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Arakawa Changes Course, Now Running for Kahului Council Seat

MAUIWatch has learned that Alan Arakawa sent an email to supporters Tuesday announcing his intentions to seek the Kahului seat on the Maui County Council. The seat will be vacated by Don Guzman who has already announced his intentions to run for Maui Mayor. In May Maui Mayor Arakawa announced his candidacy for the statewide office of Lieutenant Governor. The …

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Coast Guard Responds to Report of Disabled Ocean Rowboat off Maui

The Coast Guard responded to a report of a disabled ocean rowboat with one person aboard approximately 35 miles northeast of Maui, Tuesday. Ruihn Yu, a 32-year-old male Chinese national, was conducting a trans-Pacific voyage from Richmond, California, to China and Taiwan in his 18-foot vessel when he experienced communication failures as well as a damaged rudder. The Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry …

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California Man Pulled from Waters off West Maui

Emergency crews in West Maui responded to a person pulled from the ocean fronting the sands of Kahana Condominium on Lower Honoapiilani Road Tuesday afternoon. At 2:37 p.m., a police officer arrived at the scene 2 minutes later and took over CPR from bystanders on the beach. Paramedics and firefighters arrived shortly after and continued with advanced life-saving measures. The male …

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Coast Guard Saves Six People off Maui

The United States Coast Guard rescued six people from a 27-foot vessel taking on water off Maui Saturday.  Coast Guard Station Maui launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. took the Makali’i in a stern tow and the crew aboard. They were safely towed to Kihei boat ramp where a post search and rescue boarding revealed no violations. “This crew did everything …

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Flock-Drawing Sunflowers Soon to be Harvested

After hosting an Earth Day community event last weekend to celebrate the first blooms in its Maui sunflower biofuel crop, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies on Thursday delivered its combine harvester to the crop site to prepare for the first harvest, expected to begin in the next month when the sunflowers have fully matured. Pacific Biodiesel purchased the combine from a family …

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Trio Charged in Cosmo Prof Armed Robbery

The Maui Police Department has charged three individuals in connection to an armed robbery at Cosmo Prof in Kahuli earlier this week. According to Police officials, 38-year old Jennifer Kong of Wailuku, 35-year-old Noah Mariano of Kula, and 24-year-old Rianan Lee of Makawao were charged with first-degree robbery on Thursday. On Wednesday, officers arrested the suspects but did not release …

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Hiker Airlifted by Fire Rescue After Slip

On Wednesday, fire rescue crews airlifted a female hiker from the Bamboo Forest Trail in Kailua. Paia firefighters received the call at 5:04 p.m. that a woman was not able to walk after she slipped on wet rocks and injured her ankle near the third waterfall on the Bamboo Forest Trail. Because of rugged terrain, the fire department’s Air 1 …

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Recent Power Outages Caused by Heavy Equipment

With two outages in two days caused by operators of heavy equipment bringing down overhead power lines, Maui Electric urges customers to use caution when working near overhead and underground power lines. On Tuesday, around 12:20 p.m., 286 customers on Moloka‘i experienced a power outage when a truck snagged utility lines, bringing down a utility pole and overhead lines near …

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Three’s Bar & Grill to be Featured on ‘DDD’

A local restaurant will soon be featured in the national Food Network television show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” Three’s Bar & Grill, located in Kihei, nabbed the attention of producers, and in early April show host Guy Fieri and his production crew flew to Maui to film at the eatery. Co-owners and chefs Travis Morrin, Cody Christopher and Jaron Blosser …

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UPDATE: Power Restored in Wailuku, Waiehu, Waihee

***Updated at 9:17 a.m.*** Maui Electric Company officials say that service to customers in Wailuku, Wiaehu, and Waihee areas has been restored. The outage was the result of a heavy construction equipment operator making contact and brining down a portion of overhead lines in Wailuku.  ***Original post*** Maui Electric Company announced just after 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday that customers in …

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