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Judiciary Committee Passes Bills on Lobbyists, Campaign Finance

The House Judiciary Committee advanced several bills related to serving in public office today including support for public funding during elections, prohibiting former legislators from becoming lobbyists for two years after leaving office, increasing the fine for campaign spending law violations, and holding public special elections to fill vacancies for some offices. Rep. Chris Lee (Kailua, Waimānalo) said these bills …

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Maui’s Two New House Lawmakers Introduce Legislative Packages

Maui’s two new freshmen lawmakers, Representatives Tina M.L. Wildberger (Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena) and Troy N. Hashimoto (Kahakuloa, Waihe‘e, Waiehu, Pu‘uohala, Wailuku, Waikapū), introduced their first slate of bills to address issues of top concern to Maui residents. The measures include addressing the minimum wage, sea level rise, invasive species, school capacity and repair, and illegal vacation rentals.  Representative Tina Wildberger …

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Coast Guard Rescues Man Off Maui

The United States Coast Guard rescued a 63-year-old man off Maui on Monday morning. Coast Guard watchstanders learned of a man in distress reported by the master of the vessel he was aboard. The man was reportedly struggling to breathe following a snorkeling outing. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was contacted and recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard Station Maui small …

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Recapping the Mayor’s Department Head Nominees, Fireworks likely ahead for the last four

The review of Mayor Victorino’s nominees to head the different county departments has been a difficult and time consuming process. Public testimony and council discussion has been conducted since last month in the nine member council committee on Government, Ethics and Transparency (GET) chaired by councilmember Mike Molina. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the full council. The date for …

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Police Request Help Locating Man Reported Missing

The Maui Police Department is requesting public assistance in locating 20-year-old Seth Arnold who has been reported as missing. Authorities say he was last in contact with his family on the mainland on January 10. Arnold is believed to reside on an unknown boat moored off of Mala Wharf. His current whereabouts are unknown. Police say he is described as …

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MPD Launches New 9-1-1 Location Technology

On Thursday, the Maui Police Department went online with new device location data software for 9-1-1 calls. MPD officials say the department is now receiving fast and accurate location data from iPhones with iOS 12 using the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse. The first and most important question in every 9-1-1 call is, “What is the location of your emergency?” This is …

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Woman Wanted on $5K Warrant

The Maui Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Nicole Feliciano who has an outstanding $5,000 arrest warrant. Forty-two-year-old Feliciano is described as 5-foot-7-inch tall and 150 pounds with brown eyes and hair. She also goes by the name “Nicole Aina” and has a tattoo on her right foot. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact …

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Maui Electric to Replace Utility Pole Along Hansen Road

Maui Electric will be replacing a utility pole along Hansen Road between Hana Highway and Pulehu Road on Wednesday, February 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Safe completion of the work will require a road closure on Hansen Road, according to company officials. As a result, traffic will be diverted through Hoʿokele Street and Pulehu Road.   Motorists should expect …

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County Joins National Guard for Training

The Maui Police Department, Maui Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency joined the Hawaii National Guard and other agencies for a full-scale training exercise Thursday near the Kahului Airport. MPD’s Special Response Team started off the training with a safety briefing at 6:40 a.m. followed by a high-risk suspect apprehension exercise. Firefighters then conducted hazardous materials decontamination procedures as well …

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Fire Burns Tent in Waihe’e

At 11:33 p.m. on Wednesday, Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to reports of flames in an area above St Ann Church on Kuhinia Street in Waihe’e. On scene, crews found a 20’ x 20’ tent type structure completely involved and destroyed by fire. Firefighters were able to officially declare this fire extinguished shortly after at 12:18 am. A 65-year-old male …

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