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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, ...

Work impacts water services in Kula

Entocon Excavation is scheduled to perform work that will impact county water services along Polipoli and Middle roads in Kula from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, the county announced. Affected customers are encouraged to store water and adjust schedules as appropriate. For more information, ...

Corrections

• Kiwikiu. In October of this year, 13 kiwikiu were transported to the leeward slopes of Haleakala. A photo caption Wednesday on Page A1 had the incorrect date due to an editing error. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * The Maui News wants to promptly correct errors in fact or make ...

Volunteers kick off annual Toy Drive

First photo: Salvation Army volunteer Mary Burcham of Lahaina shows off a pair of toys donated Saturday during the organization’s annual Toy Drive kickoff at Walmart in Kahului. Burcham and other volunteers were handing out flyers to shoppers entering the store that listed suggested toys to ...

Avian malaria suspected cause of kiwikiu deaths

Nine of the 13 critically endangered kiwikiu who were brought to the leeward slopes of Haleakala last month have died, possibly from avian malaria, according to according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, were transported to the state’s ...

Haleakala looks into electric bike policy

Haleakala National Park is considering a new policy that would allow the use of electric bikes on all roads where traditional bicycles are currently permitted, park spokesperson Jin Prugsawan said Tuesday. The National Park Service announced on Aug. 30 that it would allow low-speed e-bikes ...

Oahu halau takes top honors at Ka‘anapali competition

The Maui News Two dancers from an Oahu halau topped every category – including the overall soloist honors — at the 29th annual Hula o na Keiki competition at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel from Friday to Sunday. Marcus William Kamakanamakamaeokeakua Nichols and Haily Kamakahukilani Na-wahine ...

Commission wants affordable housing from hotel developers

WAILUKU — Updating a study to include traffic from the new Kahului Airport rental car facility and actually building affordable homes instead of buying credits were some of the comments that the Maui Planning Commission will provide on plans for the proposed Windward Hotel in Kahului. ...

Construction work will disrupt water services

Construction work will impact water services along Vevau and School streets in Kahului tonight, the county announced Tuesday. Jayar Construction will be doing night work starting at 6, but water won’t but shut off until 10, an official with the company said. The work is expected to be ...

Boy has seizure after Black Rock jump

A 15-year-old boy was transported to the hospital Monday after he jumped into the ocean at Puu Kekaa and friends saw him going into a seizure when he landed in the water, according to the Maui Fire Department. Lahaina firefighters responded to the call at 12:32 p.m. Monday at the location ...

Local Briefs

Bicycle ride along Maui’s western shore Maui residents and visitors are invited to join Maui Bicycling League’s November ride along Maui’s scenic western shore from 8:45 a.m. to approximately noon Saturday. Participants can choose from two rides, a 10-mile or 24-mile round trip loop, ...

Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart 50 years later

MAKAWAO — Fifty years after being hit by rocket-propelled grenade fragments in the Vietnam War, the late Capt. Lawrence “Larry” R. Oliveira of Nahiku finally received his Purple Heart ceremony Monday. Oliveira’s five daughters stood in his place and received the medal on his behalf ...

Family of man killed in mall bathroom files wrongful death lawsuit

WAILUKU — The family of a man who was killed in a machete attack in a bathroom at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owns the mall, alleging that it failed to provide adequate security for the victim. The complaint filed Wednesday ...

Kula Community Association to discuss tax proposals

The Maui News Proposed changes to Maui County Council’s real property tax system will be among the topics at the Kula Community Association meeting Wednesday night. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kula Community Center. Refreshments will start at 6:30. County Real ...

Man arrested for alleged repeat attack on girlfriend

The Maui News WAILUKU — A man on probation for abusing his girlfriend was arrested for allegedly assaulting and abusing her last week. Brayden Pililaau, 36, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of abuse and second-degree terroristic ...

Protesters unhappy with mayor, injection well case

Protesting Maui County’s injection well case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, Sylvia Litchfield (from left), Robin Knox, Renee Miller and Rosemary Robinson sit by the door to the Mayor’s Lounge on Friday, two days after the justices heard oral arguments in the case. “We want the ...

Two Maui teachers finalists for state teacher of the year

The Maui News Two Maui teachers were honored last month at Washington Place on Oahu as finalists in the 2020 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year program. Jessica Adkins, a teacher at Maui High School, was named the teacher of the year for the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex, while Kaui ...

Maui officer named the ‘Top Cop’ for work in narcotics and youth outreach

The Maui News Officer Andrew Cabral Jr., a juvenile investigator, has been named “Top Cop” for the Maui Police Department. He was among local, state, federal and military law enforcement officials and security professionals who were recognized at a ceremony Oct. 24 at the Ala Moana ...

Call for renewable energy projects draws over 75 proposals

The Maui News Hawaiian Electric Cos. has received more than 75 proposals for renewable energy projects to help accelerate the state’s transition from fossil fuels to complete renewable energy generation by 2045, the utility announced Thursday. The proposals are for projects on Oahu, Maui ...

Fire burns down Kipahulu structure

A fire completely burned down a structure in Kipahulu on Monday afternoon, though no one reportedly lived there, according to the Maui Police and Fire Departments. Crews received reports of the fire at 40755 Hana Highway at 1:24 p.m. Monday. Engine 7 and Tanker 7 from Hana arrived to find the ...