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50-100 vehicles got out the back way

While Maui Veterans Highway was closed Thursday as a fast-moving wildfire headed toward Kihei, some residents and tourists made their way out of South Maui on a dirt road normally used only for Ulupalakua Ranch operations. Late Thursday afternoon, as vehicles backed up by the gate to the road ...

Fire reached within 150 feet of main power plant

Thursday’s wildfire got to within 150 feet of the power plant that produces more than 80 percent of the island’s fossil-fuel-generated power and hosts the control systems for industry scale renewable energy, according to Maui Electric Co. Firefighters had set up a defensive position as ...

Multiple waterline breaks near power plant repaired

Waterline repair work on North Kihei Road fronting the Maalaea Power Plant on Friday disrupted traffic and water service, the county Department of Water Supply said. Crews were working on three to four waterline breaks and blocking the southbound lane of traffic on North Kihei Road, the ...

Dry brush fuels fire storm

WAILUKU — Thousands of people were asked to evacuate and more than 3,000 acres of fallow fields were left charred after a “dynamic” brush fire that started Thursday morning in Waikapu and swept toward Maalaea and north Kihei before heading up the slopes of Haleakala as night fell. The ...

Shelter official: ‘It was pretty scary’

KIHEI — A wildfire that burned thousands of acres in Central Maui on Thursday morning triggered the evacuation of hundreds of north Kihei residents, stranded workers and tourists for several hours and uprooted around 200 Maui Humane Society animals. “It was pretty scary. It looked pretty ...

Kahului Harbor cargo yard expansion proposed

With an increase in cargo that could stretch the limits of Kahului Harbor in three years, the state plans this year to purchase 9 acres of Alexander & Baldwin land near the harbor to provide more space for storage, according to a draft environmental assessment released Monday. The cost to ...

Corrections

• Maui Scene / Island Events. The “Make Your Own Galaxy Space Slime” event Saturday will be held at the Kahului Public Library. An item in Island Events on Page 12 in Maui Scene on Thursday had the wrong location. There will be three sessions at 10:30 to 11 a.m., 11 to 11:30 a.m. and ...

Next generation 5G network may be taking off on Lanai

Lanai is on a path to serve as a technologically advanced flight operations center for a football field wide drone flying 65,000 to 85,000 feet high for as long as a year while providing 5G advanced wireless airborne services to people on the ground, according to the project leader. “This ...

16-ounce, multiple flights of beer OK’d

WAILUKU — Maui County brewpubs will be able to serve their industry standard 16-ounce beers and provide multiple sample-size beers to customers, according to rule amendments approved Wednesday morning by the Maui County Liquor Commission. The two amendments were part of a package of changes ...

Man who choked Sacred Hearts student, stole iPad ordered to prison

WAILUKU — A Lahaina man convicted of robbery for choking a Sacred Hearts School student and grabbing his iPad was sentenced Wednesday to a 10-year prison term. Nicholas Slot, 34, returned the iPad after another student notified a teacher, who chased Slot and confronted him after the robbery ...

Friends of NRA event to go on without guns

WAILUKU — The Maui County Liquor Commission on Wednesday approved a permit for the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu to hold a live and silent auction for a Maui Friends of the NRA event featuring only photos of guns that will be up for bid. Liquor licensee, MMK Maui L.P. doing business ...

Woman who caused fatal crash to be freed

WAILUKU — The defense and prosecution are agreeing that release from the Hawaii State Hospital is appropriate for a woman who was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity for causing a crash that killed two Pukalani residents, a defense attorney said Wednesday. “However, there is some ...

Kaupo man dies in Kahikinui crash

A 57-year-old Kaupo man died when the pickup truck he was driving failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and went 200 feet down a cliff in Kahikinui on Wednesday morning, police said. The driver was identified as John Smith. Hana residents called to report the crash, which occurred at ...

Another heat record is set

Another record high temperature was set at Kahului Airport on Tuesday, 93 degrees, breaking the old mark of 92 degrees set in 1996, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature Wednesday at Kahului Airport was 90 degrees, continuing a rare almost daily 90-plus degree heat ...

Water tank empty in Honokohau

Customers in Honokohau Valley were without water Wednesday while Department of Water Supply crews responded to a probable break in a 4-inch waterline that fills a tank that serves the area. The tank was empty Wednesday afternoon, the department said. Until the line is repaired and the ...

Omaopio Road affected by work 

Customers along a portion of Omaopio Road will not have water due to a Department of Water Supply project to repair valves between Tanaka and Piliwale tanks in Kula today. Work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. A previous announcement, said customers on Piliwale Road will ...

Mahi Pono kicks up some dirt

A Mahi Pono tractor operator kicks up a cloud of dust as he tills a former sugar cane field near the base of Haleakala Highway on Saturday morning. The weekend work continues land preparation for Mahi Pono’s first planting, slated for this month. Forage crops to feed cattle will be planted in ...

Judge denies bail for man accused of assault

WAILUKU — A man continues to be held without bail after being indicted on charges alleging he assaulted a 90-year-old woman, who died after she suffered “significant injuries” during a burglary of her Harbor Lights condominium unit in Kahului last month. Lewellyn Foster Jr., 35, of ...

Molokini tour boat limits, Manele harbor privatization vetoed

The Maui News Two bills with a direct Maui County connection — that would have limited tour boats at Molokini and allowed for private management of Manele Small Boat Harbor on Lanai — were vetoed Tuesday by Gov. David Ige. House Bill 1133 would have limited the number of commercial use ...