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Olelo to air weekly Legislature show

Oahu-based ‘Olelo Community Media will premiere its popular weekly “Live at the Legislature” show starting 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and it will run weekly throughout the 2020 legislative session. A major development this year is the expansion of the broadcast area — viewers on Maui, Hawaii ...

Kahoolawe trolling later this month

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Jan. 18-19 and 25-26, according to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources. Two ...

McKelvey to speak at LAC meeting

State Rep. Angus McKelvey of West Maui and North Kihei will be speaking at the LahainaTown Action Committee annual meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Pioneer Inn Courtyard. The LahainaTown Action Committee invites members and west side residents to meet the new board of directors and ...

Island ranchers, businesses oppose hike to shipping rates

WAILUKU — Testifiers on Tuesday night were strongly opposed to Young Brothers’ request for a general rate increase of 34 percent, saying it would have “astronomical impacts” on farming communities and local businesses. During a public hearing before the state Public Utilities ...

Rehab center set for Hana moving forward

Construction of a $5.3 million rehabilitation center — which was once part of a much larger plan for a wellness village in Hana — can proceed without further environmental review, following a decision by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources last month. The decision was ...

Man who ran into DUI officer gets 10-day jail sentence

WAILUKU — Police DUI Task Force Sgt. Nick Krau said he was glad someone wasn’t hurt more seriously, as a 10-day jail term was ordered for a motorcyclist who was “extremely intoxicated” when he drove into the sergeant at a DUI checkpoint last year. Bradley Doolin, 35, was sentenced ...

Rain makes dump run a bit soggy

Sideways rain cannot dim Kula resident Rodney Texeira’s spirits Thursday morning as he rakes out the bed of his truck after dropping off a load of green waste at Maui EKO Systems at the Central Maui Landfill. “I love rain,” he said. “It keeps everything green. But I don’t like this ...

Official: Quarter of Hawaii homebuyers from outside state

HONOLULU (AP) — Buyers from outside the state have purchased 24 percent of homes across Hawaii, the state’s head economist said. Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Chief Economist Eugene Tian shared the data with state lawmakers Tuesday, Hawaii Public Radio ...

Housing Choice Voucher waitlist set to open soon

The Maui News Applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 to 11:59 p.m. Feb. 17, the county announced. The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides tenant-based assistance in the form of a voucher to low-income families, seniors ...

Homeless rate falls to 2nd nationally

HONOLULU (AP) — Improvements in programs to address Hawaii’s homeless population have allowed the state to fall from first to second in the national ranking of per capita homelessness, officials said. State homeless coordinator Scott Morishige informed lawmakers Tuesday that New York now ...

Walmart to hold wellness event

Walmart will be holding a wellness event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Kahului store. Low-cost flu shots and immunizations and free health screenings will be offered, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and vision. There also will be wellness demonstration and ...

Internment exhibit at nisei center

The exhibit “Internment: Stories from Maui” has opened at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and runs through Feb. 28. On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the internment of Japanese Americans, German Americans and Italian Americans to ...

Senior center at Hale Mahaolu Ewalu blessed

PUKALANI — With a rainbow gracing the Upcountry skies, the newly opened Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Upcountry Maui Senior Center was blessed Wednesday morning, finalizing Phase I of the 38-unit Hale Mahaolu Ewalu affordable rental housing project. Although tenants have already moved into ...

Alberta de Jetley to run for Lanai council seat

WAILUKU — Lanai resident and longtime newspaper publisher Alberta de Jetley is resigning from the Liquor Control Commission to run for the Maui County Council, de Jetley confirmed Wednesday. De Jetley’s final meeting with the commission will be Jan. 23; candidates can officially start ...

Jan Dapitan was ‘force of nature’ for environment and social causes

“She made Maui beautiful, and her brightness will continue to shine through the ages.” Eulogizing community leader Jan Dapitan, who passed away Dec. 30 after a five-year battle with cancer, former student and close friend Kathy Bott Pratt continued, “She will live on forever in those of ...

Wind, surf advisories extended for islands

The Maui News Wind and high-surf advisories were extended by the National Weather Service on Wednesday with a flood advisory taking effect today. The wind advisory for Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe now runs until 6 p.m. today. A strong high pressure system northeast of the state is ...

Nihon Bunka recipients to be honored at new year’s dinner

The Maui News The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will welcome the Year of the Rat and honor three Nihon Bunka recipients for their dedication to Japanese culture during the annual Shinnen Enkai new year dinner on Jan. 25. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Beach ...

Man arrested for threat with knife

A 43-year-old man was arrested Saturday night in Lahaina for threatening his uncle with a knife, police said. Michael Bautista, who gave no local address, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening. Relatives had an intervention with Bautista over his drug use when he wielded a ...

Sugimura ‘Talk Story’ set Saturday

County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly ìTalk Story with Yukiî outreach event at the Upcountry Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Sugimura, who holds the Upcountry residency seat, invites people to voice their concerns on county issues. State Rep. Kyle ...

Water service to be out in Kahului area

Water service will be cut off in Kahului on Jan. 23-24 to tie-in a new waterline for new Kahului Elementary School classrooms. There will be no water from 9 p.m. Jan. 23 to 3 a.m. Jan. 24. Areas affected include Lono Avenue between Hina and Papa avenues and Oahu, Molokai Akau and Lehua ...