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Construction Activities Lead to Limited Parking at Kahului Airport

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division alerts travelers of limited parking spaces at Kahului Airport (OGG) due to construction of the new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility and the public parking lot reconstruction. HDOT encourages travelers to arrive early to find parking, get dropped off at the airport, carpool, or schedule another method of transportation. In an effort to …

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Teen hiker rescued out of La Perouse, Makena

At 5:16 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, emergency crews in South Maui were called to La Perouse Bay in Makena for a 16 year old female hiker having trouble breathing. At around 6 p.m. rescue crews on board the fire department’s Air-1 helicopter located the teenager, along with two females and a male on the Hoapili Trail, also known …

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UPDATE: Two people found unresponsive in waters off Keawakapu Beach

At approximately 4:50 p.m. this afternoon, Maui firefighters responded to reports of two people found floating and unresponsive on the south end of Keawakapu Beach in Kihei. They were both reportedly found very close to shore and brought on to dry land by other beachgoers. Ladder 14 (Wailea) and Engine 6 (Kihei) responded. Upon arrival, crews found bystanders performing CPR …

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Woman Rescued After Falling Off Trail on Moloka’i

At approximately 1:50 p.m. this afternoon, Moloka’i firefighters responded to reports of a female party missing in the area of the Kalaupapa lookout located in Pala’au State Park. A friend of the 59-year-old woman reportedly happened upon her dog and vehicle parked near the lookout with no sign of the woman. At that point, responders were called to search. Engine …

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Native Hawaiian Advocacy Group Explores Lawsuit Against Chicago Based Business “Aloha Poke”

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), an influential Native Hawaiian advocacy organization, began exploring legal options against Chicago-based business Aloha Poke Company for its exploitation of Native Hawaiian language and using legal threats against Native Hawaiian business owners who prepare the cultural dish. Poke, a staple dish in the Hawaiian culture, literally means to cut crosswise into pieces. Typically …

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First Large-Scale Renewable Project on Moloka‘i Approved

The Public Utilities Commission has approved the first grid-scale solar and battery energy storage project to be built on Moloka‘i. The 2.64-megawatt project, including a 3-MW battery energy storage system, will be owned and operated by Moloka‘i New Energy Partners, which will sell electricity to Maui Electric Company. It is expected to be in service by the end of 2019. …

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State licensure program guards against unqualified Home Care Agencies

Beginning Aug. 10, 2018, the Hawai‘i Department of Health will require all Home Care Agencies to apply for licensure by the state. Many Hawai‘i seniors prefer to live in their own homes and age in place but may need some assistance with daily activities to do so. Home Care Agencies provide personal care, homemaker assistance, or respite care for seniors …

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Entangled Whale Shark freed off Lanai

A juvenile whale shark that was entangled with heavy rope in recent weeks has been freed. On Sunday a group of free divers located the whale shark off Kaunolū, Lānaʻi and after five dives were able to successfully help cut the line. The whale shark was in approximately 30 to 40 feet water but appeared very calm during the disentanglement …

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MFD: Firefighters stop forward progress of Kanaio Brush Fire

Crews have made significant progress in controlling this fire. While the fire has not been officially declared “contained”, crews have been able to stop its progress and are working on cooling hot spots and securing the perimeter. At this time there are still no threats to area homes, and the cause of the fire has not been determined. There are …

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New budget center publishes primer on Hawaii state budget

Hawai‘i has a new resource to help make better budget and tax policy decisions, coming online at a critical time in light of recent and upcoming events in Washington. According to recent federal government reports, 2018 federal tax reforms have resulted in a 33% drop in receipts from corporate taxes and an annual budget deficit that is growing faster than …

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