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PWF spots its first humpback of the whale sighting season

It’s official…the first humpback whale sighting of the season is now in the books. The Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Explorer spotted the humpback Monday morning about 2.5 miles north of Molokini heading toward Ma’alaea harbor. Each winter about 12,000 humpbacks migrate to Hawaii to mate, give birth and care for their calves giving lucky onlookers a rare look at the …

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Local 5 workers on strike for ‘better pay, job security, and a safer workplace’

On O’ahu and on Maui, more than 2,700 Marriott hotel workers are participating in the Local 5 strike. “Who are we? Local 5! Who’s getting mistreated? local 5! who’s… local 5!” “Who are we? local 5! who’s getting mistreated? local 5!” Local 5 workers chanted in Waikiki Monday. They represent five hotels, the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, …

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Sen. Schatz speaking up for keeping leg space on planes

Passengers might get to keep their leg room during flights. Wednesday the U.S. Senate passed legislation preventing airlines from cutting down seats and legroom space on its planes. The Federal Aviation Administration will also work to mandate a minimum seat size for all airlines in the country. Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz advocated for the measure — sending out a …

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Anti-bullying lawsuit gains momentum

An anti-bullying video from a first grader on Maui’s gone viral. Lawaia Uwekoolani’s video received overwhelming support. “We’ve been getting tons of messages and so much positive feedback,” said Lawaia’s mom, Kortney Uwekoolani. And it’s more than mahalos – it’s inspired a lot of people to open up. “People sharing their stories of being bullied or their children being bullied …

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Maui says they’ve been lucky but will not take any chances

Conditions in Wailuku relatively calm Thursday morning with rain throughout the night. Humidity is high but things are expected to change today so residents are preparing for worst. Maui County not taking any chances as Hurricane Lane makes its approach. Residents on the valley isle stocking up on the necessities. Lines forming outside of the island’s only Costco Warehouse. Customers …

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Ludacris shows love for Maui Cookie Company

A Maui cookie company is getting a lot of love from world-famous rapper, Ludacris. That woman is Mitzi Toro, the owner of the Maui Cookie Lady. The Atlanta rapper performed at the Lost in Paradise Concert in Kapolei on Saturday and on Sunday, he booked a flight to Maui for Toro’s fresh-baked cookies. Ludcaris posted the whole thing on Instagram …

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Maui Police Captain Resigns Following Sexual Assault Allegations

A Maui Police captain resigns following sexual assault accusations that he groped a fellow officer. Stephen Orikasa, who served for 27 years turned in his gun and badge last Friday, but the allegations against him date back to June of 2017. According to MPD officials, his alleged victim is a fellow officer in the police department. Court documents say Orikasa …

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Bump stocks banned, plus additional gun safety measures signed into law

The Governor signed a bill (Act 157) into law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale transfer and possession of bump fire stocks, multi-burst trigger activators, and trigger cranks- the same weapon used by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting that killed almost 60 people. “I’m proud that Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the nation …

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