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Inmate arrested for bedsheet assault

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WAILUKU — An inmate was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a corrections officer with a bedsheet at the Maui Community Correctional Center. Crystal Keiser, 35, of Lahaina pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault during her initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court. Her ...

Man charged with attempted murder

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A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder in an assault early Friday in Kihei on an off-duty Maui police officer, who suffered life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized, police said. Tomasi Caones-Paahana of Wailuku was being held on $500,000 bail after being ...

Maintenance closes Upcountry Pool

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The Upcountry Pool will close Thursday for maintenance of interior and overhead lights, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced. For more information, contact Pool Manager Duke Sevilla at duke.sevilla@co.maui.hi.us or at 270-6135. For general Parks and Recreation ...

COVID-19 at a glance

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Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 92 new cases as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, including 71 on Oahu, five on Hawaii island, five on Kauai and four on Maui. Seven residents were diagnosed out of state. • There now have been 17,708 cases statewide, including 15,170 on ...

Hawaii courthouses closed through year as result of pandemic

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HONOLULU (AP) — The state Supreme Court has extended the closure of state courthouses to the public through the end of the year to limit the spread of COVID-19. The state judiciary began postponing matters if necessary and moving proceedings online when possible after Democratic Gov. David ...

UH community colleges extending application deadline

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The University of Hawaii Community Colleges have extended the application deadline for the spring 2021 semester to Dec. 29, UH announced Tuesday. UH has seven community colleges statewide: UH Maui College, Hawaii CC, Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, Kauai CC, Leeward CC and Windward CC. The ...

Holidays are happening at Hui No‘eau

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First photo: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center Marketing and Exhibitions Coordinator Josephine Bergill-Gentile (right) and Gift Shop and Grant Coordinator Sharona Belcher discuss the mermaid made from a repurposed mannequin that greets visitors to the Hui Holidays gift shop last week. The ...

Hana and Lanai are part of smartphone app pilot project

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Hana and Lanai are the first communities in the state to try out a pilot program application that notifies people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The AlohaSafe Alert smartphone application has already been downloaded more than 3,000 times since it launched earlier this month, according ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

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Latest developments: • State Department of Health reported 120 new cases Thursday, including 92 on Oahu, 11 on Hawaii island, 14 on Maui and three on Kauai. • There now have been 17,618 cases statewide, including 15,101 on Oahu, 1,569 in Hawaii County, 640 in Maui County (517 on Maui, ...

Association hands out over 25K pounds of rice

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Rice is ready for distribution at the 2020 Rice for the Holidays event on Molokai on Saturday. The Maui Hotel and Lodging Association said it has distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County in November. The program began in 2009 when the association added bags of rice to Trilogy ...

Calif. woman is injured in apparent ‘shark incident’

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The Maui News A 35-year-old California woman was apparently bitten by a shark Thursday afternoon while swimming about 100 yards offshore of Mahina Surf condominiums in West Maui, officials said Thursday evening. In the incident around 2:50 p.m., the woman suffered severe trauma injuries to ...

Paia woman fined for breaking public health rules

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Paia woman was ordered to pay a $250 fine after she was arrested in August for violating public health emergency rules by having Mainland students stay at her yoga school, a deputy prosecutor said. The fine was imposed Friday on Naciye Toraman, 51, after she ...

Hotel GM talks turkey to employees

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Wearing an inflatable turkey costume, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea General Manager Marc Bromley helps load food into a truck bed during a socially distanced food drive Monday. The Four Seasons executive team handed out whole turkeys (or Impossible meatloves for vegans and vegetarians) and ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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There will be an annual blessing of the animals service at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Keawala‘i Congregational Church in Makena. Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. At Keawala‘i, it has become a tradition that the blessing ...

Datebook/Covid-19 Schedule Changes

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Datebook Listings Today 27 • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), 12-step recovery program for people who want to develop healthy and loving relationships. 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Newcomers welcome. For information, email FridayNightCoda@gmail.com. Monday 30 • Rotary Club of Kahului, noon ...

Lawsuits hold up certification of state’s general election

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The Associated Press HONOLULU — Certification of Hawaii’s presidential vote was being held up Wednesday by two lawsuits, including one filed by a woman who said she ran for president as an independent but wasn’t on the ballot. Khistina Caldwell DeJean’s handwritten complaint ...

Rep. Case confident state won’t need to return relief funds

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Rep. Ed Case, a Democrat, said he was confident that unspent federal coronavirus relief funds meant for the state will not have to be returned at the end of the year despite the bill’s assertion that the money must be spent by Dec. 31. The state and its local ...

Serving up Thanksgiving

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Members of the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program’s Umeke Ka‘eo Gastronomy Club dish up succulent Thanksgiving food Wednesday afternoon at the Kahului campus. Students and staff prepared 600 meals that included sous vide turkey with gravy and fresh cranberry sauce, taro ...

Six million pounds of food given in pandemic

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, leaving thousands out of work, the Maui Food Bank and its partner agencies have given out 6 million pounds of food in just nine months, more than twice what they normally distribute in a year. “Typically in normal year, we don’t even do 3 million ...

Maui won’t opt out of pre-travel testing program

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Despite an uptick in travel-related COVID-19 cases in Maui County this month, Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed that he isn’t yet considering any moves to opt out of the state’s pre-travel testing program. “As far as opting out, I’m not exactly ready to opt out,” Victorino said ...