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Seat belt enforcement the focus of ‘Click It Or Ticket’

The Maui News Police will increase enforcement of seat belt violations while participating in the nationwide “Click It Or Ticket” campaign, which begins Monday. During the two-week campaign, officers will issue citations to drivers and passengers who aren’t properly using seat belts. ...

Crews search for missing hiker

Ground and air searches were underway Thursday for a missing 35-year-old hiker who was last seen Wednesday morning and whose vehicle was found near Kahakapao Trail in the Makawao Forest Reserve. The woman was last seen at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. ...

Fresh produce voucher limit hit

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh produce, has reached its fund allotment and will be putting new applicants on a waiting list, Maui Economic Opportunity announced. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services ...

Brown-water advisory canceled

A brown-water advisory for the shoreline from Hookipa to Kahana was canceled Thursday by the state Department of Health. The advisory was posted Tuesday due to heavy rain causing runoff in streams. The forecast for today is mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon, according to ...

Hana recycling event is set

A metals and electronics recycling event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 30 to June 1 at the Hana Landfill, the county Department of Environmental Management announced. Metal items accepted include large appliances, up to 15 auto tires, auto batteries, propane tanks and scrap metals. ...

Pulehu Road section to close

A portion of Pulehu Road from Hansen Road to Hookele Street in Central Maui will be repaved from May 20 to 24, the Department of Public Works announced. The road will be completely closed during work hours, weekdays 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motorists will be detoured to other roads.

Maui the perfect place to celebrate

Honeymooners Daniel and Rachel Giraldo of Utah share a kiss at Kanaha Beach Park on Wednesday afternoon. The couple was married Saturday and said they were finding Maui the perfect place to celebrate. “It’s just peaceful, the locals are nice, it’s perfect,” Daniel Giraldo said. The ...

Panel defers rule change extending liquor-to-go hours

WAILUKU — A bartender, a priest and a group of local students walked into a public hearing on Wednesday to oppose a rule change that would allow Maui County restaurants to serve liquor to go. The county Liquor Control Department says a state law already allows it and that the county is just ...

Hana nonprofit receives $2.2 million to purchase 27 acres

The Maui News The state land board approved a Legacy Land Conservation Program grant of $2.2 million to a Hana nonprofit group to acquire 27 acres in East Maui at Mokae-Makaalae. The grant was awarded April 26 by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to Ke Ao Hali‘i with a ...

Felony drug, firearms charges upheld

The Maui News WAILUKU — Felony charges have been upheld against a man and woman who were at a Haiku home where police found guns and drugs last month. In the April 25 search of the home on Ulumalu Place, police found three handguns, a rifle, ammunition and a butterfly knife, as well as ...

Cards for mom

First photo: Leia Grace Stevens, 9, and he brother, Luke Stevens, 5, pose with Mother’s Day cards they made for their mom Wednesday afternoon at the Kahului Public Library. Children’s Librarian Jennifer Fuchikami said it was fun to help children use their imaginations and artistic talents. ...

Paddlers Restaurant closed due to roaches

The Maui News The state Department of Health closed Paddlers Restaurant and Bar in Kaunakakai due to roach infestation and maintenance issues. A red “Closed” placard has been posted at the restaurant at 10 Mohala St. The restaurant’s food permit license also has been suspended, ...

Scuba diver, 72, helped to shore

The Maui News Firefighters and lifeguards helped a 72-year-old woman to shore after she became stuck on rocks at a point off Ulua Beach in Wailea while scuba diving Tuesday morning, a fire official said. Waves had pushed the woman onto the rocks, and she had been yelling for help from ...

No charges in Lanai case

Two Lanai women who were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl were released pending further investigation, police said. The women, ages 40 and 30, were arrested at their residence early Monday after the girl’s mother reported she didn’t return home at 6 p.m. Sunday, ...

Commencement at UH-MC today

The UH-Maui College spring commencement will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. today on the Great Lawn on campus. UH-Maui College and University Center students will be receiving their degrees and certificates. Students who have obtained an academic subject certificate, associate in applied ...

Sugimura talk story Saturday

County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will be holding her monthly talk story from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upcountry Farmers Market. Also at the event will be state Rep. Kyle Yamashita, who represents Pukalani, Kula and Makawao. Sugimura holds the Upcountry council residency seat. The ...

Mental health professions explained

The clinical director of Maui Family Guidance Center will be speaking Friday on “Clinical Professions of Mental Health.” Dr. Adam Coles will be the speaker at the Mental Health America of Hawaii May Brown Bag Lunch at the J. Walter Cameron Center Conference Room 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ...

Wailuku school pickup Saturday

Wailuku Elementary School’s tickets for pound cake, Portuguese sausage, hot dog manapua and cinnamon bread can be redeemed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the school cafeteria. If picking up a large order, bring a box, school fundraiser officials said.

Corrections

• MADD awards. Deputy Prosecutor Richelle Kawasaki was misidentified in a caption for a photo of Maui Police Department officers and a deputy prosecutor recognized for fighting impaired driving, due to information provided to The Maui News. The photo was published Wednesday on Page A3. * ...