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Power outages reported in Haiku, MECO en route

Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that the Haiku area is experiencing a power outage. Maui Electric is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible. If you’re experiencing a power outage, please contact the Maui Electric Company’s hotline at (808) 871-7777. Give them your address and they’ll dispatch repair …

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West Maui Disaster Planning Meetings Scheduled

The Maui County Emergency Management Agency (formerly Civil Defense) announced that it will be hosting a series of free community meetings in partnership with the West Maui Taxpayers Association to develop a disaster plan to meet specific needs of West Maui communities. A series of monthly workshops presented by subject-matter experts through the Hawaiian Hazards and Resilience Program (HHARP) will …

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Governor Ige appoints Derrick H.M. Chan to Intermediate Court of Appeals

Gov. David Ige today announced the appointment of First Circuit chief judge Derrick H.M. Chan to the Intermediate Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the retirement in December 2016 of former Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley. Chan, 61, was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge on Aug. 25, 2000. Prior to this he was the First Deputy …

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Bill requires for-profit universities to self-identify on all promotional materials

Representative Matt LoPresti has introduced legislation that would regulate for-profit universities by requiring them to identify themselves as a for-profit business on all promotional materials ending a deceptive behavior that can have serious negative consequences for students. Rep. LoPresti (Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ewa Villages, Hoakalei, Ocean Pointe) introduced House Bill 1320 this legislative session in the wake of …

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Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing’s bill puts limits on lobbyists as OHA trustees

Rep. Kaniela Ing (D-South Maui, Chair of the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs) has written and will be hearing legislation to prohibit registered and recently registered (within a year) lobbyists in the State of Hawaii from serving as or running for Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). “We’re talking about a conflict of interest …

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Park Successfully Implements Sunrise Reservation System

On February 1, 2017, Haleakalā NP successfully launched a new sunrise reservation system for park visitors traveling in personal or rental vehicles. The system was implemented to ensure visitor and employee safety, protect natural and cultural resources, and provide a quality visitor experience at the Haleakalā summit during sunrise hours (3am to 7am). Many park visitors expressed preference for the …

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Ocean safety crews kept busy with high surf rescues Wednesday

Ocean safety lifeguards and fire crews were kept busy Wednesday responding to multiple ocean rescue calls because of a large winter north swell that was arrived in the islands. At 11:25 a.m. Napili firefighters responded to a male boogie boarder reported to be in distress fronting the Mauian Hotel at Napili Bay. Firefighters arrived at 11:31 a.m. and saw the …

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Aid to Independent-Living Seniors Focus of 2017 Kupuna Caucus Bills

Measures to sustain the ability of frail elderly to age in their homes with support services and caregiving assistance are the top priorities of a House-Senate package of bills submitted this session by the Kupuna Caucus. The Kupuna Caucus consists of 54 House and Senate members, and a broad range of community organizations, government agencies, and individuals concerned about the …

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Rep. Gates’ introduces bill that provides for at-risk youth

House bill HB844 requires the State Office of Youth Services to coordinate a two-year pilot program for at-risk youth in partnership with private organizations. It is designed to provide advice and guidance for youth seeking a physical, safe haven from social troubles. “As the youngest legislator at the Hawaii State Legislature, I want to send out the message that our …

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New Law Requires Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers to Become Licensed in 2017

People who depend on medical equipment for critical life-saving issues and day-to-day living needs can now be assured the suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) in Hawaii will be licensed by the state and responsive to customer inquiries and requests for services. A new law created under Act 137 requires all retailers and suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment (DME), who …

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