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Boy rescued from ledge in Haiku area

A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to safety Friday after he became stuck on a ledge while making his way down a trail leading to the shoreline at Uaoa Bay in the Haiku area, a fire official said. Paia firefighters and a Kahului rescue crew responded to the 11:21 a.m. call. The boy, who was ...

Kamehameha Day holiday is Tuesday

All county and state offices will be closed Tuesday in observance of King Kamehameha Day. The Hana and Lanai landfills along with Molokai Landfill & Recycling will be closed. Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost Greenwaste will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. Olowalu Recycling will be open ...

Hunting licenses to be issued June 15

Hunting licenses and stamps for hunting on public and private land will begin being issued by the state June 15. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife district and administrative offices will be issuing the licenses and stamps for the July 1 to ...

Commissions, boards need volunteers to fill vacancies

Applications are being sought for the Maui County Cost of Government Commission, as well as for other boards and commissions, the office of Mayor Michael Victorino said in a news release. The Cost of Government Commission promotes efficient government operations and improved customer service ...

Moon over South Maui

A nearly full moon rises over Haleakala as seen from the Kihei intersection of Piilani Highway and Kaiwahine Street on evening in mid-May. The next full moon is June 16.

Chief: MPD officer arrested for promoting drug

A 39-year-old Maui Police Department officer was arrested Friday on Molokai for promoting a dangerous drug in the first degree. Chief Tivoli Faaumu in a video statement identified the officer as Daniel Imakyure. Imakyure was released pending further investigation and placed on ...

Invasive moth found on Maui, eating mamaki

An introduced caterpillar and moth native to Southeast Asia have been discovered on Maui — the first documented sighting in the U.S. — and are feeding on endemic nettles plants, which are critical for watershed protection, and offering habitat competition for the native Kamehameha ...

‘Catastrophe of thieving’ leads to 5 years in prison

WAILUKU — A man who went “beyond a crime spree” while stealing mopeds, credit cards from a rental car and iPads from an elementary school was sentenced to five years in prison. Joshua Yamashita, 28, of Wailuku had pleaded no contest to 25 charges in seven cases for crimes occurring from ...

County asks residents to participate in survey

Maui County residents are being asked to participate in the Hawaii Housing Planning Study being conducted by SMS Research, a consulting company. The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns is joining with the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corp., the lead agency in ...

Na Hale sells 34th affordable home

The housing nonprofit Na Hale O Maui has sold its 34th home, handing the keys to the Sisouvong family of Wailuku. “This home was sold at a price substantially below the fair market value,” said Cassandra Abdul, executive director of Na Hale O Maui. “It will remain affordable in ...

Kahekili Highway repairs discussed

The county emergency repair project on Kahekili Highway will be discussed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Waihe‘e Elementary School cafeteria. The project involves repairing a culvert head wall about 0.2 mile south of Maluhia Country Estates subdivision. The head wall was damaged during a storm in ...

Offices on Aging closed June 14

The Maui County Offices on Aging will be closed June 14 due to the “Cherish Our Kupuna” Elder Abuse Awareness Conference at the Grand Wailea. The event is aimed to help professionals whose work involves dealing with various aspects of elder protection. Registration is closed. All ...

MECO vehicle auction scheduled

Maui Electric Co. will be holding a silent auction for its retired vehicles from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday on the front lawn of the utility’s parking lot. Eight vehicles will be on display at 210 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului. A security guard at the site will assist customers. All ...

A&B Sugar Museum Director Roslyn Lightfoot to retire

Although longtime local museum director Roslyn Lightfoot will retire this month, she’s shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “When you retire, in my mind, it doesn’t mean you quit doing things,” she said. “You just start doing different things.” Lightfoot has led the ...

Maui Mall Village makeover complete

The nearly 50-year-old Maui Mall will now be known as “Maui Mall Village” with a redesign including a revitalized center court, new landscape features and new furnishing and seating areas. “We’ve been a part of the Maui community since 1971, and we wanted to refresh our center to ...

Maui AIDS Foundation has new leadership

Maui AIDS Foundation on Tuesday announced its new executive director, who is the first woman to serve in the position. Chasity Cadaoas, who previously worked as the organization’s director of prevention /lab services, was the “best candidate” to fill the role, according to interim ...

Tavin Hashimoto, 10, stood ‘tuff’ in the face of cancer

Although taken too soon, Tavin Hashimoto’s lively spirit and infectious smile will last a lifetime. Tammi-Lyn Hashimoto, Tavin’s mother, wants her son to be remembered for his selflessness, his ability to unify their family and community, and for how much he “glowed.” Around 11 p.m. ...

Hirono seeks honor for Mink on first election to House

A resolution to honor the late Patsy Takemoto Mink, who grew up in a Maui plantation camp, on the 55th anniversary of the her election to Congress on Nov. 3 was introduced by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono last month. All 17 Democratic Party female senators signed on to the resolution, Hirono’s ...

Rosemarie Delatorre faces 5 years in prison for stealing from elderly client

WAILUKU — A woman who fled the state while awaiting trial on charges alleging she stole thousands of dollars from an elderly Kihei woman is facing a five-year prison term after reaching a plea deal in her case. Rosemarie Delatorre, 60, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a reduced charge of ...