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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 ...

Gutted truck

Looking like it could be blown off its perch by a strong gust of trade winds, a gutted Ford F-150 sits precariously on four cinder blocks Tuesday morning on Kahului’s Pakaula Street. The stripped truck was midway between the Lowe’s and Target stores. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

OHA seeks input on strategic plan

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking the community’s input for the development of the agency’s new strategic plan through an online survey and a series of statewide meetings, with the first one on Maui on Monday. The process is to develop the strategic plan for 2020 and beyond. The ...

Preschool application period extended

An additional application period has been opened for the Preschool Open Doors program, which provides subsidies to eligible families to help pay for preschool tuition. To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year (for those born ...

Boating safety set for Saturday

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Coast Guard are launching National Safe Boating Week with events from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kihei Boat Ramp. Boat owners can bring their vessels to the ramp for a free Recreational Vessel Safety Exam by the Coast Guard Auxiliary ...

Free car seat inspections to be held Saturday

The Maui News Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should ...

Corrections

• Film festival. The website for the Made in Hawaii Film Festival on Hawaii island is mihff.org. A “Maui Connections” column published Tuesday on Page A3 contained the incorrect web address. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui News wants to promptly correct errors in ...

Craft fair still going strong

First photo: Seabury Hall parent Kelly Cannon dishes up a fresh salad made with donated Upcountry ingredients Saturday morning during the 49th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair. The annual fundraiser for the school’s scholarship fund is run by an army of volunteer parents, students, staff and ...

Mother of missing hiker: ‘She has to come through this’

MAKAWAO — If anybody can handle an extended period of time in the dark and cold of the Makawao Forest, it’s Amanda Eller, friends and family of the missing hiker say. “She is mentally, spiritually and physically incredibly strong,” Eller’s friend and spokeswoman, Sarah Haynes, said ...

Plaintiffs revise settlement in injection well case

Plaintiffs in the long-standing injection well case against Maui County revised their settlement offer last week after meeting with Mayor Michael Victorino and county attorneys on the case that is currently headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. If settled, the case would end a seven-year legal ...

Maui County’s fallen officers are remembered

First photo: Maui police Detective Jonathan Kaneshiro lights a candle for Maui Police Department officer Gene Williams, who was killed when he was struck by a drunken driver while directing traffic Aug. 9, 1999, at a construction site on Honoapiilani Highway in Kaanapali. Williams was 38. He ...

Man arrested for assaulting nurses

A 21-year-old Haiku man was arrested last week for assaulting two nurses and and attempting to assault a nurse’s aide at Maui Memorial Medical Center, according to police. Elijah Goldberg had been admitted into the Molokini Ward at the hospital when he became agitated while a nurse was ...

Man charged with sexual assault

A 24-year-old Lahaina man was arrested last week after a woman reported he sexually assaulted her at Papalaua Wayside Park in Lahaina, police said. Christian Samonte was charged with second-degree sexual assault and attempted first-degree sexual assault. His bail was set at $70,000. The ...

Swimmers rescued from Black Rock

Lifeguards rescued a man and woman who were clinging to Black Rock in Kaanapali and unable to make it to shore in high surf and strong currents Monday, a fire official said. Lahaina firefighters and ocean safety lifeguards responded to the 2:22 p.m. call after the visitors in their 30s were ...