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It’s pumpkin picking time

Arianna Hearn helps mom Leilani Hearn pick out a pumpkin Friday evening at Emmanuel Lutheran School’s 21st annual Pumpkin Patch in Kahului. “It’s her first time at the Pumpkin Patch,” Leilani Hearn said. “She’s kind of getting an idea of Halloween. We don’t know what her costume ...

Waiehu golf course receives improvements with more coming

Day by day, improvements are being made to the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, which Mayor Alan Arakawa had proposed to be shuttered because of millions of dollars in financial losses. But, after outcries from the public and golfers, the Maui County Council decided to keep the course open while ...

High court nixes vote on school funding amendment

The Hawaii Supreme Court threw out Friday a proposed state constitutional amendment to raise money for public schools by establishing a surcharge on investment real property. Hawaii’s four counties sued to block the measure while it was defended by state Attorney General Russell Suzuki. He ...

Man gets 10-year prison term in drugs, gun case

WAILUKU — A judge ordered a 10-year prison term for a Wailuku man Friday after police discovered hundreds of grams of marijuana and other drugs as well as illegal semi-automatic handguns in his home two years ago. Clayton Gomes, 28, pleaded no contest to first-degree theft and five ...

Historic Greenpeace vessel docks in Kahului

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise enters Kahului Harbor on Friday afternoon. The vessel was seized by the Russian government with 30 activists aboard in 2013 while protesting Arctic oil drilling by the Russian company Gazprom. The ship also was the first vessel to circumnavigate James Ross ...

National take-back initiative set for Oct. 27

Unused or expired medications may be disposed of safely this month during a national take-back initiative with the state Department of the Attorney General and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that includes a collection site on Maui. The medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

High-surf advisory up, 8 to 12 foot sets

A high-surf advisory is in effect for south-facing shores of all islands, and rain is expected today, the National Weather Service said. The high-surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday due to a powerful storm in the southern hemisphere. Surf is expected to hit 8 to 12 feet with ...

Group aims to send heartfelt message to Alexander & Baldwin

Malamalama Maui has launched a campaign called “36,000 Acres. 36,000 Hearts.” It’s aimed at Alexander & Baldwin and its 36,000 acres of former sugar cane land in Central Maui. Organizers say they want to show A&B that “corporation and community can both benefit when in ...

Scammer spoofing police Lahaina station

The Maui Police Department’s Lahaina Police Station phone number is being spoofed in a phone scam, police said. A Lahaina resident reported receiving a phone call from an unknown man selling Google play cards, police said. While the resident was on the phone, the person received another ...

Hana electronics, metals drop-offs set

The Hana Metals and Electronics Recycling event will be held at the Hana Landfill from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to 3, the county Department of Environmental Management announced. Metal items accepted include appliances, scrap metals, propane tanks, auto batteries and up to 15 auto ...

E-Cycling down Nov. 1 to 24

E-Cycling, the county-sponsored electronics recycling program, will be temporarily down from Nov. 1 to 24 at its Wailuku location due to a change in facility management, the county’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division said. The E-Cycling yard at 901 Lower Main St. accepts ...

Kaanapali waterlily

Raindrops rest on a lily at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Oct. 13 in Kaanapali.

Dignity in work

First Photo: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Hawaii Regional Sales Manager Tambara Garrick chats with job hunter Skylar Rutter (right) and family friend Brandon Crowe on Thursday morning during Ka Lima O Maui’s seventh annual Job Fair at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Ka Lima O ...

UH proposes brackish water study on Lanai

The University of Hawaii is proposing to deepen two water wells to research unusually high levels of brackish water several hundred feet above sea level on Lanai. Wells within the Palawai Basin are the only location in the state where salty water exists above sea level and its origin remains ...

Deadline for craft fair guide entries is today

The Maui News will be publishing a holiday craft fair guide on Nov. 4. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. today: • Name of the event. • Sponsoring organizations or businesses. • Date and time. • Location. • A general ...

Maui County jobless rate at 2.5 percent in September

The Maui News – Maui County’s unemployment rate rose a one-tenth of a percentage point, going from 2.4 to 2.5 percent from September last year to the same month this year, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported. In August of this year, the county’s jobless rate ...

Master P-Noy Chef to be crowned at Fil-Am festival

The Maui News – Three chefs from Maui’s top hotels will be competing for the title of Master P-Noy Chef at the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. Chefs Jonathan Pasion of the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Kirk Areola of the ...

Celebration of the past

First Photo: Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House volunteer docent Ray Corder gives Vancouver, British Columbia, residents Megan and Gordon Harris a tour Thursday afternoon in Wailuku. On display in the foreground is a unique metal pohaku ku‘i ai, or poi pounder. Dedicated in 1957, Bailey ...

Kahana shoreline erosion study to be discussed

The Maui News – A coastal engineering firm hired by Maui County will be discussing findings of its scientific study on shoreline erosion along Lower Honoapiilani Highway at Kaopala Bay in Kahana and offer possible solutions at a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Maui Preparatory Academy ...