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Mayor’s Luncheon set for Friday

The Maui Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Mayor’s Luncheon on Friday at Cafe O’Lei at The Dunes, the chamber announced Monday. Mayor Michael Victorino will discuss many different topics on his agenda for Maui and plans for the future, the chamber said. The luncheon will ...

Corrections

• Record weather. Kahului reached a record-high 92 degrees Sunday, breaking the record of 91 set on the same date in 2014. Based on information provided by the National Weather Service, the temperature was incorrectly described as record-tying in a story that began on A1 and continued on A4 ...

Staying fit and raising funds

The sole teen's team of Elias Hamp (from front, first photo), Skylynn Pagdilao, Kanoe Mitnick and Nyasia Martinez that represent CrossFit Upcountry Maui, All Kine CrossFit and Aloha CrossFit, compete in The Pacific Games Throwdown on Saturday at War Memorial Complex. The fitness competition was ...

Fire crews patrol perimeters, douse flare-ups

The Maui News Maui Fire Department crews and tankers patrolled the perimeter of a major wildfire in Central and South Maui on Sunday, putting out flare-ups as the department’s Air One helicopter doused hot spots on the fourth day of firefighting efforts. The 9,000-acre blaze that broke out ...

Hawaiian activists prepare for Mauna Kea TMT telescope convoys

The Associated Press MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii’s highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe. But the ...

Canines, cats, other critters return after wildfire

Millie, a gray mixed-breed pit, enjoyed what she considered to be a big slumber party in Kahului after wildfire evacuations were ordered for the Maui Humane Society in Puunene. “She loved it,” said Nancy Willis, MHS director of development and community outreach. “We have pictures of ...

Oprah pops in to Maui Humane Society to say ‘thank you’

The Maui News Oprah Winfrey stopped by Maui Humane Society on Saturday afternoon, hours after animals returned to the Puunene shelter from a two-night evacuation in Kahului due to the South Maui wildfire. "Everyone's safe including all the animals," she wrote on social media. "Thank you for ...

High surf and hot weather continue in today’s forecast

The Maui News The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for the south-facing shores of Maui County through 6 a.m. today. A high-surf warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline, resulting in dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents. ...

Santos community center to become 2020 polling place

The Maui News The next elections are more than a year away but the Office of the County Clerk wanted to announce the dates that it will be using the high-demand Velma McWayne Santos Community Center for voter activities. The clerk’s office will be using the center at 395 Waena Place in ...

Missing man found ‘in good health’

A man who was reported missing Friday has been found “in good health,” Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said Sunday. Mateo Stephens was reported missing at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, police said Saturday. Stephens was last seen Thursday at Baby Beach in Spreckelsville. He was not ...

Police search for suspects in assault

Police said Saturday that they are searching for a pair of suspects who allegedly attacked a man in Haiku last month. At about 7:30 p.m. on June 8, someone wearing a “V for Vendetta” mask assaulted a man in the parking lot of the Haiku Cannery. The suspect was in the company of another ...

Suspects sought in Keanae robbery

Police are searching for a man who allegedly punched a woman and took her belongings at Camp Keanae last month. At about 8:45 a.m. on June 23, an unknown man approached a woman who was seated with her infant in her rental vehicle that was parked in the lot of Camp Keanae, police said ...

Central Maui Landfill fee now $4

The cost of residential dumping at the Central Maui Landfill went up $1 to $4 per visit on July 1, the county Department of Environmental Management said last week. The extra dollar is expected to raise $117,000 for the fiscal year, raising the overall total received by the fee to $468,000, ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of June 26 to July 11. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from June 23 to July 6. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Firefighting focus turns toward hot spots, flare-ups

Hot spots on perimeter areas of the 9,000-acre South Maui wildfire were the focus of the third day of firefighting efforts, according to the county. The Maui Fire Department upgraded containment from 70 to 80 percent for the blaze as the sun started to set Saturday. “Now, all roads are ...

Wave heights may reach 9 to 14 feet on south side

The Maui News Southside surf will peak today and maintain advisory levels through Monday, according to a National Weather Service notice. Wave heights along south-facing shores are forecast to reach 9 to 14 feet through tonight and stay above advisory levels through Monday afternoon, the ...

Funeral held for Beth Chapman of Hawaii’s ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’

The Associated Press AURORA, Colorado — Friends and family of the late "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show co-star Beth Chapman gathered in Colorado on Saturday where they remembered her as tough and irreverent, yet full of love even for some of the fugitives she helped ...

Gaining ground over blazes: Residents return to N. Kihei; end of fire in sight

WAILUKU — At sunset Friday, fire crews appeared to have gotten a handle on Thursday’s runaway wildfire that scorched more than 9,000 acres in Central Maui and north Kihei with the blaze 70 percent contained. That was in stark contrast to the previous night, which saw thousands of people ...

Gaining ground over blazes: Arson suspected in Puunene fire

KAHULUI — Arson was suspected in a separate Puunene brush fire Friday that consumed more than 200 acres and diverted needed resources from the larger South Maui blaze. The fire, reported at 1:30 p.m. off Hookele Street, quickly escalated due to wind and dry conditions, forcing the evacuation ...