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Inmate: Broken phones a starter for ‘riot’ at jail

A discussion between staff and inmates at Maui Community Correctional Center over broken phones in the module, combined with “unstable, inhumane conditions and unconstitutional living conditions,” spurred what two inmates described as a “riot” last week at the Wailuku jail. The inmates ...

Closing arguments heard in Maui Lani ancestral site case

WAILUKU — Attorneys delivered their final arguments Monday in one Maui resident’s case against the state, the County of Maui and HBT of Maui Lani over Native Hawaiian burial sites. Jennifer Noelani Ahia filed the complaint last month in 2nd Circuit Court, putting a temporary stop to ...

Jury finds Kihei man guilty of assault outside local bar

WAILUKU — A man has been found guilty of assaulting another man, who testified he had to hold his broken jaw in place after being punched and kicked in the head outside a Kihei bar last year. In a verdict Friday, a 2nd Circuit Court jury convicted Paula Siosi Ngalu Jr. of a lesser charge of ...

Work progresses on senior rental housing project

Work continues on the the $34 million, 165-unit Kahului Lani senior affordable rental housing development in Kahului on Wednesday. Ground was broken in November for the nearly 4-acre project bordered by South Kane, Vevau and School streets, and situated between Kahului Foodland and Kahului ...

All parks reopened except Hookipa, Baldwin

The Maui News All Maui County beach parks were open Monday, except for Baldwin and Hookipa on the north shore, as the National Weather Service extended its high-surf warning to 6 a.m. today. The high-surf warning affects north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of ...

DLNR meeting to discuss overcrowding at Molokini is Thursday

The Maui News A meeting to discuss recent studies about overcrowding by commercial tours at the Molokini Crater conservation district and their impacts on habitat, as well as possible administrative rule and management remedies, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kihei Community ...

737 Max flown to San Francisco

A United Airlines 737 Max jetliner grounded at Kahului Airport on Wednesday was flown, without passengers, to San Francisco on Friday, according to an airport official. Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz said Monday that United received Federal Aviation Administration maintenance ...

Drum explodes at beer company

A Maui Brewing Co. employee was injured Monday morning when a 55-gallon drum exploded after he started using a plasma cutter to open the empty drum that once held isopropyl alcohol, a fire official said. Kihei firefighters and medics, responding to the call at about 11 a.m., treated the ...

Ocean rescues on west side

Three oceangoers were helped to shore Sunday afternoon in waters off West Maui, a fire official said. Responding to reports of a snorkeler in distress at 3 p.m. at Kapalua Bay, Napili firefighters found the snorkeler wasn’t in distress but wasn’t making progress back to shore, said Fire ...

Missing man, 36, being sought

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 36-year-old man who was last heard from by Mainland relatives in December. Thomas A. Gatlin is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He has the initials “TAG” tattooed on his right shoulder ...

Hiroshi Arisumi

A World War II veteran who built starter homes for Maui families, loved tinkering in his Upcountry garden and helped turn the dream of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center into reality, died earlier this month in his Pukalani home. Hiroshi Arisumi, who passed away March 8, was remembered by ...

Ceremony for Maui’s late dean of track and field

Doris Yamamoto, 92, and granddaughter Aleysa Martin pose with a photo of Doris’ late husband, Satoki Yamamoto, during a ceremony held at Friday’s finals of the Yamamoto Invitational inside the Satoki Yamamoto Track & Field Facility in Wailuku. Satoki Yamamoto was the meet founder as ...

Home, condo prices rise as sales and inventory continue to decline

WAILUKU — The median sales price for single-family homes and condominiums in Maui County spiked in February while the number of sales and inventory continued to decline. The single-family home median sales price jumped 15.4 percent to $790,000 in February, up from $684,350 the same time ...

Parks closed due to high surf

The Maui News North- and west-facing beach parks remain closed today as a precaution during the high-surf warning, the county announced Sunday. Papalaua Wayside Park was closed on Sunday, and the county planned to keep the other parks closed until a safety assessment has been completed and ...

Kihei Charter to reschedule event

Kihei Charter School has canceled a performance of Merlin and Youforia due to scheduling conflicts. The event, sponsored by the South Maui Learning Ohana, had been scheduled for Saturday at the school’s newly completed Altitude Deck. It will now be rescheduled for a later date. A portion of ...

Transportation topic of meeting

Transportation options in South Maui and a road user charge system will be the topic of presentations at the Kihei Community Association’s meeting on Tuesday. Lauren Armstrong, executive director of the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, will discuss multimodal transportation options ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from March 3 to 9. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of March 7 to 12. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Mokulele ready to test hybrid aircraft between Kahului, Hana

A California startup plans to begin test flights of a hybrid electric aircraft between Kahului and Hana later this year, technology that could eventually prove a “game changer” for interisland carriers like Mokulele Airlines. Ampaire is bringing the prototype plane to Maui this fall and ...