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Woman hit on head, robbed

A 57-year-old woman reported her belongings were missing after she was struck in the back of the head and lost consciousness Sunday night in Lahaina, police said. The woman, who has no local address, said she was sitting in front of Nagasako Store at 845 Wainee St. when she was struck, police ...

Coupons for fresh veggies for elderly

Low-income seniors, age 60 and older, are eligible for $50 coupons to be used to purchase fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey, Maui Economic Opportunity has announced. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides the coupons to qualified seniors to purchase ...

UH warns budget cuts would eliminate jobs

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii has warned that proposed budget reductions by the Hawaii Legislature would result in the elimination of hundreds of positions. Administrators say planned cuts would total $30 million over two years and permanently delete 121 faculty positions that ...

Corrections

• Iao Valley bathrooms. At Iao Valley State Monument, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is proposing to renovate the existing comfort station, or stand-alone bathroom facility, and not replace it. An article on Page A1 that continued on Page A4 on Friday incorrectly described ...

Local Briefs

Benefit set for youth rodeo group The Maui Youth Rodeo Organization will have a benefit from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Oskie Rice Arena in Makawao. Activities will include a rodeo competition, family fun events, jumping castles and food booths. Admission is free. In the evening, ...

Hawaii bills push first state ban on plastics

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii’s measure targeting ...

Inmate: Broken phones a starter for ‘riot’ at jail

A discussion between staff and inmates at Maui Community Correctional Center over broken phones in the module, combined with “unstable, inhumane conditions and unconstitutional living conditions,” spurred what two inmates described as a “riot” last week at the Wailuku jail. The inmates ...

Closing arguments heard in Maui Lani ancestral site case

WAILUKU — Attorneys delivered their final arguments Monday in one Maui resident’s case against the state, the County of Maui and HBT of Maui Lani over Native Hawaiian burial sites. Jennifer Noelani Ahia filed the complaint last month in 2nd Circuit Court, putting a temporary stop to ...

Jury finds Kihei man guilty of assault outside local bar

WAILUKU — A man has been found guilty of assaulting another man, who testified he had to hold his broken jaw in place after being punched and kicked in the head outside a Kihei bar last year. In a verdict Friday, a 2nd Circuit Court jury convicted Paula Siosi Ngalu Jr. of a lesser charge of ...

Work progresses on senior rental housing project

Work continues on the the $34 million, 165-unit Kahului Lani senior affordable rental housing development in Kahului on Wednesday. Ground was broken in November for the nearly 4-acre project bordered by South Kane, Vevau and School streets, and situated between Kahului Foodland and Kahului ...

All parks reopened except Hookipa, Baldwin

The Maui News All Maui County beach parks were open Monday, except for Baldwin and Hookipa on the north shore, as the National Weather Service extended its high-surf warning to 6 a.m. today. The high-surf warning affects north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of ...

DLNR meeting to discuss overcrowding at Molokini is Thursday

The Maui News A meeting to discuss recent studies about overcrowding by commercial tours at the Molokini Crater conservation district and their impacts on habitat, as well as possible administrative rule and management remedies, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kihei Community ...

737 Max flown to San Francisco

A United Airlines 737 Max jetliner grounded at Kahului Airport on Wednesday was flown, without passengers, to San Francisco on Friday, according to an airport official. Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz said Monday that United received Federal Aviation Administration maintenance ...

Drum explodes at beer company

A Maui Brewing Co. employee was injured Monday morning when a 55-gallon drum exploded after he started using a plasma cutter to open the empty drum that once held isopropyl alcohol, a fire official said. Kihei firefighters and medics, responding to the call at about 11 a.m., treated the ...

Ocean rescues on west side

Three oceangoers were helped to shore Sunday afternoon in waters off West Maui, a fire official said. Responding to reports of a snorkeler in distress at 3 p.m. at Kapalua Bay, Napili firefighters found the snorkeler wasn’t in distress but wasn’t making progress back to shore, said Fire ...

Missing man, 36, being sought

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 36-year-old man who was last heard from by Mainland relatives in December. Thomas A. Gatlin is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He has the initials “TAG” tattooed on his right shoulder ...

Hiroshi Arisumi

A World War II veteran who built starter homes for Maui families, loved tinkering in his Upcountry garden and helped turn the dream of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center into reality, died earlier this month in his Pukalani home. Hiroshi Arisumi, who passed away March 8, was remembered by ...

Ceremony for Maui’s late dean of track and field

Doris Yamamoto, 92, and granddaughter Aleysa Martin pose with a photo of Doris’ late husband, Satoki Yamamoto, during a ceremony held at Friday’s finals of the Yamamoto Invitational inside the Satoki Yamamoto Track & Field Facility in Wailuku. Satoki Yamamoto was the meet founder as ...

Home, condo prices rise as sales and inventory continue to decline

WAILUKU — The median sales price for single-family homes and condominiums in Maui County spiked in February while the number of sales and inventory continued to decline. The single-family home median sales price jumped 15.4 percent to $790,000 in February, up from $684,350 the same time ...

Parks closed due to high surf

The Maui News North- and west-facing beach parks remain closed today as a precaution during the high-surf warning, the county announced Sunday. Papalaua Wayside Park was closed on Sunday, and the county planned to keep the other parks closed until a safety assessment has been completed and ...