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Calls made to end recreation activities at Ko‘ie‘ie Fishpond in Kihei

KIHEI — Over a decade ago, Ke‘eaumoku Kapu, Walter Ritte and a group of volunteers from Lahaina started working to rebuild the walls of the Ko‘ie‘ie Fishpond in Kihei, hoping to restore it to its former glory as a fishpond to the alii. They had planned, eventually, to transfer the task ...

Awkwafina is Festival’s Shining Star: It’s all about family for Awkwafina

This Father’s Day, Awkwafina has a message for all the Hawaii dads out there. “Have your kids make you the loco moco, ‘cause it’s your day to shine,” she told The Maui News. “Just hang out, fish, tell a dad joke.” The Asian American comedian, actress and rapper, known for her ...

Expert: Women age 75-80 living alone prime scam targets

WAILEA — The average profile of an elder abuse victim in the U.S. is a woman 75 to 80 years old living alone, said national aging and public service advocate Robert “Bob” Blancato. “Pretend for a moment you are that older woman, you’ve been home all day, nobody to talk to, you ...

Maui News staff, columnist earn 19 SPJ awards

Maui News staffers and a columnist received 19 awards, including five first-place honors, from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter during the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony Friday night on Oahu. Also, The Maui News swept three categories — Spot News ...

Study: Reefs provide flood protection

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a study released last month. The report by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California-Santa Cruz established the value that ...

Magical night at the Maui Film Festival

Sofia Vergara poses with husband Joe Manganiello after presenting him with the Maui Film Festival’s Shooting Star Award on Friday evening at the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Golf Course Amphitheater. Manganiello was premiering his movie “Bottom of the 9th,” which features the couple. He ...

MCCC has 20% corrections officer vacancies

In an effort to boost staffing at Maui Community Correctional Center, the state Department of Public Safety has begun recruiting adult corrections officers from across the state to temporarily fill 33 vacancies at the Maui jail. According to an internal memo June 4 to “all interested adult ...

Mahi Pono bumps back first plantings

Mahi Pono has pushed back its first plantings from June to July on old sugar fields it purchased from Alexander & Baldwin with the first harvest expected in October, a company official said. “It is tentatively still scheduled for sometime in July, but it won’t be the first week,” ...

Inventory of homes, condos lowest in decade in May

Maui County single-family homes and condos available for sale dropped to their lowest mark in at least a decade in May, according to a monthly report by the Realtors Association of Maui released Wednesday. Meanwhile, the median sales price for a home last month fell more than $100,000 from a ...

On the ocean on World Oceans Day

Bear Edwards joins one of the Pacific Whale Foundation World Oceans Day events last Saturday. Edwards joined the free Eco-Adventures cruise from Maalaea to Olowalu, which included a hands-on plankton-tow activity, snorkel reef clean and sea-surface microplastic sampling. Beach cleanups were ...

14-months in jail ordered for home burglary

WAILUKU — A Waiehu man was ordered to serve a 14-month jail term for burglarizing his girlfriend’s residence as he was sentenced in five criminal cases. Robert K. Freitas, 38, was placed on four years’ probation in all the cases at his sentencing May 30. In three of the cases, he had ...

Man arrested for brandishing baton

A 35-year-old man was arrested after he brandished a baton and used it to strike a man Wednesday morning in Lahaina, according to police. Adrian Sugiyama, 35, was charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault and carrying a deadly weapon. His bail was ...

Wailuku Complex meeting Thursday

A meeting on the Wailuku Civic Complex, which includes a parking structure and surrounding road improvements, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Iao Theater. The county Department of Management, which is hosting the meeting, will provide information on updated plans and the status of the ...

High-surf advisory up

A high-surf advisory is up for south-facing shores of all islands until 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said. Surf is expected to build to 6 to 9 feet and hold through the day, the weather service said. Expect moderate to strong breaking waves and shore break and rip currents in ...

More from the Maui Film Festival . . .

Joe Manganiello and wife, Sofia Vergara, arrive to the press line Friday for interviews at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. After Manganiello was presented his Shooting Star Award by his wife later that evening, a film featuring the couple, “Bottom of the 9th,” premiered at the ...

Gina Rodriguez can relate to island life

WAILEA — Television and film have brought steady waves of success to Golden Globe-winning Gina Rodriguez, but her family and her humble beginnings keep her firmly grounded amid the changing tides of Hollywood life. “I’ve been very blessed in our industry; it’s financially ...

Study: All South Maui beaches exceed sediment standards

KIHEI — Data collected from South Maui’s beaches by Hui O Ka Wai Ola show that “every single site exceeds the state standard” for allowable amounts of sediment and that some offshore waters contain potentially harmful nutrients. “One of the biggest problems is high nutrient levels ...

Probation ordered in Kula beating case

WAILUKU — A man who severely injured a resident when he broke into a Kula home last year was placed on four years’ probation Thursday. Coby Magalianes, 39, of Haiku was released from jail after being incarcerated for more than seven months. He had pleaded no contest to first-degree ...

Woman says she stole from employer to keep children

WAILUKU — A woman who said she was trying to keep custody of her three children when she stole more than $25,000 from her employer was ordered to repay the money as part of her probation. Ashley Thomas, 29, of Lahaina was ordered to make a first payment of $6,000 this week after she said ...