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Commercial tours at Mala Wharf point of contention

As a veteran waterman with deep roots in Lahaina, Archie Kalepa has long watched the boat and snorkeling tours at Mala Wharf steadily grow. “Seeing it overrun by commercial activity, it’s impeding the use of the community,” Kalepa said. “And I think that we can come up with conditions ...

UHERO report: Vaccinations up, customers down in wake of mandates

Maui County saw a slight increase in COVID-19 vaccination rates but a decline in customer patronage as a result of workplace restrictions for employees and customers this past month, according to a statewide survey by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. After the largest ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Thursday reported 164 new confirmed and probable cases statewide, including 87 cases on Oahu, 46 on Hawaii island, 14 on Maui, eight on Kauai, one on Molokai and eight residents diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 81,954 ...

Man found sleeping in stolen vehicle arrested again

WAILUKU — After being released last week in a pending stolen vehicle case, a 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday when police reported finding him asleep in another stolen vehicle. Mana Kapela, 23, who gave no local address, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, ...

Fun at the beach rain or shine

Wailuku Elementary School fourth grader Lawai‘a Bonofiglio-Kaneakua, 10, jumps into a shallow tide pool at Ho‘okipa Tuesday morning during a rain squall. Mom Monica Bonofiglio said neither the dreary conditions, nor the fact that his siblings didn’t want to swim could keep Lawai‘a out ...

Man accused of breaking into home, wielding knife

The Maui News WAILUKU — A Kihei man was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly breaking into a residence and threatening another man. Tavake Itaaehau, 29, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree terroristic threatening. He was arrested after the victim reported that ...