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Structure Fire Causes $350K in Damage at Valley Isle Fitness

On Wednesday at approximately 8:31 p.m. Maui Fire Department crews responded to a working structure fire at the Valley Isle Fitness located at 2850 Kekaa Drive in Kaanapli. An employee had reportedly discovered the fire on the lower level of the two story unit. The employee alerted employees and patrons on both levels and called 9-1-1. All employees and patrons …

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Hawai`i’s Unemployment Rate Remained at 2.1 Percent in July

The Hawai`i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations on Thursday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 2.1 percent, the same as in June. Statewide, 673,350 were employed and 14,350 unemployed in July for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 687,700. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July, compared to 4.0 …

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MPD Officer Injured While Responding to Abuse Case

On Wednesday at about 1 p.m., officers of the Maui Police Department’s Wailuku Patrol Division were responding to a report of a domestic abuse near the Kula Fire Station, located at 50 Calasa Rd. While responding to the case, information was received stating that the male offender of the domestic abuse had fled the Kula area in a blue truck …

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Police Seeks Witnesses in Collision Involving MPD Vehicle

Maui Police Department investigators are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a motor vehicle collision involving a police vehicle. The incident occurred on Kula Highway at the intersection with Lower Kula Road, also known as Skid Row. Police say the collision took place on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Anyone who may have witnessed the …

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HC&S Worker Reportedly Electrocuted While Fixing Power Line

Maui Police Department Kahului patrol officers were assigned to North Firebreak Road off of Haleakala Highway in Kahului to investigate a report that an HC&S worker was electrocuted while fixing a power line just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers found a 61-year-old male unresponsive. Authorities say an AED was used on the victim however the victim remained …

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Hiker Rescue Near Makamaka’ole Gulch

At 5:53 p.m. on Monday, Maui firefighters responded to reports of a hiker in distress on the makai side of Kahekili Highway at Makamaka’ole Gulch. Engine 1 (Wailuku) and Rescue 10 (Kahului) on Air 1 responded. On scene, Engine 1 personnel hiked down a trail to assess the situation. Crews found a 44-year-old male who apparently made it down to …

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Maui Women Send a Message in 2018 Primary

The 2018 Maui primary showed that the new strength and viability of women candidates for local and state offices offered more than a few moments of drama and surprise. The surprise finish of the evening was the strong showing by Tasha Kama in the Kahului council seat race, where she topped three-term Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa by a margin of …

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County Re-launches Junk Vehicles Disposal Assistance Program

The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management is re-launching the Junk Vehicles Disposal Assistance Program on September 4, 2018. Under this program, residents will be able to dispose of one vehicle per year at no charge. Owners will be required to register their vehicles as “Permanently Junked” with the Department of Motor Vehicles and Licensing and deliver their vehicles …

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DOH requires food handlers certification for all food establishments statewide

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) Sanitation Branch, which successfully launched the state’s color-coded placard system, is reminding all food establishments statewide of regulations that require existing and new permit holders to complete a food handlers education course approved by the department. The new requirement became effective Sept. 2, 2017 and will be enforced beginning Sept. 4, 2018, as the …

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