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Witness: Man threatens him with paper cutter blade

WAILUKU — After being confronted about damaging a paper cutter in a Kahului store, a man swung the tool against a post, breaking off the blade and holding it while stepping toward a store employee, according to testimony Wednesday. The man was identified as Eugene Bingham, 57, who was ...

Maui’s first humpback of season spotted in Auau Channel

The Maui News Maui’s first humpback whale of the season was spotted Wednesday morning in the Auau Channel by a Pacific Whale Foundation boat carrying kids on an Ocean Camp excursion. Chris Walsh, captain of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Spirit, caught a glimpse of the whale at ...

Paid nurse aide program to continue at Kula Hospital

The Maui News Kula Hospital will be continuing its paid training program for those interested in becoming a certified nurse aide. In its announcement Friday, Kula Hospital said the program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED certificate. The training will take place at Kula ...

Blessing for new Hilo Hattie location

Tommy Kaluna-Palafox performs a Hawaiian blessing at the grand opening celebration of Hilo Hattie — The Store of Hawaii at Outlets of Maui on Sept. 23. The new location has more than 5,700 square feet and is across from the Banana Republic Factory Store. Hilo Hattie offers Hawaiian fashions, ...

Heat wave back, two records tied

The record-breaking heat was back this week with records tied Tuesday and Wednesday at Kahului Airport. It was 93 degrees Wednesday, tying the record set for the day in 1984. On Tuesday, the record high for the day of 92 degrees, set in 2004, was tied. The forecast for today in Kahului is ...

Man who ditched jail is arrested

A man who didn’t return to jail Monday after being granted a temporary, three-day release was arrested Tuesday evening on Molokai, according to police. Richard Kealoha Kaauwai, 27, was charged with second-degree escape. His bail was set at $1,000. He also was arrested on three probation ...

Sugimura’s ‘Talk Story’ is Saturday

County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “Talk Story with Yuki” outreach event at the Upcountry Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Sugimura, who holds the Upcountry residency seat, invites people to voice their concerns on county issues. State Rep. Kyle ...

Kalama Park courts to close temporarily

The Kalama Park basketball courts in Kihei will be closed Monday to Oct. 16 for maintenance, the county Parks and Recreation Department announced. The courts will reopen on Oct. 17. For more information, contact Cody Tesoro of the South District Parks Office by email at ...

Mayor to meet on emergency plan

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino on Oct. 29 will discuss the West Maui Emergency Plan and review any improvements based on after-action reports from west side incidents, including the massive fire and floods last year. The public meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Keopuolani ...

Malama given $119,234 grant

Malama Family Recovery Center has been awarded a grant of $119,234 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to support its Early Learning Center over a two-year period. The Early Learning Center serves the children of women participating in Malama Family Recovery Center’s Therapeutic and Sober ...

Alaka‘ina digital bus

First photo: Alaka‘ina Digital Bus education coordinator Dav Yuan demonstrates a bubbly reaction with dry ice Tuesday during the Ka Papa Ho‘ike eighth annual symposium on environmental education at Kamehameha Schools Maui in Pukalani. The symposium drew about 70 formal and nonformal ...

200-room Kahului hotel could open in about 3 years

The 200-room Windward Hotel proposed for a roughly 5-acre site near Costco and the Kahului Airport would start construction in 2021 and could be open by 2023, according to a draft environmental impact statement. The study also included residents’ concerns about the need for affordable ...

BLNR to look into restricting access to West Maui reserve

The state is considering restricting access to portions of the West Maui Natural Area Reserve where rock climbing activities are threatening native plant species. In the Lihau section of the reserve, rock climbers have been installing hardware and footholds into cliffs that are impacting ...

New Kahului, Wailuku hotels in the works

Two separate, midpriced hotels may be coming to Central Maui in the near future, according to a recent Hawaii real estate agency study. Anticipated to open in 2023, Wailuku Hotel has been proposed for a site on the blocks between North Market Street and Central Avenue fronting Main Street in ...

Public assault of ex-girlfriend leads to prison time

WAILUKU — A man who was convicted of abusing his then-girlfriend, even after she had obtained a court order for protection, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison. Coburn Kaimiola Jr., 36, of Wailuku committed the violent acts in front of others, including the manager and customers of ...

3 divers found by Coast Guard in deep water

The Maui News The Coast Guard rescued three divers who waved their flippers to attract attention after they lost contact with their vessel and became stranded north of Hookipa Beach Park on Monday afternoon. “These were seasoned divers who became lost after diving for an extended amount of ...

Sailing to spread anti-nuke message

The Golden Rule sets sail from Maalaea Small Boat Harbor toward Lanai, continuing to spread the message of the dangers of atmospheric testing of the hydrogen bomb that devastated the Marshall Islands in 1958. The 36-foot anti-nuke boat also offers a remembrance of the first nuclear bombs ...

County and chamber to host housing forum

The Maui News Maui County and the Maui Chamber of Commerce will host a Maui Nui Attainable Housing Forum Tuesday and Oct. 16 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. “This conference provides two substantive ways to help get our community on track with attainable housing opportunities, both ...

Man gets 3 months in jail after failing to show for sentencing

The Maui News WAILUKU — After he didn’t show up for his sentencing last year, a Wailuku man is serving a three-month jail term for shoplifting from a Kahului store. Alvin Jardine III, 50, also was placed on four years’ probation when he was sentenced Sept. 27. Police said Jardine ...

Road closures scheduled in Maui Meadows

The Maui News Pavement slurry sealing will be applied to roads in Maui Meadows starting Tuesday, the county Department of Public Works said. The application, which requires four to six hours of drying time, will close roads in Maui Meadows. Work will continue Wednesdays and Fridays ...