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 2021-02-24 17:26 

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New cell tower approved near Waiehu Kou...

The Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a new 40-foot-tall cellular tower along Kahekili Highway that spurred objections from some residents living in the Waiehu Kou subdivisions across from the project site. New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T ...

 2021-02-24 17:26 

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Airline ordered to pay $3 million to Maui family in wrongful death suit...

A jury in Washington state has ordered Alaska Airlines to pay $3.2 million to the family of Bernice Kekona, a Kahakuloa woman who died just months after falling down an escalator in her wheelchair at the Portland International Airport in 2017.The two-week...

 2021-02-24 17:25 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 47 new cases statewide as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, including 27 on Oahu, 17 on Maui and three residents diagnosed out of state. There have now been 27,270 cases statewide, including 21,829 o...

 2021-02-24 17:25 

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Woman says she was strangled twice by ex-boyfriend...

WAILUKU — A woman said she ripped open a portion of a locked bedroom door to escape after being twice strangled by her former boyfriend at her residence on Lanai last week."I couldn't breathe. I was gasping for air," Marcelina Perez said...

 2021-02-24 14:39 

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Honolulu police, lawmakers target illegal game rooms...

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities in Hawaii have cracked down on illegal game room establishments found in both commercial districts and residential communities on Oahu this year.The Honolulu Police Department has seized cash and more than a dozen gamblin...

 2021-02-24 14:39 

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Authorities capture illegal ball python and iguana on Oahu...

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has captured a ball python and an iguana in separate residential areas on Oahu, both of which are illegal to own in the state.The Honolulu Police Department responded on Monday to home in Aiea aft...

 2021-02-23 16:30 

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Skateboarding fun at Keopuolani...

Paia Elementary School 1st grader Kia'i Kelly, 7, drops down a colorful ramp at the Keopuolani Skate Park in Kahului Saturday morning. Dad Jonathan Kelly said Kia'i was fairly new to the sport and finding his way. "It's fun," Kia'i...

 2021-02-23 16:30 

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150 MCCC inmates receive vaccinations...

A total of 150 inmates at Maui Community Correctional Center were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday as officials work to contain an outbreak at the facility, according to the state Department of Health. The DOH's Maui District Health Office mobile...

 2021-02-23 16:30 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: State Department of Health on Monday reported 52 new cases statewide as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, including 28 on Maui, 21 on Oahu, two on Hawaii island and one on Kauai. There have now been 27,223 cases statewide, including 21,802 on O...

 2021-02-23 16:30 

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Businesses navigate mask exemptions...

As county officials push for more mask compliance, some businesses are having to make tough calls about who should be exempt from the universal mask rules. Due to privacy laws, businesses cannot legally ask a customer to provide proof of an underlying hea...

 2021-02-23 00:31 

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Maui leaders divided on uniform Safe Travels bill...

A proposed state bill that would relax the Safe Travels program and make it uniform across all four Hawaii counties has some Maui leaders raising a flag over home rule."Any time you take home rule away from our county or any of the counties — an...

 2021-02-22 19:54 

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A life-changing program...

First photo: Graduates pose with (from left) 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill, Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu, Mayor Michael Victorino and 2nd Circuit Chief Judge Richard Bissen (far right) after the 73rd Maui Drug Court graduation ceremony Thursday afternoon. ...

 2021-02-22 19:54 

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Latest 'Small Town Big Art' works highlight Maui icons...

Guillem "Avi" Molinas' recent oil paintings each reflect a different piece of Hawaiian history, culture and language, in the hopes that residents and visitors learn more about the "depth and richness of these islands and people" when t...

 2021-02-22 18:59 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: The State Department of Health on Sunday reported 68 new cases statewide, including 33 on Oahu, 28 on Maui, four on Hawaii island, and three residents diagnosed out of state. There have now been 27,174 cases statewide, including 21,78...

 2021-02-22 18:59 

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Family tries to see son's dream through...

Among the many small business owners across the state, the Bradley family has been "doing everything we can" to keep their Maui Sweet Shoppe afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic in pursuit of a positive future for their 8-year-old son Jj Bradley, who...

 2021-02-22 14:22 

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Fast-track affordable housing bill passes on first reading...

A bill that would tighten affordable housing requirements for projects seeking fast-track approval under state law squeaked by with enough votes early Friday evening to pass on first reading before the Maui County Council.In the 5-4 decision, Council Memb...

 2021-02-22 14:22 

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State approves Honolulu plan to add sand to Ala Moana beach...

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved Honolulu's application to add sand to a beach at Ala Moana Regional Park.The project involves dredging offshore sand to cover the shoreline from Magic Island to Kewalo B...

