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DOH: High Bacteria Count at Hanakaoo Beach

The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at Hanakaoo Beach in Lahaina. Levels of 178 per 100 mL have been detected during routine beach monitoring. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program. The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful …

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Governor Ige appoints Troy Hashimoto to Maui House seat, replacing long-time Rep. Joe Souki

Gov. David Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to the Maui House seat previously occupied by former Rep. Joe Souki. Hashimoto has served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011. He was also Maui County Democratic Party chair from 2013 to 2017. In addition, Hashimoto is the owner of TNH Productions, a multi-media organization. Previously, he worked …

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Accident Causes Power Outage Closing Lihikai Elementary School

At around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning, emergency crews responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident that knocked down an electrical pole near Lihikai Elementary School. Electrical service has been restored to a majority of customers in the Kahului area following the accident, however the school lacked power Tuesday morning prior to classes. A State of Hawaii Department …

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MPD to Conduct Enhanced Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement

On Friday, April 20, the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section will be conducting enhanced drug impaired driving enforcement.  The mission of this campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of marijuana impaired driving as well the laws pertaining to drug impaired driving and gain voluntary compliance of all traffic laws in a continued effort to make the roads of Maui …

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Blessing Held for Honoapiilani Highway Realignment Phase 1B-2

The Hawai`i Department of Transportation held a blessing ceremony on Sunday in anticipation of the opening of the latest phase of the Honoapiilani Highway Realignment, Phase 1B-2. Phase 1B-2 constructed 2.7 miles of road from the end of Phase 1B-1 at Hokiokio Place to the realignment’s southern terminus in Olowalu. The newly realigned highway moves the main route into West …

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Maui Natural Area Reserve Still Closed Due to Presence of Sharks

The ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve on Maui’s south shore will remain closed at least until Monday, April 23, due to the continued presence of sharks in the popular snorkeling destination. The NAR has been closed for two weeks, after numerous tiger sharks were spotted, apparently coming close to shore to follow pupping reef sharks. The DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources, …

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Water Break Forces Closure of Lower Honoapiilani Road in West Maui

Lower Honoapiilani Road in West Maui is partly closed due to an 8-inch waterline break, according to officials. The road is open to local traffic only (one lane) from Napilihau Street to Hoohui Road, and completely closed in front of Kahana Sunset. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and follow traffic control. In addition, customers in the area are …

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Fire Rescue Crews Assisted in Ocean and Mountain Rescues Sunday

Napili Ocean Rescue: At 11:13 Sunday morning, lifeguards and firefighters in West Maui responded to Napili Bay for two standup paddle boarders having trouble getting back to shore. Lifeguards on a rescue watercraft spotted the two paddle boarders, along with two snorkelers about 150 yards offshore, and brought four men safely back to the beach. Two men visiting from Wyoming, …

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Maui Police Officer Suing the Department for Discrimination

A Maui police officer is suing the Maui Police Department for “Discrimination and Retaliation” in the workplace. After serving in the Gulf War with the Army, Kelly Pau’ole was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He claims his condition was aggravated after a shooting in 2006. Pau’ole also says that he denied light-duty work and was demoted because of his condition. …

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Rep. Angus McKelvey to boycott the Honoapiilani Highway blessing set for Sunday

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey (West Maui, Mā‘alaea, North Kīhei) has sent a letter to Gov. David Ige and the State Department of Transportation (DOT) spelling out why he will not attend a Blessing Ceremony for the Honoapiilani Highway Realignment project set for this Sunday, April 15. The letter, addressed to Kevin K. Fujii at the DOT Air Protocol Office, reads: …

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