Artists Noble Richardson (from right), Kirk Kurokawa, Amanda Bowers and Elmer Bio Jr. work on their large mural off Wailuku’s Main Street, near the intersection with Market Street on Friday afternoon. The colorful piece includes an ‘alala, or Hawaiian crow, and a hina’i, or Hawaiian fishing trap. The artwork is part of the weeklong “Sea Walls Maui –Mauka to Makai” project, which was scheduled to wrap up today. Hosted by the PangeaSeed Foundation and Small Town * Big Art, the goal of the mural project is to “catalyze positive change” for the oceans in the local community and among visitors and to reinforce the connection of upstream, noncoastal towns to the sea.
SECOND PHOTO: Kula artist Gregg Kaplan uses a stencil and spray paint while creating “a visual collage of different elements from nature” on a back wall of Uptown Texaco on Friday afternoon.
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Construction is underway on the Makena Golf & Beach Club in this photo taken Jan. 23. The tallest buildings will be four stories. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Heavy equipment operators, including one using a powerful electromagnet to comb for scrap metal, work on the site of the former Maui Prince Hotel on Jan. 23 in Makena. The Makena Golf & Beach Club will replace the old hotel. There will be 65 units in low-rise single-family and multifamily structures. The buildings under construction are located on the site above the former hotel and on an adjacent hole of the former golf course near Makena Alanui Road. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui Police Department Dispatch Center works with the new RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse, which allows police emergency service dispatchers to receive location information from some cellphones. — Maui Police Department photo
Kahului Airport taxi driver Sun Ko opens her vehicle for passengers Friday morning. The taxi staging area averaged fewer than half the pickups of Lyft and Uber over a span of two hours Friday morning. — The Maui News / KEHAULANI CERIZO photo
Makalapua Bancaco searches for a ride on her phone via the Lyft app Friday morning at Kahului Airport. The Lahaina woman and her husband were among the first to catch a ride on the launch of legal Lyft and Uber pickups at Neighbor Island airports. — The Maui News / KEHAULANI CERIZO photo
Maui County Council Member Tamara Paltin asks Jeff Pearson a question Friday. She voted against recommending approval of his nomination but was on the losing side of a 7-2 vote. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Acting water Director Jeff Pearson answers a question during his confirmation hearing in Maui County Council Chambers on Friday afternoon. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo