Local News

Ag-land rule changes allow flexibility

KULA — Help is on the horizon for agricultural landowners in Maui County, with recent changes to Planning Department farm plan requirements and a likely proposal to boost the size of a second farm dwelling. Planning Director Michele McLean said Wednesday that her department is considering ...

Wayward car takes down West Maui power poles

Power lines lean precariously over Lower Honoapiilani Road on Wednesday after a vehicle struck and brought down four utility poles and several spans of power lines between Honokowai Village and Honokowai Beach Park. About 2,670 customers in the Kaanapali-Honokowai area lost power at around 3:20 ...

Man being held on drug, firearm charges

The Maui News A 33-year-old Haiku man was arrested Monday when police reported seizing more than 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine, nearly $17,000 cash, a shotgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition in a search of his residence. Bronsen Rodrigues was charged with first-degree promoting ...

Woman arrested for attempted stabbing

A woman was arrested after she brandished a knife and threatened to kill a man at Kalama Park in Kihei last week, according to police. Melanie Leist, 25, who has no local address, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening. She is scheduled to be arraigned next week in 2nd Circuit ...

Work to interrupt water service

Water service will be interrupted for parts of Spreckelsville and Paia from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, the county Department of Water Supply announced. Residents and businesses from Baldwin Beach Park to Hookipa Beach Park on Hana Highway, and from Paia town to Paia Elementary ...

Woman pleads guilty to tax fraud

A former tax preparer pleaded guilty Thursday to 14 counts of helping prepare false 2014 state tax returns. Nicole Rapoza, 29, of Lahaina entered the pleas as part of an agreement dismissing 12 other counts of aiding and abetting the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns. A plea ...

Sakamoto Pool to close for 6 months

The Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool at the War Memorial Complex will be closed to the public from June 1 through Nov. 30 for restroom renovations and improvement projects. The restroom renovation project calls for the removal and replacement of existing toilet fixtures, accessories, partitions, ...

Hanneman takes third in Bali

Maui’s Eli Hanneman holds his trophy after finishing third at the World Surf League Red Bull Airborne Bali today in Keramas, Indonesia. Coming off a strong performance on Day 1, the Lahaina youngster continued to dazzle in his final qualifying heat, finishing atop the leaderboard with a total ...

Bill would restrict use of plastic foodware

WAILUKU— Ashley O’Colmain brought members of a Maui County Council committee jars filled with seawater and plastic she picked up at Kahului Harbor just before a Tuesday committee meeting. “It’s very scary. All I did was scoop it off of the top of the sand,” she said. O’Colmain ...

Shining Star Awkwafina will premiere new film after award

WAILEA — After co-starring in the breakout hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” actress Awkwafina will accept the 2019 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award and will premiere her new film, “The Farewell,” on June 15, festival founder and director Barry Rivers announced Wednesday. “We are ...

911 call leads police, fire crews to resume missing woman search

The Maui News Maui police and fire crews restarted their suspended search for missing Haiku woman Amanda Eller on Tuesday, after receiving a 911 call from an area above the Makawao Forest Reserve about possible additional information about the case, Maui police said Wednesday afternoon. ...

Seeking volunteers to foster dogs

First photo: Maui Humane Society animal care attendant Lexi Hughes checks on groggy pup Baxter after his surgery Wednesday afternoon at the Puunene facility. Hughes estimated the heeler mix to be about six months old, and said he was neutered in preparation for going to a short-term foster ...

County to suspend auctions of abandoned vehicles

The Maui News Maui County’s Department of Environmental Management will be indefinitely suspending future abandoned vehicle auctions after the last auction on May 31 as the county was spending more money on the auctions than generating revenue, the county said on Monday. In fiscal year ...

Bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing more than $1.3 million

The Maui News A former Ki-Hana Nursery bookkeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud for stealing more than $1.3 million from the Kihei business. Thelma Pascua-Suyat of Kahului entered the plea and was found guilty when she appeared in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. According to a ...

Mayor on visit to Japan, South Korea

Mayor Michael Victorino and his wife, Joycelyn, left Wednesday for an 11-day goodwill and economic development trip to Japan and Korea. “This is an opportunity to promote Maui as a destination for visitors from Japan and Korea as well as improve business relationships and promote goodwill ...

County Office on Aging closed today

The Maui County Office on Aging at the J. Walter Cameron Center will be closed today to celebrate Maui County’s 51st annual Outstanding Older American Male and Female of Maui County. This year’s nominees are: Carolee “Aunty Doll” Aricayos, Louise Corpuz, Arleen Gerbig, George Kahamoku ...

$340M rental car facility opens at Kahului Airport

KAHULUI — Hailed as the largest single public works project on Maui and the first of its kind in the state, the Kahului Airport Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility was celebrated by state leaders Tuesday ahead of its public opening today. The new $340 million, multilevel CONRAC houses all ...

Council budget up for first reading

After years of cutting back the mayor’s budgets, the Maui County Council is bringing an $823.6 million budget to the table, $43 million higher than Mayor Michael Victorino’s proposal and a touch above the $820 million proposal that former Mayor Alan Arakawa called his “most aggressive ...

Lahaina woman’s sentencing offers chance ‘to put this life behind her’

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Lahaina woman who faced a prison term after being arrested with more than 1 ounce of methamphetamine was instead placed on 10 years’ probation with a two-year jail term, with the opportunity to be released from jail to enter long-term drug treatment. “You ...