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Maui Bus Driver Forced to Leave Five Kids Behind Due to Shortage of Buses

Maui school bus driver Cheryl Kuanoni was forced to leave five children behind because of a shortage of buses. She posted on social media Thursday about the heartbreak of having to leave the young children behind, after filling her 72 seat capacity. Kuanoni even offered to remove her own kids from the bus. Parents say refusing keiki shouldn’t even have …

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Maui director launches movie nationwide

If there was an establishing scene for Destin Daniel Cretton’s childhood – it would be set in a town of roughly 4,000 people, in Haiku, Maui during the 1980’s. “My mom didn’t really let me or my five siblings watch a lot of TV. So we’d spend a lot of our times building forts. making martial art routines or putting …

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Dozens Protest Against Massive Telescope Being Built Atop Haleakala

Dozens of protesters of all ages waved signs along Kula Highway Tuesday evening to voice their opposition toward building the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. The massive telescope is being built on top of Haleakala, a site sacred to many Native Hawaiians. The demonstration came as a convoy carrying equipment prepared to make its way up to the summit. The …

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Kauai man sentenced in monk seal harassment case

A 20-year-old Lihue man was sentenced on Wednesday in connection with the harassment of a Hawaiian monk seal at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe back in April 2016. Shylo Akuna was sentenced to four years in prison. Bystanders recorded a video that showed Akuna aggressively harassing a seal. That video went viral on social media. Akuna was apparently intoxicated …

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Hurricanes in Eastern Pacific could cross paths

Island Weather forecasters are keeping an eye on three storms in the Eastern Pacific. Greg has weakened to a tropical depression. Hurricane Irwin has gained strength. It is about 855 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days. It is …

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Father of Hawaii boy missing for 2 decades is sentenced

The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for manslaughter two decades after the child disappeared. Peter Kema Sr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for a 20-year sentence on the condition that he reveals the location of the child’s remains. He led police and prosecutors to a rural, coastal area of the …

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State still owes $32.6 million to pay off Hawaii Superferry expenses

Eight years after the Hawaii Superferry shut down, the State Office of the Auditor says Hawaii must pay $32.6 million in expenses for the ship that once traveled between islands. In a detailed report, state auditor Leslie Kondo says the Hawaii Superferry won’t be paid off until 2028. The report estimates the total amount of debt accrued by the Hawaii …

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19 medals stolen from Iolani swimmers on Maui

Shattered glass meant shattered dreams for 14-year-old Jon Reiter Not long after Reiter and his sister hauled in medal after medal at a swim competition in Kihei someone hauled off with everything inside their rental car including those medals. “I was very astonished we walked up to the car and all the glass on the ground and it was very …

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Roland Cazimero of the Brothers Cazimero has died

Hawaii music icon Roland Cazimero has died. He was 66. Cazimero was half of the legendary Hawaiian music group The Brothers Cazimero. He and his brother, Robert, made a huge impact on modern Hawaiian music, winning numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

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Remembering mother, son killed in Honolulu Marco Polo high-rise fire

A 5-alarm fire that ripped through Honolulu’s Marco Polo apartments on Friday, injured a dozen and killed three people. Among the victims who died are 54-year-old Britt Reller and his mother 85-year-old Melba Jeannine Dilley. “I couldn’t believe it.. I couldn’t believe that was my last time seeing him,” said Larisa Mokan, who lived on the same floor as the …

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