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Hawaiian Airlines to Waive Change Fees for Customers Affected by Hurricane Jose

Hawaiian Airlines will waive reservation change fees for customers traveling on Hawaiian Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines’ codeshare flights to/from/via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) between Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. The change fee waiver applies to affected customers subject to the following conditions: • Ticket was issued on/before Sept. 19, 2017. …

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State Slates Public Meeting Ahead of Lahaina Harbor Dredging

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting to explain to Maui boaters and community the project scope and planned fall schedule for maintenance dredging at Lahaina Harbor and Mala Boat Ramp. DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation staff will accept input/comments on current shoaling conditions, and answer questions. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, …

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Ross Dress for Less to Open a New Store in Kihei

Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) will open a new store in Kihei on October 6, 2017. The 19,200 square foot Kihei store is located in Piilani Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Piilani Highway and Piikea Avenue. This new location will increase the store count to 20 in Hawaii. The opening is part of the retailer’s 2017 proposed expansion …

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Suspicious monk seal death investigated on Molokai

The federal government is investigating what it calls a suspicious monk seal death on Molokai. An administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the seal died about a month ago. NOAA would not confirm where the seal died and it wouldn’t say why the case is considered suspicious. Neither NOAA nor the state Department of Land and Natural …

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No Tsunami Threat Following 7.1M Mexico Earthquake

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no threat of a tsunami to Hawai`i following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred about three miles east-northeast of Raboso, Mexico. PTWC reports that the quake occurred at about 7:15 a.m. at a depth of 51 km. The epicenter is 75 miles southeast of Mexico City.

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Brush Fire Scorches Two Acres near Lahainaluna High School

West Maui fire crews responded to a brush fire near the Lahainaluna High School campus just before 1 p.m. on Monday. According to the Maui Fire Department, multiple callers reported viewing the smoke from the Lahaina bypass. Upon arrival firefighters found about an acre of dry grass and brush burning in a vacant lot above the school’s football field. The …

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Dr. Gavin Uchida named State of Hawaii DOH Dental Director

Gavin Uchida, DDS, MBA has been named dental director for the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) to lead programs that improve the oral health of adults and children across the state, including those in medically underserved communities. The dental director position and long-standing oral health programs were eliminated in 2009 because of budget restrictions in the wake of the …

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Maui’s Kason Gomes wins the 2017 Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i Falsetto Competition, Edward Juan runner up

The Festivals Of Aloha 16th Annual Richard Hoʻopiʻi Leo Kiʻekiʻe Hawaiian Falsetto Contest took place Saturday Sept16 at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Contestants included Makana Arce of Molokaʻi, Walter Kalani Librando-Souza of Maui, Edward Juan of Maui, Pj Kaawa of Oahu and Kason Gomes of Maui. Our judges were Kaiolohia Funes Smith, Kapulanakehau Tamure, Cody Pueo Pata, Ku’ulei Alcomindras-Palakiko and Kiope Raymond. …

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MFD Responds to Small Kahului Brush Fire

Firefighters responded to a small grass fire starting up near the intersection of Pakaula Street and the Airport Access Road Sunday afternoon. A Kahului engine and water tanker arrived on scene at 2:36 p.m. and found a strip of grass 10 feet wide and 300 feet long burning on the south shoulder of the Airport Access Road fronting the Panda …

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Kihei Brush Fire Scorches 5 Acres on Saturday

South Maui fire crews responded to a brush fire that scorched around 5 acres on the mauka side of Piilani Highway near Kaonoulu Street on Saturday. Kihei firefighters were on scene at 2:48 p.m. and found about a half-acre of brush on fire. Crews from Wailea also arrived to assist in battling the fire that was spreading quickly. MFD’s Air-1 …

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