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MECO, officials discuss path to 100% renewable energy

WAILUKU — Maui Electric is already nearly 40 percent on the way to using completely renewable energy by 2045, but the road to the finish line still is being mapped. Among the challenges that energy officials face is decommissioning old power generators while contracting for new ones, all the ...

Police will be on the lookout for impaired July 4 drivers

The Maui News Starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend, Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division will be conducting sobriety check points and saturation points at various locations to address impaired driving over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Police advise that ...

Offices set to close for July 4 holiday

All federal, state and county offices will be closed Thursday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. There will be trash pickup on Maui, but on Molokai, residents who have refuse service on Thursdays will get their trash picked up on Friday instead. The Hana and Lanai landfills ...

Lyft offers discount to July 4 riders

Lyft is offering discounts to Maui riders who attend the Fourth of July celebration in Lahaina on Thursday. As part of its Ride Smart Initiative, Lyft has partnered with the LahainaTown Action Committee to encourage riders to arrive responsibly at their destinations during Fourth of July ...

Rapid Ohia Death is discovered on one East Maui tree

The Maui News One tree on private property in East Maui has been detected with a less aggressive strain of Rapid Ohia Death — the first confirmed presence of the fungal disease on the island — the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said late Tuesday afternoon. The lone tree ...

Puunene, Wailea experience outages

Maui Electric Co. crews restored power to customers and traffic signals in the Puunene and Wailea areas after brief outages late Sunday evening and Monday morning. At about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, 78 customers and traffic signals in the Puunene area near Maui Veterans Highway lost power when a ...

Sugimura offers water measures

Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura has put measures on the County Council agenda Friday that include exploring the possible purchase of East Maui Irrigation and reviewing the Upcountry water meter list, her office announced Monday. Sugimura, who holds the Upcountry residency seat, offered the ...

High-surf advisory extended to today

A high surf advisory for south-facing shores of all islands has been extended to 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said. Surf is expected to peak at 6 to 10 feet along Maui County shorelines. A long-period south-southwest swell is generating the advisory level surf, which could last ...

Meet will close Kihei pools

The Kihei Aquatic Center will be closed July 18-21 for the 2019 Hawaii State Long Course Age Group Championships, the county Parks and Recreation Department announced. The entire facility will be closed to public swimming and will reopen July 22 for normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Local Briefs

Lantern floating, obon in Lahaina Lahaina Jodo Mission, 12 Ala Moana St., will celebrate its annual obon festival on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, a service to honor departed loved ones will be observed at 6:30 p.m. This evening will be service only. On Saturday, the obon service ...

Corrections

• Strangles outbreak. Strangles, which afflicts horses, is caused by a bacterial infection. Some of the references to the disease were incorrect in a story published Saturday that started on Page A1 and continued on Page A4. In addition, Lizzie Immarino is the acting owner of the Makawao ...

Honokohau customers asked to conserve water after line breaks

The county Department of Water Supply is asking customers in Honokohau Valley to conserve water due to a break on the 4-inch waterline that provides water to the area. Until the line is repaired and the storage tank is filled, customers may fill their own containers at the potable water tanker ...

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Brush fire behind Walmart fully contained

Fire crews had fully contained a 5-acre brush fire behind Walmart as of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Fire Department. Crews were still engaged in mop-up operations and were extinguishing hot spots within the fire's perimeter. The brush fire was reported at 1:17 p.m. Passing ...

Secret recipe makes it best

With her handmade sign in the background, Iao Intermediate School 6th grader Kendrah Medeiros-Kiyonaga hands a container of homemade pickled mango to a customer Friday afternoon in Waiehu. Medeiros-Kiyonaga made the special treats as a fundraiser for her summer activities with her grandmother, ...

Molokai group seeks to restore stream flows

A Molokai community group took legal action Monday to restore flows to four streams historically diverted by Molokai Ranch to the west side. Earthjustice, on behalf of grassroots organization Moloka‘i No Ka Heke, filed a petition with the state Commission on Water Resource Management to ...

Hiroshima mayor still dealing with the specter of atomic bombing

WAIKIKI — Seventy-four years have passed since the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and city mayor Kazumi Matsui still receives personal reminders of that horrific day as he fights for the aging survivors and their call for the elimination of nuclear weapons. He is the ...

Talking story during a break in the action

Central Maui outfielders Bryson Molina (from left), Tyrus Lopez and Ziah Chang have time to chat during a pitching change in Friday afternoon’s State 50/70 Intermediate Tournament game against North Hawaii at War Memorial Little League Field No. 1. A topic of discussion may have been the ...

Budget director: Maui County is able to pay bills

The fiscal 2020 budget, which took effect Monday, was successfully rolled into Maui County’s finance system, county administration officials said. There was some concern by Mayor Michael Victorino’s Budget and Finance Department staffs over budget implementation after receiving requested ...

Restitution, service ordered for doctor

The Maui News WAILUKU — A longtime Maui doctor was sentenced last week to four years’ probation and 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay the remainder of his nearly $88,000 in restitution for failing to file and pay business taxes between 2011 and 2015, according to court ...

Two water deaths in county over the weekend

The Maui News Two Maui County residents died over the weekend after apparent water accidents off East Maui and in a Molokai river, the latter involving a 2-year-old victim, fire and police officials said Monday. On Sunday around noon, a 2-year-old girl from Kaunakakai was swimming in the ...