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Crime Watch

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THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from June 23 to July 6. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information ...

Firefighting focus turns toward hot spots, flare-ups

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Hot spots on perimeter areas of the 9,000-acre South Maui wildfire were the focus of the third day of firefighting efforts, according to the county. The Maui Fire Department upgraded containment from 70 to 80 percent for the blaze as the sun started to set Saturday. “Now, all roads are ...

Wave heights may reach 9 to 14 feet on south side

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The Maui News Southside surf will peak today and maintain advisory levels through Monday, according to a National Weather Service notice. Wave heights along south-facing shores are forecast to reach 9 to 14 feet through tonight and stay above advisory levels through Monday afternoon, the ...

Chili Cookoff winners announced

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The Makawao Merchants Association hosted its third annual Chili Cookoff at the Makawao Rodeo Parade on July 6. Eight contestants competed for the honor of the Best Chili in Makawao Town. More than 70 participants lent their taste buds and scored each chili. Here are the winners: • Best ...

Gaining ground over blazes: Arson suspected in Puunene fire

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KAHULUI — Arson was suspected in a separate Puunene brush fire Friday that consumed more than 200 acres and diverted needed resources from the larger South Maui blaze. The fire, reported at 1:30 p.m. off Hookele Street, quickly escalated due to wind and dry conditions, forcing the evacuation ...

Filipino chamber awards scholarships

Community News

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently awarded 19 scholarships to college-bound high school graduates. “Thanks to the success of our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament chaired by Bill Ruidas and our scholarship partners, we are able to award 19 scholarships this year,” ...

Kihei air unhealthy due to fire

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The state Department of Health reported unhealthy air conditions in Kihei on Thursday and Friday due to the wildfire and issued recommendations for protection against smoke. Meanwhile, a few patients visited the Kula Hospital & Clinic emergency room overnight complaining of smoke ...

AAUW Maui Branch installs officers

Community News

The 2019-20 executive officers of the American Association of University Women’s Maui Branch were installed during a meeting May 25 at Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei. Parliamentarian Dorothy Tolliver conducted the installation of Cathy Thompson, president; Pat Gotschalk, finance officer; ...

50-100 vehicles got out the back way

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While Maui Veterans Highway was closed Thursday as a fast-moving wildfire headed toward Kihei, some residents and tourists made their way out of South Maui on a dirt road normally used only for Ulupalakua Ranch operations. Late Thursday afternoon, as vehicles backed up by the gate to the road ...

Local Briefs

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Meditation workshop offered at dojo A workshop on meditation for adults and teens will take place from 10 a.m to noon July 20 at Maui Ki-Aikido’s dojo, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku. No experience necessary to participate. The class will be taught by Christopher Curtis, 8th dan head ...

Fire reached within 150 feet of main power plant

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Thursday’s wildfire got to within 150 feet of the power plant that produces more than 80 percent of the island’s fossil-fuel-generated power and hosts the control systems for industry scale renewable energy, according to Maui Electric Co. Firefighters had set up a defensive position as ...

Mamaki-munching pest highlights need for prevention

Community News

Last October, Keahi Bustamente was looking for rare snails in Olowalu Valley when he noticed a mamaki plant showing signs that something had been eating it. A quick look revealed the culprit was a black caterpillar. He plucked the unfamiliar insect in hopes he had found something new — ...

Multiple waterline breaks near power plant repaired

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Waterline repair work on North Kihei Road fronting the Maalaea Power Plant on Friday disrupted traffic and water service, the county Department of Water Supply said. Crews were working on three to four waterline breaks and blocking the southbound lane of traffic on North Kihei Road, the ...

Honor Rolls

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LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL Fourth Quarter 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average These students exceeded the 4.0 scale because of their work in Advanced Placement, college-level courses. Grade 10 — Rejina Ria Yagin Grade 11 — Kailee Badua, Hailey Bogar, EddymarBen Cabading, Ryli Cherry, ...

Dry brush fuels fire storm

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WAILUKU — Thousands of people were asked to evacuate and more than 3,000 acres of fallow fields were left charred after a “dynamic” brush fire that started Thursday morning in Waikapu and swept toward Maalaea and north Kihei before heading up the slopes of Haleakala as night fell. The ...

Shelter official: ‘It was pretty scary’

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KIHEI — A wildfire that burned thousands of acres in Central Maui on Thursday morning triggered the evacuation of hundreds of north Kihei residents, stranded workers and tourists for several hours and uprooted around 200 Maui Humane Society animals. “It was pretty scary. It looked pretty ...

Kahului Harbor cargo yard expansion proposed

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With an increase in cargo that could stretch the limits of Kahului Harbor in three years, the state plans this year to purchase 9 acres of Alexander & Baldwin land near the harbor to provide more space for storage, according to a draft environmental assessment released Monday. The cost to ...

Corrections

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• Maui Scene / Island Events. The “Make Your Own Galaxy Space Slime” event Saturday will be held at the Kahului Public Library. An item in Island Events on Page 12 in Maui Scene on Thursday had the wrong location. There will be three sessions at 10:30 to 11 a.m., 11 to 11:30 a.m. and ...