

Armed robbery cases are consolidated

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WAILUKU — Three defendants had their cases consolidated after being charged with planning and carrying out an armed robbery at a Wailuku business last year. The robbery occurred at about 10 p.m. April 24 when two masked men broke a door to enter Tokyo Lounge at 315 Hookahi St., police ...

U.S. Census: Neighbor Islands gain population as Oahu slips

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 The Maui News The Neighbor Islands’ resident population percentages have grown incrementally since 2000 while Oahu’s share, while still dominant, has shrunk by 3 percentage points, U.S. Census Bureau data released last week show. As of July 1, Maui County’s resident population was ...

Baker seeks re-election to state Senate

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The Maui News West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker has taken out nomination papers for re-election to the 6th Senatorial District seat she has held since 2002. She chairs the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee. “We need to continue to work on issues that matter to ...

Homeless man charged with theft

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Bail was set at $16,000 for a homeless man who admitted to stealing a backpack from a vehicle, according to police. Thomas McGinnis, 62, had the backpack when he was arrested shortly before noon March 15 when officers were called to investigate a report of a man being disruptive at the ...

Man arrested with stolen moped

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A Lahaina man was arrested after he fell off a stolen moped that he started up as police officers tried to talk to him, according to police. Bail was set at $1,200 for Dustin Costa, 28. He has pleaded not guilty to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, third-degree promotion of a ...

The long and winding road trip

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Mikah Meyer grew up in church hoping and praying he wasn’t gay. Living in Nebraska, Meyer was destined to graduate from high school, go to college, get married, find a job and live out his dreams well into his 80s. He also was supposed to take long road trips with his father, a Lutheran ...