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Residents respond to shutdown with aloha

MAALAEA — Businesses, churches and community members around Maui are responding to the federal government shutdown with startups of goodwill. “Can’t shut down aloha,” said Kyle Kawakami, Maui Fresh Streatery food truck chef-owner, who is helping lead a charge for meal ...

Kihei man is sentenced to 40 years for string of crimes

WAILUKU — A Kihei man who was a teenager when he participated in a series of “senseless and vicious” robberies and assaults during a three-day period six years ago was sentenced Wednesday to prison terms totaling 40 years. Napali Paa, now 22, received the same sentence that was handed ...

Bail kept at $500,000 for sex-assault suspect

WAILUKU — Bail was kept at $500,000 for a 58-year-old man who was indicted on felony charges for allegedly forcing a woman into a bathroom at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and threatening to sexually assault her. Raymond Birano Jr., who appeared in 2nd Circuit Court Wednesday, was arrested ...

Boy Scouts open to girls ages 11 to 17 in February

Beginning in February, Maui County girls ages 11 to 17 may join the Boy Scouts, part of a nationwide change that began in October 2017 when the Boy Scouts announced that it would accept girls into the program. The Boy Scouts program name for older members will also change to Scouts BSA in ...

Airport improvements

Reflections Glass glazier Anthony Luna helps install windows for a new conference room at Kahului Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The conference room for airport personnel is located on the ground floor between arrivals and departures and occupies space formerly held by Pass and ID, TSA and Lost ...

Homeless man, 47, reported missing

Maui Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating 47-year-old Paul Cavazos, a homeless man who has been reported missing. He was reported missing by a relative on the Mainland who last heard from him three to four months ago, according to a Crime Stoppers bulletin issued ...

Man caught with stolen tools

Police arrested a man who was found with tools that had been stolen from a vehicle parked at a Kihei shopping center Monday, according to police. Miguel Washington, 28, of Kihei was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and disorderly conduct. ...

Bail set for man on firearms charge

Bail was set at $10,000 for a 50-year-old Kula man who was arrested Sunday when police found a semiautomatic pistol in a vehicle. Eric Dawkins was charged with keeping a pistol or revolver in an improper place. Police located Dawkins in a vehicle parked at Pukalani Terrace Center after 4 ...

Farm Service Agency offices scheduled to open temporarily

The Maui News The Farm Service Agency office in Kahului will reopen today, Friday and Tuesday to offer limited services for farmers and ranchers during the government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that about 2,500 Farm Service Agency employees had been ...

Woman caught twice with meth is given four years’ probation

The Maui News WAILUKU — After being arrested twice when police found methamphetamine in searches of her home, a Kihei woman was placed on four years’ probation Friday. Sherri Hunt, 54, was spared any additional jail time after her attorney, Chris Dunn, said Hunt’s health had ...

New veterans center plans move forward on Molokai

Plans for a second veterans center are moving forward on Molokai, upsetting some veterans who say they don’t need another center after the decadelong struggle to build the first one. Cedric Duarte, spokesman for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, said Tuesday that the department ...

Key Maui lawmakers discuss session, which opens today

Election recount procedures, infrastructure and school improvements and allowing more time to study the replacement of cesspools are some of the areas Maui County’s state legislators aim to tackle this legislative session, which begins today at the state Capitol on Oahu. Akaku Maui ...

Hawaii lawmakers draft bills for recounts in close elections

HONOLULU (AP) — At least three state senators are drafting legislation that would require automatic recounts in close election races in Hawaii. The bills being drafted seek to avoid or more quickly resolve election disputes such as the one ongoing for a Honolulu City Council seat, the ...

Protesting Navy exercises

Arcadia University student Taylor Tremain takes part Tuesday afternoon in a protest against upcoming U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command exercises in Hawaii waters. The sign waving event featured interns and staff from the Ocean Mammal Institute. “We hope to raise awareness about the decrease ...

UH offering online degree programs

The Maui News The University of Hawaii will be starting a degree program with five-week online classes through the community colleges in the fall. The goal is to provide more flexibility for residents to earn a degree while working and raising families, a UH news release said Sunday. The ...

Laws, rules being enforced at Haleakala National Park

The Maui News Haleakala National Park emphasized Tuesday that rangers are enforcing all regulations during the partial federal shutdown. The few rangers who are on duty without pay may issue citations with camping, speeding and other traffic regulations enforced, the park said. No drones ...

Prenatal telemedicine available at Lanai center

The Maui News An obstetrics and gynecology physician on Oahu will be offering telemedicine prenatal care visits at the Lanai Community Health Center this month. Since Lanai does not have labor and delivery services, this program will offer pregnant mothers on Lanai the opportunity to reduce ...

Refuse route missed in Makawao

A refuse collection route in Makawao was missed Tuesday due to a shortage of personnel and will be picked up today, the county Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division said. Affected areas include Ai Street; Nane Lane; Maha and Pookela roads; Aina Manu, Alana, Balthazar, ...

Man pulled from water identified

The man who was pronounced dead after he was pulled out of the water at Honolua Bay on Saturday has been identified as 54-year-old Plinio Lattanzi of Lahaina, Maui police said. Lt. Gregg Okamoto said that around 5 p.m. Saturday a male surfer became unresponsive while in waters at Honolua Bay. ...

Housing office closed half day

The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns’ Housing Division will close its office from noon to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 for staff training. Clients, including Housing Choice Voucher Program participants, will be unable to drop off documents or materials during the office closure. The ...