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Shelter animals fly to new homes

In what organizers are calling the largest pet rescue flight in history, more than 600 shelter dogs and cats from Hawaii were loaded onto a chartered Hercules C-130 and flown to Seattle on Wednesday. The Paws Across the Pacific flight, staged by Greater Good Charities, Wings of Rescue and the ...

Survey: Traffic tops list of tourism problems

Traffic jams topped the list of problems created by tourism in a Hawaii Tourism Authority survey of Maui County residents, followed by cost of living, a lack of respect for the culture, damage to the environment and overcrowding. Sherry Duong, executive director of the Maui Visitors and ...

New county mask rule strikes gaiters

Some residents are confused about appropriate masks to wear and possible fines as Maui County COVID-19 rules continue to change. The county recently banned neck gaiters as a COVID-19 facial mask — though that rule may be amended soon, county officials said Thursday. “I had no idea ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 77 new cases Thursday, including 60 on Oahu, eight on Hawaii island, three on Lanai and one on Kauai. There were no cases on Maui. Six residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 14,911 cases statewide, ...

COVID-19 taking a toll on island real estate market

Some patterns are emerging in the Maui County real estate market since COVID-19 took hold in March with growing condo and declining home inventories, fewer closed sales and fluctuating median sales prices, Realtors Association of Maui statistics for the January-to-September period show. The ...

Longtime incumbent faces off against political newcomer

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Maui News will be featuring the profiles and platforms of candidates in the lead-up to the Nov. 3 general election. Today’s story focuses on the race for the County Council’s Makawao-Haiku-Paia residency seat. Stories on other races will be published in the Weekender; a ...

It’s Halloween at Kula Country Farms

First photo: The Sisson family (from left), Ku‘ulani, Mahina, 3, Waiwai, 6, Ka‘imi, and Kahealani shed their masks for a photo at Kula Country Farms on Thursday afternoon. Kehealani is from Molokai, while the rest are from Lahaina. All decked out for Halloween, the popular farm near ...

Bail set at $250,000 for Kihei man in felony drug case

WAILUKU — A judge set bail at $250,000 for a Kihei man who was indicted on felony drug charges after police reported finding him with drugs four months after he was arrested in a similar case. Guillermo Castro, 37, has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous ...

Monthly siren warning system test scheduled Monday

The Maui News The monthly siren warning system and live test of the audio broadcasting system will be conducted at 11:45 a.m. Monday, 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 ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

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 ...

State alleges company violated stream-flow levels

Wailuku Water Co., which owns a water delivery system used for Maui County drinking water, was given notice recently for failing to meet state standards for in-stream flows on three Na Wai ‘Eha waterways in the West Maui Mountains. The state Commission on Water Resource Management’s Oct. ...

Two Lanaians are flown to hospitals with COVID-19

Two Lanai residents have required hospitalization, as a COVID-19 cluster on the island grew to 96 cases Wednesday, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said. He said one patient was sent to Maui and the other was transported to Oahu. Two others who may be close to needing hospital care would ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 62 new cases Wednesday, including 41 on Oahu, five on Hawaii island, two on Maui, seven on Lanai and one on Kauai. Six residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 14,834 cases statewide, including 12,953 on ...

Maui filmmaker is busy with aumakua, taiko documentaries

Award-winning Maui filmmaker Kenneth Martinez Burgmaier is in the midst of completing his latest documentary “Aumakua: Hawaiian Spiritual Guardians.” Known for his music and Hawaii-themed docs, many of his works are now available for viewing on Amazon Prime. A prolific ...

Brown-water advisory posted; more rain possible in forecast

The Maui News A brown-water advisory was issued for Maui on Wednesday due to stormwater runoff into coastal waters from heavy rain, the state Health Department said. The public is advised to stay out of floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to contaminants from overflowing cesspools, ...

Bail kept at $200,000 for meth, pot promotion

The Maui News WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $200,000 for a man who was arrested after police reported seizing quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana when vice officers searched him and his residence last year. Thomas Moniz Jr., 36, of Waikapu has pleaded not guilty to charges of ...

Meth, marijuana found during traffic stop

The Maui News WAILUKU — Bail is set at $37,000 for a Kihei woman who was arrested when police reported finding marijuana and methamphetamine in a vehicle she was driving. Jessica Gabel, 34, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, second-degree promotion ...

Kaupo man charged with assaulting officer during arrest

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Kaupo man was charged with assaulting a police officer who was arresting the man Tuesday for violating a court protective order by contacting a relative, according to police. Mano Domen, 44, is charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, ...

Alleged use of metal pipe during assault leads to arrest

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Haiku man was arrested for allegedly using a metal pipe to assault another man and steal his cellphone last week in a Wailuku parking lot. Kaiewe Davidson, 34, was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree theft. Police records show he was arrested ...

Man accused of violating order

WAILUKU — A Kihei man who is on probation for going to his ex-girlfriend’s house in violation of a court order was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail after allegedly returning to her residence. During his arraignment Wednesday, Harrison Bliss, 36, pleaded not guilty to two counts of ...