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Mother: Lost hiker ‘couldn’t go forward and she couldn’t go back’

WAILUKU — The mother of hiker Amanda Eller, who went missing for more than two weeks and lived off berries and guava in the bewildering forest of Maui’s northeast side, said her daughter will take her cellphone on future outdoor treks. “Before her journey, she wanted to unplug, she ...

Gina Rodriguez to receive MFF Navigator Award

WAILEA — Golden Globe-winning movie and television actress and champion of the causes of inclusion and women’s empowerment, Gina Rodriguez will accept the 2019 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award, festival founder and director Barry Rivers announced today. Best known as the star of the ...

Man, 65, dies after Kaanapali shark attack

A 65-year-old man died Saturday after going for a swim about 60 yards from shore fronting the Aston Kaanapali Shores when he was attacked by a shark, according to state and county officials. The California resident, identified by police as Thomas Smiley, was unresponsive when he was brought ...

Case still open; family of missing hiker in Wailuku seeks help

Police confirmed Saturday that the case remained open for hiker Noah “Kekai” Mina, 35, who went missing in Kapilau Ridge Trail area in Wailuku nearly a week ago. Lt. Gregg Okamoto said there were no updates as of Saturday evening. On Friday, an official GoFundMe page was launched by family ...

Memorial Day ceremony planned

The Maui County Veterans Council will be holding a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday with the theme of “The Forgotten War,” paying special tribute to Korean War veterans. The program will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the lawn area at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery located at 3363 ...

Master plan set to double overall size of Baldwin Beach Park

Two concepts for the Baldwin Beach Park Master Plan — which could double the size of the current beach park — will be up for public review and comment during an open house on May 30, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The open house will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. ...

Tentative deal reached in Kihei injection well suit

A lawsuit over Maui County’s Kihei injection wells — which is a separate and much older case than the current Lahaina injection well suit grabbing headlines — appears to be heading for settlement, both parties acknowledged Friday. In 2009, the Puko‘a o Kama Alliance filed a ...

Water Supply declares Upcountry shortage, reduced usage

Due to the potential for drier conditions this summer, the county Department of Water Supply on Friday declared a Stage 1 water shortage effective immediately for Upcountry that asks area customers to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 10 percent. Water customers in Haiku, Makawao, ...

Beating the heat with dip in Wailuku River

Dad Drake Daniels of Wailuku helps 17-month-old daughter Noelle work on her swimming technique Friday in Wailuku River near Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley. Daniels, who works as a greeter at Kahului Airport, said the cool valley waters were a welcome relief from this week’s ...

Wailuku man ordered to sex offender treatment, probation for assault of girl

WAILUKU — A Wailuku man was ordered to participate in sex offender treatment as part of his sentence for assaulting a girl who was 5 years old when she reported she had been sexually molested. Eli Ku Jr., 53, was placed on four years’ probation Friday and was given credit for 32 days he ...

Volunteers sought for hurricane season

The Hawaii Red Cross is seeking volunteers for hurricane season, which begins June 1. Volunteers are needed to work in shelters, conduct damage assessment and assist with logistics, especially with movement of supplies. Volunteers will be asked to be on-call for storms that threaten Hawaii ...

ReStore opens in new larger location

Habitat for Humanity Maui’s ReStore has reopened in a larger location in Wailuku. The store, which sells new and slightly used construction and remodeling materials and furniture, is now located at 1162 Lower Main St. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The ...

OHA budget open to public review

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking community input for its preliminary budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The biennium budget covers July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020 (fiscal year 2020) and July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 (fiscal year 2021). OHA has created a webpage at ...

Applicants sought for Judiciary board

Attorney and nonattorney applicants are being sought to fill six positions on the Hawaii Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. The board oversees the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct and incapacity, and recommends appropriate action to the ...

DOE seeks feedback on its 10-year plan

The state Department of Education is seeking feedback on the first draft of a 2030 Promise Plan, which will guide the department for the next decade. An online toolkit for the community to provide feedback is at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. Feedback will be gathered through Aug. 1, with a ...

Fire crews knock down Upcountry brush fire

Firefighters were battling a brush fire in Kula that burned about 2 acres after being reported Friday afternoon, a fire official said. The fire was reported at 5:01 p.m. mauka of Kula Highway near Omaopio Road. Two engine companies, a tanker, battalion chief and Air One helicopter were ...

Man, 65, identified in deadly Kaanapali water incident

A 65-year-old male died Saturday after going for a swim about 60 yards from shore fronting Kaanapali Shores when witnesses said he was "pulled under possibly due to a shark attack," according to police. The victim was identified late Saturday as Thomas Smiley, a California resident vacationing ...

Graduation day at King Kekaulike

Song leaders Lyric Love (left, first photo) and Kellen Caluag lead King Kekaulike High School’s Class of 2019 in singing the National Anthem during Thursday evening’s commencement ceremonies in the school’s stadium. The school’s 21st graduating class featured 183 students. Second ...