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UN honors Molokai group for fishery conservation

A mile away from the United Nations headquarters where world leaders pressed for solutions to climate change, one Molokai community group was honored for its efforts to save the environment in its own little corner of the globe. Hui Malama o Mo‘omomi was among 22 groups to receive the ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Sept. 22 to 29. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Oct. 1 to 4. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse evaluation ...

Corrections

• Suicide prevention walk. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk Maui at Keopuolani Park on Sept. 29 was organized by Roger and Tiare Agdeppa. A photo caption that ran Saturday on Page D3 had the incorrect names. The Maui News apologizes for the error. * ...

Report: Hawaii students stall on academic test performance

HONOLULU — Hawaii school officials have said they are not satisfied with the academic performance of public school students on statewide assessments after lack of growth, a report said. The annual Strive HI progress report was presented to the state Board of Education Thursday revealing a ...

Pukalani has seven workforce housing units available

The deadline for applications for seven workforce housing units in the development in Pukalani is Oct. 19. A groundbreaking was held recently for the 32-unit residential community developed by TY Property Development LLC. Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers is the listing broker. The seven ...

Fight against ants goes aerial

NAHIKU — A roughly 150-acre section of Nahiku jungle seems even more enormous when compared to its miniature foe. Little fire ants, called one of the worst invasive species in the world and smaller than the average friendly ant, have millions of queens and billions of workers living in this ...

New owners of Travaasa getting to know workers, Hana

Every time the ownership changes at Hana’s lone hotel, residents of the town score a few pieces of stylish, gently used furniture sold by the new owners. “Every one of us residents, we’ve all got like the old hotel furniture in our homes,” said Maui County Council Member Shane ...

County council approves 34-unit Makila Farms project

WAILUKU — The Maui County Council approved a 34-unit project in Launiupoko on Friday, in an area that’s long been contentious for housing projects due to issues of water, fire and traffic. Developer Greg Brown’s Makila Farms project calls for 19 residential workforce housing units on ...

Police: Man found with backpack with 3.4 pounds of meth

WAILUKU — After at first trying to say the drugs belonged to someone else, a man admitted that a backpack containing 3.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine was his, a police officer testified Thursday. Francis Kawika Maddela, 31, had the backpack between his legs when plainclothes police ...

A special day for all

First photo: Selena Torres watches her son Jayce, 4, try to win a prize in the Goblet Toss game during Friday’s Maui Fair Special Fair at the War Memorial Complex. “It’s super fun,” Torres said of the morning event that opens the fairgrounds to attendees with special needs and their ...

High court review sought for East Maui water case

The Native Hawaiian group behind a lawsuit challenging state water diversion permits in East Maui has asked the Hawaii Supreme Court to hear its appeal. For more than a decade, Na Moku Aupuni O Ko‘olau Hui, a group of taro farmers and Native Hawaiian practitioners, has been battling ...

Search on for missing Molokai swimmer

The Maui News Air, land and ocean searches were underway for a 66-year-old Molokai man who was last seen swimming away from Kaunakakai pier on Thursday, according to police and the Coast Guard. Carl Steffler of Kaunakakai is described as Caucasian, 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighing about ...

Thief takes swing at shop owner

Police are investigating a robbery reported Thursday afternoon at Wailuku Towne Center when a suspected shoplifter swung at a store owner who confronted the thief, police said. Wailuku patrol officers investigated the robbery that occurred at about 2 p.m. at 790 Eha St. when the store owner ...

UH-MC shuts down after threat

UH-Maui College closed early for the day Friday as a precaution after a threat to shoot up the food court was received by police. Police received a call from an unknown male who said he was playing Xbox remotely with another person who said he or she was going to shoot up the food court at ...

Mauna Kea marches on Maui, Molokai set

The kia‘i, or protectors, of Mauna Kea who oppose construction of a telescope at the summit will be holding marches statewide today, including on Maui and Molokai. The marches, which also will be held on Oahu and Kauai, are aimed at expressing unity in the goal of protecting the natural and ...

Wildfire nearly fully contained

A 4,100-acre wildfire that burned over the pali Wednesday and Thursday and cut off the main highway to Lahaina was 90 percent contained by Friday morning, the Maui Fire Department said. Fire and state forestry crews were continuing to mop up and put out hot spots and secure perimeter areas. ...

Flags at half-staff for 1st responders

U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff on Sunday to mark Fire Prevention Week and to honor the memory of firefighters and first responders who died on duty, Gov. David Ige’s office said. The flags are being lowered at the direction of President Donald Trump. The presidential ...

Parade kicks off 97th Maui Fair

First photo: The Senior League World Series champions from Central East Maui Little League serve as Maui Fair Parade grand marshals Thursday. The annual parade down Kaahumanu Avenue to the fairgrounds at the War Memorial Complex drew a crowd and marked the beginning of the four-day 97th Maui ...