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Waiehu Heights Home Destroyed in Early Morning Blaze

At approximately 12:42 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Central Dispatch was notified of a possible structure fire at 857 West Kaena Place in the Wai’ehu Heights subdivision. Engine 1 (Wailuku Station), Engine 10 and Rescue 10 (Kahului Station), Engine 14 (Kula Station) and a battalion chief were dispatched to the subject address. Engine 1 arrived on-scene at approximately 12:53 a.m. and …

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Local 5 workers on strike for ‘better pay, job security, and a safer workplace’

On O’ahu and on Maui, more than 2,700 Marriott hotel workers are participating in the Local 5 strike. “Who are we? Local 5! Who’s getting mistreated? local 5! who’s… local 5!” “Who are we? local 5! who’s getting mistreated? local 5!” Local 5 workers chanted in Waikiki Monday. They represent five hotels, the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, …

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Maui Chief Judge Cardoza Honored as Jurist of the Year

Second Circuit Court Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza was recognized as the 2018 Jurist of the Year by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald at the Hawaii State Judiciary’s 2018 Statewide Incentive Awards Ceremony. “Judge Cardoza is an exemplary judge and leader,” said Chief Justice Recktenwald. “His knowledge of the law, leadership skills, diligence, and integrity have earned him great respect from …

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MFD Conducted Three Rescues Across the Island on Sunday

Nakalele, MAUI – On Sunday, 10/07/18, at approximately 1221 hours, Engine 11 (Napili Station) and Rescue 10 (Kahului Station) were dispatched to the blow hole area at Nakalele for a 34 year old male visitor who injured his left wrist and ankle in a fall. Engine 11 personnel hiked down to the injured male, treated injuries, and prepared the patient …

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Parents, Community Volunteers and Teachers Canvass for School Funding Amendment

Volunteers such as public school parents, children’s advocates and teachers on neighbor islands handed out campaign literature at fairs and markets, campaigning in favor of the constitutional amendment. They used their grassroots “people power” to combat the unfair and inaccurate criticisms made by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, luxury developers and realtors, who are bankrolling a campaign to kill an …

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Maui’s Second Large-Scale Solar Project Comes Online

In partnership with Kenyon Energy, Maui Electric Company has announced that Maui’s second large-scale photovoltaic solar project went online on October 4. Maui Electric is buying power from the Ku‘ia Solar project in West Maui which is independently owned and operated by Kenyon Energy. The 10.85-acre project, located on land owned by Kamehameha Schools in Lahaina, can offer up to …

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State Supreme Court Hearing on ‘Investment Property Surcharge’ Set

The Supreme Court of the State of Hawai’i has accepted a petition from all four counties to hear their arguments against a constitutional amendment which proposes to allow the state to impose a “surcharge” upon “investment property.” Maui, Kauai, Hawaii counties and the City and County of Honolulu filed a lawsuit and motion in the First Circuit Court last month …

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Sen. Schatz speaking up for keeping leg space on planes

Passengers might get to keep their leg room during flights. Wednesday the U.S. Senate passed legislation preventing airlines from cutting down seats and legroom space on its planes. The Federal Aviation Administration will also work to mandate a minimum seat size for all airlines in the country. Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz advocated for the measure — sending out a …

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DOE: October’s Harvest of the Month Features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in Student Meals

The Hawai`i State Department of Education is continuing its ‘Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program for a second year. This month, participating public schools statewide will be serving ‘Ulu Beef Stew. The new lunch entrée features locally grown breadfruit, thanks to an ongoing partnership with Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Producers Cooperative. Members of the Hawai`i Cattlemen’s Council and the Hawai`i Beef Industry …

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Anti-bullying lawsuit gains momentum

An anti-bullying video from a first grader on Maui’s gone viral. Lawaia Uwekoolani’s video received overwhelming support. “We’ve been getting tons of messages and so much positive feedback,” said Lawaia’s mom, Kortney Uwekoolani. And it’s more than mahalos – it’s inspired a lot of people to open up. “People sharing their stories of being bullied or their children being bullied …

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