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Maui has the highest number of tiger sharks, attacks in state

Not only does Maui have the highest number of tiger sharks in the state, the area also sees the most shark attacks, according to local scientists who have tracked and studied Hawaii sharks for decades. Shark bite frequency by island from 1995 to 2021 shows that Maui outpaces any other ...

Maui employment lags even as tourism returns

Maui County is forecast to see more of a rebound in tourism than the rest of the state this year, but employment numbers will not follow at the same pace, according to an economist with the University of Hawaii. Carl Bonham said Thursday that visitor arrivals are already looking up for Maui, ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Thursday reported 60 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, including 36 on Oahu, 15 on Maui, four on Hawaii island and one on Kauai. Four residents were diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 27,699 cases statewide, including ...

Trio blends unlikely sounds into award-winning music

An unusual blending of Hawaiian slack key guitar and steel guitar with the Chinese erhu led the “Across the Sea” trio of Jeff Peterson, Greg Sardinha and Tsun-Hui Hung to a 2018 Hoku Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Now, the three virtuosos on their respective instruments will ...

West Maui principal to lead Canoe Complex

The Maui News Rebecca Winkie, the principal of Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School, has been named complex area superintendent for the Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area. The state Board of Education approved the appointment of Winkie on Wednesday to replace longtime ...

Humpback whale research

A pod of humpback whales swimming close to the shoreline between Lahaina and Olowalu are shadowed by a crew aboard the Aloha Kai Ultimate Whale Watch Research and Response boat Wednesday afternoon. Aloha Kai manager Toni Colombo said the crew was conducting filming and research and had the ...

Chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting patient

The Maui News WAILUKU — A chiropractor is facing charges alleging he sexually assaulted a patient, after a judge last month denied a defense request to dismiss the indictment. Michael Pierner, 77, of Paia has pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual assault and four counts of ...

Walk-up vaccine clinic offered today only in Kihei

The Maui News Maui Health is offering walk-up registration and vaccination at its Kihei clinic today only for Phase 1b residents, with plans to expand vaccinations to people ages 70 and older starting Monday at all its vaccine clinic locations. The walk-up clinic, located at the Kaiser ...

Tsunami watch canceled after quake near New Zealand

The Maui News A tsunami watch was canceled for Hawaii after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake near New Zealand initially put the state on alert Thursday morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor struck the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand at 9:28 a.m. Hawaii time, triggering a ...

Kalama tennis court restrooms closed

Kalama Park tennis court restrooms are closed until further notice due to maintenance repairs needed for a main waterline, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced Thursday. Portable toilets will be available for public use during the closure. For questions, contact the ...

Woman released into quarantine

A California woman who was arrested for violating COVID-19 requirements when she arrived on Maui on Wednesday was later released after securing approved lodging to complete her 10-day travel quarantine, police said. Kayla Ladner, 27, didn’t have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test and ...

Molokai commission meeting is canceled

The Molokai Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled, the county announced. The next regular meeting will take place on March 24. For more information or to view commission documents, visit www.mauicounty.gov/193/Molokai-Planning-Commission.

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Today 5 • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), 12-step recovery program for people who want to develop healthy and loving relationships. 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Newcomers welcome. Email FridayNightCoda@gmail.com. Monday 8 • Habitat for Humanity Maui ReStore, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 ...

Program takes health care to the streets

Recognizing the need for providing medical and social services to those without care, a home, financial stability or transportation, Malama I Ke Ola Health Center created a program that brings health care directly to the unsheltered population on Maui. The Street Medicine Program, which ...

90-unit affordable rental project gets nod from committee

Developers of a 90-unit affordable housing project in Kihei are seeking nearly $6 million from the county’s Affordable Housing Fund to help acquire land for the project. The Maui County Council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee voted 9-0 Wednesday to recommend the ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health Wednesday reported 20 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, including 11 on Maui, eight on Oahu and one on Kauai. • There have now been 27,640 cases statewide, including 21,991 on Oahu, 2,375 in Maui County (2,240 on Maui, 108 on Lanai and ...

Wailea hotel prices spur state-high room revenue and daily rates

Due in part to sky-high prices in Wailea, Maui County hotels in January led the state in room revenue and average daily rates but saw a dip in occupancy after a steady increase in recent months, according to a recent Hawaii Tourism Authority report. Occupancy, revenue and daily rates are ...

Woman accused of DUI with pistol and drugs in car

WAILUKU — Bail was kept at $15,000 for a woman who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in a vehicle where police found a loaded pistol and drugs. Ana Havea, 34, of Kahului pleaded not guilty to keeping a pistol in an improper place, keeping ammunition in an improper place, ...

Resolution urges water, sewer credits for DHHL

The Maui News The Maui County Council will consider a resolution on Friday urging Mayor Michael Victorino to grant water and sewer credits to the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for homestead and agricultural lots in Lahaina. Access to water continues to pose significant obstacles ...

Maui County gets 2,000 doses of J&J vaccine

The Maui News Hawaii received its first shipment of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, with 5,900 doses delivered to Oahu and Maui, Kauai and Hawaii counties receiving 2,000 doses each. The recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a lower ...