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Dolphin goes out for a spin

A Hawaiian spinner dolphin lives up to its name as it spins while leaping offshore from Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve last week. SECOND & THIRD PHOTO: The small, slender dolphins rest near shore during the day and hunt in groups at night when the deep-water fish, shrimp and squid they ...

Public hearings set for immunization, health exam updates

The state Department of Health will hold public hearings next month in Maui County to get community input on proposed amendments to state requirements for health examinations and immunizations for school attendance in Hawaii. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said officials decided to hold ...

Thanksgiving Day closures announced

All federal, state and county offices and public schools will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. Maui residents will have their trash picked up as normal on Thursday, but Molokai residents who have refuse service on Thursday will have their trash picked up on Friday ...

Consumers warned of utility scams

Hawaii utility companies joined last week to raise fraud red flag alerts for consumers during “Utility Scam Awareness Week.” Hawaii residents and small businesses are losing thousands of dollars to increasingly aggressive thieves and scam artists posing as utility workers and bill ...

Give the gift of no-plastic sipping straws for the holidays

NEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists. As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to ...

Forensic pathologist: Blunt-force trauma killed Maliko Gulch man

WAILUKU — A man killed four years ago at Maliko Gulch suffered severe blows to his head that split open his skull and left him dead in a pool of blood, according to testimony and a series of photos showed to jurors Thursday in the trial for murder suspect Jesse Hueu. Autopsy and crime scene ...

A spotlight goes out for Maui’s stage, performing arts community

Maui’s arts community lost a treasure Thursday when longtime philanthropist and patroness of the arts Auriol Flavell died at her Royal Mauian apartment in Kihei. She was 94. “She was wonderful,” said neighbor and longtime friend Dr. Mary Trotto. “She was the most generous, giving ...

Haiku man sentenced to five years in prison for theft from visitor

WAILUKU — A man was sentenced to a five-year prison term for his part in stealing a wallet from a woman who reported losing consciousness when she was attacked at a Wailea beach. Cody Presti, 29, of Haiku was on probation for assault when he was arrested after the robbery reported at about ...

Nominations sought for People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2018. These could include ...

High-surf advisory for Molokai, Maui

A high-surf advisory for the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui remains in effect until 6 a.m. today. Beachgoers in affected areas can expect rip currents, strong shore breaks and beach erosion. People along the shore, swimmers and surfers should ...

Applications out for boards, commissions

The deadline for applications for Maui County boards, commissions and committees is Dec. 31, according to an announcement. The applications are for vacant positions on county panels from term expirations or resignations. Responsibilities include hearing public testimony, reviewing policies ...

Another milestone celebrated on the long journey back from drug addiction

WAILUKU — Retired 2nd Circuit Chief Judge Shackley Raffetto recalls about 60 people joining the Maui/Molokai Drug Court program in just one year during the rise of methamphetamine use on the island nearly two decades ago. Raffetto, who helped start the program in 2000, could see it was a ...

Solar shines bright on Maui’s energy future

In May and October, Kenyon Energy powered up Maui’s first two large-scale solar projects, both capable of each generating 2.87 megawatts of solar power for the island’s grid. The projects were the latest developments in Maui County’s push towards total renewable energy, and with two ...

‘Kolohe kid’ named Maui District teacher of the year

A self-proclaimed “kolohe kid,” Brandon Arakawa is now a teacher shaping young minds, an achievement that has led to him being honored as the Maui District Teacher of the Year. It’s a far cry from the 34-year-old’s past. As a student himself, he was called to the principal’s office ...

County unemployment inches up in October

The Maui News Maui County’s jobless rate rose 0.4 of a percentage point from 2.2 to 2.6 percent in October, compared with the same month last year, according to a monthly report from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The county’s island unemployment rates broke ...

Tickets on sale today for Bailey Rae show

Maui Arts & Cultural Center members can buy tickets as early as today for Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Corinne Bailey Rae, who’ll perform March 1 at the Castle Theater. Her hits include “Put Your Records On” and “Like a Star.” The native of Leeds, ...

Project’s focus is HIV-free babies

Family physician Dr. Jack Higgins will discuss the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ AIDS Project, aimed at preventing babies from being infected with HIV, during a talk from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, located at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului. Higgins is vice president of ...

Ocean users workshops planned

Two ocean users workshops to learn about safe and lawful wildlife viewing and boating around Hawaii’s marine mammals and sea turtles will be held on Dec. 6 in Lahaina and Dec. 7 in Kihei. The free workshops will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors open at 6. The Lahaina workshop is at Princess ...

On the lookout for People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News is asking for our readers’ nominations for the annual People Who Made A Difference feature. Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2018. These could include ...

Jailhouse murder confession recounted

WAILUKU — A little more than a week after a man was found dead at Maliko Gulch, murder suspect Jesse Hueu said he had done the killing and “bashed him in the back of his head,” a witness said Wednesday. Testifying in Hueu’s 2nd Circuit Court murder trial, Alex Kealoha said Hueu ...