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Lahainaluna Football Looks to Defend State Title

Lahainaluna High School looks to defend its championship at the First Hawaiian Bank / Hawai`i High School Athletic Association Division II football championship game on Saturday. The Lunas punched their ticket to the title game by defeating Roosevelt High School 48-10 in the state semi-finals last Saturday at Sue D. Cooley Stadium. Lahainaluna, the Maui Interscholastic League Division II champion, heads …

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Appleseed Announces New Report Highlighting Vacation Rental Solutions for Hawai`i

The vacation rental industry has exponentially expanded with the growth of online home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb, Flipkey and Homeaway. Vacation rentals are proliferating rapidly because of the incredible profi t-making opportunities they provide. And nonresidents can speculate in VRUs, investing their money for virtually guaranteed returns while taking on little risk. Hawai‘i’s low property tax—the lowest in the nation—ensures …

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Update: MECO Restores Power to South Maui

UPDATE: At around 7:45 this evening, Maui Electric reports that power has been restored for South Maui.  If your power is still out, please contact them at their Dispatch center. INITIAL REPORT At around 6 p.m., a power outage occurred in South Maui.  Maui Electric Company is sending crews to investigate and restore power. If you’re driving, please note that …

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No Tsunami Generated by 6.5M Solomon Islands Quake

There is no tsunami threat to Hawai`i following a powerful earthquake in the Solomon Islands Thursday evening. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center notes that the 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at 5:27 p.m. Hawai`i Time. According to the United States Geological Survey the quake shook 82.3 miles west of Kirakira, Solomon Islands; 229.2 miles west-northwest of Honiara, Solomon Islands; 437.9 miles …

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States Unemployment Rate at 2.3 Percent in October

The Hawai`i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced on Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 2.3 percent compared to 2.2 percent in September. Statewide, 670,400 were employed and 15,750 unemployed in October for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 686,100. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in October, the same …

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Man Sentenced to 41 Months for Assault at Haleakala

Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced Matthew Berckmann, 44, to 41 months imprisonment on Tuesday. Berckmann was convicted after a jury trial of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault of his spouse by strangulation. Following his incarceration, Berckmann will be on supervised release for 3 years. Kenji M. Price, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said …

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Texas Visitor Drowns at Bamboo Forest Trail in Kailua

At approximately 2:23 p.m. on Tuesday, Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to reports of a swimmer who went missing in a pond located on the Bamboo Forest Trail in Kailua. The victim was reportedly swimming with a female companion across a murky pond when he went missing. When firefighters made their way on scene, search efforts commenced and the victim …

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Maui Ocean Safety and Fire Personnel Respond to Near Drowning at DT Fleming Beach

On Sunday, October 11, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Maui Ocean Safety and Fire personnel responded to a swimmer possibly injured in the shorebreak at DT Fleming Beach. Ocean Safety personnel were alerted to bystanders assisting a male party out of the water and quickly responded. The male victim was reportedly unconscious and lifesaving efforts commenced. Napili firefighters and Medics arrived …

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Sunday Lahaina Brushfire Quickly Contained

On Sunday, November 11 at approximately 1:37 p.m., Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to reports of a brushfire in the area above Hanakao’o Beach in Lahaina. Crews initially had a difficult time making access to the fire located in light brush on the hillside in the reported area. Firefighters from Lahaina and Napili eventually gained access and were able to quickly …

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Representative Tulsi Gabbard Recognizes Coast Guard Hero On Maui

Representative Tulsi Gabbard visited Maui on Monday to recognize the heroism of U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer (Ret.) Mitchell Lani, who received the U.S. Coast Guard Commendation Medal for his brave actions while training for deployment during the Korean War. Lani was serving as a cook aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forster in 1953, when a cable got caught …

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