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UPDATE: All customers restored after metallic balloon causes outage

Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that all customers are restored after a metallic balloon came across electrical lines along Wakea Avenue. When the balloon made contact with the lines it caused the electrical frequency on the system to drop suddenly and caused a “load shed” or when various parts of the island automatically experience an outage …

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Big Island quake: What you need to know about potential tsunami threats

5:33am… and the earth moved just off the Big Island. At essentially the same time.. Computer screens lit up at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Scientists have critical decisions to make. Is it big enough to cause damage? Could it cause a tsunami? “They see this information available. They use their judgment and when the perimeters look good enough the …

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Successful rescue for Coast Guard aircrew off Molokai

The Coast Guard rescued a mariner in distress near the Kalaupapa Lighthouse off Molokai early Friday morning, less than 12 hours after rescuing six boaters from a grounded sailing vessel off Oahu. A Coast Guard MH-65 dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the 52-year-old man from his homemade 22-foot fiberglass vessel the Harmony B. “We are …

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Hawaiian Airlines to waive change fees for customers traveling in California due to adverse weather

Hawaiian Airlines will waive reservation change fees and differences in fares for customers traveling on its California flights through tomorrow due to adverse weather forecasted for the region. Effective immediately, guests holding tickets for travel on Hawaiian Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines codeshare flights to/from/via Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose today and tomorrow will be …

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Jeanne Skog stepping down as President & CEO of MEDB

Jeanne Unemori Skog announced today that she will be stepping down as President & CEO of Maui Economic Development Board at the end of June 2017. Leslie Wilkins, MEDB’s current Vice President, will succeed her. Ned Davis, Chair of MEDB’s Board of Directors expressed the Board’s appreciation, “We owe Jeanne Skog a great debt of gratitude for her 33 years …

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Injured Visitor Airlifted from Commando Hike

At 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, fire crews responded to the Commando Hike near mile marker 6 of the Hana Highway, for a male injured after he jumped from a waterfall and was not able to move. At 3:36 p.m. firefighters met with the victim’s friends at the trailhead on Hana Highway. They learned that the victim was stranded …

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Maui residents woken by early morning quake

An earthquake occurred this morning at about 5:34 AM, approximately 55.5 miles SSE off Kihei.  The magnitude 4.5 earthquake registered just offshore from Kawaihae on the Big Island.   EVALUATION NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED. HOWEVER, SOME AREAS MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED SHAKING.

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Maui Rep. Ing calls for UH Administration Consolidation

Representative Kaniela Ing, a member of the House Higher Education Committee, responded to University of Hawaii President David Lassner’s decision to end the search for a Chancellor of the University of Hawaii – Manoa campus with a call to consolidate the administrative offices. Ing stated that regardless of what Lassner intended, his decision to cease the search for a new …

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Made in Maui County Festival vendor applications now available

The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today that Product Vendor and Food Truck applications are now available for the 4th Annual Made in Maui County Festival. Considered the largest products show in Maui County, the event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on …

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Molokai Burger Damaged in Late Night Fire

At 11:19 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017, Molokai firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the area of Kamehameha V Highway and Kaunakakai Place. Firefighters were on scene 3 minutes later and found heavy smoke coming from the building of the Molokai Burger restaurant at 20 Kamehameha V Highway. Crews entered the building and found active flames burning …

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