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Open house for HARF project Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation’s supporters will be gather to celebrate the holidays and showcase the progress of the Community Education and Animal Center project from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1715 Kahekili Highway in Waihee. The community is welcome to attend and ...

Happy Hui Holidays

First photo: Christina Prevost, a part-time Kihei resident, peruses ornaments Saturday at Hui Holidays in Makawao. The Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center brings holiday magic to Upcountry with its popular annual event that runs through the holiday season. Each year the gallery is transformed into ...

District tax could help fund erosion project

WAILUKU — A new county financing tool could be used to pay for a multimillion dollar project to restore the Kahana Bay coastline, which is being severely eroded by sea level rise, frequent storms and seawalls built to protect condominiums. The Kahana Bay Steering Committee, which ...

Mokulele contract for Hana extended to Jan. 31

Mokulele Airlines will continue to service Hana through Jan. 31 as Makani Kai prepares to take over Essential Air Service for the East Maui community, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The department said in an order issued Friday that it planned to rely on Makani Kai to ...

Mayor’s chief of staff leaving post

The Maui News Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino’s chief of staff, Deidre Tegarden, has resigned her post effective Dec. 15. “I thank Deidre for her counsel, her strong work ethic, for overseeing our staff in the Mayor’s Office and for setting up administrative protocols,” Victorino ...

New battery system installed at island’s HI-5 recycling facilities

The Maui News New renewable energy storage systems have been installed at Maui County’s HI-5 redemption centers, most of which are not connected to the grid and depend on solar power. Maui-based HiVE Energy Systems installed the units, which replaced the old lead-acid battery banks at ...

Bearded crime fighters raise money for cancer

Police DUI Task Force Sgt. Nick Krau (left), solo bike officer James Burkett and DUI Task Force officer Jason Thompson sport beards as they join in a sign-waving last week, reminding motorists not to drink and drive. The three are among at least 145 Maui Police Department officers and employees ...

High-surf advisory extended to 6 p.m.

A high-surf advisory for east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been extended to 6 p.m. today. Surf is expected to peak at 6 to 9 feet today, driven by a northeast swell, the National Weather Service said. Strong breaking waves and shore break is expected as well as longshore and rip ...

Man indicted on arson counts

A man has been indicted on arson charges in connection with a fire last month that damaged two rental units at a Wailuku residence. Kealiiwahamana Neula, 33, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree arson during his arraignment Friday in 2nd Circuit Court. The fire was reported the ...

Kahoolawe trolling OK this weekend

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 21 and 22, 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 ...

Flatbread event to help Kahoolawe

A portion of the proceeds from pizzas purchased from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Flatbread Co. in Paia will benefit the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. The funds will be used to support restoration efforts of the island.

Maui tax board member needed

A Maui island seat on the state Board of Taxation Review is vacant and qualified volunteers are being sought, said Gov. David Ige’s office. The boards informally hear and decide disputes between taxpayers and tax assessors, as an alternative to filing formal appeals with the Hawaii Tax ...

Nominations sought for Maui News People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the 25th People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2019. These could ...

Corrections

• Top county workers. Ryan Nagoshi, supervising electronic technician; Tammy Frias, supervising committee secretary; and Kainea Aiwohi-Alo, human resources specialist V, also were nominees for Maui Manager of the Year for the County of Maui. Their names were left out of a story on the awards ...

Tiger shark bites paddleboard off Kihei

People were advised to stay out of the water from Cove Park to Waipuilani Park in Kihei after a 10- to 12-foot-long tiger shark deflated an inflatable stand-up paddleboard Tuesday morning offshore from Halama Street in Kihei, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. No ...

Cyclists help make dreams come true

WAILUKU — The weather in Wailuku was gloomy and raining, but 11-year-old Jackson Gilbert couldn’t have been happier as he raced his shiny new bike across the field at the War Memorial Stadium Complex on Sunday. “It’s amazing,” he said as he pulled up alongside his great-grandmother, ...

Persimmon season is at its end

KULA — Clark and Jackie Hashimoto sorted fresh persimmons in a shed at their family’s Hashimoto Persimmon Products farm in Kula as they neared the end of the season Saturday. They said today would be the last day of harvesting and they expected to have several generations of family ...

Wind, high surf to continue for Maui County

The Maui News A wind advisory has been extended for Lanai through 6 a.m. today with northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph and localized gusts up to 50 mph anticipated. The National Weather Service also cancelled a wind advisory for Maui and Molokai. Winds this strong are capable of bringing ...

Suggested Christmas mailing dates out

The Maui News The priority and first-class suggested mailing date for packages from Hawaii to reach the Mainland before Christmas is Dec. 19, and the first international suggested date is Friday, the U.S. Postal Service announced. Procrastinators have until Dec. 21 to send their packages to ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Nov. 20 to 26. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...