Local News

Factual report on fatal helicopter crash released

The fuselage of a Robinson Helicopter R44 that crashed in the ocean off Molokai two years ago, killing two aboard, was severely fragmented and partially embedded in the ocean floor, according to video from an underwater remotely-operated vehicle at the crash site. In October 2018, a private ...

Asian Cuisine is shut down due to rodents, pests

The Maui News Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Kahului was closed Monday following an inspection by the state Department of Health Sanitation Branch. The restaurant, located in the Old Kahului Shopping Center, received a red “closed” placard due to “extensive rodent and pest ...

Two Maui students are National Merit semifinalists

The Maui News Two Maui students are among the less than 1 percentile of U.S. high school seniors in the nation to qualify as semifinalists for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Ava Merrill of Lahaina’s Maui Preparatory Academy and Ameera C. Waterford of Seabury Hall were ...

Owner of dive float found adrift sought

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a dive float found about a quarter mile off Kaanapali Beach on Tuesday. An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew conducted an initial search of the area, and Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued ...

Woman rescued after Iao Valley fall

A 19-year-old woman was airlifted from Iao Valley State Park after she fell and initially lost consciousness while hiking above trails in the park Tuesday afternoon, according to the Maui Fire Department. Kahului firefighters, a rescue crew aboard the Air One helicopter, a battalion chief and ...

S. Maui emergency measures is topic

Kevin Richards from the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program will be speaking at the Kihei Community Association at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at St. Theresa Church. Richards, who also is a planner with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, will be joined by Herman Andaya, county ...

Water disruption in Kula set Thursday

Water service for a portion of homes in the Kula 200 subdivision and other parts of Kula will be temporarily shut down between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday due to work on the county’s water system. The shutdown will impact all water services for homes off Anuhea Place, Lower Kula Road, ...

Haiku trash pickup missed; short staff

Haiku trash pickups scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed to today due to a personnel shortage, the county’s Department of Environmental Management announced. Affected areas included West and East Kuiaha roads, Kaupakalua Road, Pakanu Street, Aloha Aina Place, Hog Back Road, Kauhikoa ...

Visitors have beach nearly to themselves

Richard Castro and Isabelle Bianco walk a nearly deserted Baldwin Beach recently. The visitors from France said they were surprised to find so few beachgoers on the wind-swept shore.

Local Briefs

Makeup class for cancer patients set A class specifically created for individuals navigating through their cancer journey will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sephora at Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali. “Classes for Confidence,” is a free, 90-minute, hands-on beauty class that ...

Mauna Kea protest convoy treks from Lahaina to Kahului Airport

KAHULUI — A convoy of more than 50 vehicles carrying 200 participants proceeded from Lahaina to Kahului Airport with flags flying and horns honking on Monday afternoon in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea. Maui police had posted an advisory on its Facebook page Sunday ...

MECO set to take over 4 EVohana fast-charging sites

Maui Electric Co. has proposed taking ownership and operation of four electric vehicle fast-charging sites in the existing EVohana network, half the number of sites the utility initially had agreed to in late March. The agreement, which has to be confirmed by the Public Utilities Commission, ...

Students remind the adults to use crosswalks at busy West Maui school

LAHAINA — As students made their way across Front Street to King Kamehameha III Elementary School on Monday morning, police officers reminded a few parents to use crosswalks, and 5th-graders thanked those who did. “We came out here to try and make this street better and safe,” said ...

‘Living treasure’ Ka‘ai to speak on the makahiki

The Maui News Sam Ka‘ai, Hawaiian artisan, scholar, Hokule‘a crew member and “living treasure,” will be speaking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday to the Hawai‘i Farmers Union United’s Mauna Kahalawai Chapter. The evening also includes a hands-on ku‘i kalo (taro pounding) ...

Kahoolawe trolling set this weekend

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 28-29, 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 ...

Parks offices closed for 2 hours

The War Memorial Complex Parks and Recreation offices will be closed from 8 to 10 am. Sept. 19 for training. The county offices and facilities will reopen and resume services at 10 a.m. For more information, call the parks department safety officer at 270-5781.

Aloha House gets $203,000 grant

Aloha House, a nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment program, has received a $203,000 donation from the Arlene and Michael Rosen Foundation of Tiburon, Calif. This donation will be used for improvements to a home for participants in the Sober Living Program and for the purchase of ...

East Maui water improvements topic

Meetings to provide updates on East Maui water system improvements for area farmers will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Haiku Elementary School and 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Keanae Congregational Church. The meetings, called by the state Department of Agriculture, are to provide ...

Cooke pool to close Oct. 1-3

The Cooke Memorial Pool on Molokai will be closed temporarily from Oct. 1 to 3 for annual fall cleaning and maintenance. The pool will reopen Oct. 4. For more information, call (808) 553-4177.

County lottery offers housing help

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino reaches for another folded slip of paper as he and Council Members Yuki Lei Sugimura and Tasha Kama draw names during Saturday’s county homebuyers lottery at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Maui County in August collected applications for its ...