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Seabury Hall names new head of school

Maureen Madden, head of school at the American School of Milan, will begin serving as Seabury Hall’s head of school on July 1, according to an announcement. She will replace Paul Wenninger, who has been head of school for the past year. A six-month-long search lead to the board of ...

Golf course a place for birds as well as birdies

A young family of nene was discovered on the 12th hole of The King Kamehameha Golf Club. These photos were taken Friday. The number of nene, the state bird, has climbed from 30 in 1960 to more than 2,800, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said earlier this year. The March report said that 616 ...

Winners of Pukalani electric golf cart parade announced

The first Pukalani Community Association’s Christmas Fair & Electric Golf Cart Parade drew about 1,200 people to the Pukalani Country Club on Dec. 15. There were 21 entries in the parade. The categories, winners and honorable mention honorees follow: • Best Christmas Theme. Kit ...

Police identify man killed in shooting

A 26-year-old man who was killed in a gunfight with officers in Wailuku Sunday morning has been identified as Kaulana "Toji" Reinhardt, police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said Sunday evening. Reinhardt had been on the run from police since at least Thursday and was wanted on several ...

Old post office for bus hub land exchange is approved

WAILUKU — In the final regular council meeting for the majority of its nine members, the Maui County Council approved an agreement for a county-state land exchange for a new bus hub in Kahului at an all-day meeting Friday in Council Chambers. Friday was the swan song for six members. ...

Airports open but national parks and refuges uncertain

After Congress and President Donald Trump failed to reach an agreement to prevent the partial shutdown of the federal government Friday, state transportation officials said they don’t expect disruption at airports, but there was no official word on whether visitors would be able to visit the ...

Gold Medal of Valor awarded to heroic officer

WAILUKU — Lahaina patrol officer William Cleghorn II had few words Friday when he received a medal for crawling into a burning Honokowai apartment to rescue a man. “It’s an honor to accept this award,” he said. Others had plenty of praise for Cleghorn, who was recognized for his ...

Street closed in fugitive search

A portion of Kea Street in Kahului was closed Thursday afternoon after police received a tip that a 26-year-old man wanted for several outstanding arrest warrants was possibly at a residence on the street, police said. Lt. Gregg Okamoto said police were looking for Kaulana “Toji” ...

Erdman honored for aiding police in murder case

WAILUKU — When a murder was reported at a residence in Kanaio, police had help as they searched the remote and rocky terrain for a suspect. Sumner Erdman, president of Ulupalakua Ranch, allowed police to set up a command post on ranch land and guided police in the area, which led to the ...

Councilors, testifiers upset with hearing schedule

Some council members and residents are upset over the timing and location of a public hearing next week on six contentious bills — including the Wailuku civic center complex and a parking lot at Keawakapu Beach. Council Chairman Mike White has scheduled the public hearing on the bills for 9 ...

Salvation Army Red Kettles available through Monday

About $78,000 was raised from Red Kettles in Maui County as of Thursday evening as the Salvation Army moves into the final days of collections. Red Kettles will be out through Christmas Eve on Monday. “Like some other areas around the country, we’ve seen donations to our Red Kettles dip ...

Makawao Avenue closures announced

Makawao Avenue from the Kokomo Road intersection to Piiholo Road will be closed several days for road reconstruction work, according to the county’s Department of Public Works. The closures, which run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., include today and Sunday; Wednesday to Dec. 29 and Jan. ...

Humane Society offering deliveries

Through its HO HO Home for the Holidays program, the Maui Humane Society will be offering Christmas Day delivery for any dog or cat adopted through Monday for a $100 delivery fee, in addition to regular adoption and licensing fees. The delivery service is available in Central and South Maui ...

Ex-county worker who falsified vacation time is sentenced

WAILUKU — A former Maui County employee was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service, and must return money stolen from taxpayers when she received unrecorded vacation time. Lea Cadiz, 40, of Pukalani was placed on one year’s probation Thursday as part of her sentence. She had ...

Kahului man sentenced to life in prison for Foodland murder

WAILUKU — Saying a Kahului man committed an act of terrorism when he slit his estranged wife’s throat and injured two men who tried to help her in a busy Foodland store, a judge Thursday sentenced the defendant to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Stephen B. Schmidt, 48, ...

A&B sells 41,000 acres of ag land

Alexander & Baldwin closed one of the largest land sales in state history Thursday, selling its 41,000 acres of former sugar fields to a joint venture comprised of a California-based agricultural company and a Canadian pension fund investment group “committed to sustainable agriculture” ...

Gunpoint robbery leads to 20-year prison sentence

WAILUKU — As he was sentenced Thursday to a 20-year prison term, a Kahului man said a “near-death experience” in a motorcycle crash that led to his arrest also changed his perspective. Keawe Amimoto-Kaihewalu, 33, had pleaded no contest to first-degree robbery for the gunpoint robbery ...

Draft report calls for higher wind farm hoary bat allowance

Public comments are due Jan. 22 on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the Auwahi Wind Farm triggered by concern over escalating deaths of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats at Auwahi’s Ulupalakua site. Under the proposed amendment, called for by the state Department of Land ...

Police operation in progress

Maui police blocked of a portion of Kea Street in Kahului on Thursday afternoon with several police cars. Uniformed and plainclothes officers were on the scene, and residents reported seeing police with guns drawn. Lt. Gregg Okamoto said Thursday afternoon that the incident was not a standoff ...