Friday, November 4 2011

Thirty-seven-year-old Jedidah Duarosan of Kula faces federal charges of bilking six Maui investors of $882,000. She pleaded not guilty yesterday. Ron Youngblood has that story and more from The Maui News.

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Second Congressional District candidate Mufi Hanneman told The Maui News he favors waiving visa requirements for Chinese visitors to Hawaii. He said if it works for Hawaii, the waivers could be extended to the Mainland.

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Ground was broken on Maui yesterday for just the kind of construction project needed to revive the island economy, according to university economists. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) released its annual forecast for the state today.

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Friday, October 28 2011

A county-organized Halloween celebration will be held in Lahaina. Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo yesterday threw out a lawsuit that said the event violates Native Hawaiian civil rights. Ron Youngblood has that story and more from The Maui News.

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Organizers of Lahaina’s annual Keiki Costume Parade expect some 300 participants this year, despite negative publicity surrounding adult Halloween activities. The keiki event has been held for 32 years.

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The vice chancellor for student affairs at University of Hawaii Maui College says higher tuition fees will help fund scholarships. Alvin Tagomori said the school is very sensitive to the fact that any increase in fees could be a hardship for students.

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Friday, October 21 2011

A Maui artist is looking forward to seeing his family in Libya for the first time since 1979. Bejo Ali Elburki fled Libya as a teenager. Ron Youngblood has that story and more from The Maui News.

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Kaunakakai is adopting the bristle-thighed curlew as its official bird. The kioea---a rare shoreline bird with a curved bill---can often be seen and heard around Kaunakakai. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Former U.S. poet laureate W. S. Merwin was expected to be back home on Maui today. The 83-year-old writer and conservationist has finished a three-week mainland tour that included a visit to a hospital, prompting unwarranted concerns about his health.

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Tuesday, October 18 2011

U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle told the Maui Chamber of Commerce yesterday Congress needs to be educated about the importance of tourism. She said 10% of the nation’s economy and 14 million jobs depend on the visitor industry. Ron Youngblood has that story and more from The Maui News.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of four Maui police officers accused of violating a woman’s constitutional rights. The woman was tasered. The county must still defend itself in a lawsuit filed by the woman.

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A Florida researcher says a satellite tracking tag put on a female tiger shark at Maalaea is somewhere in Haiku. Professor Neil Hammerschlag said the buoy-like tag has important information about the shark’s movements.

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Friday, October 14 2011

How much Maui’s school population grows depends on the economy. New schools have been planned for developments that may---or may not---be built. Ron Youngblood has that story and more from The Maui News.

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The Maui Friends of the Library plan to open a second store in West Maui. The friends will be selling donated books at the Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina beginning next month.

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Two pieces of Lahaina’s past have been returned in time for the annual Plantation Days celebration. Two small locomotives used to haul sugar cane until 1952 have been donated to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

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Thursday, October 13 2011

Maui’s real estate market has been sluggish to flat, according to figures released yesterday by the Realtors Association of Maui. Even so, for the first nine months of this year, real estate sales totaled more than a billion dollars. Ron Youngblood has that story and more from The Maui News.

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A majority of the Maui Charter Commission is in favor of injecting new blood into the County Council. It advanced a proposal to limit council members to three, 4-year terms. 

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The owner of an aggressive pit bull pleaded guilty Tuesday to a dog bite charge. Nadia Toraman will pay a $100 fine and restitution.

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Thursday, September 1 2011

Seventy Maui police officers gave Senior Chief Petty Officer Kraig Vickers a white-glove salute yesterday at Kahului Airport. Vickers came home in a C-17 transport plane. He was one of 30 American servicemen killed in the deadliest single U.S. loss in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Brittney Mooney, 28, was sentenced yesterday on manslaughter charges. The sentencing ends four years of controversy following the traffic death of eight-year-old Will Smith of Texas.

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The chairwoman of the Maui Advisory Council to the Reapportionment Commission said a re-districting plan amounts to a “power grab” by Oahu politicians. The commission’s reapportionment plan includes non-voting members of the military in population counts.

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Wednesday, August 17 2011

The director of Maui’s Department of Water Supply says it’s up to the County Council to set the direction for renewing and expanding the island’s water sources and infrastructure. The council kept pressing for details. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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There are 1,300 names on a waiting list for Upcountry water meters. The list was first complied decades ago, partly to control development in the area stretching from Pauwela --- across Makawao and Kula --- to Ulupalakua. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association yesterday announced its annual charity walk raised $492,000 for nonprofits on the island. The “Charity Walk Inspiration Award” went to an eight-year-old boy.

