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Kealohas headed to prison for corruption

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge sentenced a former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor to 13 years in prison Monday and her retired police chief husband to seven years, saying she stole money from her own grandmother and then used his law enforcement power to frame her uncle for a ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 85 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, including 66 on Oahu, nine on Maui, four on Hawaii island, one on Molokai and one on Kauai. Four residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,925 cases statewide, ...

‘Safer at Home’ rule lifted for Lanai as COVID-19 wanes

Lanai will move from “Safer at Home” to the less restrictive “Act with Care” phase starting today after about two weeks of reporting no new COVID-19 cases, county officials said Monday. The county put Lanai under a “Stay at Home” order Oct. 27 after cases ballooned from zero to ...

Man charged with attempted murder held without bail

WAILUKU — Citing a defendant’s extensive criminal history and the “viciousness” of an assault on an off-duty police officer, a judge ordered that a Wailuku man be held without bail on a charge of attempted murder. Tomasi Caones-Paahana, 28, was arrested at midmorning Friday, several ...

A ‘beautiful day’ to play catch

First photo: Andrew Van Bueren, 10, hauls in a pass from his dad, Stephen Van Bueren, while playing catch at Maui Lani Regional Park on Saturday afternoon. The family recently moved to Maui and Stephen is the new pastor at Maui Christian Church. “We wanted to get out on a beautiful day, a ...

Molokai, Lanai solar projects up for debate

The Maui News Hawaiian Electric will discuss proposed solar and battery projects for Molokai and Lanai during two virtual meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. The Molokai program meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on www.webex.com. Callers should dial (844) 992-4726 ...

Bail set at $500K for men found with meth

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $500,000 each for two Wailuku men who were arrested last week when police seized about 2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Anthony Birano, 58, and Jasen Apo, 56, were each charged with two counts of first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug ...

Charges upheld for man accused of shooting another’s tire

WAILUKU — Felony charges were upheld Monday against a man who was arrested after allegedly shooting a tire on another man’s car following a confrontation on a road in Waihee last month. Charles Spencer, 27, is charged with first-degree criminal property damage, carrying a loaded firearm ...

Northwest swell expected to bring high surf, coastal flooding

The Maui News A high-surf warning is in effect from noon today through 6 p.m. Thursday for north-facing shores of Maui and north- and west-facing shores of Molokai. Surf heights of 30 to 40 feet are expected along north-facing shores of both islands, with waves of 20 to 30 feet along ...

Corrections

• Food Bank. Hope Chapel Kihei is another church that began to conduct weekly food distributions with the help of the Maui Food Bank because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The church serves close to 3,000 food-insecure people a week. The church was omitted in a story published Thursday on Page A1 ...

High Court tosses election challenge

The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit contesting the state’s presidential election filed by a woman who said she ran for president as an independent yet she wasn’t on the ballot. The court’s five members unanimously rejected a ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Datebook Listings Friday 4 • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), 12-step recovery program for people who want to develop healthy and loving relationships. 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Newcomers welcome. For information, email FridayNightCoda@gmail.com. Monday 7 • Rotary Club of Kahului, ...

Blood Bank back in business

First photo: Blood Bank of Hawaii Young Street Donor Center Supervisor Amber Kozaki talks with Kahului’s Nolan Tan as he donates blood Tuesday afternoon during the blood drive at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Tan said he has given more than a gallon of blood since he started ...

Maui comedy film hits theater Friday

A North Shore resident and filmmaker hopes to make Maui moviegoers laugh this week with a family-friendly surf comedy shot on the Valley Isle last year. “Aloha Surf Hotel,” written and directed by Stefan Schaefer and starring local actors, will begin its Maui theatrical run Friday at ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 57 new cases as of noon Sunday, including 46 on Oahu, four on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and three on Maui. Three residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,840 cases statewide, including 15,264 on Oahu, ...

State gets $1.8M grant to boost Molokai forest protection

The Maui News Forests on the southern slopes of Molokai are about to receive additional protections from threats like wildfires, erosion and flooding thanks to a $1.8 million award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced ...

State seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view of paradise

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York City, five hours ahead of Maui, where he is renting a home with a backyard ...

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 Nov. 15 to 21. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Nov. 20 to 25. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Deadline today for People Who Made a Difference nominations

The Maui News The Maui News is asking for readers’ nominations for the 26th People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2020. These could include ...