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Island Air focuses on assisting employees

While Island Air today focused on completing its scheduled flights and serving its passengers, the airline has been working to connect its team members with prospective employers as the company prepares to cease operations at midnight tonight. Island Air officials have been in communication with businesses around the state that have expressed interest in assisting the employees. In addition, Island …

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Haleakala National Park initiates their inaugural “Slow Down For Nene” campaign

Nēnē breeding season has arrived, which means the endangered birds are more active along Crater Road in Haleakalā National Park. Because the road bisects native shrubland, where nēnē feed and nest, the birds are especially vulnerable to being killed by cars. To protect the nēnē, which are found in Hawai`i and nowhere else on earth, park staff have installed traffic …

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UH Maui College research finds that food preservatives kill beneficial bacteria found in humans

University of Hawai‘i Maui College students Emily Graham, Ashley Malek and Adriel Robidoux, chemistry lecturer Dr. Peter Fisher, and microbiology and genetics professor and lead researcher Dr. Sally V. Irwin, published a study on the effects of a common food preservative on beneficial bacteria that are found in fermented foods and the human gut. The study focused on beneficial or …

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Hawaiian Airlines to Honor Island Air Tickets

Hawaiian Airlines is working quickly to provide flight relief for travelers who have been displaced by the shutdown of Island Air operations. Starting Nov. 11 through 17, Island Air guests holding a confirmed reservation to/from/via Honolulu, Oʻahu (HNL); Kahului, Maui (OGG); Kona, Hawai‘i Island (KOA); and Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i (LIH) can standby for Coach Class seating on Hawaiian’s regularly scheduled flights …

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Island Air to take its last flight after 37 years of service to Hawaii due to legal pressures

Hawaii Island Air, Inc. (Island Air) announced today it will be closing operations as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017. As a result of this announcement, all Island Air passengers must make alternative arrangements for interisland transportation, effective this Saturday, November 11, 2017. Earlier this month, Island Air was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an …

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The National Park Service to waive entrance fees for the Veteran’s Day weekend

On November 11-12, 2017, Haleakalā National Park will waive entrance fees for all park visitors. The waiver is part of the National Park Service commemoration of Veterans and Veteran’s Day. Although entrance fees will be waived, a sunrise reservation is still needed for anyone wishing to enter Haleakalā National Park between 3am and 7am. The National Park Service has strong …

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Arakawa Changes Course, Now Running for Kahului Council Seat

MAUIWatch has learned that Alan Arakawa sent an email to supporters Tuesday announcing his intentions to seek the Kahului seat on the Maui County Council. The seat will be vacated by Don Guzman who has already announced his intentions to run for Maui Mayor. In May Maui Mayor Arakawa announced his candidacy for the statewide office of Lieutenant Governor. The …

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Coast Guard Responds to Report of Disabled Ocean Rowboat off Maui

The Coast Guard responded to a report of a disabled ocean rowboat with one person aboard approximately 35 miles northeast of Maui, Tuesday. Ruihn Yu, a 32-year-old male Chinese national, was conducting a trans-Pacific voyage from Richmond, California, to China and Taiwan in his 18-foot vessel when he experienced communication failures as well as a damaged rudder. The Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry …

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California Man Pulled from Waters off West Maui

Emergency crews in West Maui responded to a person pulled from the ocean fronting the sands of Kahana Condominium on Lower Honoapiilani Road Tuesday afternoon. At 2:37 p.m., a police officer arrived at the scene 2 minutes later and took over CPR from bystanders on the beach. Paramedics and firefighters arrived shortly after and continued with advanced life-saving measures. The male …

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Suspect in Kahului Car Wash Robbery Arrested

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, 22-year-old Cy Ribucan of Makawao was arrested and charged with the offense(s) of Robbery in the First Degree and Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle. Ribucan was wanted in connection with an incident that occurred on June 26, 2016 at the Wiki Wai Car Wash in Kahului when a suspect assaulted a driver and stole …

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