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POLL RESULTS: Charge em! (For the Rescue)

It seems that rescues on Maui have become frequent but to no one’s surprise, frequent during times of dangerous flash flooding. Maui has ‘dodged the bullet’ with 3 hurricanes in the Central Pacific at the same time. Although the State didn’t sustain a direct hit, the effects of these storms brought downpours that triggered flash flooding around the island. These …

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Woman found unresponsive at D.T. Flemings Beach

On 09/11/15, at about 01:04 p.m., Officers were dispatched to D.T. Flemings Beach, Kapalua, for an unresponsive adult female. The victim was found floating in the ocean south of Honolua Bay by Teralani Vessel crew members and initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Lifeguards met with the Teralani Vessel and transported the victim to shore utilizing a jet ski. Medics and Fire …

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2 Maui High football players hospitalized with heatstroke

After practicing in extreme heat a few days ago, two football players from Maui High School were hospitalized for heat exhaustion. MAUIWatch received the following message through our anonymous tip line on Friday 9/11: “Our friend’s son is on the JV football team at Maui High School. The JV coach is hardcore and constantly pushing the kids and his style …

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Lahainaluna Principal taking heat for ‘not-so’ welcoming speech

Almost a month ago, parents and students sent MAUIWatch video of a ‘not-so’ welcoming speech of Principal Emily DeCosta at Lahainaluna High School. The message to MAUIWatch: “I request to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. I sent the below message to the state superintendent, deputy superintendent, Maui super superintendent and various other media emails. It is email between myself and …

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Maui Gives State Utility Regulators an Earful on NextEra Deal

More than 200 people filled an elementary school cafeteria Friday evening to take three-minute turns telling the state Public Utilities Commission what they think about the proposed $4.3 billion sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to NextEra Energy. The turnout in and of itself was significant, on such a balmy night and the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend. Plus, …

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Scheduled Maui Power Outages for Mon Sept 14, 2015

In an effort to upgrade and improve the electrical service Maui Electric provides to the East Maui community, electrical service to customers in the Nāhiku, Ke‘anae, Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua areas will be interrupted, weather permitting, as follows: Ke‘anae Substation Upgrade Project Date: Monday, September 14, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Areas affected: Nāhiku, Ke‘anae, Peahi, Huelo and …

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National Suicide Prevention Week Raises Awareness-Maui

To increase awareness about suicide prevention resources and support available to families, communities in Hawaii and across the nation are collaborating to host events during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7-13. The week marks the days leading up to and after World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. This year’s national theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and …

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Two hikers rescued after flash flood in Waihee Valley

At 12:48 p.m. today, fire rescue crews responded to a pair of hikers trapped by flash floods in the Waihee Valley. A relative of the hikers called emergency dispatchers that the pair was trapped near a canal above the ‘Swinging Bridges’ section of the stream. Wailuku firefighters arrived on scene at 1:05 p.m. and confirmed the hiker’s vehicle was parked …

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MECO provides Kahului Outage and Restoration Update

At about 1 p.m. today, September 3, approximately 871 customers in the Kahului area lost power when lightning struck a utility pole near H.P. Baldwin High School on Kaahumanu Avenue. All customers were restored by 1:20 p.m. With possible thunderstorms forecasted for Maui, or in the event of a power outage, Maui Electric advises to please unplug all unnecessary electric …

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Maui County Hires Firm to Study Utility Options

Maui has hired an Oklahoma-based firm to study utility options for the community to give it a better sense of whether the proposed $4.3 billion sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to NextEra Energy is in the county’s best interest. Guernsey, an engineering, architectural and consulting company, was awarded a $70,000 contract to do the study by mid-October. “We have the natural …

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