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Molina defends proposal to bifurcate Housing and Human Concerns

The Maui News Council Member Michael Molina on Wednesday defended a proposal he introduced to separate the housing and social service responsibilities of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns into two departments in the wake of criticism from Mayor Michael Victorino. The measure to ...

Hawaiian Airlines expands flight schedule Aug. 1

The Maui News Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that it will be resuming a trimmed down version of its normal flight schedule between the Mainland and Hawaii, includes direct flights to Kahului Airport, beginning Aug. 1. Gov. David Ige announced last month that flyers who receive a ...

Man faces again attempted murder

WAILUKU — A Paia man again is charged with attempted murder in the beating of another man at Paia Bay last year. Troy Borge Jr., 28, pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder during his arraignment Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending ...

3rd day of heat for the record books

For the third straight day, the high temperature at Kahului Airport, which hit 92 degrees Wednesday, tied or broke a record for the day. The high temperature tied the mark set last year, according to the National Weather Service. As the summer begins to heat up, the 93 degrees Tuesday and ...

Cellphone helps to locate lost hiker

Firefighters used cellphone coordinates to locate a lost hiker Wednesday in the Mahana Ridge area above Kapalua, according to the Maui Fire Department. The hiker, a 47-year-old Kona woman, called 911 at 11:25 a.m. after she became lost while hiking for about two and a half hours, the Fire ...

Covid-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

Public Facilities ** The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the public, although the County Council chamber and council member offices will remain closed. Public access is through the second-floor lobby during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday ...

Maiden voyage easier than expected

Kihei’s Brad and Nancy Betts let a shore break wave pass under their kayak during the maiden voyage in their recently purchased craft. The couple said they were learning the ropes and hope to be ready for Maui’s next whale season when the humpbacks return to the island’s nearshore ...

Council panel backs county Agriculture Department creation

A Maui County Council committee on Tuesday recommended approval of a charter amendment, calling for the establishment of the county Department of Agriculture, to be placed on the November ballot. After listening to testimony last week on the pros and cons, the council Government, Ethics and ...

Lots of openings in YMCA / Maui County child care program

The Maui Family YMCA child care collaboration with Maui County, intended to fill the child care gap of the suspended Summer PALS program, costs only $10 a week per child for the four-week program and still has many openings, an official with the YMCA said Tuesday. The program begins Monday ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

• The state reports 18 new cases on Tuesday, one in Maui County, one in Kauai County and 15 on Oahu. There is one case pending residence. The Maui case was a traveler returning from the Mainland who developed symptoms. • The state count is now 917. One case was removed from Oahu during ...

Increased passenger limits on tour boats a ‘game changer’

The increase in allowable passengers and crew aboard commercial and recreational boats, announced Monday by the state, is a “game changer” and “works for most of the industry,” a Maui tour boat company official said Tuesday. When the coronavirus took hold in Hawaii in March, the state ...

New Maui case a resident returning from the Mainland

Maui recorded another confirmed COVID-19 case Tuesday, a resident who tested positive after returning home, Maui County Managing Director Sandy Baz said. The individual isolated after coming home and got tested after starting to exhibit symptoms, Baz said at the county’s daily COVID-19 ...

Once endangered nene now growing in numbers

This gaggle of nene landed at Waikapu Gardens Park on Saturday. The Hawaiian goose was down listed from endangered to threatened in December. As many as 25,000 nene lived in the Hawaiian Islands before the arrival of Capt. James Cook in 1778 but by the 1950s, there were fewer than 30 in the ...

Mandatory 5-year sentence is vacated

A man who was serving a mandatory five-year prison term for shoplifting from a Kahului store had his sentence vacated by the state Supreme Court, which found the sentence violated his right to have a jury determine whether he qualified to be sentenced as a repeat offender. In its opinion ...

10th heat record finishes out June

The 10th heat record set or tied for June was logged Tuesday at Kahului Airport when the high temperature hit 93 degrees. That broke the record for the day of 91 degrees set in 1996. Temperatures could hit 92 degrees today as the National Weather Service forecast sunny and breezy ...

Kahului man is arrested for robbery

A man was arrested for robbery Sunday after he allegedly stole clothing from a Lahaina town store and struggled with employees and a bystander who chased and tried to stop the thief, according to police. Frank Alconcel, 31, of Kahului was charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree ...

Man punches cop, kicks police cruiser

A 25-year-old man was arrested Monday after he punched a police officer who responded to a report of an assault at Paia Bay, police reported. Jason Murray of Kahului was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property ...

Kahoolawe July trolling dates set

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed July 11-12 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 ...

Corrections

• Hana access checkpoints: The last time the Maui Police Department set up the Hana-bound checkpoints on Hana Highway for vehicles traveling to East Maui was May 31, according to Assistant Chief Victor Ramos, who was in charge of coordinating the checkpoints using personnel from his ...