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Paint job for new Tamura’s

Tamura’s maintenance man Rick George uses a roller at the end of a long extension to apply a primer coat on the wall of the new Tamura’s Market being built next to the Wailuku Post Office on Imi Kala Street. The large, full-line grocery store is scheduled to open early next year. The Maui ...

Maui County jobless rate ticks up in Nov.

The Maui News Maui County’s November jobless rate of 2.6 percent was up from the 2.2 percent in the same month in 2017, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported. The increase was slightly higher for Maui island, with a half percentage point increase to 2.6 ...

Timeshare resorts report occupancy rate of 91.8% in Q3

The Maui News Maui County timeshare properties reached an average occupancy rate of 91.8 percent in the third quarter from July through September this year, according to a report released by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. The occupancy rate is 1 percentage point higher than the same ...

Kihei signal work will disrupt traffic

Crews will be replacing the traffic signal at Lipoa Street and South Kihei Road on Thursday, creating traffic delays through the area, the contractor for the project said. The work by Wasa Electrical Services will be done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained through ...

Grants-in-Aid applications taken

Nonprofit and other organizations statewide may apply for State Grants-in-Aid to be considered in the upcoming legislative session. The deadline to submit applications is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Last year, the Legislature awarded about $29 million in grants to organizations across the state for ...

Cookie Lady sweets for Snoop Dogg

The Maui Cookie Lady will be providing her sweets for Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and rock band Sublime with Rome at their Aloha Stadium concert on Thursday. Snoop’s management company, Los Angeles-based Stampede Management, asked company owner Mitzi Toro to provide her cookies in both the hotel ...

Temple hedge gets a trim by Japanese visitor

Yoshinobu Fukunaga of Ikoma, Japan, trims the hedge fronting Lahaina Shingon Mission’s Hokoji Temple on Saturday morning. Fukunaga is visiting daughter Miho Meguro and her husband, Takayuki Meguro, who is the priest for the temple. Takayuki Meguro said they were getting ready for New Year’s ...

Police shoot, kill fugitive

WAILUKU — A 26-year-old man wanted for attempted murder was killed in a gunfight with police on the corner of Kaohu and Market streets in Wailuku on Sunday morning. Kaulana “Toji” Reinhardt was driving a stolen red Toyota Tacoma when he crashed into a front yard and then pulled out a ...

HTA: Maui occupancy drops, room rates up in November

Maui County hotels saw occupancy rates dip 1.5 percent to 73.6 percent in November, compared with the same month last year, while average daily room rates rose 6.4 percent to $334.80 and revenue per available room increased 4.3 percent to $246.46, the highest among counties statewide, according ...

Recycled Santa knows what’s bad and still good

Looking a little worse for wear and surrounded by reclaimed stuffed animals, a recycled Santa overlooks the Central Maui Landfill’s Refuse and Recycling Center Saturday. This the third year that landfill staffers have put the recovered Santa and his furry companions on display. The Maui ...

Pedestrian hit by car last week dies

The Maui News A man who was hospitalized after being struck by a car on South Papa Avenue has died three days after the incident, police said Sunday. The man was walking across South Papa Avenue outside of a marked crosswalk on Wednesday, south of Kaahumanu Avenue, when he was struck by a ...

Distressed snorkler in stable condition

The Maui News A snorkeler who suffered stroke symptoms while at Molokini Crater on Sunday morning was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to the U.S. Coast Guard crew who responded to the incident. At 9:55 a.m. Sunday, Station Maui watchstanders received a call from the ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Dec. 11 to 20. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

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 Dec. 9 to 15. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Lahaina Christmas parade rolls on

Maui Classic Cruisers drivers lead the Lahainaluna marching band down Front Street while participating in the third annual Aloha Lahaina Christmas Parade, presented by Church on the Go Inc., Lahaina Rotary Clubs and Lahaina Rotary Youth Foundation. SECOND PHOTO: Members of Lahainaluna High ...

Plate lunches soon will need a new plate

The iconic white foam plate, synonymous with local plate lunches, soon will be no more in Maui County. The county law banning expanded polystyrene foam food containers takes effect on Dec. 31. Starting then, businesses cannot use or sell foam food service containers in the county. Affected ...

Haleakala park open with limited services

The federal shutdown has not closed Haleakala National Park, with its roads, lookouts and trails remaining open, although with limited emergency and rescue services, according to an announcement Saturday. Sunrise reservations are still required for entrance from 3 to 7 a.m., park officials ...

Offices and schools shut for holiday

All public schools, along with federal, state and county offices will be closed on Tuesday in observance of Christmas Day. Also closed will be Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center, Hana and Lanai landfills and Molokai Landfill & Recycling. Central Maui Landfill and EKO ...

Police: We must work together to stop illegal fireworks

As in years past, Maui County residents are hearing the boom of illegal aerial fireworks way before New Year’s. And the Maui County Fire Department is reminding people that it is illegal to import, transfer, sell or use aerial fireworks without a permit. The Class C felony carries a ...