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For former combat photographer every day is Veterans Day

When the sun sets in Omaha, Neb., today, former Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall will be mission complete. Pearsall, 39, who taught classes as part of a photo festival on Maui from 2009-11, has made it her mission to photograph veterans. Over the past 11 years and three months, the former ...

Farmers convention growing the good stuff

PUUNENE — Hundreds of farmers from around Hawaii gathered in Central Maui over the weekend to cultivate a deeper understanding of ag in the Aloha State. As the leading conference of its kind on Maui, the Hawai‘i Farmers Union United annual convention featured 35 speakers and roughly 60 ...

Man arrested for allegedly starting fire in home

WAILUKU — A man who had been asked to move out of a relative’s residence in Wailuku was arrested for allegedly starting a fire that burned the residence and an adjoining rental unit Wednesday afternoon, according to police. Kealiiwahamana Neula, 33, also was arrested for trying to start a ...

New program for young readers is launched on Molokai

Reading with family spells success for young ones, according to educators and leaders. That's why state and nonprofit groups teamed up launched a free, new program on Molokai that gives kids 4 and younger more opportunities to read with loved ones. “Reading with our keiki is one of the ...

Haleakala announces free park days

The Maui News Haleakala National Park will waive entrance fees on five days in 2020 in recognition of significant holidays and events, the park announced Thursday. The free entrance days will take place on: • Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. • April 18, First day of National ...

Maalaea wildfires, erosion to be discussed

The Maui News Michael Reyes, senior ecologist at Maui Environmental Consulting, will be speaking Wednesday on plans to mitigate wildfires in Maalaea and to resolve problems that currently contribute to erosion. The free presentation, sponsored by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, begins at ...

Electric company to use drones to help identify fire-prone areas

The Maui News Hawaiian Electric Cos. will be conducting drone studies in West Maui and Maalaea this month and in December to identify areas vulnerable to wildfire and to determine actions to protect the public and utility infrastructure. The inspections are part of HECO’s proactive ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Nov. 1 to 8. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation ...

Santa, donation seekers get head start in Kahului

FIRST PHOTO: Salvation Army volunteer Mary Burcham of Lahaina shows off a pair of toys donated Saturday during the organization’s annual Toy Drive kickoff at Walmart in Kahului. Burcham and other volunteers were handing out flyers to shoppers entering the store that listed suggested toys to ...

Council has property tax changes in the works

Bills to establish tiered property tax rates and a new set of property tax classifications were passed on first reading by the Maui County Council on Friday. The bills, aimed at tax reform, would establish tiers in several tax classifications based on value ranges. For example, different ...

Wailuku town hotel project unveiled

WAILUKU — Longtime Mauians and landowners Jonathan Starr and Helen Nielsen are proposing a “kama‘aina business hotel” at the corner of Main and Market streets in Wailuku’s core that they hope will revitalize the town. “We’re not big real estate entrepreneurs, or a big ...

Sugar Museum acquires engines that once powered mill machinery

PUUNENE – The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum has acquired two Nordberg steam engines and hopes to have one ready to display in a new outdoor exhibit by next March, museum director Holly Buland confirmed on Wednesday. While smoke no longer rises from the Puunene Mill after its shutdown ...

Police arrest 13 men in prostitution operation at hotel

Thirteen men were arrested and $2,640 was recovered in a reverse prostitution operation targeting suspected johns or customers this week, police reported. A female police officer posed as a prostitute in the two-and-a-half-day operation conducted by the police Vice Gambling and Morals Unit at ...

Hana men indicted in assault on campers

WAILUKU — Two Hana men have been indicted on charges alleging they assaulted a visitor who was camping in Hana with his girlfriend and two children in July. James Pu, 31, and Elijah Koi Gold, 30, were arraigned Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court. They pleaded not guilty to charges of ...

High bacteria count posted at Kanaha Beach

High levels of bacteria have been detected at Kanaha Beach, the state Department of Health announced Friday morning. During routine beach monitoring, the department’s Clean Water Branch detected enterococci levels of 364 per 100 milliliters, indicating that potentially harmful microorganism ...

Man facing charges of negligent homicide

A 27-year-old Kihei man is facing charges including negligent homicide in connection with a collision that killed a pedestrian in the McDonald’s parking lot in Kihei last year. Kimo Sims posted $20,000 bail to be released Thursday after he was arrested on charges of second-degree negligent ...

Molokai man arrested after brandishing knife

WAILUKU — A Molokai man was arrested Thursday morning after he brandished a knife while threatening another man in Maunaloa General Store, according to police. Camaran Schelinski, 44, of Maunaloa was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree assault, harassment, ...

Health insurance open enrollment events starting

Imua Family Services and the Kokua Outreach Program will be holding open enrollment events designed to assist with health insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured or under insured. The program has an emphasis on people from the Micronesian Islands but is open to all residents of Maui ...

Maui Prep boy, 11, in critical condition

An 11-year-old boy was transported to the hospital in critical condition after he was found unresponsive with an object wrapped around his neck Thursday night at Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili, police said. Lahaina patrol officers were called to the school at 4910 Honoapiilani Highway at ...