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Search For Mariner Off Lanai, Update 04/26/15, 6:30 p.m.

On its second day, Maui Fire Department is continuing its search for a Molokai fisherman missing since yesterday morning, off the northwest coast of Lanai. On Friday, April 24, MFD had its Air 1 helicopter searching the shoreline and off-shore waters. Fire department rescue boats from Lahaina and Kaunakakai were also used in the search of the coastline. Because of …

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Waiale Brushfire Prevented From Spreading With Help

At about 1:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, firefighters from Kahului and Kihei were dispatched to a brushfire on Waiale Road in Wailuku. A fire department water tanker from Kahului arrived at 1:53 p.m. and found that two water tankers and a front loader from Goodfellow Brothers Construction were on scene and had stopped the fire’s spread. The fire was called extinguished …

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UPDATE: Coast Guard rescues one, still searching for another off Lanai

The Coast Guard continues searching for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai, Friday. Missing is Ron Ingraham. The Coast Guard rescued Kenny Corder and is still searching for Ingraham after receiving a mayday call over VHF radio channel 16 at 12:12 a.m. from the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin. An …

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Rock & Brews Fire Kept In Check by Fire Sprinkler

At 11:11 a.m. this morning, firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at the Rock & Brews restaurant, at 120 Hana Hwy. in Paia. Paia firefighters were on scene two minutes later and saw light smoke coming from the restaurant. Employees reported hearing a loud pop then saw smoke in the air. Everyone had been evacuated by the time firefighters …

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Governor signs bill, banning use of e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited

The Department of Health applauded Governor Ige, members of the legislature, and partners statewide for passing and signing Act 19 (HB 940), which restricts the use of electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes, in all locations where smoking is illegal. Act 19 upholds the protections created by Hawaii’s very successful Smoke-Free Workplace and Public Places Law, enacted in 2006. The signing …

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5 Acre Brushfire sparked Near Hawaiian Cement In Puunene

At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, fire crews responded to a possible unscheduled sugar cane fire near the Hawaiian Cement plant off Mokulele Hwy. Kahului firefighters arrived about 15 minutes later and found grass and brush on fire off South Firebreak road, next to Hawaiian Cement. The fire was reported by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. security that was patrolling …

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Stranded fishing boat on Koki Beach finally removed

A 40 foot fishing boat that was stranded on April 10 has finally been removed off the shores of Koki beach Thursday. The vessel, MOKULELE, was found rocking back and forth in shallow water, about 20 yards from shore. Two Makawao men, ages 25 and 28, were on board at the time of the mishap. Both swam to shore and …

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Hospitals announce public meetings for cuts in services and positions

After announcing a staggering $28 million dollar budget gap for Fiscal Year 2016, the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation’s (HHSC) Maui Region is organizing public meetings to take public input on the imminent service and position cuts and to start the reduction in force processes. “The Administration’s recent interest in our legislation brings heightened scrutiny at the eleventh hour and some …

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Kahikinui Brushfire Update

A Brush fire began at 12:45 p.m. this afternoon near mile marker 22 of Piilani Hwy., near Kahikinui Homesteads, on the southern slopes of Haleakala. Upon arrival, Kula fire fighters found approximately 2 acres burning with winds blowing 20-25 mph. The fire was declared contained at 1:38 p.m. and extinguished when the last of the crews left the scene at …

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