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Rep. Souki Resigns as Speaker of the House of Representatives

Representative Joseph M. Souki has resigned as Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives effective immediately. Souki was re-elected as Speaker of the House in January 2013. He previously served as Speaker from 1993 to 1999, and Speaker Emeritus from 2000 to 2013. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Finance, and most recently as Chair of the …

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Presentations set on proposed restrictions on polystyrene food service containers

The Maui County Council has scheduled a special council meeting on Monday, May 8 at 9 a.m. to receive testimony and presentations on the proposed restrictions on polystyrene food service containers, Council Chair Mike White announced today. The council will consider Bill 127 (2016), which would restrict the use or sale of polystyrene food service containers in the County of …

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Hawaii Firearm Permits & Registrations Increase in 2016

The Department of the Attorney General released its annual report today detailing statewide and county firearm registration statistics for calendar year 2016. A total of 21,408 personal firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2016, marking an 8.4% increase from the tally in 2015. Of the applications processed in 2016, 95.7% (20,488) were approved and resulted in issued permits; 2.8% …

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Maui Police launch their 2017 Cinco de Mayo traffic enforcement campaign

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festivals and alcohol consumption.  Historically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.  But present-day celebrations often lead to drunk driving—and there’s no victory in that.  Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and when you drive drunk, you run …

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Makawao man arrested and charged with selling drugs to kids from King K

On Monday, May 1, 2017 at about 9:05 a.m., Juvenile Crime Prevention Division and Criminal Intelligence officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Makawao.   As a result of the search, illegal drugs, to include hash oil and marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia associated with the distribution of narcotics were recovered. The warrant was obtained after information was …

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Vendor Applications due May 31st for Upcoming Made in Maui County Festival

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce are reminding businesses interested in participating as a Product Vendor or Food Truck Vendor in the 4th Annual Made in Maui County Festival that the deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Considered the largest products show in Maui County, this year’s event will be held at …

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Superintendent Raises Alarms Over ’13 Reasons Why’

State of Hawai`i Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi issued a letter to parents and guardians Tuesday raising concerns over the popular, yet controversial, Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” The series, based on a 2007 book by the same name authored by Jay Asher, outlines the reasons behind the suicide of a high school student, including serious subjects such as …

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Kepaniwai Park Closed During West Alu Road Waterline Work

Kepaniwai Park will be closed starting today (Tuesday, May 2) while the Department of Water Supply performs utility work on West Alu Road. The work will last until Wednesday, May 10, during which time the park will remain closed to the public as restrooms and drinking water will not be available. Both residents and tourists are asked to stay out …

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Maui Brewing Company awarded as National Small Businesses Persons of the Year

The best in the country, a Hawaii couple awarded as National Small Businesses Persons of the Year. Years of hard work and dedication are paying off for Garrett Marrero, president and CEO of Maui Brewing Company. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon honored him Monday with the National Small Business Person of the Year Award. “You work hard everyday to provide …

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