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Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Accepting Applications

The State of Hawai`i”s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program began accepting applications for licenses to grow the crop on Wednesday. This is according to the State of Hawai`i Department of Agriculture. The objective of the pilot program is to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in Hawai`i for the purposes of agricultural and academic research. The HDOA will open the program …

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UH Maui College Ho`olaule`a Features Na Hoku Hanohano Winners and Nominees

For the first time, Maui entries and nominees for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards will be featured in an all-day, free hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Great Lawn of the University of HawaiʻiMaui College. This event is part of the statewide Mele Mei celebration of Hawaiian music. The hoʻolauleʻa will include performances by the students …

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DOH: High Bacteria Count at Hanakaoo Beach

The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at Hanakaoo Beach in Lahaina. Levels of 178 per 100 mL have been detected during routine beach monitoring. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program. The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful …

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Governor Ige appoints Troy Hashimoto to Maui House seat, replacing long-time Rep. Joe Souki

Gov. David Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to the Maui House seat previously occupied by former Rep. Joe Souki. Hashimoto has served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011. He was also Maui County Democratic Party chair from 2013 to 2017. In addition, Hashimoto is the owner of TNH Productions, a multi-media organization. Previously, he worked …

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Accident Causes Power Outage Closing Lihikai Elementary School

At around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning, emergency crews responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident that knocked down an electrical pole near Lihikai Elementary School. Electrical service has been restored to a majority of customers in the Kahului area following the accident, however the school lacked power Tuesday morning prior to classes. A State of Hawaii Department …

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MPD to Conduct Enhanced Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement

On Friday, April 20, the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section will be conducting enhanced drug impaired driving enforcement.  The mission of this campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of marijuana impaired driving as well the laws pertaining to drug impaired driving and gain voluntary compliance of all traffic laws in a continued effort to make the roads of Maui …

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UH-Maui Registration Begins Next Week for High Schoolers

Registration for the Early College program at University of Hawai’i Maui College for the Fall 2018 semester begins next Monday, April 23. Qualified High School students wanting to earn college credits while still in High School can begin the process by contacting their respective High School counselors. The Early College program allows High School students to take college courses and …

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Blessing Held for Honoapiilani Highway Realignment Phase 1B-2

The Hawai`i Department of Transportation held a blessing ceremony on Sunday in anticipation of the opening of the latest phase of the Honoapiilani Highway Realignment, Phase 1B-2. Phase 1B-2 constructed 2.7 miles of road from the end of Phase 1B-1 at Hokiokio Place to the realignment’s southern terminus in Olowalu. The newly realigned highway moves the main route into West …

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Maui Natural Area Reserve Still Closed Due to Presence of Sharks

The ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve on Maui’s south shore will remain closed at least until Monday, April 23, due to the continued presence of sharks in the popular snorkeling destination. The NAR has been closed for two weeks, after numerous tiger sharks were spotted, apparently coming close to shore to follow pupping reef sharks. The DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources, …

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Water Break Forces Closure of Lower Honoapiilani Road in West Maui

Lower Honoapiilani Road in West Maui is partly closed due to an 8-inch waterline break, according to officials. The road is open to local traffic only (one lane) from Napilihau Street to Hoohui Road, and completely closed in front of Kahana Sunset. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and follow traffic control. In addition, customers in the area are …

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