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Friday, August 12 2011

•Neighbors---including a dozen children---were evacuated to a Red Cross shelter while police continued to talk to a 22-year-old fugitive barricaded in a house on Opukea Street in Kahului. One man who left the house was taken into custody. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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 •The state Campaign Spending Commission has fined a former Maui Council member $2,750. It also gave Bill Medeiros six weeks to file five campaign spending reports. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•Fallen sailor Kraig Vickers would say a mayoral proclamation should be for all vets, whether or not they made the ultimate sacrifice, Vickers' father said yesterday. Robert Vickers spoke while his daughter-in-law and two other sons waited to bring Kraig Vickers home from Delaware. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Tuesday, July 5 2011

•Today is the 90th birthday anniversary for Maui's "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Orley Anderson says Independence Day was a major event in his hometown of Hanley Falls, Minnesota, and being born on the Fourth was a significant occasion. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A single-car crash on Baldwin Avenue resulted in a Makawao couple dying. The deaths ran Maui's traffic death toll to nine for the year. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The Maui Redevelopment Agency has given tacit approval of a $16-million dollar, five-story parking structure in the middle of Wailuku. A formal vote will be taken after an environmental assessment is complete in February. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Wednesday, May 4 2011

•In June, Hotel Hana Maui will be getting a new name and a new emphasis on longer stays. Owner Green Tea LLC is launching a new collection of so-called "experiential hotels." For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•Maui County has no choice but to spend up to $33-million dollars to upgrade its emergency services radio system. After 2013, there will be no firm to service its 20-year-old analog system. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A Ha`iku man yesterday was ordered released after spending more than five months in jail in connection with the death of a girlfriend's puppy. 33-year-old Felix Kehano Senior pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Wednesday, April 13 2011

•The Small Business Administration is opening centers on Maui and Molokai to process applications for disaster loans. Low-interest loans are available for those property suffered damage or were destroyed by the March 11th tsunami. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•Mayor Alan Arakawa has been asked to supply an inventory of abandoned roads and trails. Public Access Trails of Hawaii made the request. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A tortoise watch is underway in Lahaina. A 50-pound African spur thigh tortoise named Miss Bulkie took off from its owner's home near the Pizza Hut on Honoapiilani Highway. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Wednesday, April 13 2011

•Maui real estate prices are being held down by an abnormal inventory of houses and condos. The properties are in foreclosure or are being sold short. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•Maui Public Works Director David Goode returned to public service in order to streamline the county's permitting system. He was a private developer for the eight years between his first tour as head of public works... and this one. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A welcome-home dinner was held during the weekend for 60 men and women of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Maui soldiers spent the last year building and protecting installations in Afghanistan. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Monday, April 11 2011

•Maui District Health Officer Lorrin Pang told residents of East Maui it's dengue fever time across the globe. Six suspected cases have been reported in Hawaii - four on Oahu and two at Keanae on Maui. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•Maui Public Works Director David Goode returned to public service in order to streamline the county's permitting system. He was a private developer for the eight years between his first tour as head of public works... and this one. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A welcome-home dinner was held during the weekend for 60 men and women of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Maui soldiers spent the last year building and protecting installations in Afghanistan. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Thursday, April 7 2011

•The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating two possible cases of dengue fever on Maui. County officials are awaiting confirmation. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The state senator whose district includes Kaho`olawe says bills that would help fund the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission have been frozen. Senator J. Kalani English said legislators have concerns about accountability and the role of the Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•Four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoku Jr. says eliminating a category specifically for Hawaiian artists means they will have to compete in a more general regional roots music classification. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Wednesday, April 6 2011

•The transition from fly-away plastic bags to reusable grocery haulers has gone smoothly on Maui... but there are some businesses who may be violating the ban. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The County Council has voted to give itself more time to enact the Maui Island Plan. The contentious plan will guide development on the island through 2030. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The Hawaii Council for the Humanities will hold a statewide history day competition Saturday at Windward Community College. Theme of this year's history fair is "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Tuesday, April 5 2011

•The Governor has selected a Maui district court judge to succeed Circuit Judge Joel August. Judge Rhonda Iwalani Lai Loo said she is looking forward to an early Senate confirmation hearing. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•State Deputy Attorney General William Wynhoff is asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the hiking group Public Access Trails Hawaii-Maui. the group wants a trail through Haleakala Ranch opened to the public. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The dean of Maui arborists says three of four mature monkeypod trees shading a section of Kihei road can be saved. The County planned to remove them becuase roots were buckling a sidewalk. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Monday, April 4 2011

•The state's most expensive resort area is raising its rates. During the visitor down-turn, Wailea discounted luxury accommodations in order to fill as many rooms as possible. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A dysfunctional design and nearly 20 years of use has come home to roost at Maui's Hoapili Hale. The courthouse in Wailuku has a leaky roof, the carpet is frayed and its two public elevators are often out of order. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The oldest school west of the Rockies is preparing to celebrate its 175th anniversary. Lahainaluna High School is also the only public school in the nation to have students living on campus. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Monday, April 4 2011

•The Maui County Council yesterday heard a $44-million dollar plan to bring the water system up to date. The plan received a mixed reception. Council Chairman Danny Mateo said the presentation was slick and he hoped it wasn't all show and no go. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A total of 113 Kapalua Golf Copurse workers are keeping their jobs. Troon Golf, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, took over management of the Kapalua Plantation and Bay golf courses today. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A plan to make long-delayed improvements to Maui's water system will require rate hikes. The Department of Water supply is supposed to be self-supporting. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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Wednesday, March 23 2011

•Maui's second wind farm is one step closer to putting 21 megawatts into the island's electrical grid. Getting the turbines into a remote area of Ulupalakua Ranch through Wailea is a concern. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•A 33-year-old former police officer has been charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and other charges. Lewis Gamble of Paia was released after posting $250-thousand dollars bail. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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•The Maui County Council will take its final vote next Tuesday on nominees for 21 boards and commissions. The Council's Policy Committee yesterday recommended the Council approve the nominees. Two nominations were deleted. For The Maui News, Ron Youngblood reports.

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