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Man charged in hostel thefts

A Wailuku man was arrested for stealing wallets from two people while they were sleeping at Banana Bungalow hostel in Wailuku on separate days, police said. Chad Kaohu, 20, was arrested Monday near Kahawai and North Market streets in Wailuku. His bail was set at $44,000 for two counts of ...

Residents: ‘Losing’ community has its cost

PAIA — Concerned about the costs that come from losing community, residents Wednesday night voiced opposition to short-term rentals in Paia and Haiku that are often second homes for wealthy individuals who don’t reside on Maui. “I used to know all my neighbors — when we used to have ...

Expert: Erick, Flossie lacked all requisite hurricane ingredients

MAALAEA — A hurricane requires a warm ocean, an area of low pressure, moisture in the air and slow and stable wind speeds, and its birth must occur away from the Equator. Hurricanes Erick and most likely Flossie, which both threatened the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month, lacked all the ...

Old Lahaina Prison wall to be repaired

One of the buttresses on the exterior wall of the historic Lahaina Prison that was damaged in a hit-and-run incident last year soon will be repaired, with work slated for completion by the end of this year, according to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. On June 15, 2018, a vehicle crashed ...

Hawaii Job Corps specializes is changing lives

First photo: Hawaii Job Corps office administration student Anela Filimoehala of Kahului performs a Samoan dance during Thursday afternoon’s celebration for the program’s 66 Maui graduates of 2018 at the campus off Baldwin Avenue. Filimoehala is scheduled to graduate from the Maui Center ...

Man sent to prison for punching the ex-firefighter who was coming to help

The Maui News WAILUKU — A five-year prison term was ordered for a man who assaulted a retired firefighter, who suffered a broken orbital bone. Ikaika Balanza White, 35, had pleaded no contest to second-degree assault. In arguing for the prison term during the July 23 sentencing hearing, ...

Kekaulike, Baldwin principals to retire

Two Maui high schools are experiencing the departures of longtime principals, who are retiring next month. Principal Mark Elliott of King Kekaulike High and Principal Catherine Kilborn of Baldwin High will be retiring effective Sept. 1, the state Department of Education said this week. ...

Boy struck by car, taken to hospital

A 10-year-old Maui boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being struck by a car in Hana on Wednesday afternoon, according to a fire official. At 4:27 p.m., crews received a call about a boy who’d sustained a head injury after being hit by a vehicle in the area of Uakea ...

Woman hurts ankle on Pipiwai Trail

A 57-year-old Maryland woman was carried off the Pipiwai Trail in Kipahulu after injuring her ankle on Wednesday afternoon, according to a fire official. At 2:38 p.m., crews received a call about a woman who had injured her ankle about one-fourth of a mile above the top of the Pipiwai Trail, ...

DMVL Pukalani is closed Monday

The county Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing Pukalani satellite office will be closed Monday for air-conditioning repair work. The office is scheduled to reopen the next day, Tuesday, for normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, customers may contact the DMVL ...

Wailuku town meeting Aug. 19

A community meeting on the Wailuku town improvements, parking structure and status of the civic complex will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Aug. 19 at Iao Theater. County officials will provide information on the latest construction schedule, updates on temporary parking locations and shuttle ...

Police Donut Boy

WAILUKU — As happy as they were to receive donuts, police officers were even more appreciative to have the chance to meet an 11-year-old Florida boy on a mission to thank every police officer in the country with a donut. Tyler Carach, who has become known as “The Donut Boy,” wheeled a ...

State working on repairing water leak at Maalaea

MAALAEA — The state is working on repairing a water leak at Maalaea Small Boat Harbor that harbor users say has been causing water to flow into the parking lot and into the harbor itself for months. “On some days, it looks like a little spring. It’s a constant flow,” said one harbor ...

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay‘s show Sunday features Hana

When Maui born and raised spearfishing champion and free diver Kimi Werner took celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay out fishing around Kaupo, she didn’t want the trip to be about a “trophy fish” or “about the ego.” She wanted the trip to be about learning “how to feed ourselves” and ...

Shane Victorino company partners to produce hemp products

Legacy Ventures Hawaii, whose principal is former Major League Baseball player from Maui Shane Victorino, has partnered with Arcadia Biosciences to grow, extract and sell hemp products, an announcement Tuesday from the California-based Arcadia said. Arcadia has a state Industrial Hemp Pilot ...

Kapu Aloha Unity March slated Saturday

The Maui News In a demonstration of solidarity with kia‘i, or protectors, a public march in “support of the protection of Mauna Kea” will be held Saturday morning in Kahului. Kapu Aloha Unity March participants, who are encouraged to wear red, bring Hawaii flags and signs, will gather ...

Woman, 73, charged in pedestrian death

A 73-year-old Kahului woman was charged with negligent homicide for a Jan. 7 collision in Kahului that caused the death of a pedestrian. Tomasita Barut was arrested Friday and was released after posting $5,000 bail, police records show. She is charged with first-degree negligent homicide ...

Property taxes due Aug. 20

The deadline for property owners to pay real property tax bills for the first installment of tax year 2019-20 is Aug. 20, a public notice said. Tax bills have been mailed to owners or the agents servicing their accounts, according to the county Department of Finance. Property owners who pay ...

Humane Society needs foster homes

The Maui Humane Society has an “urgent need” for short-term foster homes for dogs, the animal shelter said Wednesday. The Humane Society had 43 dogs in the Puunene shelter and another 10 in foster homes, said Nancy Willis, director of development and marketing, on Wednesday. She said some ...

ML&P logs $200,000 loss

Kapalua-based Maui Land & Pineapple Co. logged a net loss of $200,000 or 1 cent a share, in the second quarter, which was an improvement over the $600,000 loss, or 3 cents a share, in the same period last year. The company reported revenues of $3.1 million, $100,000 more than 2018, the ...