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Police: Assistance Requested in IDing Unclaimed Bodies

The Maui Police Department currently has five unclaimed bodies at the forensic facility. Officials are requesting assistance in contacting family members of the deceased. If the bodies go unclaimed in a reasonable amount of time, they will be cremated. Name: John Doe (unknown) Date of Death: 04/23/17 Height: Undetermined Weight: 35 lbs. Eyes: Undetermined Hair: Undetermined Identifying marks: None Body …

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State of Hawaii files Supreme Court Brief on the merits of the travel ban case

Today Hawaii filed its brief on the merits before the United States Supreme Court in Hawaii v. Trump. The Trump Administration filed its opening Supreme Court brief on the merits on August 10, 2017. Hawaii’s brief states in part: On March 6, 2017, the President issued an executive order that exceeds his authority under the immigration laws and transgresses the …

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Coast Guard Saves Six People off Maui

The United States Coast Guard rescued six people from a 27-foot vessel taking on water off Maui Saturday.  Coast Guard Station Maui launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. took the Makali’i in a stern tow and the crew aboard. They were safely towed to Kihei boat ramp where a post search and rescue boarding revealed no violations. “This crew did everything …

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PDC Technology Provides Information as Irma Nears Florida

Hurricane Irma strengthened and is expected to strike South Florida and the Keys on Sunday. Working with local, state and federal emergency managers, the science advisors and disaster response experts at the Pacific Disaster Center express grave concern about its potential devastation. The University of Hawai‘i applied research center, is working around the clock with FEMA and Florida Emergency Management professionals …

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State Land Board Approves Boating Rule Changes

The Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday approved amendments to a wide range of state boating rules intended to improve management of state small boat harbors and ocean recreation-related activities in state waters. “This extensive rule package contains modifications to multiple rule provisions that we have wanted to make for many years,” says Ed Underwood, Division of Boating …

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Hana Landfill Closure Anticipated Due to Staffing Deficiency

The Hana Landfill will close at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 16. Officials at the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, say the closure is a result of insufficient staffing. A statement from the department on Friday noted, “The closures are necessary for the department to ensure safe operations and to meet the minimum …

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Maui Educators Honored with DOE ‘Excellence Award of Merit’

The Hawai`i State Department of Education named its 2017 Employee and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their special and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawai`i.   “Each of our awardees is motivated by a profound dedication to our students and they have performed outstanding work at our schools,” said Dr. Christina Kishimoto, HIDOE …

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DOE: School Bus Routes Continue to be Restored

The Hawai`i State Department of Education reports that progress is being made by school bus contractors to address the current shortage of Commercial Driver Licensed drivers on Maui and Kauai qualified to operate school buses.   On Friday the DOE issed the latest updates are as follows: On Maui, two Iao Intermediate bus routes have been restored this week, serving …

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7-Eleven Latest DOH ‘Choose Healthy Now’ Partner

The Department of Health has launched its Choose Healthy Now campaign in all 7-Eleven Hawai`i locations throughout the state. 7-Eleven is the department’s newest partner in the campaign, increasing consumer access to healthier foods and beverages and highlighting these better choices in some of the most visible areas of their 64 stores. First Lady Dawn Ige honored 7-Eleven for their participation in the state’s …

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DOE: 2017-18 Enrollment Figures Released

Hawai`i’s public and charter schools saw a slight decrease in enrollment for a total of 179,255 for school year 2017-18 compared to 179,902 last year. This year, Hawai`i State Department of Education schools enrolled 168,095 students (down 1,173 from last year), and charter schools saw an increase of enrollment with 11,160 students (up 526 from last year) and the addition …

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