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Gina Rodriguez can relate to island life

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WAILEA — Television and film have brought steady waves of success to Golden Globe-winning Gina Rodriguez, but her family and her humble beginnings keep her firmly grounded amid the changing tides of Hollywood life. “I’ve been very blessed in our industry; it’s financially ...

Study: All South Maui beaches exceed sediment standards

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KIHEI — Data collected from South Maui’s beaches by Hui O Ka Wai Ola show that “every single site exceeds the state standard” for allowable amounts of sediment and that some offshore waters contain potentially harmful nutrients. “One of the biggest problems is high nutrient levels ...

Probation ordered in Kula beating case

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WAILUKU — A man who severely injured a resident when he broke into a Kula home last year was placed on four years’ probation Thursday. Coby Magalianes, 39, of Haiku was released from jail after being incarcerated for more than seven months. He had pleaded no contest to first-degree ...

Woman says she stole from employer to keep children

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WAILUKU — A woman who said she was trying to keep custody of her three children when she stole more than $25,000 from her employer was ordered to repay the money as part of her probation. Ashley Thomas, 29, of Lahaina was ordered to make a first payment of $6,000 this week after she said ...

Family of man who died in police cellblock files suit

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The Maui News WAILUKU — The family of a man who died of alcohol withdrawal in a police cellblock is suing Maui County, alleging negligence in his death two years ago. Eric Wittmer died in the early morning of June 12, 2017, three days after he was arrested for driving under the influence ...

Ige OKs $22.5M for Maui Health System

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The Maui News Gov. David Ige signed 64 bills last week before leaving for Colorado for the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting — including $22.5 million for Maui Health System, a Kaiser Permanente company that runs three Maui County hospitals. The subsidy for the fiscal year ...

Kino new fire battalion chief

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Kaulana Kino, a 16-year veteran of the Maui Fire Department, has been promoted to battalion chief. He is assigned to A Watch on the second battalion. Kino joined the department in 2002 and previously was captain of engine companies in Hoolehua on Molokai, Lahaina and Wailuku. He also has ...

Holua camping area closed Thursday

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The Holua cabin and camping area in Haleakala Crater will be closed Thursday due to work to control the non-native Argentine ants, the National Park Service said. Argentine ants prey on native insects. The endemic yellow-faced bee, the primary pollinator of the threatened ahinahina, or ...

Waiale Business Park lots up for sale

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In a tight industrial space market on Maui, 20 lots at the 31-acre Waiale Business Park at the corner of East Waiko Road and Kuihelani Highway in Central Maui currently are for sale. The parcels, which range from 19,652 to 131,295 square feet, are being sold fee simple. Prices range from ...

‘Vigilante justice’ at Kanaha leads to jail time for aggressors

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The Maui News WAILUKU — Jail terms ranging from one to 20 days were ordered for five family members who participated in assaulting four people in a vehicle in what a deputy prosecutor called “a case about vigilante justice.” The assaults occurred the night of Jan. 20, 2018, at Kanaha ...

Local Religion / In Brief

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Pukalani Baptist Church is offering a free program from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 24-28 for children who have completed preschool-5th grade. Keiki can join the program, “In The Wild,” for a fun adventure and to learn about some “amazing encounters with Jesus.” Free dinner will be offered ...

Maui Film Festival honors Paul Rudd on opening night

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WAILEA — Paul Rudd is riding the elevator at the Four Seasons Resort Maui when the doors slide open and a man’s face lights up. “Hey, I know you!” he shouts to Rudd. “I know you!” Rudd shouts back. “No, I really do know him,” the actor insists as the crowd in the elevator ...

Small snake caught slithering away from visitor’s backpack

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A small snake that apparently hitchhiked in a vacationer’s backpack was captured in a vacation rental in Pukalani on Monday, the state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. The footlong, ™-inch diameter snake was determined to be a nonvenomous southern black racer (Coluber constrictor ...

Craft breweries back sample sizes, larger 16 ounce ‘standard’

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WAILUKU— Officials with the growing local craft brewpub industry urged the Maui County Liquor Commission on Wednesday to permit the serving of sample-size craft beers and opposed a rule change defining a “standard drink” of beer at 12 ounces, saying the worldwide industry standard is 16 ...

Canadian hikers go crater exploring

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Philippe Meilleur and Mariane Pon of Quebec City, Quebec, wear broad smiles last week on Haleakala National Park’s Keonehe‘ehe‘e (Sliding Sands) Trail as they embark on a two-day hike. The couple said Haleakala’s volcanic landscape reminded them of some of the sights they experienced ...

MECO prepares for hurricane season

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The Maui News Maui Electric Co. continues to upgrade utility poles that can withstand stronger winds and to put in devices to better handle outages as hurricane season began June 1. Forecasters have said up to eight tropical cyclones could develop this season, which runs through Nov. 30, the ...

Kamehameha parade, hoolaulea Saturday

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The Maui News The Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade down Front Street in Lahaina will go on Saturday morning as scheduled but with a reduced number of horses and units due to an outbreak of a highly contagious bacterial infection. During the final preparations for the parade and ...

Brush fire halts Honoapiilani traffic

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A brush fire burned about a quarter-acre along Honoapiilani Highway near Maalaea, closing the highway for about a half-hour Wednesday afternoon, officials said. A Wailuku engine company and Kahului tanker responded to the fire, which was reported at 2:52 p.m. near Milepost 8 on the highway, ...