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Stage is set for council’s final approval of fiscal 2019 budget

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Trash and sewer fee increases, immediate funding for a new roundabout in Kahului and partial funding for the Wailuku civic complex are included in the Maui County Council’s version of the fiscal 2019 budget. On May 18, the full council passed the budget on first reading. Second-and-final ...

Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach’s 2018 best beach list

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The Associated Press A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach. Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, a coastal science professor at ...

Ruby Tuesday helps fight hunger in South Maui

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The Maui News The Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Kihei pitched in Thursday to prepare 150 turkey dinners for the Hale Kau Kau program at St. Theresa Church. The meals were for the program’s homebound clients who’re frail, sick, disabled and elderly, and for the homeless, hungry and working ...

Lower flood insurance premiums available

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The Maui News Maui County residents can benefit from lower flood insurance premiums after the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the county’s floodplain management program, according to an announcement. The federal agency boosted the county’s community rating system ...

High bacteria levels found at Cove Park

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Routine water quality monitoring found high levels of enterococci bacteria in ocean water off of Cove Park in Kihei, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. The safe threshold level is 130 enterococci per 100 milliliters, and the water tested with levels of 2,005 per 100 ...

Molokai property tax office to close

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The county Department of Finance’s Real Property Assessment Division office on Molokai will be closed from Wednesday through June 11 because of a manpower issue, according to an announcement. The office is located at the Moore Center on Molokai. It will reopen June 12. Bill payments can ...

Victim of alleged shooting found in Kahikinui

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Police have found the body of a Kanaio man allegedly shot dead and missing since Monday in the Kahikinui area, family members and searchers said. Dennis Pacheco, 45, was found sometime before 2:30 p.m. in an area past Mile Marker 25, said Jennifer Regan, president of Maui Search and ...

Shooting suspect taken into custody

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The family of a Kanaio man shot dead Monday morning is pleading for the alleged shooter to reveal to police where he hid the body. About 40 friends and family members of the victim watched police and helicopters search the Kahikinui shoreline and beach area Wednesday from a parking lot ...

Telescope protester’s trial put on hold

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WAILUKU — The trial for a Haleakala telescope protester was put on hold Wednesday after he submitted a motion written in Hawaiian asking a judge to dismiss his case because his rights to a speedy trial were violated. Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo of Kula submitted his motion to Judge Kelsey Kawano ...

Maui Farm executive director to retire at the end of June

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The Maui News Paula Ambre, executive director of The Maui Farm, will retire at the end of June, according to an announcement from the nonprofit’s board of directors. She has served the agency for 28 years, first as an organizational planner in 1990 and then as executive director, ...

Kealia Beach cleanup

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Cody Lang and Jill Wirt collect litter at Kealia Saturday morning as part of a beach cleanup organized by the Maui Surfrider Foundation. The cleanup was part of the Surfrider Foundation’s eighth annual “Hands Across the Sand” event staged by chapters around the world. The event started ...

Maui County hotels defy usual April doldrums

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The Maui News Despite April traditionally being an off-peak month for tourism, Maui County hotels reported regional across-the-board increases in revenue per available room, average daily room rates and occupancies — except for a slight dip in occupancy for West Maui, the Hawai‘i Tourism ...

NOAA predicts near- or above-normal hurricane season

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The Maui News There’s an 80 percent chance of a near- or above-normal hurricane season, which begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported Wednesday. The outlook for this year foresees equal chances ...

Wet season wipes out drought statewide

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The Maui News A very rainy wet season eliminated drought in Hawaii, and rainfall in Maui County ranged from 120 to 150 percent of the average from October through April, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported. Rainy weather in leeward areas was the result of a weak La ...

California man and Michigan woman die in separate ocean incidents

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The Maui News A 61-year-old man from Escondido, Calif., died early Tuesday afternoon after he was pulled unresponsive from the ocean off of Hulopoe Beach on Lanai, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. Then, just over 24 hours later, a 67-year-old Michigan woman struggled in the ocean at ...

Crime Stoppers

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Maui police and Maui Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in finding a person who allegedly assaulted a 40-year-old man in Makawao town in the early-morning hours of May 12. After 1:15 a.m., someone allegedly assaulted a man in front of 1135 Makawao Ave. next to the Stopwatch ...

Shark sighting closes Makena park

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A tiger shark sighting forced a temporary closure at Makena State Park for two hours on Wednesday, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. County lifeguards at Makena State Park kept people out of the ocean beginning at 10:45 a.m. after a 12-foot tiger shark was seen swimming about 50 feet ...

Fire chief receives favorable review

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Maui County Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray won praise for his service in 2017 in an annual performance evaluation by the Fire & Public Safety Commission, according to a letter signed in March by then-Chairwoman Robyne Nishida Nakao. The commission found Murray was a “very proficient manager ...

Ige picks ‘State Team of the Year’

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Ten attorneys in the state Department of the Attorney General have been named as the “State Team of the Year” by Gov. David Ige for their work to transfer Maui region public hospitals from the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corp. to Maui Health Systems, a not-for-profit organization affiliated ...