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Lawmakers Focus on Toughening DUI Laws

Lawmakers were shocked by the tragic traffic incident in Kakaʻako this week that took the lives of three innocent victims and injured several more. Representatives and Senators are in the process of passing several strong new laws aimed at drunk and impaired driving. “These types of deaths are avoidable. It’s frustrating, especially when you know people who have been involved, and we all …

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Mayor Victorino Reviews Mahi Pono Farming Plans

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino reviewed Mahi Pono’s conceptual plans Wednesday for agricultural development on 41,000 acres formerly used for sugar cane cultivation in Central Maui. “Eveything’s conceptual,” Mayor Victorino told listeners and KAOI Radio host Jack Gist Thursday morning. “It gives me a lot of hope that we will see green fields out there again, raising edible crops.” Those …

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Maui Electric to Replace Pole Along Lono Avenue

Maui Electric will be upgrading a utility pole along Lono Avenue fronting the At Home Animal Hospital on Thursday, February 7 starting at 8 p.m. Safe completion of the work will require a one lane road closure along Lono Avenue between Third Street and Vevau Street, according to company officials. Motorists should expect traffic delays in this area during this …

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Haleakalā National Park Resumes Visitor Services as Government Shutdown Ends

Haleakala National Park resumes regular operations after the enactment of a continuing resolution by US Congress and President Donald Trump. Visitor Centers in the Summit District and the Kipahulu District are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Pools of ‘Oheʻo in the Kīpahulu District are open and are monitored for possible flash floods. The pools may be closed …

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Brush Fire Burns One Acre in Wailea

At 4:48 p.m. on Wednesday, Maui Fire Department firefighters were called to the area of Heleuma Place in Wailea for reports of a brush fire. On scene, crews reported a working fire in heavy brush located adjacent to Wailea Alanui Drive and Heleuma Place. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down flames and the fire was declared contained at 5:05 …

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Police Warn of Phone Scam

The Maui Police Department is warning the public of another phone scam. According MPD officials, a female reported receiving a call from a male claiming to be a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. The male informed the female that there is a warrant out for her arrest and is instructed to send $5,000. The female was further instructed to go to …

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Kihei Man Dies Diving at Ulua Beach

A Kihei man died diving near the north end of Ulua Beach on Tuesday night. At about 7 p.m., Maui Fire Department firefighters were called to beach for reports of a diver in the water yelling for help. Engine and Ladder 14 from Wailea, and Rescue 10 from Kahului responded. On scene, fire personnel located a male scuba diver who …

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Kansas City Visitor Drowns at Kamaole Point

A snorkeler drowned Saturday in the area of Kamaole point, between Kamaole 2 and Kamaole 3 beach parks. Maui Ocean Safety and Maui Fire Department personnel responded shortly after 1 p.m. after Ocean Safety officers at Kamaole 2 observed the victim and her husband snorkeling and recognized they needed assistance. The unresponsive female victim was brought to the shoreline where …

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Governor Ige Presents 2019 State of the State Address

The following is Governor David Ige’s State of the State Address, verbatim, presented on January 22, 2019: Mister Speaker, President Kouchi, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, elected officials, military leaders, honored guests, and all of you who took the time to be with us this morning. Aloha. Like the start of each new year, the State of the State address …

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Report: Hawaii is 2019’s Worst State to Drive in

With U.S. traffic congestion costing the average driver over $1,400 per year and the U.S. ranked 10th in the world in road quality, the personal-finance website WalletHub on Tuesday released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States to Drive in.To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 30 key metrics. The data …

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