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The party is over in Makawao town

MAKAWAO — As night fell Friday over historic Makawao, vendors and community members said they hoped it wouldn’t be the final sunset for the 8-year-old town party. Hundreds of people filled the streets for what promoters called the “grand finale” Makawao Third Friday Town Party, as ...

Surveys find no Rapid Ohia Death along East Maui

HAIKU — Drone and helicopter surveys in East Maui conducted in mid-July did not find evidence of Rapid Ohia Death, but residents and visitors still should remain vigilant, officials from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Maui Invasive Species Committee said Friday ...

New pavilion, road at Baldwin Park in master plan

Moving the current pavilion inland, building another pavilion on the east end, installing a new roadway with a second entrance to Hana Highway and adding parking are part of the final concept for the Baldwin Beach Park master plan in Paia. The Department of Parks and Recreation master plan ...

Concerns over timeshare project aired

KIHEI — A beach renourishment project and the discovery of bone fragments and natural springs on and around the old Maui Lu property are some of the concerns Native Hawaiians and community members are raising about the Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare project on the old resort site in ...

Seaside estate in Makena sells for $14 million, highest this year

A 5,680-square-foot mansion on an acre in Makena sold Thursday for $14 million, the highest priced residential sale so far this year, said the seller’s Realtor. Hale Imi Ola, which means the house to seek your best life, overlooks Ahihi Bay along Makena Road and includes four bedrooms, ...

Maui Little League has a guardian angel

“Hit one for daddy,” whispered Lynn Pascual as she watched from the stands while her 12-year-old son, Jaren, took his at-bat at the Little League West Regional championship game in San Bernardino, Calif., on Saturday. He did. Jaren smashed a three-run home run, the first home run for the ...

Lanai students have right to ‘Olelo Hawai‘i

A state Supreme Court ruling in a Lanai case this week affirming Hawaiian language’s significance in public education has implications that reach beyond the Maui County island, the plaintiff’s attorney said Thursday. The court ruled that the Hawaii Constitution requires “reasonable ...

Police chief defends sending Maui officers to Mauna Kea

Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu defended his decision to send 27 Maui police officers to Mauna Kea last month and says he would do so again if requested by Hawaii County police. “I will support them,” Faaumu said Wednesday. Maui officers were sent July 16 to 23 to Mauna Kea, where ...

Prosecutor from Honolulu to take on criminal probe of Parsons’ case

A criminal investigation into the death of a 57-year-old Kihei woman who was assisted by a “death doula” has been assigned to the Honolulu prosecutor’s office, after the Maui County prosecutor’s office had a conflict with the case. Fay Block had been suffering from chronic foot pain ...

Pre-sentence detention OK’d for sentencing delay in robbery

WAILUKU — A man who had pleaded guilty to robbing Tokyo Lounge in Wailuku agreed to be jailed while he awaits sentencing in the case. William Keliihoomalu IV, 32, of Wailuku was set to be sentenced Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court. But his attorney, Richard Gronna, asked for a delay so ...

Another moving day for ‘houseless’ woman

“Where is God, where is compassion?” asks a woman, who declined to give her name, as she stands beside her belongings along Maui Veterans Highway in Puunene on Wednesday morning. The camp where she was living on the west side of the road was recently cleared out. A private crew was on the ...

Senate panels to get briefing on Maui jail

The Maui News The state Senate Ways and Means and Public Safety committees will be seeking an update on conditions at Maui Community Correctional Center following the March riot and reported staffing shortages during an informational briefing with Department of Public Safety officials Tuesday ...

Kona-Kahului route set on Southwest

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday the addition of new Hawaii routes, including one between Kahului Airport and Kona International Airport. The once daily new nonstop service was set to begin Jan. 19, the news release said. The airline is offering $29 one-way fares on the flight when ...

Car, booster seat inspections set

Free child car seat booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 on Dairy Road in Kahului. Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the ...

Move-in for senior affordable rentals is February

KAHULUI — Phase one of the Kahului Lani affordable senior housing project, with more than 80 units, is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with move-in targeted for Feb. 1, according to developers. “We’ve received a lot of support from the county. . . . The process itself ...

Ethics Board chides King over biofuel tax comments

WAILUKU — The Maui County Board of Ethics has advised Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King to avoid discussing matters in council from which she has abstained from voting because of potential conflicts of interest and ethics issues. The opinion, approved by the board in a vote ...

Retired DUI Task Force officer reflects on crash with drunken driver

WAILUKU — When he reads about the spate of recent drunken driving crashes that have killed innocent people, retired police Sgt. Eric Lee Correa said he can’t help but think of his own family’s near-death experience. Correa, his wife and their 3-year-old son were severely injured in a ...

Lanai, Molokai focus of renewable energy projects

Maui Electric Co. has been focusing on Lanai and Molokai renewable energy projects amid Hawaii’s ambitious green energy goal of 100 percent renewable by 2045. After gathering community input, the company incorporated feedback into renewable generation plans that target approximately 4 ...

Maui boy in Grand Slam Parade

Central East Maui Little League player Bransyn Hong stands on the West’s float during the Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade in downtown Williamsport, Pa., on Wednesday. The Maui Little Leaguers in the age 11-12 division play their first game at 10 a.m. Friday against the Southwest ...

Family of missing woman on island

The Maui News Khiara Henry’s family, on Maui to help search for the 23-year-old San Diego resident believed to be missing in remote East Maui, posted a video Tuesday that said she had an “interest” in Waianapanapa State Park, where her rental car was found at the end of last ...