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Kihei Charter, Kekaulike top the county in Strive HI

Kihei Charter School and King Kekaulike High School earned top marks among all Maui County high schools in math, reading and science proficiency, according to Strive HI results released earlier this month. In the 2018-19 academic year, Kihei Charter’s high school students led all schools ...

No letup in heat records for Kahului

The Maui News The hot streak continued for Kahului as the town recorded four consecutive days of record-matching or record-breaking temperatures. The four-day streak included Friday’s record of 94 degrees (the previous record of 93 degrees was set in 1951); Thursday’s record of 95 ...

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 Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. 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 Sept. 30 to Oct. 11. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Maui Tomorrow marks 30th at beach it worked to save

Maui Tomorrow 30th birthday party celebrants gather for a prayer before lunch Saturday at Makena State Park at Oneloa, or Big Beach. The group marked its 30th year of the organization, as well its effort to stop planned development at the pristine beach and preserve it as a park. “It’s ...

Highlighting Filipino-American heritage, history

Members of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Dance Troupe perform a traditional Ilocano dance during Saturday’s Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. The event held in conjunction with Filipino-American History Month celebrated foods, entertainment, culture, ...

Kahului hits four straight days of heat records, matches

The hot streak continued for Kahului as the town recorded four consecutive days of record-matching or record-breaking temperatures. The four-day streak included Friday's record of 94 degrees (93 degrees was set in 1951); Thursday's record of 95 degrees (93 degrees was set in 1984); Wednesday's ...

Hokule‘a inspiring restoration, growth

WAILUKU — “The question of extinction or renaissance” was a theme of Hokule‘a master navigator Nainoa Thompson’s talk at the Iao Theater on Tuesday night. He made the reference when talking about taking Hokule‘a on its daring voyage around the world, the role of science and ...

Dangers of vaping emphasized

Keynote speaker Bonnie Helpern-Felsher outlines a few of the many negative impacts of vaping during a Friday symposium at Kamehameha Schools Maui titled “Clearing the Cloud: Maui County’s Youth Vaping Epidemic.” It is estimated that 18 percent of Maui County middle-schoolers and 39 ...

State board OKs more water for Mahi Pono

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday unanimously approved a one-year permit allowing Alexander & Baldwin to continue to divert water from East Maui streams on state lands in 2020 — and increased the draw by 10 million gallons a day over staff recommendations. The ...

Hana Ranch breadfruit farm benefits from $1M grant

A statewide breadfruit cooperative received more than $1.3 million in state and federal grant money to help bolster the organization, which includes grower and member Hana Ranch. Hawaii ‘Ulu Cooperative was approved this summer for three grants that will support its Big Island-based ...

2 county sites could receive $2.7 million for land purchases

Two Maui County land purchases — in East Molokai and East Maui — are on the Legacy Land Conservation Commission’s list of five properties statewide recommended for grants totaling $6.4 million from a special fund for the current and next fiscal years. About $2.7 million will go to the ...

Moving some earth at Kihei school site

A Goodfellow Bros. crew works on the Kihei high school site Tuesday morning along Piilani Highway. The state Department of Education says that a 2021-22 school year opening for the long-awaited high school remains the official target, but the requirement for an over- or underpass on Piilani ...

Woman sentenced for taking $40,000 in illegal welfare benefits

The Maui News WAILUKU — A woman was ordered to repay nearly $40,000 to the state after collecting welfare benefits for three years without reporting that her boyfriend was living in the household. Valarie Nash, 33, applied for the benefits to help support her children because her ...

Woman rescued from side of cliff

Firefighters used a rope rescue system to raise a woman to safety after she became stranded Thursday afternoon while climbing the steep cliffside trail at Maliko Bay, according to the Maui Fire Department. Paia and Kahului rescue firefighters responded to the 5:15 p.m. report of the woman ...

Woman airlifted out of Maliko

A 35-year-old woman who was injured when she fell on rocks while fishing Friday morning was airlifted from the west end of Maliko Bay in Haiku, the Maui Fire Department reported. Paia firefighters, responding to the 8:06 a.m. call, made their way down a steep trail to a rocky point where the ...

Domestic abuse vigil Wednesday

A candlelight vigil to remember victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence and in support of survivors will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn of Ka‘ahumanu Church in Wailuku. The vigil is being held in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. ...

Painting to close Hana Bay pavilion

The pavilion at Hana Bay Beach Park will be closed from Nov. 4 to 8 for painting, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said.  For questions, contact District Supervisor Mice Kahula at 248-7022 or Mice.Kahula@co.maui.hi.us.

Flags to fly at half-staff for Mateo

The Maui News The U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff on Sunday and Friday in honor of former Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo. Services are being held on both days for Mateo, who died Sept. 24. He was 68 years old. He served as a County Council member, holding the ...