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Winner of primary contest will take District 8 seat

The two candidates challenging incumbent Rep. Troy Hashimoto for the House District 8 seat say they plan to give a voice to those needing representation in the state Legislature. Educator and Hawaiian rights organizer Ka‘apuni Aiwohi wants to bring the concerns of Native Hawaiians to the ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reported 55 new cases Thursday, including 50 on Oahu, three on Hawaii island and two on Maui. This sets a new single-day record. • There now have been 1,490 cases statewide, including 1,167 on Oahu, 141 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on ...

Big flower actually tons of tiny ones

Tiny flowers, or florets, make up the center of a Kula sunflower in this photo taken earlier this month. The large head of a sunflower is an inflorescence or composite flower made up of two kinds of florets. Disc florets form the center and ray florets bear the outer ring of petal-like ...

Man charged in Kihei police station incident

The Maui News WAILUKU — A 64-year-old Wailea man who was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving a car toward a police officer, trespassing at the Kihei Police Station and threatening to bomb the station, has been formally charged with multiple counts.  Thomas Richter was being held on ...

Bail reduced to $6,000 in fatal crash

WAILUKU — A 2nd Circuit judge reduced bail to $6,000 for a 24-year-old Haiku woman, who is charged in a crash that killed a Texas woman in June 2019 in Haliimaile.  Judge Kelsey Kawano on Thursday lowered bail from $234,000 to $6,000 cash only for Kailey Amber Duarte. She is charged with ...

Man arrested in connection with big brush fire in trouble again

The Maui News WAILUKU — A 29-year-old man who was arrested last year in connection with a wildfire that scorched 9,000 acres in Central Maui and north Kihei is in trouble again after being charged with second-degree burglary and unauthorized control of a propelled motor vehicle for an ...

Man charged in ‘hate crime’

A 30-year-old Lahaina man posted $10,000 bail and has been released after being charged with first and second-degree assault involving three male victims at Oneloa or Big Beach in Makena on July 12, police said. Kadeem Johnson of Lahaina was arrested on a bench warrant July 17 in connection ...

Bayanihan drive set for Saturday

The third Bayanihan Food Distribution will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center in Kahului, across the street from Maui Waena Intermediate School. The drive-thru food distribution is open to the public and will continue until the supplies of ...

Man accused of strangling woman

A 41-year-old Kahului man was arrested for second-degree attempted murder Thursday morning for abusing and strangling a 41-year-old woman, police said. The victim, a Kahului woman, was treated at Maui Memorial Medical Center for life-threatening injuries, police said. At 1:44 a.m. ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities ** The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the public, although the County Council chamber and council member offices will remain closed. Public access is through the second-floor lobby during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday ...

Date pushed to Saturday by popular demand

Da Kitchen, the Kahului restaurant known for its oversized portions of savory local favorites, is coming back for seconds. Da Kitchen co-owner Mariah Brown said due to popular demand, the eatery that was scheduled to close Wednesday will remain open for takeout at least through ...

More than 6,700 ballots mailed in

By COLLEEN UECHI, Assistant City Editor More than 6,700 Maui County residents have already cast their ballots through the new all-mail voting system, according to the County Clerk’s Office. County Clerk Kathy Kaohu said that 6,732 ballots had been returned as of Tuesday, while another ...

You’ve filled out your ballot . . . Now what?

Hawaii is voting entirely by mail this year, but there are still several options for returning your ballot: • By mail. Voters should send in their ballot three to five days before the Aug. 8 election. The return envelope is postage paid via the U.S. Postal Service and addressed to the local ...

S. Maui House, Lanai council hopefuls at forum

State Rep. Tina Wildberger and opponent Don Couch went head to head on issues of water quality, runoff and flooding and how to safely bring kids back to school during a candidate forum held by their home district on Tuesday night. Wildberger and Couch, both Democrats who are running for the ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• State Department of Health reported 17 new cases Wednesday, all on Oahu.There now have been 1,435 cases statewide, including 1,117 on Oahu, 139 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 114 on Hawaii island and 43 on Kauai. Twenty-two residents have been diagnosed out of ...

Service center nears completion

The new two-story Maui County Service Center building, visible from Hookele Street in Kahului, should be completed in the next couple of months with the first county offices slated to move in by the end of the year, according to a county spokesman. The first floor also is expected to be ...

Douglas growing into ‘major hurricane’

The Associated Press and The Maui News The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season formed far from land Wednesday and was expected to become a major hurricane by today. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Douglas was centered about 1,570 miles east-southeast of Hilo as ...

HTA report: Maui hotels suffering the most in Hawaii

The Maui News Maui County hotel occupancy and revenue per available room were the lowest in the state in June at 7.2 percent and $16, respectively, with most properties shut down by the coronavirus. In the Hawaii Tourism Authority report released Wednesday, Hawaii island led the state with ...

County launches $3M small business relief program

The Maui News Maui County is partnering with six federal credit unions to offer $3 million in relief funds for local small businesses, Mayor Michael Victorino announced Wednesday. The new Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery and Relief Fund uses CARES Act monies and will begin taking ...

Man threatens MPD, tries to run over cop

A 64-year-old Kihei man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving toward a police officer, threatening police and trespassing at the Kihei Police Station. The man, who on Wednesday morning still had not been charged, was arrested for first-degree attempted assault against a police officer, ...