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Job workshop to be held in Hana

Haleakala National Park will offer a free workshop on “How to Apply for Federal Jobs,” from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Hana Community Center’s Main Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop will emphasize the importance of a well-written resume and how to navigate ...

Kawano confirmed as 2nd Circuit judge

Judge Kelsey Kawano’s appointment as a 2nd Circuit judge was confirmed by the state Senate, which met Wednesday in a special session. Kawano has served as a 2nd Circuit District Court judge since Aug. 29, 2008, after having served as a district judge part time beginning in 2006, according ...

Meeting to discuss property tax changes

A community meeting on proposed real property tax changes will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kahului Community Center. Organized by Maui County Council Member Tasha Kama, who holds the Kahului residency seat, the meeting will address possible changes in property tax classifications and ...

Work will close Kaupakalua Road

Portions of Kaupakalua Road in Haiku will be closed on the weekends beginning Nov. 23 as crews work on road pavement reconstruction, the county Department of Public Works has announced. Electronic sign boards have been installed on the Kokomo Road and East Kuiaha Road ends of the ...

Business seminar on managing finances

Business owners can learn how to better manage their finances, set financial goals and get paid at a free seminar called “Eat Less Ramen Noodle in 2020!” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Maui Research & Technology Center, Suite 159, in Kihei. The guest presenter will be certified ...

Maui Walk of Heroes

First photo: Lucienne deNaie (from left), Hannah Bernard, Keali‘i Reichel and Uncle Pilipo Solatorio pose standing atop wet cement during Akaku Maui Community Media’s Maui Walk of Heroes Saturday afternoon in Kahului. The four were honored for their many contributions to Hawaii’s culture, ...

Officials: Property tax tiers would be more ‘equitable’

KULA — County officials continued to roll out information Wednesday night on bills that change property tax classifications and establish tiered rates, which they say would make generating county revenue more equitable on a diverse island that’s home to everyone from working families to ...

Judge does not find probable cause for attempted murder charge

WAILUKU — A man arrested for allegedly hitting another man in the head with a stick or club near Paia Bay last week was charged with first-degree assault Thursday, after a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to support the original charge of attempted murder. Troy Borge Jr., 29, of ...

Haiku man who distributed drugs gets 10 years in prison

WAILUKU — A Haiku man who admitted distributing illegal drugs when he was arrested with methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and oxycodone pills was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. “It’s bad enough that you’re fueling your own addiction,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said. ...

Bail set at $5,000 for arson suspect

The Maui News WAILUKU — Bail has been set at $5,000 for a man charged with setting fire to a vehicle in a Kahului neighborhood Monday. Robert Jordan, 41, who gave no local address, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree arson. The vehicle was parked on the street in ...

Bail kept at $5,000 for brandishing sickle

The Maui News WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $5,000 for a man who allegedly brandished a garden sickle while threatening another man last month in a Kahului parking lot. Elmer Lopez, 53, of Wailuku has pleaded not guilty to first-degree terroristic threatening. During a court hearing ...

Liquor department closed Wednesday

The Maui County Department of Liquor Control in Wailuku will be closed on Wednesday for staff training. For questions or assistance, call 243-7753.

High-surf advisory still in effect today

A high-surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. today for north-facing shores of Molokai and Maui. The advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion, according to the National Weather Service. A ...

Agency considers raising height limits in Wailuku

The Maui Redevelopment Agency, which has the power to alter zoning and development rules for downtown Wailuku, will continue to mull whether to hike height limits from four to six stories along certain streets during its Friday meeting, though decision-making likely won’t come until next ...

Health Department: Mosquito-borne illness suspected in Maui resident

The state Department of Health recently gave out around 80 letters to residents in a Kahului neighborhood after the department was notified late last week of a suspected case of a mosquito-borne illness some 200 yards from those residences. DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo said via email ...

Man arrested in Wailuku arson case is released

WAILUKU — A man who was arrested on arson charges in a fire that damaged a Wailuku home was ordered to be released Wednesday, after testimony failed to clarify the total damages and a judge ruled there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the charges. Kealiiwahamana Neula, 33, who was ...

Always time to look for something good to read

First photo: Rhonda and Chuck Peck of Austin, Texas, look through free periodicals while shopping at the Maui Friends of the Library’s Puunene Bookstore one afternoon last month. The couple said it was their second visit to the Puunene store and they also planned to stop by the MFOL stores at ...

Company recalls vegetable products

The Maui News The state Department of Health Food and Drug Branch is alerting residents of a voluntary recall of vegetable products sold in Hawaii due to a potential bacterial contamination. Earlier this month, Mann Packing Co. announced voluntary recalls of a series of vegetable products ...

Haleakala featuring a special art exhibition

The Maui News Haleakala National Park unveiled a special exhibit featuring art from the museum archives at the Headquarters Visitor Center on Friday, according to a park announcement. Original paintings and artwork include “The Demigod Maui Snaring the Rays of the Sun” and “Haleakala ...

Chinese snorkeler in critical condition

A Chinese visitor in her 40s was transported to the hospital in critical condition Wednesday after she was rescued at Honolua Bay, the Maui Fire Department reported. Responding to the 11:47 a.m. call of a possible drowning, a lifeguard brought the woman to shore aboard a rescue watercraft, ...