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BREAKING: Hawaii Federal Court judge changes travel ban TRO to a preliminary injunction

Attorney General Doug Chin issued the following statement today in response to the ruling by federal judge Derrick K. Watson granting the state’s motion to convert the temporary restraining order enjoining the President’s travel ban to a preliminary injunction: “This is an important affirmation of the values of religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution’s First Amendment. With a preliminary injunction …

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ACLU of Hawai‘i: Local government urged to decline Federal immigration enforcement duties

State and Counties urged to put Hawaii’s values, communities, and Constitution first: refuse involvement with Trump’s immigration policies ACLU warns the Counties and State of Hawaiʻi of significant risks associated with being part of Trump’s deportation force In the face of growing Federal pressure for local law enforcement to get drafted in Trump’s deportation force, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaiʻi Foundation (“ACLU”) sent letters …

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

“Behind every distracted driving death is a story of loss. In the blink of an eye, lives can be transformed forever,” said Ford Fuchigami, Hawaii Department of Transportation Director. “Scrolling through song lists on a cell phone, or texting while driving is not just irresponsible, it can have tragic consequences. We’re calling on drivers to put down their devices and …

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Police seek ID of man in QKC robbery investigation

The Maui Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a male involved in a robbery that occurred on February 1, 2017 at the Shades of Maui located in the Queen Kaahumanu Center. The male is described as 5’8″-5’10” tall, 190-200 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dennis Lee at (808)244-6423 …

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Hawaiʻi Students Nominated to Military Service Academies

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the names and photos of her nominations to the U.S. Military Service Academies for classes entering Summer 2017.  After an exhaustive application and interview process, she nominated twenty-two students from across Hawaii’s Second Congressional District. Their applications are now being considered for final selection by the United States Military Academy at West Point, the …

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Hawaiian Airlines makes emergency landing at Kahului Airport

Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA47 departed Oakland bound for Honolulu at 9:21 a.m. local time with 241 passengers and 10 crew onboard. Due to an odor of smoke in the cabin, the captain elected to divert to Kahului Airport (OGG) in an abundance of caution. The aircraft landed safely in Kahului at 11:29 a.m. and arrived to the gate under its …

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Fire Crews battle brushfire on Happy Valley Hillside

At approximately 2:00 pm today, Maui firefighters responded to reports of a brushfire burning along a hillside on Mokuhau Road in Happy Valley, Wailuku. On scene, crews found a working fire moving through dense brush. Gusty winds and steep terrain contributed to the rapid spread of the fire as extinguishing efforts commenced. 3 MFD engine crews, 2 MFD tankers, and …

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Central Maui Residents Asked to Conserve Water During Fire

The Department of Water Supply is asking that all Central Maui residents conserve water immediately due to a fire that is affecting one of the primary wells for the area. The affected area includes Waihee, Waiehu, Happy Valley, Wailuku, Waikapu and Kahului. Department officials said until crews can access the well site and assess the damage and implications, that affected …

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Maui County Democrats to hold annual convention

The Maui County Democratic Party will hold its Annual Convention on Saturday, April 1, at the Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria starting at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 until Friday, March 31, and $15 at the door. State Senator Gil Keith-Agaran will share updates on the legislative session and a new Maui County …

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