 2021-02-22 14:22 

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Hawaii Senate bill would require reports of school virus numbers...

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Senate bill would require the state Department of Education to publish the number of new coronavirus cases detected at each public school.Current regulations require the education department to list weekly COVID-19 case tota...

 2021-02-22 14:22 

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'We're calling them food islands'...

Ohana Gardens Project Manager Jenny Pell demonstrates how to loosen the roots of a root-bound plant Friday morning during a tree planting project at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Lahaina. Looking on is Mariko Higashi, assistant governor of ...

 2021-02-19 17:14 

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Queen K Center faces foreclosure suit...

KAHULUI — Despite facing a foreclosure lawsuit after defaulting on a massive loan, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center owners through a representative expressed optimism about the future of Maui's main mall.Lender U.S. Bank filed for foreclosure on the ...

 2021-02-19 17:14 

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County breaks ground on Wailuku Parking Structure...

The Maui NewsA blessing ceremony was held Thursday to mark the official start of construction of a four-level, 428-stall parking structure that will replace the current Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot. The new Wailuku Parking Structure will feature 428 park...

 2021-02-19 17:14 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: State Department of Health on Thursday reported 67 new cases statewide as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, including 45 on Oahu, eight on Maui, seven on Hawaii island, one on Kauai, one on Molokai and five residents diagnosed out of state. For ...

 2021-02-19 17:14 

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Bicycling on the rise, but bike tourism has suffered...

While some local bike companies have seen more riders and sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, others are struggling as they work to regain the business they lost when travel all but ceased. Bicycling organizations and shops across the U.S. have benefited ...

 2021-02-18 21:02 

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State panel designates relief money for teacher salaries...

HONOLULU — The state House education committee on Tuesday passed legislation compelling the state Department of Education to use federal coronavirus relief money to support public school teacher salaries instead of allocating the funds for uses incl...

 2021-02-18 17:23 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 29 new cases statewide as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, including 17 on Oahu, 10 on Maui, one on Hawaii island and two residents diagnosed out of state. For the second day in a row, the cases w...

 2021-02-18 17:23 

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Report: One officer fired, two others demoted last year...

The Maui NewsOne Maui Police Department officer was ordered to be fired and two other officers faced 20-day suspensions with demotions in disciplinary actions last year.The discharged officer "failed to properly test evidence, threw evidence in the tr...

 2021-02-18 17:23 

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COVID-19 vaccines to be administered at jail...

Maui Community Correctional Center inmates will be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting next week amid efforts to tamp down an outbreak at the jail, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.The vaccine will go to inmates who request it, about 60 perc...

 2021-02-18 17:23 

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Testifiers, officials say renting space for county is costly...

Testifiers and financial advisers used the county's decision not to purchase One Main Plaza in arguing Wednesday that Maui County could save rent money by acquiring a 6.3-acre, $9.8 million parcel in Wailuku that includes The Maui News offices.One Mai...

 2021-02-17 20:16 

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Changes would make Hawaii's aid-in-dying law more accessible...

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Proposed changes would make Hawaii's aid-in-dying law more accessible for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.The state House and the Senate are considering updates to the law that would change the length of w...

 2021-02-17 17:31 

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Talks over hospital wages continue...

Maui Health System and the hospital workers' union have scheduled more negotiating dates as the two sides remain deadlocked over raises for employees, among other issues. Philip Velasco, co-chairman of United Nurses Association of California/Union of ...

 2021-02-17 17:31 

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Maui water use plan likely pushed back again...

The Maui County Council is mulling whether to again push back the adoption deadline for the Maui Island Water Use Development Plan, a blueprint for protection, management and water use over a 20-year period.Members of the council's Agriculture and Pub...

 2021-02-17 17:31 

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Maui ground beef on sale Friday...

The Maui NewsMaui Cattle Company will be offering 5-pound vacuum-sealed bags of ground beef for $20 during its fourth drive-up sale from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.The event will take place at the company's facility in 106 S. Kane Street in Kahului between...

 2021-02-17 17:31 

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Fat Tuesday Malasadas...

Marc Kozuki (foreground) pulls a batch of hot malasadas from one fryer as Leighton Saito drops a tray of dough balls into another while hustling to keep up with the Fat Tuesday rush at Home Maid Bakery in Wailuku. Kozuki, who grew up around the family bak...

 2021-02-16 19:29 

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COVID-19 pandemic turbo-charges state government's use of technology...

