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DOE Names Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Superintendent

The Hawaii State Board of Education approved the appointment of three Hawai`i State Department of Education leadership positions as recommended by Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. They are:  Phyllis Unebasami, deputy superintendent (effective Sept. 6); David Brookshire “Brook” Conner, assistant superintendent for the Office of Information Technology Services (effective, Sept. 25); and Kathleen Dimino, complex area superintendent of the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area (effective Sept. 14). …

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An Acre Burns near The Dunes at Maui Lani

At 4:31 p.m. on Monday, firefighters responded to a brush fire near The Dunes at Maui Lani golf course. An employee at the golf course reportedly saw the fire and reported it to 911 dispatchers. Kahului fire crews found about an acre of dry brush on fire when they arrived at 4:42 p.m. The fire burnt a vacant lot of …

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Governor Ige Signs Rail Bill

Governor David Ige signed SB 4 after completing legal and policy reviews of the measure over the weekend. The bill extends O‘ahu’s general excise tax surcharge to 2030, an additional three years. It also increases the state’s hotel room tax by one percent (10.25 percent) for the next 13 years. “This is a strategic investment in Hawai‘i’s future. We must …

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Island Air Completes Transition to all Q400 Aircrafts

Island Air on Tuesday announced that it has completed its transition to an all-Q400 Turboprop fleet with the retirement of its last remaining ATR-72, marking a significant milestone for the airline as it continues to expand interisland service and grow its operations. The achievement comes as Island Air prepares to celebrate its 37th anniversary of service to the people of …

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Washington Man Pulled from Waters off West Maui

At 4:33 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, emergency crews in West Maui responded to the area known as “Windmills Beach,” about a mile east of Honolua Bay, for a male in the water and possibly in distress. Paramedics and firefighters from Napili arrived at 4:45 p.m. and found bystanders performing CPR on an unresponsive male on the beach. Crews …

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Hui Up! Refrigerator Trade-In Program On Molokai Now Underway

Molokai’s Hui Up! program is now in full swing as families this week began trading in their older, energy-eating refrigerator units for new, low-cost ENERGY STAR®-certified models. Hawai‘i Energy supported the nonprofit organization Sust‘AINAble Molokai in implementing the transformation and educational refrigerator exchange program, with generous help from Makoa Trucking Service, Servco Home & Appliance Distribution, and General Electric. Dozens …

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Elevated level of bacteria reported at West Maui beach

The public is advised of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at Honokowai Beach, Maui. Levels of 137 per 100 mL have been detected during routine beach monitoring. The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program. The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms …

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DPS Hosts Graduation Ceremony Netting MCCC Two Recruits

The Department of Public Safety today welcomed a new class of adult correctional officers at a graduation ceremony held at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Forty-two recruits graduated from Basic Corrections Recruit Class (BCRC) 17-02 training and will begin their careers as correctional officers in facilities across the state. BCRC is a 9-week training that includes 360 hours of …

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DLNR Implements Test Parking Plan At Lahaina Small Boat Harbor

Under a new month-to-month revocable permit with Diamond Parking Services, LLC, the Department of Land and Natural Resources will institute a parking plan at Lahaina Small Boat Harbor that will assign the harbor’s approximately 35 parking stalls to harbor tenants by permit. The new parking plan will begin today, September 1, 2017. The contract with Diamond Parking as the managing …

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PDC Responds to Hurricane Harvey Flood Event

As the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical depression, continue to worsen throughout Southeast Texas, the University of Hawaiʻi-managed Pacific Disaster Center reports that it’s doing its part to expedite analysis and dissemination of new field data using its powerful DisasterAWARE technology. Working closely with the Texas National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and several local authorities, the center is …

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