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16-year-old survives flight from San Jose to Maui stowed away in landing gear

Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Airlines

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)- A teenager claims to have stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Jose, California.

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Finalists’ artwork have been submitted to the World Contest

HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii today held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014.

The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.

Arrest made in fatal Maui hit-and-run

Photo Courtesy: MAUIWatch

KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)-  

[Update 2:22 p.m. Friday]

Maui police has arrested a 41-year-old Wailuku man in connection with Tuesday night's hit and run crash that killed 51-year-old Viki Deardorff.

The crash was reported at 11:13 p.m.

The male was arrested at the Wailuku Police Station after turning himself in on Friday morning. He was released pending further investigation.

The Vehicle Homicide Unit went to his residence where he said his truck would be. The truck was parked inside his closed garage. Vehicle Homicide Unit officers had previously been to his residence before he had turned himself in, however nobody answered the door.

Committee discussion focuses on Maui water system

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui County official wants to raise millions of dollars for water system improvements by targeting waterlines, pumps and reservoirs to supply water to drought-plagued Upcountry residents, ranchers and farmers.

The Maui News says Department of Water Supply Dave Taylor's plan is to raise annual rates for water consumption by about 6 percent and then continue charging more than $12,000 for a new water meter. His plan would raise that amount $2,000 each year until it reaches $20,000.

The idea is to raise enough money to pay off debt service for bonds for $30 million to $40 million in water system improvements.

Taylor discussed the concept Tuesday night for the County Council Budget and Finance Committee.

Residents say the cost should be shifted to the county general fund.

Maui police arrest ex-boyfriend of Charli Scott

Steven Capobianco

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)- Maui police have arrested Steven Capobianco in connection with a burglary that happened last year in Haiku. 

Sources tell Hawaii News Now that the arrest was not related to the Charli Scott homicide case.

Capobianco, who was Scott's ex-boyfriend, was the last person to see her on February 9th. He told Hawaii News Now that his car broke down near Keanae and Charli came to help him.  An area off the Hana Highway appears the be the crime scene.  It's the spot where some of Charli's clothes were found.  Police sources say they also recovered blood, a tooth and a bone. 

Maui police have called Capobianco a person of interest in the Scott case but there are no suspects.

The Facebook page, 'Find Charli Scott' mentions the arrest.  A post reads, "The wheels are turning...Thank you to the officers who are working so hard."

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Maui man finds explosives in dad's belongings

Image source: Asa Ellison


[Update 8:30 p.m.]

The Maui Police Department has given the all clear at the Maui Mall after members of a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team safely removed a hand grenade and a 12-inch mortar round from inside a vehicle at the mall's parking lot.

MPD said a 26-year-old Pukalani man wanted to dispose of the explosive devices by driving them down to the Wailuku police station. Along the way, he ended up calling police for help after feeling unsafe with the devices in his car. 

Police have reopened Kamehameha Avenue between Alamaha and Hoohana Streets.


[Original story]

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - Maui officials say a man cleaning out belongings of his recently deceased father found a grenade and mortar round, prompting the evacuation of a nearby county office as a precaution.