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St. Anthony hit by vandals for second time in a month

For the second time in three weeks, Saint Anthony’s Church in Wailuku on Maui was vandalized. It happened overnight and Sunday was Easter Sunday, one of the most important holidays in the Catholic culture. Some of the damage included writing on the walls and scattered debris. “It baffles me that people would come and trash our chapel because our chapel is …

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PUC Approves First Maui Electric Rate Increase in 6 Years

The Public Utilities Commission has approved Maui Electric Company’s first base-rate increase in six years. On April 17, Maui Electric filed tariffs and rate schedules for a final increase of 3.7 percent – about $12.1 million in annual revenue – which helps pay for operational improvements, including system upgrades to increase reliability, improve customer service and to integrate more renewable …

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Trio Arrested in Wailuku Vehicle Search Warrant Execution

On Tuesday, April 16, the Maui Police Department’s Vice Division executed search warrants on a vehicle in the parking lot of 1063 Lower Main Street in Wailuku. Authorities say that in the vehicle, officers recovered 429.90 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 1.04 grams of marijuana and $7,840 in U.S. currency. Thirty-five-year-old Lorden Cooper, 35-five-year-old Janell Demello Orta and 39-year-old Jamen Sugahara …

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New ocean safety website aims to reduce drownings and injuries in Hawai‘i

Drowning continues to be one of the main causes of death in Hawai‘i. Ocean drowning is the fourth leading cause of injury related death in Hawai‘i, and by far the leading cause for visitors, with snorkeling the activity most frequently associated with visitor drowning. Visitors comprise more than half (55 percent) of the victims of ocean drownings and suffer 81 …

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Two Eldorado Transit Buses Replace Maui Long-Haul Fleet Buses

With Hawaiian music and lei, two new 40-foot-long Eldorado transit buses were blessed Wednesday morning at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot. “What makes these buses so unique is the Quantum system that secures disabled bus riders using wheelchairs,” said Mayor Michael Victorino during the blessing ceremony, explaining that bus riders in wheelchairs can board and secure themselves automatically on …

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UPDATE: Crews Battle House Fire in Maui Meadows Subdivision

Updated at 1:45 p.m. on April 18.Updated at 1:45 p.m. on April 18. The Maui Fire Department reports that after investigation, the cause of the fire at a home in the Maui Meadows Subdivision on Wednesday remains undetermined.  Damage estimates are $338,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents. Original story published on April 17. At 10:51 a.m. on Wednesday, …

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State, County Officials Survey Latest MCCC Repairs

Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda, Governor David Ige, and United Public Workers Union’s State Director Dayton Nakanelua all traveled to Maui on Tuesday to join Maui Mayor Michael Victorino in surveying the latest repairs and security updates underway at the Maui Community Correctional Center.  They walked through the modules damaged by last month’s disturbance and also toured other parts of the …

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MPD Issues 211 Cell Phone Citations in First Week of Awareness Campaign

The Maui Police Department has joined departments across the state of Hawai`i to participate in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign. During the week of April 7, members of the MPD’s Traffic Section worked saturation patrols around the island focusing their enforcement efforts on violations related to texting or talking on cell phones while …

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Visitor Rescued After Falling Down a Cliff at Red Sand Beach

At 4:02 p.m. on Monday, Maui Fire Department firefighters were called to report of a female who had fallen down a cliff at Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu) in Hana. A fire crew and an ambulance from Hana responded, along with the rescue company from Kahului who responded via the department’s Air 1 helicopter. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the patient …

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Missing MCCC Pre-Trial Detainee Troy Diego Arrested

The Maui Police Department has confirmed that Troy Diego was arrested at 2 p.m. on Monday. He is the second of two pre-trial detainees who escaped from the Maui Community Correctional Center on Sunday.   The other inmate, Barret Paman, turned himself in to MPD, shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday. According to the Department of Public Safety, it is believed …

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