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County to take in extra $7.8M from property taxes

The Maui County Council on Friday set property tax rates that will net about $7.8 million more in county revenues than the prior fiscal year. The county is forecast to raise $383.2 million in fiscal 2022 from real property taxes, its largest income generator. The new fiscal year begins July 1. ...

COVID-19 cluster found in Molokai construction crew

The state Department of Health confirmed Friday that there is a construction-related cluster of 12 COVID-19 cases on Molokai. Queen’s Health Systems, of which Molokai General Hospital is a member, said it was informed on Tuesday afternoon that a Maui-based contractor who had been working ...

Six interested in filling Sen. English’s seat

The Democratic Party of Hawaii received six applications by its deadline late Thursday night from interested party members to fill the seat of recently retired state Sen. J. Kalani English. The applicants will be interviewed via Zoom this morning. They are: • Leo Caires of Maui, a ...

Maui County Democrats to honor Sen. English

Maui County Democrats will convene their Biennial Convention from 10 a.m. to noon May 22 via Zoom. The convention will honor State Sen. J. Kalani English’s 25 years of public service. He retired May 1 as he continues to battle long-term effects of COVID19. Messages from Hawaii’s ...

Pearly whites for a paltry price

To alleviate some of the financial stress associated with COVID-19, along with trying to help provide more access to healthcare, a Wailuku-based dentist offered some of her clients free teeth cleaning last month. While going through the office’s daily schedule, Dr. Emilie Sumida of ...

Lanai Shopping Shuttle resumes operations

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Lanai Shopping Shuttle to Maui resumed Tuesday, after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded through Maui County grants, MEO buses pick up residents, mostly seniors, from their homes, and take them to Manele Harbor to board the Expeditions ferry to ...

Celebration of Life for Willie K. set for Tuesday

A drive-thru “Celebration of Life” for legendary entertainer Uncle Willie K. will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Wahikuli Wayside State Park in Lahaina. There will be no left turn entering or exiting the parking lot. There will be no parking in the lot or on the side of the road. ...

Lane closures on Honoapiilani Highway beginning Monday

The state Department of Transportation advises West Maui motorists of a multiple lane closure/lane shift at the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Kaka Alaneo Drive beginning Monday through May 25, for permitted work on sewer system improvements for the West Maui Medical Center. During ...

Man gets prison for stealing truck and crashing it

WAILUKU — A man who had been released from prison 10 months before being arrested for crashing a stolen truck into another vehicle was sentenced Thursday to a five-year term. Patrick Hiro Jr., 35, who gave no local address, had asked to be placed on probation so he could try to be admitted ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Friday reported 83 new cases statewide, including 64 on Oahu, 12 on Maui, two on Kauai, one on Hawaii island, one on Molokai and three Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 33,533 cases statewide, including ...

Colton Cowell welcomed home

First photo: University of Hawaii men’s volleyball player Colton Cowell is welcomed at the baggage claim area of Kahului Airport on Thursday afternoon. A crowd of family, friends, fans and well-wishers welcomed home Cowell, a key member of the Rainbow Warriors’ national championship team; ...

Breaking News: Six interested in former state Sen. English’s seat

The Democratic Party of Hawaii received six applications by its deadline late Thursday night from interested members to fill the seat of recently retired state Sen. J. Kalani English. They are: • Leo Caires of Maui, a community leader, agricultural business owner, and renewable energy ...

Hawaii will keep mask rules as CDC relaxes them

Pointing to Hawaii’s vaccination rate and potential challenges when it comes to enforcement, Gov. David Ige said the Aloha State will keep face masks on for now despite federal guidelines that largely drop them for vaccinated people. “Clearly at this point in time, with the majority of our ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Thursday reported 76 new cases statewide, including 49 on Oahu, 17 on Maui, seven on Hawaii island, one on Molokai and two Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 33,450 cases statewide, including 25,592 on ...

Better connectivity needed in remote Maui County

Standing about 5 feet to the left of a coconut tree fronting a health center in Kaunakakai helps Ka’ala Souza receive better smartphone service. And at his home on Molokai “we have connectivity,” but “then at the gate, we no more.” Souza, who lives most of the time on Oahu, said ...

Probation for man who hit trailer windows with bat

WAILUKU — A man who said strangers in a semitruck “came crashing through our gate” on disputed land in Kauaula Valley was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for damaging the vehicle with a baseball bat. John Aquino, 64, of Lahaina also was placed on six months’ probation Wednesday ...

Woman may deliver meals for free instead of paying fine

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Kahului woman who said she was helping a friend by making copies of betting sheets was given a chance to keep a gambling conviction off her record if she complies with court requirements for the next year. Margaret Cordeiro, 72, was ordered to pay a $275 fine as ...

UH-Maui College Nurse Pinning Ceremony

First photo: University of Hawaii Maui College Nursing Program graduates pose for a photo following Thursday’s pinning ceremony at the Kahului campus. A total of 41 student nurses graduated from the program. Graduates Eunice Bea and Danielle Vanderlaan said the plan is full speed ...

Southwest to add flights to Mainland

Southwest Airlines Thursday has announced nonstop twice daily flights between Maui and Las Vegas beginning June 27. New service for Kahului Airport also includes nonstop flights three times a day to Los Angeles beginning June 6 and one nonstop flight daily between Kahului and Phoenix ...

Passport fair on May 22

The Kahului Post Office will host its second passport fair from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22. Postal employees will be accepting applications for new U.S. passports and answer questions about the application process. To register for the event, send an email to HawaiiPassportFair@state.gov. ...