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Bail set at $150K for man alleged to have fired rifle at neighboring homes

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $150,000 for a Makawao man who was arrested after he allegedly fired a rifle toward homes in his neighborhood Tuesday morning. Bennett Loope, 42, is charged with two counts of prohibited possession of a rifle and ammunition, third-degree promoting of a dangerous ...

Man posed as worker, potential renter to burglarize residences

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man arrested for burglarizing homes in Wailuku allegedly entered the homes under a ruse, in one case telling neighbors he had been hired to work on the house and in another pretending he wanted to rent the residence, a deputy prosecutor said. William Heintz, 37, of ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities • County fields, pools, gyms, parks and public restrooms, closed March 13 to April 13. Beach parks and restrooms closed. • Community centers, closed March 16 to April 16. • County offices closed until further notice. • Hana Highway to Hana and Piilani Highway ...

Second COVID-19 death reported in state, cases rise to 285

A second Hawaii resident has passed away from COVID-19, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. "Today, our community received the tragic news of the passing of a second Hawaii resident from the COVID-19 virus," Ige said in a statement. "Dawn and I express our deepest condolences to the victim’s ...

Hospital treats 1st case

Maui Memorial Medical Center is treating its first COVID-19 patient in one of its isolation rooms, hospital operator Maui Health System reported Wednesday. Appropriate isolation precautions are in place, Maui Health said in a news release. The hospital did not release any more information ...

Farmers adjust from growing for eateries to public

With recent restaurant and business closures and social distancing orders, harvesting and distributing fresh produce has become more challenging for farmers and for people looking to purchase locally grown food. The Hawaii Farmers Union United, local farmers and stores are working to maintain ...

Hawaiian to fly medical workers for free

Hawaiian Airlines is offering complimentary Neighbor Island flights for medical professionals throughout the month of April and also plans to continue passenger and cargo service to the Neighbor Islands, the airline said Wednesday. “This virus has presented an unprecedented test for all of ...

COVID-19 at a glance

Latest developments: • DOH reports 34 new cases; 25 on Oahu, three on Hawaii island, one on Maui and five with locations pending. • 258 confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Hawaii: 182 on Oahu, 26 in Maui County, 18 on Hawaii island, 12 on Kauai. There are 18 cases in which ...

County aid for essential expenses available

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino may ask the Maui County Council for up to $4 million more in emergency funding to help residents with essential expenses, as a county program to help those who lost their jobs and income due to COVID-19 began accepting applications Wednesday. The Hawaii ...

Meadow Gold Hawaii to be bought

POG lovers can breathe a sigh of relief after a prospective buyer surfaced for Meadow Gold Hawaii, which produces the beloved passion fruit, orange and guava drink. Dean Foods, the parent company of Meadow Gold Hawaii, said Wednesday that it had reached an “agreement in principle” with ...

Fresh produce sprouts up on local food pantry shelves

Local food pantries that often rely on canned goods are getting an unexpected boost of fresh produce on their shelves as farmers rush to offload products before they spoil. “We actually bought refrigerators throughout the building so we can get perishables, because there’s so much food ...

Cup of Cold Water partners with Ka Ohana Kitchen on meals

The Maui News A Cup of Cold Water is partnering with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s Ka Ohana Kitchen to provide lunch takeout meals from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The meals can be picked up at the back door of Good Shepherd Church Parish Hall. Personal hygiene and ...

Car goes over cliff; driver dies

The Maui News A 21-year-old Lahaina man died Wednesday morning when the car he was driving went over a cliff on Honoapiilani Highway in Kapalua, police said. Henry Cacatzun Vasquez died at the scene of the crash at 9:41 a.m. on the highway north of Plantation Estates Drive, police ...

Man faces enhanced charges in burglary

The Maui News A Wailuku man is facing enhanced charges of burglarizing a dwelling in a civil emergency after he was arrested Tuesday in the burglaries of three Wailuku residences, police said. William Heintz, 37, was being held in lieu of $160,000 bail Wednesday at the Wailuku Police ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities • County fields, pools, gyms, parks and public restrooms, closed March 13 to April 13. Beach parks and restrooms closed. • Community centers, closed March 16 to April 16. • County offices closed until further notice. • Hana Highway to Hana and Piilani Highway ...

UHMC employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at the University of Hawaii Maui College and a graduate student at UH Manoa have tested positive for COVID-19, UH President David Lassner said Thursday. In a letter to the UH community, Lassner said that the UHMC employee was last on campus briefly on Monday to pick up some ...

Maui Health treating first COVID-19 patient

Maui Health is treating its first confirmed COVID-19 patient, the hospital operator said Wednesday morning. The patient is currently in isolation and appropriate isolation precautions are in place, Maui Health said. Spokeswoman Lisa Paulson confirmed that the patient is being treated at Maui ...

Interisland travel quarantine takes effect today

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday requiring a 14-day quarantine for all interisland travelers, who are being told to travel only for essential reasons like work or health care. The measure goes into effect today through April 30 and is part of expanding travel ...

Idled rental cars fill landscape

KAHULUI — The sudden drop in visitors to Maui due to the global COVID-19 pandemic has sent rental car companies scrambling to find places to park their idled fleets. A helicopter flight over Kahului Airport on Tuesday provided by Windward Aviation pilot Don Shearer showed tens of thousands ...

At least 40 citations issued for violations of new rules

Police have issued at least 40 citations for violating emergency stay-at-home rules, with many of the violations occurring at beaches in the Kihei area, police said Tuesday. “You cannot sit on the beach. You cannot hang out on the beach. You can’t sunbathe,” said Maui police spokeswoman ...