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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Website Launches

Attorney General Doug Chin and the State of Hawaii’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Multi-Disciplinary Team has announced the launch of a new website under Project Mālama Kākou. Project Mālama Kākou was created as a result of Act 207 (2016), which brought together a statewide multidisciplinary team of victim service providers, crime lab personnel, police officials, and prosecutors to comprehensively reform …

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Coast Guard suspends search for missing Celebration solo-sailor in South Pacific

The Coast Guard suspended the active search Thursday for a solo-sailor aboard the 36-foot sailing vessel Celebration last reported 1,800 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Richard Carr, 71, remains missing. “Mr. Carr had a deep passion for sailing and was on a very long and arduous voyage,” said Capt. Robert Hendrickson, chief of response, Coast Guard 14th District. “Our thanks …

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Governor signs heat abatement bill to expedite cooling public school classrooms

Gov. David Ige signed HB 957 (Act 57) – authorizing the Department of Education to borrow money, interest-free, from the Hawai‘i Green Infrastructure Loan Program for heat abatement measures in Hawai‘i’s public school classrooms. This will expedite the cooling of classrooms across the state while decreasing energy usage and electricity costs. “I ordered the cooling of 1,000 public school classrooms …

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Police Request Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Person

The Maui Police Department is asking for assistance in locating 46-year-old Richard Hatton who was reported missing on 06/22/17. Hatton is described as 6′ tall, 250 lbs with blue/green eyes and short brown hair. He was last seen on 06/21/17 at the Napili Surf Resort in Napili. Hatton is operating a white 2007 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck with Hawaii license …

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Haiku Man Has Close Encounter With Shark

One Maui Fisherman has a whale – actually it’s a shark of a tale to tell. Nick Wakida – has a passion for kayak fishing and it NEARLY came back to bite him. “Out of the corner of my eye I could see an object just kind of racing up towards me and by the time i saw it, it …

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Governor names attorney Lee Ohigashi to fill Maui County seat on LUC

Gov. David Ige today announced the nomination of Mr. Lee A. Ohigashi to the Maui County seat on the State Land Use Commission (LUC) for a term beginning June 21, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate. Ohigashi lives with his wife in Wailuku where he operates a private law practice emphasizing …

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Alexander & Baldwin partners with TerViva on energy crop project in Central Maui

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) (NYSE: ALEX) and TerViva today announced plans to cultivate pongamia on 250 acres of former sugar plantation lands in Central Maui. Pongamia is a highly productive energy crop with great potential to address Hawaii’s need for renewable fuels, bioenergy, and diversified agriculture. Native to Asia and introduced to Hawaii over 100 years ago, pongamia grows …

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Lobster sandwich coming to McDonald’s of Hawaii

McDonald’s of Hawaii will soon be adding a classic East Coast sandwich to its menu. The Lobster Roll debuts in island stores starting June 28. It’s made with 100 percent real North Atlantic lobster and served on a toasted roll. It’s a limited-time-only offering which will end in July or while supplies last.

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Parties dismiss lawsuit in advance of transition of Maui Hospitals to Kaiser

Yesterday, June 19, 2017, the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), the State of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) jointly agreed to dismiss a lawsuit regarding benefits for employees at the Maui Region HHSC hospitals. This lawsuit was filed in August 2016 to block implementation of a new law that provided a choice of either a severance payment or …

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Members of Congress Sue Trump Administration for Violation of Foreign Emoluments Clause

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, announced today their lawsuit against President Trump to enforce the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution dealing with gifts or benefits the President, or other Administration officials, might receive from foreign governments and businesses. The lawsuit would give Congress the authority to vote on, and …

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