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Maui Police Commission Concludes Chief of Police Annual Evaluation

On March 21, the Maui Police Commission concluded its annual review and evaluation of Chief of Police Tivoli Faaumu.   The evaluation period was from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. According to MPD, Chief Faaumu received high marks in all categories of the evaluation which included areas of leadership such as continued department accreditation, community relations, standards of professionalism …

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DOT, Partners Join Forces to End Distracted Driving

Dedicated to saving lives, the Hawai`i Department of Transportation, four county police departments and private partners Toyota Hawai`i and DTRIC Insurance are working together on educating all of Hawai`i’s roadway users about the dangers of distracted driving throughout National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving involves anything that takes your …

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Tamara Paltin Seeks County Council Seat

Tamara Paltin announced on Monday that she has turned in nomination papers for election to the County Councilʻs open West Maui residency seat. The seat is currently held by Councilmember Elle Cochran who has announced her intentions to run for Mayor. Paltin first entered the political scene as a grassroots candidate and ran for Mayor of Maui County in 2014 …

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Don Couch Announces Run for State House

Former Maui County Council member Don Couch announced that he is seeking South Maui’s seat in the Hawaii State House on Tuesday. Couch was elected to three consecutive two-year terms on the Maui County Council and served as chairman of the council’s Planning Committee for six years; vice-chairman of the council’s Policy & Inter-governmental Affairs Committee; and Deputy County Planning …

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Australian Woman Medevaced From Cruise Ship off Maui

A 70-year-old Australian woman arrived safely to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Tuesday, after being medically evacuated from a cruise ship off Maui. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point hoisted the woman from the cruise ship Regatta and safely transported her to Kahului Airport in Maui where local emergency medical services personnel were waiting. She was transferred to the …

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Maui County to Test All-Electric Bus

The Maui County Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Proterra Inc., will be testing out an all-electric bus along different Maui Bus routes this week. The 40 foot, all electric, zero-emission Proterra Catalyst bus has just completed a one month trial run with the City and County of Honolulu and is now here on Maui for a three day test …

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Report: Class of 2017 Continues Positive Achievement Trend

The Hawai`i Department of Education on Monday announced that programs and policies designed to boost student achievement and strengthen successful transitions between high school, college and career are continuing to prove effective, according to the latest College and Career Readiness Indicators Report, just released by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education for the Class of 2017. One in four students in …

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Public Help Sought in January 2017 Haiku Assault Investigation

Maui Police Department is asking for assistance from the public regarding a January 2017 case involving an assault at Haiku Cannery Mall. Authorities say at about 9:25 p.m., on that day, a 48-year-old male was assaulted by an unknown local male within the parking lot of the Haiku Cannery Mall. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to …

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UPDATE: Man Missing Since Thursday Located

Updated at 3 p.m.: Maui Police Department and Crime Stoppers report that Rodney Rawson was located Monday afternoon by patrol. Original story published at 9:16 a.m. The Maui Police Department is asking help from the public for any information that may help locate Rodney Rawson who has been reported missing. Authorities describe the 52-year-old as 6-feet-four-inches and 210 pounds with brown …

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Nene Proposed for Downlisting to Threatened After Successful Recovery

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday proposed downlisting the Hawaiian goose, or nene, from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The nene was first protected in 1967 and has been the subject of a concerted recovery effort, including captive breeding, predator control and habitat protection. “Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the nene is well on …

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