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Auwahi allowed to increase ‘incidental take’ of bats

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Auwahi Wind Energy’s request to be allowed more accidental bat deaths at its wind farm in Kanaio was accepted by state and federal agencies, a company spokeswoman confirmed this week. Auwahi Wind Energy owns the 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind Farm on Ulupalakua Ranch land. It sought to increase ...

Speed ruled out as factor in parking lot crash

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The Maui News Police said speed isn’t considered a factor in a fatal four-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the old Safeway store in Kahului. The crash occurred at 5:09 p.m. when a white 1996 Acura sedan was traveling north in the side of the parking lot closer to ...

Tavares center in Pukalani to close Oct. 1 for a year

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The Maui News The 27-year-old Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani will be closed for repairs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2020, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing Pukalani Office at the center will be closed beginning ...

Lahaina man pledges to stay out of trouble for family’s sake

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The Maui News WAILUKU — After saying he would stay out of trouble for the sake of his family, a Lahaina man was placed on five years’ probation for abusing his girlfriend by impeding her breathing last year. Patrick Vasquez, 39, was ordered to serve a six-month jail term but was allowed ...

Hana road in Kipahulu to close for repairs

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The Maui News A portion of Hana Highway about half a mile on the Hana side of Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday as part of a project to repair damage from a landslide, the Department of Public Works announced. It will be a ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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‘Singspiration’ set for Sept. 22 “Singspiration Sunday” is set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at Keolahou Congregational Hawaiian Church, 177 S. Kihei Road. There will be hula and music. For more information, call 879-4693. *** St. Joseph in Kaupo to hold service St. Joseph church ...

Golden Rule docks at Maalaea to spread anti-nuclear message

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MAALAEA — Spectators gathered by slip No. 20 at Maalaea Small Boat Harbor to welcome the 36-foot sailboat the Golden Rule, which is sailing the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific to spread the message that nuclear disarmament is possible. The boat left Hilo early Tuesday and docked at Maalaea ...

Maui coral show new signs of bleaching

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Coral bleaching already is happening at reefs around Maui and Hawaii island, and scientists fear that if warmer ocean temperatures persist, a repeat of unprecedented bleaching events in 2014 and 2015 may occur. A state aquatics team assessment last week of coral health off Maui’s south ...

PUC OKs Hana Water System refund proposal

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The Maui News Hana Water Systems’ proposal to refund nearly $17,000 to customers who were overcharged for water services was approved Friday by the state Public Utilities Commission. It gave the utility 60 days to make the refunds. The company overcharged 178 customers in September and ...

NTSB report: Plane did not slow down on Kapalua runway

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The Maui News A Mokulele Airlines plane didn’t slow down when pilots applied reverse thrust and maximum braking before the aircraft skidded off the runway while landing at Kapalua Airport last month, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report. The report, ...

Traffic fatality in old Safeway parking lot

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The Maui News KAHULUI — A driver died Wednesday when his car hit three parked vehicles in the parking lot of the old Safeway store in Kahului, police said. Witnesses reported seeing the man hanging out of the white Acura sedan as it traveled from the Hoohana Street side of the parking ...

Mayor begins county budget hearings for fiscal year 2020-21

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The Maui News Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino and his administration are presenting a series of community meetings this month and next month — beginning Monday — to receive public comments and suggestions on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-21. The fiscal year is July 1 to ...

Welders start accidental fire

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Welders working on piping accidentally started a fire that burned about 2 acres of light brush Wednesday afternoon in an area off Maui Veterans Highway north of the Central Maui Baseyard, according to the Maui Fire Department. The fire was reported at 2:15 p.m. after welders tried putting out ...

Sugimura ‘Talk Story’ is Saturday

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County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly “Talk Story with Yuki” outreach event at the Upcountry Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Sugimura, who holds the Upcountry residency seat, invites people to voice their concerns on county issues. State Rep. Kyle ...

‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu has rummage sale

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‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu hosts a rummage sale and country store from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Ka‘ahumanu Church grounds in Wailuku. The event offers new and gently used clothing, housewares, books, toys, home-baked goods and more. ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku is a ...

Maui schools among top 5 in state enrollment for 2019-20 school year

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Maui High, Maui Waena Intermediate and Kahului Elementary made the top five Hawaii schools in enrollment in their grade levels for the current school year, the state Department of Education reported Monday. Maui High in Kahului had 2,082 students, behind Oahu high schools Campbell (3,077), ...

Flags at half-staff for Patriot Day

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The Maui News Flags will fly at half-staff today in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The U.S. and Hawaii flags will be lowered at the direction of President Donald Trump. By a joint resolution approved on Dec. 18, 2001, Congress ...

Factual report on fatal helicopter crash released

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The fuselage of a Robinson Helicopter R44 that crashed in the ocean off Molokai two years ago, killing two aboard, was severely fragmented and partially embedded in the ocean floor, according to video from an underwater remotely-operated vehicle at the crash site. In October 2018, a private ...

Asian Cuisine is shut down due to rodents, pests

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The Maui News Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Kahului was closed Monday following an inspection by the state Department of Health Sanitation Branch. The restaurant, located in the Old Kahului Shopping Center, received a red “closed” placard due to “extensive rodent and pest ...