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UPDATE: H5 Redemption Centers Reopens

UPDATE: As of 1 p.m. today, Jan. 18, all HI5 redemption centers operated by Aloha Recycling will be reopening. This includes the four County HI5 redemption center locations in Kihei, Makawao, Haiku, at UH Maui College and also at Aloha Recycling’s’ private facility in Kahului across from Island Grocery Depot. County drop boxes will continue to accept nonrefundable items such …

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Mom says 5-year-old left with dad, whose whereabouts are now unknown

Police are asking for assistance in locating five-year-old Helene Andaya. Helene was last known to be with her father Corey Leong after spending the weekend with him. Her mother filed a report on January 15, 2018, after Corey failed to return Helene home. Corey and his wife Star Kemfort have not been able to be contacted and their whereabouts are …

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What you need to know if you didn’t receive Saturday’s emergency alert

If you didn’t receive the emergency alert Saturday on your phone, you’re not alone.  While many across the state received the warning, others didn’t find out about the scare until that evening. University of Hawaii technology expert Brian Chee, says more than 100 wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint volunteer to participate in the Wireless Emergency Alerts Program. “Authorized …

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Marriott Beach Activity Center Damaged in Friday Night Blaze

On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at 9:40 p.m., fire crews in West Maui responded to a structure fire at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club on Nohea Kai Drive in Kaanapali. At 9:48 p.m. firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from within a beach activity kiosk building next to the beachwalk near the shoreline. Firefighters had the fire under …

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Entangled Humpback Whale Freed off Maui

On Friday, January 12, 2018, an entangled adult humpback whale was freed by a team of trained responders off Makena Beach, Maui. The animal was trailing more than 285 feet of 3/8 braided line from its mouth. All gear was successfully removed and recovered. Gear will be analyzed towards determining its possible origins and trying to reduce entanglement threat in …

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FCC: Hawaii had no safeguards to prevent FALSE alert

Yesterday, a false alert of an imminent missile attack was broadcast to the homes and cellphones of the residents of Hawaii using the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.  These public/private partnerships allow federal, state, and local officials (in this case, Hawaii state authorities) to send alerts regarding public safety emergencies.  Chairman Pai issued the following statement: “The false …

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7.3-magnitude quake near Peru, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

At about 11:19 PM HST, a magnitude 7.3 quake struck near the coast of Central Peru. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake. However, based on all available data there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

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Hawaii emergency officials release timeline of false ballistic missile alert

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there was no ballistic missile threat and there were no computer hacks to the HI-EMA system. The cause of the false alarm was human error. The following is a synopsis of what occurred: Approx. 8:05 a.m. – A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved …

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Officials: NO Missile Alert for Hawaii

This morning, radios, phones, and televisions across the state indicated a missile threat to Hawaii. According to officials with the Civil Defense, it was a confirmed ERROR. According to a release by Maui’s Emergency Management Agency: While conducting a regular test of the Emergency Broadcast System, an error was made. There is no threat to Maui County from Ballistic Missiles …

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Coast Guard seeks public’s help identifying owner of found kayak off Maliko Gulch

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an unmanned green kayak found on the rocks in the vicinity of Maliko Gulch, Maui, Friday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, launched to search the area. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to …

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