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COVID-19 Maui County Schedule Changes

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The Maui News has compiled a list of countywide cancellations, closures and postponements due to coronavirus. This story is updated daily as information is released. Last updated at 3 p.m. Wednesday.   Public Facilities n The Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku has reopened to the ...

Man accused of punching victim in robbery

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WAILUKU — A 36-year-old man was arrested for robbery after he was seen punching and attempting to steal items from another man who was on a bench in Lahaina town Wednesday morning, according to police. Adrian Sugiyama, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree robbery and ...

Truck burns on Haleakala Highway

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Firefighters battle a pickup truck fire on the shoulder at the bottom of Old Haleakala Highway in Pukalani at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, witnesses and fire officials said. The 1996 Toyota Tacoma was fully engulfed when Engine 5 from Makawao arrived on scene, said Fire Services Chief Rylan ...

Driving drunk severely injures woman, nets jail term

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WAILUKU — For a drunken-driving collision last year that left a woman with lasting injuries, a Makawao man was sentenced to a two-month jail term and five years’ probation. Kalei Cabanting, 22, apologized to the victims and their families during his sentencing July 31 in 2nd Circuit ...

Tasaka Guri Guri reopening Monday

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After a more than four-month hiatus, Maui’s famous sweet treat shop, Tasaka Guri Guri, will reopen Monday. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. An Instagram post said Tasaka will employ safety guidelines and will take phone orders as well as walk-ins at its Maui Mall store in ...

Kahoolawe waters open to fishing

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Trolling in the waters of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve will be allowed today and Sunday and Aug. 15-16, according to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources. ...

AARP webinar on kupuna fraud set

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Protecting kupuna from financial fraud and exploitation will be the topic of a free AARP Hawaii webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The speakers are Paul Greenwood, an AARP Fraud Watch Network expert and former San Diego deputy district attorney who headed the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, and ...

Work to affect Kula water service

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The Department of Water Supply will be installing new valves, including a pressure regulator valve, in Kula on Wednesday which will affect water service. The project will require water to be shut off for about five hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The valve replacement project will affect ...

Social distancing hard on political campaigns

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No beef stew fundraisers and in-person candidate forums and fewer yard signs and roadside sign waving are part of the new normal for Maui’s political campaign landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is an extraordinary period,” County Council Chairwoman Alice Lee said about the ...

Candidates complain about early ballot mailing

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A couple of candidates running in Saturday’s primary election complained about mail-in ballots being sent out a week ahead of schedule, prompting them to scramble to reschedule the release of their advertising materials. First-time County Council candidate Sne Patel said he and other new ...

Partial interisland travel quarantine Tuesday to Aug. 31

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Gov. David Ige announced Thursday that a partial interisland travel quarantine will be implemented Tuesday through Aug. 31, citing a surge in Oahu cases, consensus among county mayors and need to relieve the burden on hospitals. The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine only will impact travelers ...

COVID-19 at a Glance

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• State Department of Health reports 152 new cases Thursday, 148 on Oahu, three on Maui and one on Hawaii island as of noon. The state health director indicated that the total may actually be a lot higher due to a medical reporting system malfunction. • There have now been 2,914 cases ...

Distance learning options with local conservation groups

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The Maui News Maui Huliau Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering environmental education programs to Maui youths ages 12 to 18, is partnering with at least 15 local conservation organizations to launch new distance learning options for the upcoming school year. The project, called ...

Traffic to Hana picking up since road reopened

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Drivers are steadily traveling again on the twisty Hana Highway in East Maui after its reopening to full public access three weeks ago, but state Sen. J. Kalani English reminded residents and visitors that “it’s still very risky” and to keep safety first when making the trip. He is also ...

Ka Lima O Maui groundbreaking

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Kimokeo Kapahulehua conducts a socially-distanced Hawaiian blessing during the groundbreaking for Ka Lima O Maui’s new 10,000-square-foot, $3.5 million facility in Wailuku on Thursday morning. Construction is scheduled to start this month and take 14 months to complete. The building will be ...

Maui vacation rental occupancy higher than hotels in June

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Vacation rental unit occupancy for Maui County was around 11 percent in June — higher than hotels but down 66 percentage points from last year, according to a report by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Maui County’s hotels were at 7.2 percent occupancy in June. Overall, the state’s ...

Man who committed crime while on probation gets prison

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Lahaina man who was on probation when he committed new crimes was sentenced July 30 to five years in prison. Jordan Biga, 36, of Lahaina said he would work on goals, including becoming a crane operator, while incarcerated. “I do know that I can be a better ...

Interisland travel quarantine to restart Tuesday, Ige says

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Gov. David Ige announced today that the mandatory 14-day interisland travel quarantine will be reinstated beginning Tuesday. Pointing to a surge in Oahu cases and agreement from county mayors, Ige said the mandate is necessary to curb coronavirus spread. Oahu mayor Kirk Caldwell also ...

Primary election digital replica will be up Sunday

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The Maui News Because of the shift to the Weekender edition, which is published Friday night, there will be no print Sunday edition of The Maui News with the results of Saturday’s primary election. However, The Maui News will be publishing a digital replica edition of the Sunday edition ...

Front Street Apartments case could be decided soon

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The ongoing legal dispute over whether Front Street Apartments rents will remain affordable or be allowed to increase to market rates may be decided soon. On Wednesday, a hearing on motions for summary judgment was held remotely before U.S. District Court Judge Jill Otake, who said she would ...