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County announces changes to Maui Recycling Programs as of January 2018

The Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division of the Maui County Department of Environmental Management is announcing that there are several changes to current recycling programs that may impact Maui County residents. 1) China Policies You may have been hearing new terms like China’s Green Fence and The National Sword and wondered what they are and how they impact our community. …

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Flu epidemic: Hawaii usually about 1-2 months behind mainland

The flu season on mainland continues to rapidly spread to near-epidemic levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. RELATED LINK: CDC official on why the flu is near-epidemic, peaking early this year So far the flu is already widespread in 46 states, but currently here in Hawaii, it’s not as severe. “When we do see a rise in flu …

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Upcoming change to Hawaii’s REAL ID compliant credentials

Effective January 16, 2018, REAL ID compliant Hawaii driver’s licenses or State identification cards will be issued with a “star in a gold circle” marking. On September 9, 2013, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) received notification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the State was determined to be fully compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005 …

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DOH West Hawaii Teledentistry Pilot Expands to Maui

A Department of Health survey, titled the Hawaii Smiles report, which was released in 2016 confirmed Hawaii’s children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in the nation. That same survey also showed a disproportionately higher prevalence of tooth decay among low-income children, especially those who live in Hawaii, Maui and Kauai counties. Despite ranking at the bottom of the …

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DOT responds to McKelvey’s ‘Inaccurate’ statements on bypass and highway improvements

Rep. Angus McKelvey released a statement Jan. 10, 2018, regarding the planned opening of the Lahaina Bypass Phase 1B2 as well as the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) plan to make adjustments at the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Keawe Street. “Rep. McKelvey’s take that the Lahaina Bypass Phase 1B2 and Honoapiilani Highway Improvements – Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street …

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UH Maui to get $1.1M for air conditioning improvements

A total of $1.1 million for capital improvement projects at the University of Hawaii Maui for the Kaaike and Paina buildings was approved by Gov. David Ige this month. “The Maui delegation and I worked hard to get CIP funds for projects throughout Maui,” said Speaker Emeritus Joseph M. Souki (Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, Waikapu). “I’m very happy the …

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Free Entry to Haleakalā National Park on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 15, 2018, Haleakalā National Park will waive entrance fees for all park visitors, as part of a national celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Although entrance fees will be waived, visitors wishing to viewing sunrise between 3am and 7am must still make an online sunrise reservation and pay the $1.50 per car reservation fee at recreation.gov. …

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McKelvey calls on Governor to intervene on Lahaina roadwork

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey presented a letter to Gov. David Ige formally requesting that he intervene and stop a Hawaii Department of Transportation proposal that includes last-minute changes to the Keawe Street intersection of the Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina, Maui. “I am officially requesting your office immediately intervene,” Rep. McKelvey said in the letter to Gov. Ige. “This proposal, which …

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Maui County Emergency Management announces CERT clinics for West Maui

Maui County Emergency Management Agency announces the next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes to be held in Lahaina. FEMA’s CERT program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face.  Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, …

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Report: Nearly half of Hawaii’s households unable to make ends meet

According to a new report from Aloha United Way, nearly half of Hawaii’s households can’t make ends meet. Zi Jun Liu, a senior at McKinley High School, has already learned real-life lessons about living in the islands. “We have X-amount of money to spend at the end of the week, and my parents will have to figure out how to …

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