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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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Maui Ex Hawaiian Airlines worker faces court

One of three Hawaiian Airlines baggage handlers accused of stealing guns from passenger bags could learn his fate in court today. Kahai Lindsey from Wailuku changed his plea to guilty back in March and Hawaiian Airlines officials say the lawfully declared firearms were reported stolen from checked baggage back 2016. Maui police arrested Lindsey that October. Lindsey had been with …

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Opioid bills would tackle Hawaii’s opioid crisis

A handful of bills to tackle the opioid problem in Hawaii are awaiting the governor’s signature to become law. One would give pharmacists the ability to prescribe medication that could save lives in case of a drug overdose. But one regional health care group says it’s not waiting for a legal mandate. Kaiser Permanente says it’s staying ahead of the …

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False tsunami rumors swirl after Big Island quakes

When a 6.9 earthquake shook the Big Island earlier this month, tsunami fears kicked into high gear and so did the rumor mill. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it received dozens of phone calls asking if a tsunami was coming. “We’ve received phone calls even from the mainland asking about a tsunami hazard from Hawaii,” Oceanographer Nathan Becker said. …

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Who is Madam Pele?

As the world watches Kilauea’s eruption, many people are for the first time hearing the name Pele. Who is she and why are people talking about her? As lava flows through Hawaii Island’s Lelani estates, some will describe what’s happening with scientific terms. Others will use just one term: Madam Pele, the Goddess of Fire, known to appear in many …

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Queen Kaahumanu Center Making Security Changes After Deadly Machete Attack

After a deadly machete attack on March 18 and a subsequent review from the owners of Queen Kaahumanu Center on Maui, the mall’s making security changes. It’s considering posting security officers at the bus transit center at the back of the mall. The March 18 incident started on the Maui Bus. Security will also be getting crisis intervention training from …

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Maui Police Officer Suing the Department for Discrimination

A Maui police officer is suing the Maui Police Department for “Discrimination and Retaliation” in the workplace. After serving in the Gulf War with the Army, Kelly Pau’ole was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He claims his condition was aggravated after a shooting in 2006. Pau’ole also says that he denied light-duty work and was demoted because of his condition. …

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FDNY honors death of Trucker Duke with memorial

An outpouring of aloha for a Maui child who inspired others, even after he lost his battle with cancer. This time, the New York Fire Department made sure Trucker’s spirit is never forgotten, during an emotional ceremony in the New York City on Saturday. The ceremony in Manhattan unveiled 5 plaques for Trucker that will hang along the walls of …

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