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A little help from uncle

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Sweetness Tapang, 4, gets a little help from her uncle Michael Tapang, while playing on the playground equipment at Wailuku Elementary School Park on June 27. Also at the park was Sweetness’ twin sister, Lovey. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Dairy milks any business it can get

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Last July, Thomas Kafsack and his wife Eva-Maria were hoping to retire and sell the Upcountry goat dairy they’d run for nearly 20 years. Instead, they’re still making cheese, have put retirement on hold and have sold nearly half the herd in hopes of keeping the Surfing Goat Dairy alive ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

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• State Department of Health reports 25 new cases on Sunday, all on Oahu. There were also 24 new cases on Saturday, including 19 on Oahu, one on Maui, two on Hawaii island and two on Kauai. • There have now been 1,023 cases statewide, including 744 on Oahu, 128 in Maui County, 93 on ...

Kanaha Hotel opening pushed back a year

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Construction of the Kanaha Hotel at Kahului Airport — formerly known as the Windward Hotel — has been pushed to 2022, with plans to open for business by 2024, according to new project documents. California-based R.D. Olson Development is planning to build the 200-room hotel on a 5.2-acre ...

Voter registration deadline is Thursday

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The Maui News The deadline to register for the Aug. 8 primary election is Thursday, the state Office of Elections said. In Hawaii’s first all-mail voting, voters will begin receiving their ballots in the mail starting July 21. Voters also should check that their registration is current, ...

Football footwork

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Mathyas John Siofele, 6, works on his football footwork as dad, Joe Siofele, looks at Wailuku Elementary School Park on June 27. “You’ve got to have fun playing the sport, got to enjoy it,” said Joe Siofele, an assistant coach at Baldwin High School, who played linebacker at the ...

Waihee man gets prison ‘to protect the public’

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The Maui News WAILUKU — Saying the sentence would protect the public, a judge ordered a five-year prison term on Tuesday for a man convicted of habitually driving under the influence of alcohol. Stephen Clubb Jr., 59, of Waihee already had a conviction for habitual DUI when he was ...

Kahakuloa man is given an ‘unusual sentence’ for abuse

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The Maui News A 27-year-old Kahakuloa man was sentenced to five years’ probation and a 60-day suspended jail term Monday, as he completes court-ordered programs and classes for choking his wife two years ago. The prosecution and defense worked out a plea agreement to allow Keahi Vierra to ...

Maui police detective arrested for OUI

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The Maui News A Maui Police Department detective was arrested on the Fourth of July holiday for driving under the influence, MPD reported Sunday. At 7:59 p.m. Saturday, Melvin R. Johnson Jr. was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Johnson is a 25-year ...

One-year jail term ordered in abuse case

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A 37-year-old man, who punched, choked and ripped the clothes off of his on-and-off-again girlfriend last year, was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen also placed Larry Yamada Jr. on five ...

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 June 21 to 27. 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 June 24 to July 2. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

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Public Facilities ** The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the public, although the County Council chamber and council member offices will remain closed. Public access is through the second-floor lobby during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday ...

Water polo players hit the beach

Maui Coronavirus Impacts

KIHEI — Jacsen Donohue’s senior water polo season for Baldwin High School was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the California Lutheran University recruit has recently found a way to stay in shape playing the game. Shawn Donohue, Jacsen’s dad and former Baldwin coach, set up a ...

25 new cases reported, all on Oahu

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The state Department of Health reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, all on Oahu. That brings the statewide total to 1,023, including 744 on Oahu, 128 in Maui County, 93 on Hawaii island and 40 on Kauai. A total of 18 residents have been diagnosed out of state. Of the total cases, 777 ...

More park space and fewer gentleman’s estates

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Designating 500 more acres in West Maui for parks and open space and restricting gentleman’s estates and fast-track affordable housing projects in certain West Maui areas, are some of the highlights of the updated draft of the West Maui Community Plan. The community plan is a key policy ...

Event commemorates end of slavery

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Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino joined the Valley Isle’s African American community and dignitaries nationally June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States in June 1865. Victorino proclaimed “Aloha Juneteenth Freedom Month” in Maui County. “Aloha is not just a ...

Maui High students earn silver at National History Day

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KAHULUI — Three Maui High School students launched a website that pays tribute to a less familiar piece of history, a research project that took second place among thousands at the first-ever National History Day Virtual Competition. In the high school division, John Andrei Balanay, Jaelen ...

Credit unions come to aid of food bank

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The Credit Unions of Maui made a $7,500 donation to the Maui Food Bank on June 3 to help provide food for those in need throughout Maui County. “With one in three Maui residents currently unemployed, the Credit Unions of Maui felt the need to come together to support our Maui community in a ...

Half of jobless filers had not received checks

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More than half of Maui County residents who applied for unemployment benefits as of mid-May had not received payments and nearly half of Maui County households reported a decline in income since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, a Bank of Hawaii Foundation survey released Thursday showed. The ...