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Maui County’s doctor shortage grows

The doctor shortage in Maui County continues to grow with a recent preliminary Hawaii physician workforce report showing the county currently 166 doctors short of the number needed, up from 141 in 2018 and 139 in 2017. Among specialists, Maui County has no colorectal surgeons and has a need ...

Parking lot fatality, then shooting draw concern, attention

KAHULUI — A piece of leftover crime scene tape hugged the curb in the parking lot of the old Kahului Safeway store Thursday morning, near where a homeless man allegedly shot another homeless man earlier that day and a Kahului man died in a fatal car crash the evening before. “Two ...

Dirt bike riders frustrated, looking for legal place to ride

With no plans for an off-highway-vehicle dirt park, the challenge of developing legal riding grounds has driven the riding community to petition for change. “The problem is finding a legal sustainable place for OHV riders to enjoy their sport,” said Tom Hawk, spokesman for Maui Off Road ...

Median home price reaches historic high

Maui County’s median sales price for single-family homes last month reached a historic high of $837,500, the second time this year that the median price surpassed the $800,000 threshold, a real estate report said. The median sales price for homes in August skyrocketed 19.6 percent compared ...

Hawk30 test ‘better than expected’

The first stratospheric test flight of the Hawk30 drone that launched Wednesday from Edward Air Force Base in California was “better than expected,” with flights over Lanai as a permanent wireless airborne service platform coming in the near future. “It flew better than expected. We are ...

Deaf group to sign wave

Maui Deaf Friends, which strongly supports the return of Angel Ramos as principal of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, will be sign waving from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Kaahumanu Avenue near Sears. The group was “heartbroken and shocked” by the recent transfer of Ramos. Members ...

New course grass installation complete

The Waiehu Municipal Golf Course will open for play Friday with new SeaStar Seashore Paspalum grass on the front nine, the county Parks and Recreation Department announced. The back nine regrassing was completed about a year ago. The SeaStar Seashore Paspalum salt-tolerant grass is a good fit ...

UH-MC receives $1M for Kaihuwa‘a

University of Hawaii Maui College received a $1 million award for its Project Kaihuwa‘a, a program aimed at increasing academic success for low-income, talented students and improving overall retention, graduation and transfer rates. Given by the National Science Foundation, the Maui award ...

Man placed on probation after road rage incident

WAILUKU — A Lahaina man has been placed on four years’ probation for threatening occupants of another vehicle with what appeared to be a rifle in what was described as a case of road rage. Jairus Biga, 33, was given credit for 60 days he previously spent in jail when he was sentenced Aug. ...

Two arrested in shooting at old Safeway parking lot

KAHULUI — Police opened an attempted murder investigation into the shooting of a homeless man by another homeless man early Thursday in Kahului. They made two arrests. Wailuku patrol officers were dispatched to investigate reports of the shooting in the area of Hoohana Street at 4:24 ...

County cap for waterline repayment in pipeline

KULA — The tension over whether the county or the homeowner should foot the bulk of the bill for waterline improvements, especially in Upcountry agricultural areas with no or outdated county infrastructure, continues as two bills are being hashed out in a council committee. Council Member ...

A family tradition

Eighteen-month-old Lily Micheel helps dad, Shane Micheel, and brother, Caleb, 3, try to stay one step ahead of the waves while building a sandcastle along the shore break at Kaanapali Beach last week. Shane Micheel, who lives in Denver, said vacationing on Maui is a family tradition that dates ...

Auwahi allowed to increase ‘incidental take’ of bats

Auwahi Wind Energy’s request to be allowed more accidental bat deaths at its wind farm in Kanaio was accepted by state and federal agencies, a company spokeswoman confirmed this week. Auwahi Wind Energy owns the 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind Farm on Ulupalakua Ranch land. It sought to increase ...

Speed ruled out as factor in parking lot crash

The Maui News Police said speed isn’t considered a factor in a fatal four-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the old Safeway store in Kahului. The crash occurred at 5:09 p.m. when a white 1996 Acura sedan was traveling north in the side of the parking lot closer to ...

Tavares center in Pukalani to close Oct. 1 for a year

The Maui News The 27-year-old Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani will be closed for repairs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2020, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing Pukalani Office at the center will be closed beginning ...

Lahaina man pledges to stay out of trouble for family’s sake

The Maui News WAILUKU — After saying he would stay out of trouble for the sake of his family, a Lahaina man was placed on five years’ probation for abusing his girlfriend by impeding her breathing last year. Patrick Vasquez, 39, was ordered to serve a six-month jail term but was allowed ...

Hana road in Kipahulu to close for repairs

The Maui News A portion of Hana Highway about half a mile on the Hana side of Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday as part of a project to repair damage from a landslide, the Department of Public Works announced. It will be a ...

Golden Rule docks at Maalaea to spread anti-nuclear message

MAALAEA — Spectators gathered by slip No. 20 at Maalaea Small Boat Harbor to welcome the 36-foot sailboat the Golden Rule, which is sailing the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific to spread the message that nuclear disarmament is possible. The boat left Hilo early Tuesday and docked at Maalaea ...

Maui coral show new signs of bleaching

Coral bleaching already is happening at reefs around Maui and Hawaii island, and scientists fear that if warmer ocean temperatures persist, a repeat of unprecedented bleaching events in 2014 and 2015 may occur. A state aquatics team assessment last week of coral health off Maui’s south ...

PUC OKs Hana Water System refund proposal

The Maui News Hana Water Systems’ proposal to refund nearly $17,000 to customers who were overcharged for water services was approved Friday by the state Public Utilities Commission. It gave the utility 60 days to make the refunds. The company overcharged 178 customers in September and ...