MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

Spills Sends 62,500 Gallons of Wastewater into Ocean

A wastewater overflow of approximately 62,500 gallons occurred on Wednesday off of Kahului Beach Road in Wailuku. The County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management reports that the overflow was caused by an electrical failure. The overflow was reported at 10:20 a.m. and was stopped by 10:45 a.m. The wastewater flowed over a dirt access road and into the ocean.  The spill site was …

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Hawai`i Among States on Track to Meet Paris Climate Targets

Governor David Ige attended Climate Week NYC 2017 this week, where he joined fellow state governors to meet with national and international government and business leaders for discussions on climate change and efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Hawai‘i is among 14 states and Puerto Rico who are members of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bi-partisan coalition that was formed in …

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Man arrested in student kidnapping attempt in Kihei

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 a School Resource Officer at Lokelani Intermediate School received a report that about 7:18 a.m. two female students were walking down Aliilani Place in Kihei to a bus stop on their way to school when they were approached by a black Mercedes sedan. Two males inside the Mercedes allegedly made repeated attempts to lure the …

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Free Public Kihei Charter School Set To Open In August 2018

Kellie Pali had an experience many parents of young children may also share. Her daughter Aalyah was an intelligent and curious 5th grader but she was bringing home low grades and hated going to school. Pali enrolled her daughter into the Kihei Charter School and now as an 8th grader she is on the Honor Roll and loves going to …

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Hawaiian Airlines to Waive Change Fees for Customers Affected by Hurricane Jose

Hawaiian Airlines will waive reservation change fees for customers traveling on Hawaiian Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines’ codeshare flights to/from/via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) between Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. The change fee waiver applies to affected customers subject to the following conditions: • Ticket was issued on/before Sept. 19, 2017. …

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State Slates Public Meeting Ahead of Lahaina Harbor Dredging

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting to explain to Maui boaters and community the project scope and planned fall schedule for maintenance dredging at Lahaina Harbor and Mala Boat Ramp. DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation staff will accept input/comments on current shoaling conditions, and answer questions. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, …

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Ross Dress for Less to Open a New Store in Kihei

Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) will open a new store in Kihei on October 6, 2017. The 19,200 square foot Kihei store is located in Piilani Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Piilani Highway and Piikea Avenue. This new location will increase the store count to 20 in Hawaii. The opening is part of the retailer’s 2017 proposed expansion …

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No Tsunami Threat Following 7.1M Mexico Earthquake

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no threat of a tsunami to Hawai`i following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred about three miles east-northeast of Raboso, Mexico. PTWC reports that the quake occurred at about 7:15 a.m. at a depth of 51 km. The epicenter is 75 miles southeast of Mexico City.

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Brush Fire Scorches Two Acres near Lahainaluna High School

West Maui fire crews responded to a brush fire near the Lahainaluna High School campus just before 1 p.m. on Monday. According to the Maui Fire Department, multiple callers reported viewing the smoke from the Lahaina bypass. Upon arrival firefighters found about an acre of dry grass and brush burning in a vacant lot above the school’s football field. The …

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Dr. Gavin Uchida named State of Hawaii DOH Dental Director

Gavin Uchida, DDS, MBA has been named dental director for the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) to lead programs that improve the oral health of adults and children across the state, including those in medically underserved communities. The dental director position and long-standing oral health programs were eliminated in 2009 because of budget restrictions in the wake of the …

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