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A great day for water play

Brothers Javin Michaelsen, 12, (foreground) and Gatlin Michaelsen, 10, zoom past each other while skimboarding at Makena’s Oneloa, or Big Beach, on Tuesday morning. The skimming was part of nonstop action on the beach for the boys from Spokane, Wash., and their three brothers. Dad Brandon ...

Opponents become backers of West Maui development

KAHULUI — The state Land Use Commission on Wednesday credited community engagement with producing an agreement that may finally help move forward a West Maui housing and commercial development project that’s stagnated for more than a decade. The settlement agreement between West Maui ...

Consumer advocate: PV power price too high

KIHEI — The state consumer advocate Wednesday warned about “pursuing clean energy goals at any cost” and allowing the pursuit of renewables that could leave developers and neighbors “fighting against each other.” Dean Nishina, the executive director of the Department of Commerce and ...

ML&P begins repairs to Honokohau Stream ditch system

Maui Land & Pineapple Co. announced Wednesday that it has embarked on major repairs to the Honokohau Stream ditch system in West Maui to restore the damage caused by Hurricanes Lane and Olivia in late 2018. The anticipated completion date of this two-phased project is March 31, the ...

Monday workshop on Section 8 rules is aimed at landlords

The Maui News The Maui Homeless Alliance and the Realtors Association of Maui will be holding “The Landlord Series: Part 1” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Maui Economic Opportunity in Wailuku. The free event is part of a series of workshops designed to help those who are facing housing ...

Deadline today for People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the 25th People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2019. These could ...

Calls from spoofed MPD number threaten arrest

The Maui News Police are warning about a telephone scam involving call spoofing or calls appearing to originate from the Maui Police Department nonemergency phone number, 244-6400. Police say the calls are not being generated by MPD, although the callers identify themselves as police officers ...

Holiday Express may be on its last tracks

The Sugar Cane Train’s “Holiday Express” may reach the end of the line after this year with the owners saying they currently are unable to secure a deal from a major landowner to keep the train running. Train co-owner and Lahaina businessman Todd Domeck said that for several years they ...

Man ‘glad to be alive’ after shark encounter

Larry Oberto said he was “glad to be alive” after a 10- to 12-foot-long tiger shark deflated his stand-up paddleboard Tuesday morning offshore from Halama Street in Kihei. “I’m just glad there was no blood in the water, and I’m not getting stitches,” he said. “It’s a reminder ...

Kahului Pier 1 among statewide closures

KAHULUI — Much to the surprise of local staff and shoppers, two-decades-old Pier 1 Imports in Kahului will be closing its doors, joining the shuttering of all six other Pier 1 locations in the state. “I’m so depressed that I can’t even shop,” said longtime customer Rachel Chang, as ...

Attempted murder indictment in alleged Paia beating

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Paia man has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder in connection with an attack on a 25-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries after he reportedly was struck several times on the head with a blunt object. Troy Borge Jr., 29, pleaded not ...

Haleakala National Park entrance fees to increase Jan. 1

The Maui News Entrance fees to Haleakala National Park will be increasing by $5 for vehicles, motorcycles and annual park specific passes and $3 per person for bicycles and pedestrians on Jan. 1. The park hosts more than a million visitors a year and will be raising fees along with other ...

Health Department: Travelers should be on alert for measles

The Maui News Travelers are being advised to be on alert for measles due to outbreaks around the Pacific Basin and elsewhere, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. In Hawaii this year, there have been four reported cases of travel-related measles, including three visitors and one ...

Nominations for People Who Made a Difference sought

The Maui News The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the 25th People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2019. These could ...

Man gets 1 year in jail for hitting bicyclist with baton

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term has been ordered for a man who used a baton to hit and chase another man who was bicycling to work in Lahaina. Adrian Sugiyama, 35, was given a “last chance” on probation as part of his sentence imposed Nov. 27. He had pleaded no contest to second-degree ...

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Grand Wailea

The Maui News The Grand Wailea Maui held its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday and handed out a total of $30,000 in donations to three Maui County nonprofit organizations. About 3,000 people attended the Tree Lighting Ceremony for a 25-foot live Norfolk island pine tree and more than ...

Local Briefs

Open house for HARF project Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation’s supporters will be gather to celebrate the holidays and showcase the progress of the Community Education and Animal Center project from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1715 Kahekili Highway in Waihee. The community is welcome to attend and ...

Happy Hui Holidays

First photo: Christina Prevost, a part-time Kihei resident, peruses ornaments Saturday at Hui Holidays in Makawao. The Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center brings holiday magic to Upcountry with its popular annual event that runs through the holiday season. Each year the gallery is transformed into ...

District tax could help fund erosion project

WAILUKU — A new county financing tool could be used to pay for a multimillion dollar project to restore the Kahana Bay coastline, which is being severely eroded by sea level rise, frequent storms and seawalls built to protect condominiums. The Kahana Bay Steering Committee, which ...

Mokulele contract for Hana extended to Jan. 31

Mokulele Airlines will continue to service Hana through Jan. 31 as Makani Kai prepares to take over Essential Air Service for the East Maui community, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The department said in an order issued Friday that it planned to rely on Makani Kai to ...