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Fleetwood’s piano gets new home

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and part-time Maui resident Mick Fleetwood briefly lowers his mask to speak and play a few notes during Thursday’s ceremony at Maui Memorial Medical Center during which he donated a family piano to the hospital in honor of the late Maui musician Willie K. ...

Teachers concerned about bringing back more students

Some Maui public school educators fear having to teach in “hybrid” mode as their schools seek to bring in rotating groups of students to campus when the second semester begins Jan. 5. “I feel that decisions are being rushed and are not taking into adequate account the safety of students ...

Simmons duo kicks off slate of MACC shows

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November as a founding member of the Doobie Brothers, Pat Simmons delivered his acceptance speech virtually from his Haiku home. “Some day we will all be together again, sharing the music and the love,” he said during a pandemic-era ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 144 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, including 118 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, seven on Hawaii island and two on Kauai. Three residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 18,186 cases statewide, including 15,540 on ...

High surf still rolling for Maui, Molokai

The Maui News A high-surf advisory has been issued for the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui through 6 a.m. today, the National Weather Service announced. The islands have been seeing high surf most of the week, though the current northwest swell is ...

Judge dismisses murder indictment in Monsalve case

WAILUKU — A judge Thursday granted a defense request to dismiss an indictment against Bernard Brown, who was charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his former girlfriend nearly seven years ago. In ordering that the dismissal be without prejudice, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter ...

Bail at $82K for man accused of machete threats

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $82,000 for a man who was arrested for allegedly swinging a machete at another man and threatening to kill him at his campsite in Lahaina. Solomon Blevins, 42, was charged with first-degree robbery, attempted second-degree assault, first-degree unauthorized entry ...

Board approves heavy cuts to school budget

The state Board of Education on Thursday passed a biennium operating budget for 2021 to 2023 that includes a reduction of about $164 million each year, education officials confirmed Thursday afternoon. The operating budget, which still has to be reviewed by the governor and state lawmakers, ...

‘Live @ the MACC’ features holiday, hula shows

The Maui News The Maui Arts & Cultural Center announced a new series of “Live @ the MACC” events that will run every Saturday through Jan. 30. Live @ the MACC started out with drive-in movies and concerts and will now be offering free livestreamed events featuring rock, pop, holiday ...

Bank to reopen Kahana branch

Bank of Hawaii will reopen its Kahana Branch on Monday, the company announced. Located at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway, the branch has been temporarily closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The branch will offer special hours for kupuna, at-risk individuals and their caregivers, ...

Meteor shower to be featured

Haleakala National Park will offer a new virtual night sky program for the upcoming Geminids meteor shower, which will peak on the evening of Dec. 13, the park announced Wednesday. “Gifts of the Geminids” will explore what causes meteor showers and what they reveal about the cosmos. ...

Big waves draw expert surfers

First photo: A surfer sets up for a tube ride at Honolua Bay on Wednesday afternoon. Maui and Molokai have been under a high-surf warning from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. today, with waves of 30 to 40 feet expected along north-facing shores of both islands and waves of 20 to 30 feet along ...

First jury trial in state since COVID completed

WAILUKU — Before 12 jurors and an alternate were seated last week for the first jury trial in the state since the COVID-19 pandemic, 2nd Circuit Court judges, staff and attorneys spent months of planning, reconfigured a courtroom and precisely measured spaces so jurors were positioned at ...

Student filmmaker makes history at festival

Makawao resident Aniston “Ana” Eyre had no idea her first feature-length film, “Wagon,” would take off at this rate. “I didn’t expect it to blow up as much as it did,” Eyre said Wednesday. “I kind of just started out wanting to make a feature about my family’s summer ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 78 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, including 63 on Oahu, four on Maui, one on Hawaii island and one on Kauai. Nine residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 18,044 cases statewide, including 15,424 on ...

Jury finds man not guilty of assault

WAILUKU — A man who testified he wanted to get a cellphone back to its owner when he pocketed it from a Kahului store counter was found not guilty of assaulting the owner when she grabbed the phone from him. A 2nd Circuit Court jury, which returned the not-guilty verdict Tuesday, couldn’t ...

Inauguration ceremony for Maui County Council scheduled to go virtual

The Maui News The Maui County Council will hold a virtual inauguration ceremony Jan. 2, Chairwoman Alice Lee announced Wednesday. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. via the BlueJeans online platform to comply with social distancing guidelines and allow equal access to the live event for ...

Portion of West Vineyard to close for upgrades

The Maui News West Vineyard Street between Market and Church streets will be closed starting Dec. 14 through January as construction work continues in the area, the county announced Wednesday. The closure will reduce the amount of time needed to complete this portion of Vineyard Street as ...

Brown-water advisory lifted

A brown-water advisory for West Maui from Honolua to Hanakao‘o has been canceled, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday. The department had issued an advisory for West Maui on Nov. 19 following heavy rains that led to stormwater runoff in coastal waters.

Makawao man faces burglary charges

WAILUKU — A Makawao man was being held in lieu of $12,500 bail after he was charged with burglarizing a Hana residence and stealing a truck. At his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Nathan Constante, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, ...