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First Rat Lungworm Case of 2017 Confirmed on Oahu

The Hawai`i State Department of Health has confirmed one new case of rat lungworm disease in an Oahu resident. This is the first case of rat lungworm disease contracted on Oahu in 2017, bringing the statewide total of confirmed cases to 16 for this year. The adult case is currently hospitalized and the department confirmed their illness late on Tuesday afternoon. The …

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Frustration Mounts Over Non-Profit Liquor Rules

Wednesday’s meeting of the Maui County Liquor Commission went into executive session at 12:30 p.m. to consider revising drastic rules which affect the ability of nonprofit organizations to serve alcohol during one-day fundraising events. These “Class 10” special permits are now a topic of urgent concern as non-profits seek to push back against recent rules changes which would require fingerprinting, …

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Fire crews respond to a fire in Kula and a mountain rescue in Wailuku

KULA STRUCTURE FIRE REPORT: At 11:51 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017, upcountry firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1000 block of Polipoli Road. Kula firefighters arrived in the area at 12:03 a.m. and did not see any signs of fire. Firefighters had trouble accessing the narrow driveway but eventually reached the one-story 1,500 sq. ft. residence. The …

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DOH Gives Go-Ahead to Second Medical Cannabis Dispensary

The Hawai‘i Department of Health has issued a formal notice to proceed to Aloha Green LLC today after the dispensary completed laboratory testing requirements and passed its final onsite inspection. Aloha Green is the second licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the state, and the first on O‘ahu, to receive approval to begin sales of medical cannabis to registered patients and …

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Bus Shortage: West Maui Representative Calls for Governor to Intervene

West Maui lawmaker Representative Angus McKelvey Wednesday called on Governor David Ige to intervene in the student transportation crisis that has adversely affected West Maui as well as other school districts on Maui and Kauai. “The situation is completely unacceptable, especially when you consider all the Lahainaluna High School students that need access to a campus that is not readily …

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Seven Year Old Girl Medevaced after fall at Kaihalulu Beach in Hana

At 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, emergency crews in Hana responded to Kaihalulu Beach, more commonly known as, “Red Sand Beach” for a child that fell from the trail leading to the popular beach. Police officers arrived and found that a 7-year-old female had fallen about 12 feet from a ledge where the trail nears the beach. The …

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Structure Fire in Maui Meadows Monday Caused $1,170,600 in Damage

At 4:28 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017, South Maui fire crews responded to a residential structure fire on the 3200 block of Keha Drive in the Maui Meadows subdivision. The Wailea crew reported seeing heavy black smoke in the area as soon as they turned out of the fire station. Firefighters were on scene at 4:34 p.m. and found …

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Woman arrested in connection with Pukalani robbery

On June 7, 2017 at about 9 p.m., a cashier at the Chevron gas station located at 3425 Old Haleakala Highway in Pukalani reported being robbed at gunpoint. An unidentified female came into the store of the gas station and pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money. The female left the store with cash and fled in an …

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Suspect Wanted in Banana Bungalow Burglary

The Maui Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a male who was involved a burglary at the Banana Bungalow. On July 25, an unidentified male unlawfully entered a room at the Banana Bungalow in Wailuku and removed items from within, according to MPD officials. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kapahulehua at (808)270-6519 or police at …

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Maui Dispensary Green Lighted for Medical Cannabis Sales

Maui Wellness Group, LLC dba Maui Grown Therapies is the first licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the state to receive the green light from the Hawai‘i Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis to registered patients and their caregivers. The Department of Health issued a formal notice to proceed to Maui Grown Therapies today after the dispensary completed laboratory …

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