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Judge’s ruling shuts down vacation rental in Paia

WAILUKU — Saying it was unfair to allow a transient vacation rental to continue to operate without a permit, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill ordered that Nalu Kai Lodge stop its current operations in Paia town. In issuing the ruling Friday in the case brought by Maui County against Rick ...

Court: County cannot redefine ‘real property’

The Hawaii Supreme Court said Tuesday that Maui County did not have the power to include wind turbines as “real property” when it taxed major wind farms on Maui. The court upheld an earlier decision by the Tax Appeal Court that the county exceeded its authority under the Hawaii ...

Health Department issues China virus medical advisory

The Maui News The state Health Department sent out a detailed medical advisory for health care providers Tuesday to be on the alert for patients who traveled from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and may have pneumonia contracted from the novel coronavirus. An outbreak of novel ...

Ige promotes proposals for working families

The Associated Press and The Maui News HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Tuesday outlined a plan to boost preschool education, housing and tax relief for families as he delivered his annual state of the state address. Ige and state lawmakers jointly announced the package of proposals last ...

Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of slain officers

The Maui News U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at at half-staff until Friday in honor of two police officers slain in the line of duty on Sunday, Gov. David Ige announced Monday. Honolulu Police Department officers Tiffany Enriquez, a seven-year veteran of the force, and Kaulike Kalama, a ...

Public can help by calling in suspected drunken drivers

When Charles Hirata saw a sport utility vehicle crossing a double-solid line to overtake another vehicle and driving on the shoulder of Honoapiilani Highway near Ukumehame, he called police. “If there had been anybody walking on the shoulder; if there had been anybody bicycling on the ...

Project Graduation meeting set for Monday in Wailuku

The Maui News An informational meeting on accessing some of the $41,700 alloted for Project Graduation programs this year will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Maui Economic Opportunity Family Center in Wailuku. The program, administered by MEO, aims to promote alcohol- and drug-free ...

Waianapanapa to close today

Waianapanapa State Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon today for roadway repairs, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks announced. Tom’s Backhoe & Excavation has been contracted to perform repair work to the lower section of Honokalani Road, just ...

Papohaku, Santos bathrooms to close

Restrooms at Velma McWayne Santos Community Center and Papohaku Park in Wailuku will be closed today and Thursday for repairs to wastewater manholes that service the facilities. Portable toilets will be provided during the closure. Restrooms are scheduled to reopen Friday. For more ...

Brown-water advisory lifted

A brown-water advisory for nearshore waters of Maui County due to storm runoff from recent rains has been lifted. The Health Department announced the lifting of the advisory, issued Jan. 13, Tuesday. The forecast for Maui’s central valley today is isolated showers in the late morning and ...

Local Briefs

Free lecture at research center “Big-Sun Mercury & the Oceans of Venus,” a presentation by Guy Jette, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Research Center in Pukalani. The event is part of the ongoing Maikalani Community Lectures. ...

Still chasing Dr. King’s dream

WAILUKU — As Martin Luther King Jr. preached against injustice in the 1960s, Gwyn Gorg marched through the streets of Los Angeles advocating for fair housing and better jobs, while angry bystanders threw rocks and shouted slurs. “I marched and marched, went to jail, carried signs, sang ...

Catching drunken drivers

KAHULUI — A green pickup truck stops over the crosswalk at a red light on Puunene Avenue, catching the eye of DUI Task Force Sgt. Nick Krau, who makes a U-turn to follow the vehicle. The truck weaves out of its lane as it turns onto Hookele Street before Krau activates the blue lights on ...

Grandmother selling drugs near library gets break

WAILUKU — A woman who was arrested last month after police responded to community concerns about homeless drug-dealing activity near Kahului Public Library has been given a chance to keep a felony drug conviction off her record. Sonia Davis, 62, was sentenced Tuesday when she pleaded guilty ...

Watumull buys two lots in Kahului

The Maui News Watumull Properties has purchased two Kahului industrial lots with tenants Herc Rentals and SpeediShuttle Tours and Transportation for $3.1 million. The two lots at 150 Paahana St. and near the Maui Mall are 0.82 acres, and the deal closed on Dec. 30, Watumull said ...

Maui Tomorrow elects new board and hires environmental planner

The Maui News The Maui Tomorrow Foundation, an environmental and land use watchdog group, has hired a new environmental planner, added a board member and elected officers for 2020. Natalie Harcrow has been hired as environmental planner and has experience in community organizing and ...

County sees more rooftop solar installed

The Maui News As more rooftop solar systems were installed across Maui County last year, the state as a whole experienced its largest-ever annual jump in solar capacity, Hawaiian Electric reported Friday. Total solar capacity surged 21 percent, rising from 745 cumulative installed ...

Big price paid for coffee drinks, cigarettes from Makawao store

The Maui News WAILUKU — A woman who broke into a Makawao store to steal cigarettes and coffee drinks was placed on four years’ probation Thursday and ordered to pay more than $1,800 in restitution. In sentencing Darnel Freitas, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill noted that if she had gone ...

Corrections

• EVohana chargers. The state Public Utilities Commission approved EV-MAUI charging rates of 28 cents per kilowatt-hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; 40 cents per kWh between 5 and 10 p.m.; and 38 cents per kWh between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. A story on Page A3 that jumped to Page A4 on Monday about ...

[ VIDEO ] Maui Women’s March returns to roots, starts expanded effort

https://youtu.be/G0Sew8nNRhc KAHULUI — A refocused women’s march for Maui launched Saturday, with the return of the movement’s founder and more than 1,000 participating in the peaceful protest in Kahului. The march coincided with thousands gathering across the country in an annual rally ...