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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

From August 21st to September 7th the Maui Police Department will be participating in a nationwide crackdown on Impaired Drivers. This nationwide campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a joint effort to reduce impaired driving. Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in …

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Update on the Haleakala Protests – Arrests Made

UPDATE from last nights’ protests: On 08/19/15 at 10:00 p.m., Wailuku Patrol Officers were summoned to the Central Maui Baseyard to assist with crowd control and public safety issues involving the Daniel K. INOUYE Solar Telescope (DKIST) transport Project. A representative on behalf of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy initiated the complaint. MAUIWatch has also learned that …

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Haleakala Telescope Protests

A Peaceful Protest is going on in Pukalani and Kahului. They are in the areas of Haleakala Highway at Old Haleakala Highway in Pukalani and Mokulele Highway fronting the Central Maui Base-yard in Kahului. This is for the telescope transport of parts and supplies to the summit of Haleakala National Park. So far per witnesses, there no reports of disorder …

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Maui County Plans to Post List of Lobbyists Online

In June, Madge Schaefer wanted to know who was registered to lobby government officials on Maui, Lanai and Molokai. She scoured the county Board of Ethics website but struck out, which was somewhat of a surprise given that Honolulu and the state both post their lists of registered lobbyists online. Schaefer gave Maui’s Corporation Counsel a call and was told …

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Kaanapali brushfire update 08.16.15, 4:00 p.m.

The brushfire that started on Friday afternoon above the Kaanapali Resort area was deemed under control today, with 100% containment and no active fire. It has not yet been called extinguished because there are still smoldering areas far enough within the “Black”, that it is of low concern. It’s typical to let those areas cool and snuff themselves out. Also, …

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Man found face down off Molokini

On 08/16/15 at about 9:00 AM, Police responded to Maalaea Harbor to meet with Medics and the Coast Guard for an unresponsive adult male. A vessel, The Odyssey, had taken the victim and other tour group members to the Molokini Crater for a day of snorkeling. The victim was found face down in the water and was taken back on …

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Fire crews finally get upper-hand with Kaanapali brushfire

Firefighters working the brushfire burning since Friday afternoon in Kaanapali, have finally gained the upper-hand. There are presently no active fires burning within the 350 acres already scorched, but there are still smoldering areas of large tree trunks and buried vegetation within the blackened areas. They have decided to demobilize some of the crews and send them back to their …

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Commando Trail hiker airlifted out after found injured from fall

At early dawn Saturday, August 15, 2015, firefighters hiked back in to retrieve a hiker found injured late last night, after an extensive search on the Commando Trail, in the Kailua area of East Maui. At around 6:00 a.m., rescue crews airlifted a 43-year-old Kihei man from high up on the Commando Trail. He was transferred to paramedics standing by …

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Two rescues in Central and East Maui

At 6:16 p.m. this evening, firefighters were called to a hiker unable to cross a stream in the Waihee Valley, in Central Maui. Firefighters responded to the Waihee Elementary School Park to meet with the caller and establish a landing zone for the fire department helicopter. The caller stated his friend texted him that he was trapped from high stream …

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About 120 acres burned above Kaanapali, in West Maui

At 2:49 p.m. this afternoon, firefighters responded to a reported brushfire in the hills above Kaanapali, in West Maui. Callers initially reported the brushfire above the Lahainaluna Road area, but firefighters eventually traced the smoke to the hills above the Kaanapali Resort area. Lahaina fire crews arrived in the area at 3:15 p.m. but were having trouble finding access routes …

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