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Pulehu Brush Fire Flares Up Sunday Night

At around 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2017, fire crews were called back to the Pulehu brush fire after a flare up rekindled inside the perimeter to one of the three previous fires that first began on Monday, Oct. 9. Two engine crews and water tankers from Kahului and Wailea worked to contain a sizeable flare up near the mauka …

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Island Air Files For bankruptcy Protection To Fend Off Action By Aircraft Lessors

Hawaii Island Air, Inc. (Island Air) announced today it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to continue normal operations while navigating through legal challenges recently presented by the lessors of its aircraft. The bankruptcy filing was caused by threats of legal action to ground the aircraft and strand hundreds of passengers. The filing prevents the threatened …

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Authorities Searching for Driver After Man Dies in Wailuku Hit-and-Run

On Sunday, October 15, 2017 at approximately 07:54 p.m., a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on Waiale Road north of Waiinu Road in Wailuku. The collision occurred as a vehicle traveling north on Waiale Road hit a pedestrian walking east across the roadway. The vehicle fled prior to police arrival. The pedestrian was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in …

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MECO Announces Aerial Line Inspections for Maui, Moloka‘i

Maui Electric Company will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections in the areas of Upcountry Maui on Monday, October 23; Central Maui and West Maui on Tuesday, October 24; and Moloka‘i on Wednesday, October 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Dates and locations are subject to change depending on weather. Routine aerial inspections …

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Kayaker Calls for Help after Taking on Water

At 11:18 a.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017, South Maui emergency crews responded to a kayaker reported to be taking on water about 500 yards off the Sugar Beach area in north Kihei. A 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Maalaea spotted the kayaker about a half-mile offshore near the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk at about 11:40 p.m. The kayaker …

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High Winds Prompt Two West Maui Ocean Rescues

SATURDAY RESCUE At 12:39 p.m. on Saturday, emergency crews in West Maui responded to Napili Bay for an adult and child having trouble getting back to shore on a standup paddle board. When rescue crews arrived, the father of the child had paddled out on a standup board and was already bringing the young girl back to shore. A lifeguard …

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Accident Prompts Closure to Portions of Waiale Road

Waiale Road in Wailuku is closed to traffic between Wainu Road and Na Koa Drive due to a motor vehicle accident. Emergency crews are on scene. Motorists should use an alternate route. Police were dispatched around 7:54 pm to the area of 447 Waiale for a reported hit and run accident. Witnesses say that they saw a white truck speeding …

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400+ pound marlin caught off Ka’anapali coast

It seemed like an ordinary Saturday for Maui resident, Robert Malacas and his son, Josh Malacas, who regularly fish in Lahaina, near the Sheraton Hotel. But on this particular Saturday, there was something special in store for this father and son duo. “My son (Josh) threw out his pole around 4:00 pm and then something hit his pole shortly after,” …

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Crews Respond to Adrift Sailboat off Kahana

On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at around 8:15 a.m., emergency crews in West Maui responded to reports a 25-foot sailboat adrift off of Pohaku Park, better known as, “S-Turns” in Kahana. Napili firefighters were on scene at 8:23 a.m. and spotted the sailboat about a mile offshore with no one visible on board. A rescue watercraft from Fleming Beach Park …

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Slope Stabilization Work to Cause Extended Closure of `Iao Valley

`Iao Valley State Monument will be closed beginning Monday, October 16, for an estimated two months. The Department of Land and Natural Resources will be completing the second phase of slope stabilization to the areas in the park that were damaged by a massive flood event in September 2016. Officials anticipate the park will reopen by December 16 or sooner if …

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