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Bill Monahan, former lawmaker, businessman, athlete, dies at age 90

William “Bill” Welsh Monahan Jr., who represented Maui County in the state House in the early 1980s, died May 30, 2020, in Lanikai, Oahu, after a battle with vascular dementia. He was 90 years old. Monahan was an athlete; decorated Korean War veteran; educator, coach and school ...

High court vacates wife assault conviction

A Kihei man’s conviction for assaulting his then-wife was vacated by the state Supreme Court, which found that a deputy prosecutor’s improper statements to the jury violated the defendant’s right to a fair trial. In a 3-to-2 opinion published Tuesday, the court ordered that Sean ...

First commission on draft W. Maui plan July 28

The Maui Planning Commission will begin its review of the updated draft West Maui Community Plan on July 28 with a public hearing at the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Ohana Room.  The hearing will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will also be on the BlueJeans video conferencing platform, the ...

Imua dream is coming true

WAILUKU — Creating a place where keiki can learn and grow in outdoor settings and where families can picnic or garden together has been a longtime vision of Imua Family Services. It took a big step towards becoming reality Thursday morning when the nonprofit group’s director announced ...

DOE unveils reopening plan

By Wednesday, each public school will finalize their own operational and teaching plans for next school year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, that may involve face-to-face and online learning and rotating when students come on campus. A list of schools and their 2020-21 models will be posted on ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• The state reported 20 new cases Thursday, 17 on Oahu and three cases on Hawaii island. Most of the Oahu cases were associated with identified cases or clusters, the COVID-19 Joint Information Center said. • The state count is now 946. Maui County has 125 cases (with two on Molokai and ...

Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for fatal crash

WAILUKU — A lifetime driver’s license revocation was ordered for a man who was sentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term after acknowledging he was driving recklessly and under the influence of alcohol to cause a crash that killed a Kahului man and injured his daughter. Randall ...

Motorcycle crash critically injures man

Police said speed is suspected as a factor in an early-morning crash Thursday that critically injured a 43-year-old motorcyclist. The crash occurred at 12:25 a.m. on East Kamehameha Avenue at the intersection with Puunene Avenue in Kahului. Police said the investigation showed that a 1998 ...

Kama schedules talk story Sunday

Council Member Tasha Kama, who holds the Kahului residency seat, will be available to meet with constituents from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Sunday Market at Kahului Shopping Center. Residents may drop by to talk story and to complete a survey about concerns they may have. She also ...

Flags lowered for Harimoto

Flags will fly at half-staff in honor of the late state Sen. Breene Harimoto on Tuesday, Gov. David Ige said Thursday. “Breene was a true dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly and selflessly for the community he loved, even while fighting his illness,” said Ige. Harimoto, 66, ...

UH giving dorm priority to non-Oahu freshmen

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s public university system is giving student housing priority at its main campus to freshmen who don’t live on Oahu, a spokesman said Wednesday. Because of social distancing and other guidelines to keep people safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, the University of ...

Two new cases in Maui County, 29 reported statewide

There are 29 new COVID-19 cases reported in the state as of noon today, including two in Maui County, one on Hawaii Island, 25 on Oahu, and one resident diagnosed outside of Hawaii. The state count is now 975. Maui County has 127 cases; Oahu, 701; Hawaii island, 91; and Kauai, 38. There have ...

Maui Tropical Plantation closing

A day after reports began circulating about the Maui Tropical Plantation closing indefinitely, its owner said Wednesday that the visitor attraction “will survive.” “We will be back. When, I don’t know,” said Mike “Coach” Atherton. He described the Waikapu plantation as a ...

Ige OKs extension of Hana roadblock

Gov. David Ige has given his verbal OK to keep the Hana Highway checkpoint near Twin Falls in place until July 15 and continue to limit travel to East Maui mainly to residents, Maui County Managing Director Sandy Baz said Wednesday. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino has said that if Ige ...

Forms for interisland travel can now be submitted online

The Maui News The mandatory interisland travel and health form can now be submitted online within 24 hours of flight departure, the COVID-19 Joint Information Center announced Wednesday. Online submission adds efficiency to the passenger verification process, saves travelers time and allows ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• The state reported nine new cases Wednesday, two on Maui, seven on Oahu. One case was moved from unknown residency to residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii. The Maui cases were travelers returning from the Mainland who developed symptoms. • The state count is now 926. Maui County has ...

DUI patrols to be out in force for 4th of July holiday

Starting today and continuing through the Fourth of July weekend, police will conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols at various locations to target impaired driving. “As always, motorists can expect the Maui Police Department to take a zero-tolerance approach to impaired ...

Residents of new affordable senior rental project move in

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Kahului Lani affordable senior rental project welcomed its first tenants over the weekend in a phased move-in due to the coronavirus emergency orders. The first phase of the 165-unit complex includes 81 one-bedroom, one-bath rental units and one resident ...

No firecrackers in this subdued July 4th holiday

This has certainly been a more subdued ramp up to Fourth of July with the Fire Department not selling firecracker permits because there are no commercial vendors. And Managing Director Sandy Baz urged residents Wednesday to keep gatherings small and to practice social distancing to prevent ...

Molina defends proposal to bifurcate Housing and Human Concerns

The Maui News Council Member Michael Molina on Wednesday defended a proposal he introduced to separate the housing and social service responsibilities of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns into two departments in the wake of criticism from Mayor Michael Victorino. The measure to ...