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Na Wai Eha festival focuses on past, present and future

WAIKAPU — Hundreds turned out for the first-ever Kaulana Hui o Na Wai Eha at the Maui Tropical Plantation on Saturday to pay homage to the free-flowing streams of Na Wai Eha. The all-day festival spotlighted the past, present and future of four freshwater streams in Central Maui: Waikapu, ...

Wave of elderly could spur big changes at Kahului park

KAHULUI — A new senior center and living and rehabilitation facilities could be in the works at the Kahului Community Center Park. Hale Makua Health Services, along with Mayor Alan Arakawa and Maui County Council Member Don Guzman, is working on a lease involving portions of the 34-acre ...

Hearings on Young Brothers rate hikes set

Young Brothers is requesting an overall 11.05 percent increase in its shipping rates, which will vary by cargo class, due to hikes in wages and benefits for its workers and a projected loss of $7.8 million before taxes this year, interisland shipping company officials said in filings with the ...

Kahului Airport work in progress

Workers from Hawaiian Dredging assemble rebar around plastic tube “voids” while constructing the entrance ramp to Kahului Airport’s new 1.5 million-square-foot consolidated rental car building Thursday morning. The voids will make the concrete ramp lighter. Maui Airports District Manager ...

Probation ordered for man trying to beat addiction

WAILUKU — A man who said he was working to get back on track after his drug addiction led to crimes was placed on four years’ probation Thursday. “I’m just ready to move on with my life,” Danny Collier said in court. “What I used to do, it was just bad. I lost everything — ...

All 7 mayoral hopefuls to appear at forum

The major candidates for Maui County mayor — Elle Cochran, Don Guzman and Michael Victorino — will be appearing at a candidate forum put on by the Kula Community Association from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center. The forum also will be televised on Akaku Maui Community ...

Henry Kapono & Friends to perform on Aug. 26

Legendary Hawaiian musician, singer and songwriter Henry Kapono takes the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion stage Aug. 26 with other giants in Hawaiian music and up-and-coming stars. Henry Kapono & Friends will include Kalapana, Jerry Santos ...

Free preschool on Molokai available

Applications are still being accepted for free preschool classes at charter school Kualapu’u School on Molokai for the 2018-2019 school year. The public prekindergarten program is open to income-eligible 4-year-old children born between Aug. 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014. The Pre-K program ...

6 county companies receive grants

Six Maui County companies received a share of $930,680 in grants awarded through the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. Manufacturing Assistance Program. Five of the companies were first-time recipients of the grant — Maui Raw LLC, Maui Kuia Estate Chocolate Inc., Origin Coffee Roasters, ...

Na Hula Kupuna O Kaunoa

Na Hula Kupuna O Kaunoa instructor Kaleo Luna-Schwartz dances during Thursday’s performance. Members of the group from Kaunoa Senior Center, under the direction of kumu hula Lucky Cabral, are practicing for a competition July 20-22 in Sacramento, Calif., but Luna-Schwartz said they’ll dance ...

W. Maui solar project pushed back to July

Developers of Maui’s second utility scale solar project, located on the slopes above Lahaina, have requested another delay, this time until July 25, filings with the Public Utilities Commission said. The third formal extension for the 2.87 megawatt Ku‘ia Solar project between Maui ...

Ramp agent who stole firearm from baggage sentenced

A former Hawaiian Airlines ramp agent was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for stealing a firearm from baggage while he was working at Kahului Airport two years ago. Kahai Lindsey, 30, of Wailuku had pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm and possession of a stolen ...

Man who violated custody agreement gets 1 year term

WAILUKU — A man who said he “chose to do the wrong thing” was sentenced to a one-year jail term for violating a custody agreement by taking his child and moving out of state. Corey Leong, 34, pleaded no contest to first-degree custodial interference when he was sentenced June 13. He ...

Bail kept at $20,000 for man arrested for operating stolen vehicle

WAILUKU — Bail was kept at $20,000 for a man who was arrested for operating a stolen vehicle a month after he posted bail to be released in a burglary case. James Reeves, 36, of Kahului was arrested in the early-morning hours of June 10 in the stolen-vehicle case, according to police ...

Doggy days of summer camp

Volunteer Karen Gallagher holds a baby goat for camper Jeremy Murbach and his mother, Kaili Murbach, at the petting zoo at Camp Paws-abilities this week at the Assistance Dogs of Hawaii campus in Makawao. The three-day camp, which ended Thursday, was put on for the second year in a row by the ...

Man with 119 arrests sent to prison for probation violation

WAILUKU — A man with a criminal history of 119 arrests was resentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term for violating his probation in a habitual property crime case. Tracy Yager, 54, admitted he didn’t report to his probation officer, didn’t find a job and didn’t pay court ...

A hot summer day

Gentle waves lap the shore at Kanaha Beach Park on Thursday, the first day of summer. The summer heat has arrived as well, with a high temperature of 89 degrees Friday at Kahului Airport. With humidity levels of 55 percent, the heat index (what conditions really feel like), was 93 degrees. The ...

Lahaina 5th top family destination

Lahaina was named the fifth top U.S. Family Destination for Summer 2018 by “Family Vacation Critic,” TripAdvisor’s family travel site. The list is based on proprietary search data, and destinations on the list already were trending for this summer, a spokeswoman said. Wailea was ...

New West Maui roadwork starts

Beginning Monday, there will be roadwork on Honoapiilani Highway from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Ukumehame and Olowalu. Tom’s Backhoe and Excavation Co. Inc. will be installing pavement markings, traffic signs and rumble strips and replacing guardrails. Work will be done Monday through ...

A hero’s welcome, Maui style

First photo: Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joe Deslauriers is welcomed at Kahului Airport by Heroes on the Water Maui Chapter coordinator Boo Baldovi on Thursday as Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa hands out treats to Deslauriers’ wife Lisa, son Cameron, 6, and daughter Kennedy, 3. The ...