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Lawmakers mull ways to deal with fire risk, relief

State and local lawmakers are looking for ways to provide relief for West Maui residents still working to rebuild their homes and crops after fires in August. West Maui state Rep. Angus McKelvey said the fires brought several issues “to a glaring point” that he hoped to address through ...

Beautiful and inviting but can be deadly

HONOKOHAU VALLEY — Ragdoll. Pinball. Washing machine. Jazzy Wong, 35, of Huelo describes her near-death experience at Chutes and Ladders, a remote west side tidal pool, with words that highlight her sense of helplessness on Jan. 13. “My heart was racing; I could hear the wave coming,” ...

Uechi named assistant city editor

Colleen Uechi has been promoted to assistant city editor of The Maui News. She has been a general assignment reporter for The Maui News since 2015, covering stories ranging from the West Maui fires in August to the Haleakala telescope protests in 2017, and has won several Society of ...

South Maui park options presented

Three concepts for the undeveloped portion of the South Maui Community Park will be presented from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Kenolio Recreation Center, 131 S. Kihei Road. All of the concepts include a small, outdoor amphitheater; open space; walking paths; sports courts; a sports field and ...

Maui March for Life draws supporters for cause

Knights of Columbus members Mitch Skagerberg (right) and Mike Diaz carry a painting of Mother Mary at the head of Saturday morning’s Maui March for Life along Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului. About 100 people participated in the solemn procession that ended at Christ the King Church. “She was ...

Man nabbed with drugs, owns up to more at home

WAILUKU — After being found with drugs during a traffic stop and telling police he had more methamphetamine at his house, a Molokai man was sentenced to an 18-month jail term as part of four years’ probation. Solomon Kupau Jr., 53, who is also known as “Boy,” is serving the jail term ...

Wailea brush fire extinguished; close to Jan. 6 fire

About a quarter-acre of brush caught fire in Wailea but was knocked down quickly, not far from the location of a 200-acre fire three weeks ago, a Maui fire official said Sunday evening. At 7:14 p.m., fire crews received a call of a brush fire along Kalai Waa Street, mauka of the Wailea Fairway ...

Maui workers pleased, want back pay soon

Maui federal workers expressed relief Friday, but still were uneasy about the future following President Donald Trump’s agreement to reopen the government until Feb. 15 while negotiating with Congress over his border wall. On Friday, the 35th day of the partial shutdown, the longest in ...

Health care program for veterans to change this year

KIHEI — Hawaii Veterans Affairs officials announced Thursday that the VA will replace its current health system with a new, consolidated program later this year, aimed at increasing doctor choice and making it easier to use and navigate. The current Veterans Choice Program, which utilizes ...

State AFL-CIO still distributing food to workers

Even though an agreement has been reached to open the federal government for three weeks, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO will continue its “Feeding the Feds” program for impacted workers. Food will be available for federal workers who have been impacted by the partial federal shutdown from ...

Maui Bay Villas timeshare on Maui Lu site set for completion in 2021

The first phase of the Maui Bay Villas by Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare, on the site of the old Maui Lu in Kihei, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, according to a Hilton news release Friday. When completed, the 388-unit Maui Bay Villas will be HGV’s first on Maui ...

Prison time ordered after opportunity lost

WAILUKU — After being released from jail last year to enter a Mainland residential drug treatment program in “an opportunity of a lifetime,” a Kihei man left before completing the program and was sentenced Friday to a five-year prison term. Jeffrey Makekau, 52, had asked for another ...

Man relapses, resentenced to prison term

WAILUKU — A man who was released from jail last year to enter a residential rehabilitation program has been resentenced to a five-year prison term after he was let go from the program when he tested positive for drug use. Christopher Helmer, 29, agreed to the prison sentence Wednesday, said ...

Cellphone video leads to arrest in vehicle theft

A video recording by the owner of a stolen vehicle led to the arrest of a Kahului man who was seen in the driver’s seat and identified by a police officer, according to police. Devon-Werner Kalua-Manuel, 22, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle when he was arrested ...

High-surf advisory extended to 6 p.m.

A high-surf advisory for north- and east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been extended again — to 6 p.m. today — by the National Weather Service. Wave heights are expected to hit 14 to 18 feet for north-facing shores and 6 to 8 feet for east-facing shores. A large northwest swell ...

Meth, pot, bullets, fireworks found

A 33-year-old Pukalani man was arrested Wednesday after police reported finding crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, bullets and aerial fireworks in searches of his residence and vehicle. Shaun Dennis was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition, two counts ...

Dog kennel renovations begin

Dog kennel renovation at the Maui Humane Society begins Monday, and shelter space will be limited during the construction period. The work is expected to be finished by Feb. 21. The shelter will be open normal hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. During the construction period: • ...

Uber, Lyft may begin airport pickups beginning next month

The state Department of Transportation announced Thursday that transportation network companies, or ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, will be eligible to legally pick up customers at Kahului and Kapalua airports starting Feb. 1 at designated locations. Previously, ride-sharing ...

MCCC guard still recovering from inmate attack

A Maui Community Correctional Center guard still is recuperating from head and facial injuries after being kicked and punched by an inmate in October, as the state Department of Public Safety says its practices to prevent assaults on guards at the facility “are sound.” On Oct. 27, Bert ...