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Minneapolis residents Sarah Peterson and daughter Isa Stensrud survey the selection at the Cloud Nine Fruit Stand on Haleakala Highway Wednesday while taking a break on their downhill biking adventure. “It’s gorgeous,” Peterson said. She said it was her third visit to Maui and third time ...

Officers say they were struck with weapon while detaining suspect

WAILUKU — Two police officers testified they were injured when they were both hit on the head with a weapon while struggling to detain a man who fled after smashing the window of a security vehicle last week. It was only after Cesar Miro-Quesada was handcuffed that police realized the ...

Divers investigate unexploded ordnance off Lanai

The Maui News Officials are considering how to dispose of three suspected unexploded ordnances discovered off the south shore of Lanai. Two recreational divers reported the munitions, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a news release Wednesday. Based on the ...

County zoning division to undergo review

The Maui News A resolution passed by the Maui County Council on Tuesday will allow an assessment of the county zoning division following complaints of delays and inconsistencies in processing permits. “Over the past six months I have received numerous concerns relating to the lack of ...

Webinar to help landlords, tenants

AARP Hawai‘i will hold a free webinar at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the rights of landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 moratorium on evictions. Speakers from the Mediation Center of the Pacific will talk about free services available to landlords and tenants to resolve issues about ...

County offers grant training workshop

The Maui County Office of Economic Development is offering a grant training workshop for businesses and nonprofits whose projects help the local economy. The virtual workshop will take place at 1 p.m. April 21 via the BlueJeans platform. Participants will receive a handbook and an ...

Kula trash pickup postponed to today

Trash pickup that was delayed in Kula due to a personnel shortage on Wednesday will be collected today, the county Department of Environmental Management announced. Affected areas include Hapapa Road, Aolewa Place, Alae Road, Kepa Road, Pueo Drive, Lauie Drive, Naele Road, Puanani Place, ...

Honolulu mayor wants eased coronavirus restrictions despite cases uptick

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor wants to change Oahu’s coronavirus guidelines to allow for less restrictions despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Each county in Hawaii sets forth guidelines for when to impose certain restrictions based on positive case counts. ...

Bill would reserve half of all beach parking for residents

As tourism numbers and frustrations with overcrowding continue to rise, the Maui County Council is considering measures that would reserve at least half of all public beach access parking for residents and tack on parking fees for visitors. “For too long, residents have been asked to ...

Appeals court affirms Capobianco murder conviction

A state appeals court affirmed the 2nd Circuit Court convictions of Steven Capobianco, who was found guilty of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and setting fire to her vehicle. In an order issued Tuesday, the Intermediate Court of Appeals said there was sufficient evidence for jurors to ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

Latest developments: • State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 61 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, including 29 on Oahu, 21 on Maui, three on Hawaii island and eight residents diagnosed out of state. • There have now been 30,287 cases statewide, including 23,417 on Oahu, 3,157 ...

Molokai librarian goes above and beyond for students

At Molokai High School, Diane Mokuau wanted the library to be more than a place where students could come and study — she wanted it to be somewhere they felt safe. So she turned the library into a place for tutoring and activities like yoga and healthy cooking lessons, book fairs and ...

Lahaina man’s bail reduced for habitual DUI

WAILUKU — Over the objection of the prosecution, a judge reduced bail to $25,000 for a man arrested on charges including habitually driving under the influence of alcohol. Frank Kane Jr., 45, of Lahaina was arrested last month on a $250,000 warrant charging him with habitually driving under ...

Advisory committees, pilot program pass at council

The Maui News A bill that would establish advisory committees for Paia-Haiku and Kihei-Makena passed on first reading during a Maui County Council meeting on Tuesday. The committees would advise the Maui Planning Commission on issues within the Paia-Haiku and Kihei-Makena community plan ...

Distracted driving awareness

First photo: DUI Task Force officer Rahul Mehra issues a citation for a seat belt violation Tuesday morning on Alamaha Street in Kahului during stepped-up enforcement as part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” distracted driving awareness campaign, which continues through Sunday. ...

3 more inmates recover from COVID

Three more Maui Community Correctional Center inmates have recovered from COVID-19, reducing the number of active inmate cases to two, the state Department of Public Safety reported Tuesday. A total of 92 inmates have recovered, with two inmates in isolation and 170 in quarantine Tuesday, ...

High surf advisory extended to Thursday

A high surf advisory for east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been extended through 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Waves of 8 to 12 feet are expected as the current north-northeast swell holds fairly steady through today before slowly declining Thursday ...

Flags fly at half-staff, honor congressman

Flags across the state will be flown at half-staff until midnight to honor the late Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida, Gov. David Ige announced. Hastings was a civil rights activist and the longest-serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation, starting out in the U.S. House of ...

$75K released to replace beach stairs

A “much-needed” project to replace the Napili public beach access stairs is moving forward after the state released $75,000 for the project, Rep. Angus McKelvey announced Monday. The funding will cover the design and construction for the replacement of the existing access stairs, which ...