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Coast Guard urges caution to mariners, beachgoers ahead of Hilda impacting Hawaiian Islands

The public is advised to use extreme caution and prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to generate severe sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the main Hawaiian Islands prior to the arrival of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hilda. “While Tropical Storm Guillermo had little impact on Hawaii we remain vigilant as hurricanes are unpredictable and can intensify quickly or change …

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Vehicle decals now OK if not obstructing view

A new Maui County ordinance allows the placement of signs, posters and nontransparent materials on vehicle side windows and rear windows that don’t obstruct the driver’s view of the road, Councilmember Elle Cochran announced today. Traffic Ordinance 413.342 took effect Sunday after being approved by the council on Friday. The measure was introduced by Cochran as a response to constituents …

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Makawao Town Pharmacy robbed in afternoon incident

A reported robbery occurred at approximately 12:45 PM at the Makawao Town Pharmacy at 1120 Makawao Ave. The suspected male was described as Filipino, 20-30 years old, wearing a black hat and a red bandana. The caller also said they seen a black handgun. Witnesses on scene say the suspect was looking for oxycodone. Police are on scene investigating. We …

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Suspect presented FAKE Federal Badge in shooting incident

Above is a photo of the actual badge that Raymond HODGE had in his possession during the time of the incident. The U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcment has confirmed that this is fake and does not resemble their agency’s badge. All official Law Enforcement badges will have the name of the County, State or Federal agency on it. Contact police …

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Police are requesting assistance in a Theft case

On 08/08/2015, a male suspect was arresed for theft at a business after he exited the building without making any attempt to pay for merchandise he concealed in his back pack. The male suspect was given merchandise that was selected by another male and female couple. The couple left the business without being identified after the male suspect was detained …

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Bath & Body Works to open at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center today announced national retailer Bath & Body Works will open a store at the center this fall. The location at Hawaii’s largest shopping center outside of O‘ahu will be the first in the Neighbor Islands for the brand, one of the leading specialty retailers of personal care products and home fragrance. The store will offer customers access …

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Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Reject NextEra-HECO Merger in Current Form

Hawaii Consumer Advocate Jeffrey Ono believes that the proposed $4.3 billion NextEra Energy, Inc. merger with Hawaiian Electric Industries is not in the public interest. Ono filed testimony with the state Public Utilities Commission and issued a press release saying that NextEra has overstated the potential benefits of the merger for consumers. “As proposed, the commission should reject the proposed transaction because …

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Pakalolo and Profits: Hawaii’s Emerging Medical Marijuana Industry

Michael Irish is a longtime Oahu businessman best known as CEO of Diamond Head Seafood Wholesale and Keoki’s Lau Lau. But next year, he may be involved in a different industry — growing marijuana and selling it at Hawaii’s newly legalized medical cannabis dispensaries. Three weeks ago, the owner of nine kimchi and four sauce companies registered a new limited …

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Water Service Restored in Kihei, Haiku

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) today announced that repairs to waterline breaks in North Kihei and Haiku were repaired and service restored in both areas. Crews worked continuously on the North Kihei break on an 18” waterline from early Saturday morning through 12:30 a.m. Monday, when the repair was completed and water was turned back on. In Haiku, water …

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Keopuolani shooting suspect identified

The deceased in the incident at Keopuolani Park on Wednesday, August 5th,2015 has been identified as Raymond HODGE, a 39 year old male. INITIAL PRESS RELEASE: Preliminary investigation indicates that on 08/05/15 at about 08:54 p.m., officer responded to a suspicious activity complaint at the Keopuolani Park, Kahului. Officers arrived on scene about 08:57 p.m. and approached an adult male …

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