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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...

Man charged with murder of girlfriend to get Maui trial

Oct. 28, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A judge had denied a defense request to move away from Maui the trial of a man charged with murder in the disappearance of his girlfriend. Jury selection for Bernard Brown's trial is now set to begin next month, The Maui News reported. ...

Maui mayor exposed to COVID by pandemic safety rules foe

Oct. 19, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said he tested negative for COVID-19 after seeing on social media that an opponent of pandemic safety rules he met with earlier tested positive. Victorino had a meeting Thursday with three unvaccinated residents...

Maui hotel workers will need to apply for jobs after sale

Oct. 19, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Employees of the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui will have to apply for jobs once new operators of the hotel take over later this year. BlackSand Capital, a Hawaii real estate investment firm led by Honolulu developer B.J. Kobayashi, said last week...

Maui median home price below $1M as homebuyers hit pause

Oct. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The median sales price of a single-family home in Maui County dropped below $1 million last month as people priced out of the market have chosen to pause their home buying. The Maui News reported Monday the median sales...

Las Vegas captain selected as chief of Maui police force

Oct. 06, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A police captain from Nevada has been selected to be chief of a police force in Hawaii. The Maui Police Commission voted unanimously on Las Vegas police Capt. John Pelletier over four other candidates from within the Maui department, The Maui...

Demand slows for Maui rental cars after earlier shortage

Oct. 04, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Demand for rental cars on Maui is slowing down after a shortage of vehicles sent prices soaring when more tourists returned amid the pandemic. Parked vehicles have been filling fields near the airport as the number of tourists declined in...