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Maui group gets caught in Puerto Rico earthquakes

Betty Jane “BJ” Uwekoolani was asleep in her hotel in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when the building began to shake in the early-morning hours of Jan. 6. “The whole building just rocked,” Uwekoolani said. “It was scary. I never felt something like that before.” The 5.8 magnitude ...

Maui siblings team up on new major film ‘Just Mercy’

Filmmaking has been part of the family since small-kid days for Maui siblings Destin Daniel and Joy Cretton. Now, the two are at it again — but this time it's for Warner Bros. and the big screen. Their film, “Just Mercy,” a legal drama starring Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther” and ...

Head-on collision kills motorcyclist

The Maui News A motorcyclist was killed after colliding head-on with another vehicle in Kihei late Friday evening, according to police. At 10:44 p.m. Friday, a blue 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle was turning north on South Kihei Road when it collided head-on into a silver 2001 Toyota ...

East Maui gets 7 inches of rain

The Maui News East Maui recorded as much as 7.16 inches of rain from Saturday to Sunday afternoon as downpours continued to drench the island and put the county under a flash-flood watch through this afternoon. The National Weather Service said Sunday that an upper-level low to the west of ...

Attorney says that client’s arrest ‘turned everything around’

WAILUKU — A Haiku man who said it was the “worst day and best day” when police seized quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, guns and ammunition in a search of his residence was sentenced Wednesday to a three-month jail term. Benjamin Inciong, 48, was placed on four years’ ...

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 Dec. 29 to Jan. 4. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Jan. 7 to 8. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation ...

Haiku man’s arrest ‘turned everything around’

A Haiku man who said it was the “worst day and best day” when police seized quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, guns and ammunition in a search of his residence was sentenced Wednesday to a three-month jail term. Benjamin Inciong, 48, was placed on four years' probation as part of ...

Hana school closed Monday due to power outages

Hana High and Elementary School will be closed Monday due to power outages in the area, the state Department of Education announced late Sunday night. The closure came amid heavy rainfall across the island, especially in East Maui, where the West Wailuaiki gauge recorded an island-high 7.16 ...

Covert cameras secretly installed, briefly active inside Council Chambers

WAILUKU — An $8,000 project to install covert security cameras in the Council Chambers of the county building in order to monitor an active shooter or hostage situation was kept secret from most council members and the public, county officials said. Four covert video recording cameras with ...

Report: Health center failed requirements, denied access to DOH

State Department of Health investigators found multiple violations — including the lack of a full-time physician — at Molokai’s only federally qualified health center, whose issues with staffing and management have led to calls for executives to resign. Officials at the Molokai ...

Counterprotesters overcome hate with love at Maui High

KAHULUI — Counterprotesters worked to overcome hate with love Friday morning when two members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for hate speech toward the LGBT community and picketing soldiers’ funerals, demonstrated outside Maui High School. “So many people were united today in the ...

Wet and rainy is weekend forecast

Windy and rainy conditions will continue through this weekend with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood watch for Maui County through Sunday afternoon and a wind advisory for Maui, Molokai and Kahoolawe until 6 a.m. today. Also a high surf warning for east-facing shores of Maui ...

Man gets 10-year term for sex assault

A 30-year-old Molokai man, who sexually assaulted two minor female relatives while babysitting them in 2017, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday. Kainoa Caberto was immediately taken into custody after 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo handed down the sentence. Loo read what Caberto ...

State working to keep rents affordable for Lahaina complex

Residents of Front Street Apartments in Lahaina are waiting to see what happens next as the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. — which now has the option to exercise the power of eminent domain — continues to evaluate proposed lease terms to ensure the affordability of the ...

Lahaina Aquatic Center to close

The Lahaina Aquatic Center will be closed for repairs to a filtration system pipe from noon Monday to Thursday, the county Parks and Recreation Department said. The repair of the 10-inch pipe will mean no public swimming. For more information, contact Duke Sevilla, pool manager, by email at ...

Olelo to air weekly Legislature show

Oahu-based ‘Olelo Community Media will premiere its popular weekly “Live at the Legislature” show starting 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and it will run weekly throughout the 2020 legislative session. A major development this year is the expansion of the broadcast area — viewers on Maui, Hawaii ...

Kahoolawe trolling later this month

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Jan. 18-19 and 25-26, according to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources. Two ...

McKelvey to speak at LAC meeting

State Rep. Angus McKelvey of West Maui and North Kihei will be speaking at the LahainaTown Action Committee annual meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Pioneer Inn Courtyard. The LahainaTown Action Committee invites members and west side residents to meet the new board of directors and ...

Island ranchers, businesses oppose hike to shipping rates

WAILUKU — Testifiers on Tuesday night were strongly opposed to Young Brothers’ request for a general rate increase of 34 percent, saying it would have “astronomical impacts” on farming communities and local businesses. During a public hearing before the state Public Utilities ...