Latest Wailuku News

Deer on Maui airport runway prompts additional fencing

Jan. 24, 2022 15:17 PM EST

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — A reinforced fence has been installed around a Maui airport after a deer blocked a runway earlier this month. Vinyl fencing now overlaps an existing wood fence surrounding Kahului Airport to prevent deer from squeezing through, Maui District Airports Manager...

Young Brothers to restore Kahului-Honolulu cargo services

Jan. 14, 2022 15:28 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Young Brothers will once again accept all its usual cargo items for shipping from Maui to Oahu after a staffing shortage triggered by a COVID-19 outbreak disrupted some operations. The interisland shipping company said Thursday that “barring any...

Insufficient signatures sink Maui mayor recall attempt

Jan. 13, 2022 15:14 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — An attempt to recall Maui Mayor Mike Victorino has failed after organizers didn't collect the minimum number of signatures needed, The Maui News reported. The recall effort needed to gather 21,586 signatures, which is equivalent to 20% of the 107,930...

Hawaii top court overturns Maui telescope protect conviction

Jan. 04, 2022 16:41 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned a disorderly conduct conviction of a Native Hawaiian activist who blocked a construction convoy heading for the summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano to build a solar telescope. The court said there wasn't substantial...

Diseased mosquitoes threaten extinction for Hawaiian birds

Dec. 17, 2021 20:38 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Federal and state officials on Maui want to use bacteria to get rid of nonnative mosquitoes that carry avian malaria to help prevent the extinction of native forest birds found only in Hawaii. The National Park Service and Hawaii’s Department of Land and...

Maui mayor recall signatures under review

Nov. 24, 2021 14:06 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are reviewing signatures from people seeking to recall Maui's mayor over COVID-19 mandates, affordable housing, water rights and other issues. Lead organizer Sheila Walker declined to divulge to The Maui News the number of signatures...

New Maui police chief picks Las Vegas colleague as deputy

Nov. 18, 2021 15:59 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui's new police chief is bringing a colleague from the Las Vegas department he came from to serve as his deputy chief, according to a letter to members of the Maui Police Department obtained by The Maui News. Incoming Chief John Pelletier...

Maui officials consider new rules for guided bicycle tours

Nov. 17, 2021 14:24 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Some people on Maui want to limit bike tours they say create safety hazards, but company owners worry new restrictions would hurt business. Maui County Council Member Mike Molina introduced a bill Tuesday to limit the times and number of people...

Homeless people sue Maui mayor, county over encampment sweep

Nov. 03, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Homeless people cleared from an encampment near a Kahului park have sued Maui Mayor Michael Victorino and the county, saying the move was unconstitutional and violated their rights. Sixty-four people were forced to vacate or face arrest, said the...