HONOLULU — Before the pandemic, a Hawaii state senator drafted legislation to compel the University of Hawaii's board to livestream its meetings so faculty and students on different islands could watch. University officials asked for two years t...

 2021-02-16 19:29 

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Honolulu extends driver's license renewal deadline to April...

HONOLULU (AP) — City officials in Honolulu have extended the deadline to renew driver's licenses, state identification cards and permits to mid-April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The city said the extension would provide additional ti...

 2021-02-16 16:44 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: State Department of Health on Monday reported 35 new cases statewide, including 25 on Oahu, seven on Maui, one on Molokai and two residents diagnosed out of state. There have now been 26,889 cases statewide, including 21,620 on Oahu, ...

 2021-02-16 16:44 

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Man found with multiple rifles sentenced to jail...

WAILUKU — A Molokai man who said he was running a hunting guide business when police seized five rifles from a garage was sentenced Wednesday to a five-month jail term as part of four years' probation.As a felon since 1995, Eugene Albino, 53, wa...

 2021-02-16 16:44 

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Sliding at Rice Park...

Michael Ambrose gives daughter Mahina, 6, a gentle push as she slides down a Rice Park hill on a piece of cardboard Saturday afternoon in Kula. The Wailuku family stopped by the park after picking strawberries at nearby Kula Country Farms. Mahina is a 1st...

 2021-02-16 16:44 

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Hospital workers call for fair raises...

WAILUKU — Maui Health System workers are calling for fairer raises in the face of a proposed 0 percent increase in pay over the first year of their new contract. The Kaiser Permanente-affiliated hospital operator has been locked in negotiations for ...

 2021-02-15 18:43 

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Rare nest of sea turtle hatchlings rescued...

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii family discovered a rare nest of olive ridley sea turtles on the Big Island before alerting experts, who said the hatchlings are not normally encountered in the area.Jeremy, Jen and Kian Van Arkel found about seven hatchlings st...

 2021-02-15 18:43 

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Hanauma Bay to open 1 hour earlier than normal...

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it will open the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve to the public an hour earlier than normal.The bay will now open at 6:30 a.m."This aims to cut down on lines, especiall...

 2021-02-15 16:53 

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Kung Hee Fat Choy...

First photo: Even the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen is masked for a group photo Saturday at Kwock Hing Society Building in Keokea. The Year of the Ox was celebrated at the building, which dates back to 1907, as part of a sandalwood tree planting project by th...

 2021-02-15 16:53 

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New hotel has April opening set in Wailea...

A new 110-room, 12-suite hotel will open in April in Wailea. The AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea was scheduled to open this month, but was delayed to allow more time to adjust to COVID-19 protocols, said General Manager Kaleo Kenui. "We decided to de...

 2021-02-15 16:53 

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COVID-19 at a Glance...

Latest developments: State Department of Health on Sunday reported one new coronavirus-related death on Oahu, bringing the state to 426 fatalities, including 340 on Oahu, 53 on Hawaii island, 29 on Maui, one on Kauai and three residents who died out of st...

 2021-02-15 16:53 

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Hana reservation site goes live today...

Seeking black sand beaches and popular parkland of Wai'anapanapa State Park? Reservations launching online today are now required for visitor and commercial operator access starting March 1.Visitors and commercial operators will be charged fees rangin...

 2021-02-13 17:11 

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EPA fines Hawaii oil refinery for safety, waste violations...

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii oil refinery has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $219,638 for chemical safety and hazardous waste violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.Par Hawaii Refining LLC violated the federal Clean Air Act and Reso...

 2021-02-13 16:16 

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New brewery on tap for Pukalani...

PUKALANI — A new small business has a big goal of bringing Maui residents together when the pandemic has forced them apart.Owners of Mahalo Aleworks — a 3,500-square-foot taproom and brewery slated to open in April at Kulamalu Town Center &mda...

 2021-02-13 16:16 

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A Valentine's Day delivery...

Kihei-Wailea Flowers by Cora delivery driver David Ika carries a Valentine's Day bouquet and stuffed animal at Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei Friday morning. He said romantics and sweethearts were burning up the phone lines to place orders. "Oh, i...

 2021-02-13 16:16 

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Eviction ban extended for 60 days...

Gov. David Ige has extended the temporary hold on evictions for another 60 days to provide relief for renters struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.The governor issued an 18th emergency proclamation on Friday that extended the moratorium prohibiting evi...

 2021-02-13 16:16 

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Hawaii sees fewer suicides in pandemic...

Suicide rates were lower than in previous years across all Hawaii counties during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while this trend is encouraging, state officials continue to work year-round to spread awareness and push suicide prevention, especially among you...

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