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Hawai`i Ranked as Worst State for Driving

Hawai`i is the worst state in the United States for driving, according to a study by WalletHub. The study took into account 23 different factors, including gas prices, rush hour traffic, and road quality. Hawai`i is ranked below Washington State and Maryland. The best states for driving are Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

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DOT Provides Major West Maui Road Work Updates

The Hawai`i Department of Transportation has provided updates on the Lahaina Bypass Phase 1B-2, the Honoapiilani Highway Improvements, Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street, and the associated project, Traffic Signal Modernization at Various Locations. Updates can read in their entirety below: Honoapiilani Highway Improvements – Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street Work on the Honoapiilani Highway Improvements, Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street, …

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DOE: Website to Host Hawai`i Schools Temperatures

The Hawai`i State Department of Education says they are taking another step to monitor and adjust classroom temperatures. In a partnership with the Hawai`i Natural Energy Institute, classroom temperatures and environmental data collected at public school campuses will be posted to a new website. Beginning this month, the HIDOE Thermal Comfort website will feature data from 37 schools with weather stations and …

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Authorities Searching for Man Not Seen in Over a Year

Maui Police Department is looking for Robert Russell Manley, after he was deemed missing for over a year. On January 24, at about 3 p.m., officials say the daughter of Manley contacted MPD after receiving information that her father has not been seen in just over one year at his listed address in Kihei. Manley’s family says they have not …

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Judge Recalls Arrest Warrant After Man Responds in Hawaiian Instead of English

On Thursday morning, Maui District Court Judge Blaine Kobayashi issued an order recalling the bench warrant in State v. Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo, case number 2DCW-17-0002038. Therefore, Mr. Kaeo is not subject to arrest. In addition, a hearing has been scheduled regarding the use of a Hawaiian language interpreter. The Judiciary says it will be reviewing its policies regarding the provision …

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Arrest warrant issued for man who refused to address Maui judge in English

Speaking Hawaiian inside a Maui courtroom could land a Kula man behind bars. Trial for a Haleakala telescope protestor was scheduled to start at District Court in Wailuku Wednesday morning but it didn’t get very far. 51-year-old defendant Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo identified he was present in court, speaking Hawaiian instead of English. When presiding Judge Blaine Kobayashi told Kaeo he …

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Texas Visitor Dies in Scuba Diving Accident

At 9:49 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, emergency crews in South Maui responded to Oneuli Beach, also known as Black Sand Beach, in Makena, for an unresponsive person being brought to shore. Lifeguards from Makena State Park arrived at 9:54 a.m. just as bystanders reached the beach with a male victim. Lifeguards administered CPR until fire and paramedic crews …

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Skateboarder Seriously Injured in Wailuku Collision

On Wednesday, January 24, at approximately 3:49 p.m., a motor vehicle collision occurred on Maka Hou Loop in Wailuku. The collision occurred as a juvenile male riding a skateboard down a residential driveway was broadsided by a white 2016 Nissan Leaf traveling south on Maka Hou Loop operated by a 44-year-old female from Wailuku. The juvenile male was transported to …

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Police Searching for Missing 28-Year-Old Woman

The Maui Police Department is on the search for Carmel Yoshida, a 28-year-old woman who was reported missing on Tuesday by a concerned family member. Yoshida last spoke with her family on Monday at approximately 9:30 p.m. from a pay phone fronting the Kahului Safeway. Yoshida was last seen wearing dark colored jeans and a white tank top. The woman …

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Why didn’t I receive an alert on my phone for tsunami watch?

Less than two weeks after Hawaii’s chaotic brush with a false missile alarm, a major earthquake off Alaska triggered a tsunami watch for the Hawaiian Islands. The magnitude 7.9 quake struck south of Anchorage at around 11:31 p.m. Monday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch within 15 minutes. Gov. Ige and other state and county officials met …

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