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Emergency East Maui Well Gets Final Approval For Permanent Use

The Hawaii State Department of Health Safe Drinking Water Branch has granted final approval in designation of the new Wakiu Well C as a permanent water source. As background, Wakiu Well C was already developed and scheduled to open, pending completion of the DOH New Source approval process. However, due to pumping issues and low pressure being experienced with the …

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Separate Fires Scorch Maui Brush

Two separate fires burned brush on Maui on Wednesday. Hana firefighters investigated a report of smoke in the Wailua-Nahiiu area of Hana Highway 360, near mile marker 22 just after 4 a.m. Authorities report that a motorist driving into Hana reported seeing lots of smoke but did not see any flames. At 4:38 a.m., firefighters found a half-acre area of …

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UPDATE: Liquor Commission votes to roll back rule changes

The Maui Liquor Commission today voted unanimously to roll back recent changes to the rules which permitted 24/7 sale of alcohol, removed the cap on the number of hostess bars allowed to operate on Maui and authorized home delivery of liquor. The action came in response to a petition by Maui activist Mahina Martin and voluminous public testimony both in-person …

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Local Artist Partners with Students for Lokelani Intermediate Mural

A momentous community service project undertaken by two seventh graders, Lily Oldham and Austin Ruppenthal is currently underway. With the approval of their Student Council Advisor, Cathy Fitzpatrick and Interim Principal, Francoise Wittenburg, the pair collaborated with local Maui artist, JoNerZ (Jonathan Baldwin,) to create a large-scale mural to liven and beautify the front of their school. A Community Paint …

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Maui County sees a 22 percent drop in its homeless population

Gov. David Ige announced today that the homeless population across the state decreased for the first time in eight years. The annual Point in Time count—a census of people experiencing homelessness—showed a nine percent overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the state. This year’s count found 7,220 homeless individuals across Hawai‘i compared to 7,921 in 2016. Maui …

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Recovery Plan for Hawai`i Coral Rolls Out

Two successive summers of serious coral bleaching in waters around the main Hawaiian Islands and in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2014 and 2015 have led to the development of Hawaii’s first-ever Hawai‘i Coral Bleaching Recovery Plan. “Recent bleaching events in Hawaii are a major cause for concern, as coral reefs provide the foundation for most of our nearshore marine …

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Council votes to restrict use of Polystyrene Food Containers

In a special meeting of the Maui County Council, members voted to pass a bill that restricts the use and sale of certain expanded polystyrene foodservice products in Maui County. All council members that were in attendance voted yes, CM Hokama was excused. In its stead, the bill will require the use of compostable or recyclable alternatives. The bill aims …

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Statewide recruitment open for adult corrections officers

The Department of Public Safety is currently looking for people, on all islands, interested in becoming an adult corrections officer. Statewide Adult Correction Officer Recruitment is open on the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) website. To qualify, applicants must meet all requirements listed on DRHD’s webpage.  Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED.  They must also have …

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DOE Expands Free Meal Program

This upcoming school year, the Hawai`i State Department of Education will expand a U.S. Department of Agriculture free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision, from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even …

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