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Real Property Tax Sale Set in South Maui

The County of Maui Department of Finance announced it will be holding a real property tax sale to auction off properties that have been delinquent for three or more years and have received their final notice of tax sale. The tax sale will be held Tuesday, May 22, and will continue Wednesday, May 23, if necessary, at Kihei Community Center, 303 …

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Public Hearing on Draft Rules for Polystyrene Foam Ordinance Slated May 15

The public hearing for draft administrative rules on the Polystyrene Foam Ordinance No. 4457 will be held at 5 p.m. May 15 in the Planning Conference Room, 250 S. High St., Room 140. Comments on the language and content of the draft administrative rules will be recorded at the public hearing. Prior to the hearing, written comments may also be submitted in person …

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Big Island Eruptions are a Reminder for Emergency Preparedness

The recent eruptions and seismic activity on the Big Island and the possibility for a local tsunami, are a current reminder for Maui County residents to be prepared for emergencies and disasters. Maui County officials issued a community message on Friday morning reminding residents to be informed about local hazards that could affect your home.  Among the suggestions are making a …

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Puunene Brush Fire Ruled Accidental

At 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, fire crews responded to a reported brush fire near the Puunene Post Office on Hansen Road. Callers reported hearing a loud explosion followed by a fire starting in the brush. Firefighters arrived 2:34 p.m. and found two small fires burning in the brush 150 yards off of Hansen Road across from the post office. The …

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Front Street Apartments Tenants Sue to Enforce Affordable Rent Commitment

Tenants at Front Street Apartments in Lahaina filed a lawsuit today in the Second Circuit Court against Front Street Affordable Housing Partners (FSA), the developer of the affordable housing complex. The lawsuit challenges FSA’s attempt to convert the property into market-rate rentals in violation of the 51-year commitment to keep rents affordable to low-income tenants. If allowed, the conversion would …

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Interim Director Named Following Dr. Pressler Retirement

Governor David Ige on Thursday announced the interim appointment of Bruce Anderson, Ph.D., to lead the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health following the June 1 retirement of Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Pressler who has served as the director of health since December 2014. In a letter to the governor dated May 4, 2018, Dr. Pressler outlined the department’s accomplishments over the past three …

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Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina Bypass Connector Road to Open Friday

The Hawai`i Department of Transportation has announced that the Southern Connector Road between the lower Honoapiilani Highway and the Honoapiilani Highway Realignment Phase 1B-2 (also known as the Lahaina Bypass) will open to vehicular traffic at approximately 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 11. The Southern Connector Road intersection with the Bypass will be a right-in/right-out movement. Maalaea bound motorists coming from the …

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Randall T. Saito Indicted For Escape, Identity Theft

Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki on Thursday that Randall T. Saito was indicted by a Honolulu Grand Jury on one count of Escape in the Second Degree and four counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree. Saito was previously charged with Escape in the Second Degree for his escape from the Hawai`i State Hospital in November of 2017, and …

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Fire Commission Completes Annual Evaluation of the Fire Chief

The Department of Fire and Public Safety has announced the annual performance review and evaluation by the Fire and Public Safety Commission of Fire Chief, Jeffrey Murray. Below is the letter from Robyne Nishida Nakao, outgoing Commission Chair of the Fire and Public Safety Commission, to Mayor Alan Arakawa addressing Chief Murray’s annual evaluation for calendar year 2017. “I agree …

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