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Fishers get together for some shallow water fun

First photo: Fishers line up in the shallow waters of Kahului Harbor to catch halalu Saturday afternoon. “We wait all year for these fish to come in,” said Wailuku’s Codee Santos. “It’s usually in the summer.” Santos said he deep fries his halalu whole and they turn out tasty. ...

Young Bros. pared schedule extended

Young Brothers has been granted permission to extend its reduced sailing schedule through Aug. 17, one of several cost-cutting measures that the company has taken in the wake of mounting losses. The Public Utilities Commission approved Young Brothers’ request Friday, the same day the state ...

Permit for Haiku church on ag land denied

The Maui Planning Commission has denied a permit to Sacred Earth Assembly to use a sanctuary farm and two-story agricultural building for church-related activities on agricultural land in Haiku. The decision came after a year of discussions — prolonged by a detour to the state Land Use ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reported 22 new cases Tuesday, including 19 on Oahu and three on Hawaii island. • There now have been 1,264 cases statewide, including 960 on Oahu, 135 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 105 on Hawaii island and 43 on Kauai. ...

Panel: More study needed on short-term rental caps

After multiple meetings to discuss a Maui County Council bill that would lower the number of short-term rentals on Maui and Lanai, the Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended that the council conduct more studies and set caps based on the demand for short-term rentals in each community. ...

Emergency housing project for homeless has blessing

The Maui News A project to transform the old University of Hawaii Maui College dorms into emergency housing for the homeless was blessed Tuesday, with completion anticipated in early 2021, the county announced. The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns, with the help of the ...

MCCC inmate is arrested, charged in assault of guard

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Maui Community Correctional Center inmate was arrested for allegedly assaulting a guard who was trying to break up a fight Monday morning at the Wailuku jail. Sundance Roman, 26, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault of a corrections ...

Man tasered, charged with resisting arrest

The Maui News WAILUKU — Police reported deploying a Taser to arrest a man who took a fighting stance against an officer before being arrested Monday morning in Wailuku. Patrick Hiro Jr., 34, who gave no local address, was charged with resisting arrest. He also was arrested on a warrant ...

Kihei brush fire 100% contained

A brush fire was declared 100 percent contained Tuesday morning after burning about 50 acres above Piilani Highway in Kihei, a fire official said. Fire crews were conducting mop-up operations in the fire reported at 2:27 p.m. Monday in the area between Ohukai Street and Lipoa Parkway. Six ...

Two sessions with pharmacists available

Two medication reconciliation sessions with pharmacists from Times Pharmacy are still available, Maui Economic Opportunity announced. MEO is hosting the free sessions, which allow pharmacists to review patients’ medications to reduce discrepancies and potential harm to patients. Slots ...

Shiraishi Pool to close for training

The Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool will be closed July 21, 23 and 29 for Fire and Public Safety staff training, the county announced Monday. For questions, contact Pool Manager Duke A. Sevilla at duke.sevilla@co.maui.hi.us or at 270-6135. For general information on the Department of ...

Local Briefs

Paddle Imua goes global for 2020 Imua Family Services is unable to hold Paddle Imua in its traditional format this year because of restrictions on large special events. As an alternative, it will present the Paddle Imua Global Challenge Friday-Sunday. Athletes around the globe can paddle out ...

Corrections

• Restaurant closing. Da Kitchen in Kahului will suspend food service after July 22. A brief published Tuesday on Page A3 contained an incorrect date. • Robbery arrest. A first-degree extortion charge was eliminated from a complaint filed against Kaile Heredia, who was arrested July 7 ...

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 ...

29 new cases reported, none in Maui County

The state Department of Health reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 27 on Oahu and two on Hawaii island. There have now been 1,292 cases statewide, including 986 on Oahu, 135 in Maui County, 107 on Hawaii island and 43 on Kauai. Twenty-one residents have been diagnosed out ...

Blaze burns 50 acres in Kihei

First photo: Air One pilot Pete Vorhes of Windward Aviation fights a brush fire near Maui Electric Company’s new Ka‘ono‘ulu Substation in north Kihei on Monday afternoon. Second photo: Avery Stelow, 5, climbs up for a better view while watching Monday afternoon’s brush fire with ...

Pretravel testing program pushed to Sept. 1

Gov. David Ige said Monday that the pretravel testing program will be pushed back to Sept. 1, pointing to a record amount of cases in Hawaii over the weekend, surges in key Mainland states and a break in the supply chain of COVID-19 testing kits. The program originally set for Aug. 1 provides ...

Property owners sue over Molokai rental ban action

The Maui Vacation Rental Association and four Molokai homeowners are filing a federal lawsuit against the county over a bill to ban short-term rentals on Molokai. The homeowners and their attorneys said Monday that the decision canceled the operations of 17 families, many of whom had operated ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reported 23 new cases Monday, including 19 on Oahu, one on Maui, one on Hawaii island and two residents diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 1,243 cases statewide, including 942 on Oahu, 135 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on ...

‘Kamaaina warrior’

Martha Haulani Vockrodt-Moran, “a child of the land” who donned her boots and work shirt in the name of protecting and propagating native plants, has died. Vockrodt-Moran, 68, was a Makawao resident who was mostly known for her work at her family’s D.T. Fleming Arboretum on the ...