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Jailhouse murder confession recounted

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WAILUKU — A little more than a week after a man was found dead at Maliko Gulch, murder suspect Jesse Hueu said he had done the killing and “bashed him in the back of his head,” a witness said Wednesday. Testifying in Hueu’s 2nd Circuit Court murder trial, Alex Kealoha said Hueu ...

Panel recommends approval of $40M bond for project

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The proposed more than $80 million Wailuku civic center complex received another boost Tuesday when a Maui County Council committee secured enough votes to recommend a $40 million bond appropriation for the project “to go vertical.” The Budget and Finance Committee voted 5-3 to advance a ...

Seabury Hall trims new headmaster list down to three

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The Maui News Seabury Hall has narrowed its search for a new headmaster to three candidates, with the first scheduled to visit the Olinda campus on Monday, officials said in newsletters this month. The candidates are Keith Chicquen of Vancouver Island University in Canada; David Landis of ...

Updated Molokai Island plan to get public hearing Friday

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The Maui News A public hearing on a bill to adopt the revised Molokai Island Community Plan will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria. The bill would repeal the old community plan, which was last updated in 2001, and replace it with the updated version, ...

Sun and fun at Kanaha

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Windsurfers and kitesurfers enjoy a sunny morning Tuesday at Kanaha Beach Park. A high-surf advisory remained in effect until 6 a.m. today for the north-facing shores of Maui. Surf of 10 to 15 feet was expected with strong breaking waves and currents. National Weather Service forecasters ...

Startup Weekend set to begin Friday

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The Maui News Budding entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to create a startup business in 54 hours during “Startup Weekend Maui,” which begins 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maui Economic Development Board’s Malcom Center, located at 1305 N. Holopono St. in Kihei. Participants develop and ...

Man sentenced to 41 months in prison for assault of his wife

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The Maui News Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced 44-year-old Matthew Berckmann on Tuesday to 41 months imprisonment for assaulting his wife at Haleakala National Park’s Hosmer Grove campground in 2017. After a 4 1/2-day U.S. District Court trial in April, a federal jury convicted ...

Molokai man to serve jail term of three months in drug case

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Molokai man is serving a three-month jail term after he was found with drugs he reportedly obtained from his wife. Richard Dela Cruz, 65, also was placed on four years’ probation when he was sentenced Oct. 4. “This just has to stop,” 2nd Circuit Judge ...

Man dies in East Maui pond

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The Maui News A 28-year-old Texas man died Tuesday afternoon after he went missing in a pond in the Bamboo Forest Trail in Kailua, a Fire Department official said. On Wednesday, police identified the man as James D. Butler of Garland, a suburb of Dallas. Firefighters responded to a ...

MECO set for helicopter inspections of power lines

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The Maui News A helicopter crew will inspect Maui Electric Co. power lines at various locations on Maui and Molokai from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, according to an announcement. Inspections will be done Monday in Hana and Upcountry. Central and West Maui lines will be ...

Free activities at Kealia Pond

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A variety of activities will be available beginning Saturday morning at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, located off Milepost 6 on Maui Veterans Highway. Activities include: • Invasive weed pulling and native planting at 8:30 a.m. • A guided bird walk at 10 a.m. • A ...

Shimabukuro concert tickets go on sale

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General public tickets will go on sale Saturday for the March 16 performance of world-renowned ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Shimabukuro will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the MACC’s signature Ho‘onanea Series. There will be preshow ...

Diabetes awareness event set for today

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A free event focused on diabetes prevention and management will be hosted by Maui Health System from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today at Maui Memorial Medical Center. There will be informational booths, entertainment and prizes in the center’s courtyard and featured guests speakers at the hospital’s ...

UH-MC to hold open house

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University of Hawaii Maui College will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the student lounge in the Pilina Building at its Kahului campus. All are invited, including first-time, returning or transfer college students along with parents or those seeking online classes. Faculty ...

Nominations for People Who Made a Difference sought

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The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2018. These could include ...

Escaping hell

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Joseph Schmidt looked out his window Thursday morning to see an enormous black cloud of smoke descending toward his home in Paradise, Calif. It’s the last memory the retired Seabury Hall headmaster will have of his home before flames burned it and thousands of others in the deadliest ...

Council panel defers action on Wailuku Water Co. purchase

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A Maui County Council Committee deferred action Tuesday on outgoing Mayor Alan Arakawa’s proposal to acquire Wailuku Water Co.’s ditch system and 8,764 acres of its West Maui Mountains watershed lands for $9.5 million. Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Riki Hokama deferred the matter ...

Wailea hotel project advances

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The Maui Planning Commission granted multiple approvals on Monday to a proposed 110-unit hotel in Wailea. The commission approved a special management area use permit and planned development steps I and II to Hotel Ike, which would be located on a 3-acre lot at the corner of Wailea Ike Place ...

Man gets one-year jail term for assault with socket wrench

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WAILUKU — A one-year jail term has been ordered for a man who used a socket wrench to assault a man and woman in a Kahului apartment. Maika Oloaga, 34, of Kahului was placed on four years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed Friday. “Look at these horrible crimes,” 2nd Circuit ...

Waterline break shuts down water service in Wailuku

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The Maui News A 6-inch waterline break Monday night on Central Avenue disrupted business and traffic for all of Tuesday morning. Water service was restored by 12:09 p.m., but Department of Water Supply employees were reportedly flushing waterlines for the rest of the day. Hoapili Hale, ...