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UPDATE, 2 P.M.: Shark bites paddleboard in Wailea, beaches closed

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People were warned to stay out of the water from Keawakapu Beach to White Rock Beach in South Maui on Wednesday morning after sightings of several sharks, including one that bit a paddleboard, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. County ocean safety officers were ...

Helicopter travel safe, says pilot

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KAHULUI — While it still is unclear what caused the helicopter crashes that killed former basketball star Kobe Bryant last week and seven people on Kauai in December, a safety award-winning helicopter pilot noted that 85 percent of helicopter crashes are due to human error. Swiss Capt. ...

Lawmakers propose that state buy Maui watershed area

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Calling it “a rare opportunity” to preserve an ecosystem of native plants, endangered species and a key source of drinking water, lawmakers are looking to have the state purchase a nearly 9,000-acre watershed in the West Maui Mountains. House Bill 2555 and its companion, Senate Bill 2692, ...

Police: Victim in Paia beating death is identified

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A man whose body was found Saturday in the Holomua Road area of Paia was identified as 20-year-old Keenan Blair. Police, who have opened a murder and kidnapping investigation, said Blair appeared to have been severely beaten. His body was discovered at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers ...

Ram Dass services set for Monday at the Castle Theater

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The Maui News A celebration of life for counterculture icon Ram Dass will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with seating until it is full. The program begins at 3 p.m. The celebration will ...

Alleged stabber to seek mental exam, says attorney

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A man charged with attempted murder in a stabbing last week at a Kihei condominium will ask to be examined for his mental fitness, his attorney said Monday. Phillip Schorvitz, 44, who gave a Napili address, also was charged with assaulting a Wailea store employee ...

Man hits his mother with her walking cane

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Molokai man was arrested Sunday night after he used his mother’s metal walking cane to hit her on the head, causing a laceration on her left forehead, according to police. Sione Mauala Jr., 23, of Kaunakakai was charged with second-degree assault, abuse, ...

Man allegedly swerves into oncoming traffic, arrested

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A driver who was seen swerving on Maui Veterans Highway and crossing into the oncoming lane Sunday evening was among 12 people arrested for impaired driving during increased police enforcement over the Super Bowl weekend. Police also towed seven vehicles, under a new county law allowing for ...

Man with loaded gun, meth, cash off to prison

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WAILUKU — A man who was arrested when police seized methamphetamine, a loaded pistol and $22,000 in cash was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Raymond Fauhiva, 34, of Kihei will serve the sentence at the same time as a 10-year prison term imposed in a federal drug case last ...

Woman arrested for assault

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A 46-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested Sunday night for allegedly assaulting a man, who suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Lahaina patrol officers, assigned to investigate suspicious activity at 7:23 p.m. at McDonald’s at 885 Wainee St., found the victim lying on the ground ...

Personal watercraft operator rescued

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The Coast Guard rescued the operator of a personal watercraft that overturned in the ocean off Maalaea on Sunday afternoon. A Station Maui Response Boat-Medium crew responded to a report from Maui police dispatch at 1:08 p.m. about the overturned watercraft that was 200 yards off Haycraft ...

Woman injured at blowhole

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A woman was airlifted to safety after suffering a possible fractured leg when she fell near the shoreline at Nakalele blowhole Monday afternoon, according to the Maui Fire Department. Fire crews responded to the 1:54 p.m. call and met with the woman, who reportedly had tripped or slipped and ...

Female swimmer found on land

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A swimmer who was reported missing Sunday night in Olowalu was found on shore about a half-mile away after she apparently left the water in the dark and lost orientation, a fire official said. Lahaina ladder and engine companies and a Kahului rescue crew responded to the 7:50 p.m. call after ...

Challenges of census count in Hawaii set to be topic of dinner

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The Maui News Kuhio Lewis, chief executive officer of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, will speak during the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce bimonthly dinner meeting on Feb. 12 on the importance of the 2020 census. The dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maui ...

Kawano sworn in to 10-year term in 2nd Circuit

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Kelsey Kawano is sworn in as a 2nd Circuit judge last week by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. The state Senate last year confirmed Kawano’s appointment to the 10-year term. Kawano served as a 2nd Circuit District Court judge since August 2008. The ceremony Jan. 27 was attended by a courtroom ...

Willy K rocks the post-game

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Willie K, a Kansas City Chiefs fan, riffs with bandmate Avi Ronan during a post-Super Bowl performance Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He congratulated the Chiefs and offered lively, spirited sets despite his social media announcement Wednesday that his lung cancer is now ...

Maui visitor numbers hit all-time high

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The number of visitors to Maui in 2019 surpassed the 3 million mark for the first time since record-keeping began three decades ago, a recent report showed. Hawaii Tourism Authority’s visitor statistics released last week said Maui led Neighbor Islands with 3,071,596 visitors in 2019, a 5.4 ...

Asbestos abatement almost finished

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Hale Mahaolu is close to completing its asbestos abatement and renovation project involving 112 units at its Lahaina Surf affordable rental complex, a project which has been going on for more than five years. Now, just 15 units need to be dealt with and the goal is to have all units completed ...

‘Glorious day’ for Kula playground

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Mayor Michael Victorino’s Chief of Staff Tyson Miyake (from left), Maui County Council members Shane Sinenci and Yuki Lei Sugimura, Victorino, parks director Karla Peters and Fukumoto Engineering’s Mike Silva and Sean Ogata break ground for the new Kula Park Playground on Wednesday morning. ...

Man arrested after body found in Paia

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Maui Police Department said William Douglas Allen, 39, was arrested Saturday evening for second-degree murder and kidnapping after a “severely beaten” body of a male in his 20s was discovered in Paia earlier in the day. The victim and Allen knew one another, according to a news release, ...