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Governor Ige Convenes Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative

Hawaiʻi currently ranks 43rd in the nation in drug overdose deaths. The rank has remained steady over the past six years, even though drug overdose rates continue to rise across the nation. Drug overdose remains the leading form of injury-related deaths for Hawaiʻi residents. It currently accounts for 23 percent of all fatal injuries, according to the Department of Health’s …

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Mayor’s Office Honors ‘Go Pink!’ T-Shirt Contest Winners

On Tuesday, winners from this year’s Go Pink! t-shirt design contest for the Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department were recognized during a ceremony at the Mayor’s office. Officer Kamuela Mawae won from MPD and Fire Fighter Mike Neubauer won from MFD. Entries were submitted from both departments and were voted on by the public. Both designs will be …

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Road Work Snarls Traffic on Haleakala Highway

Numerous reports are coming in to the MAUIWatch newsroom of major traffic on Haleakala Highway, mainly in the central bound direction. The slowed traffic is a result of road construction near the bottom of the highway and has slowed traffic to 35 mile per hour. Road construction started early this week but backups haven’t been as been as bad as …

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Abandoned building consumed by fire in Haiku

At 10:16 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 Makawao firefighters received a report of smoke coming from a gulch below Kapakalua Road, near Nilu Place in Haiku. Makawao firefighters arrived on scene at 10:29 p.m., and had to make access down very steep and difficult terrain to find the source of the smoke and flames. Fire crews found an abandoned …

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Maui County Recognized for Performance Management Leadership

The International City/County Management Association has recognized Maui County for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Achievement in Performance Management. “Performance management is a bedrock principle of professional local government management,” ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott said. “By recognizing these leaders, ICMA hopes to encourage others to make a commitment to collect and analyze data, …

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Officials Release Monk Seal Viewing Safety Video

There are endangered Hawaiian monk seals and their pups now known to be resting on at least two beaches on Oahu. Marine wildlife officials are advising the public to keep their distance and avoid disturbing the seals on the beach and in nearshore waters. The Department of Land and Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, City and County of …

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State Legislature will not convene override special session

Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (Kauai, Niihau) and State House Speaker Scott K. Saiki (McCully, Kakaako, Kaheka, Downtown) today announced that the Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii State House of Representatives will not convene a special session to override any bills on Governor David Ige’s Intent to Veto list. On June 23, Gov. Ige notified the legislature of his …

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Two Acres Scorched, Homes Threatened in Paia Brush Fire

At 4:27 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017, fire crews responded to a brush fire in a fallow sugar cane field to the east of Ulumau Place. Paia firefighters were on scene at 4:31 p.m. and found about an acre of brush and fallow sugar cane on fire and threatening homes on Ulumau Place. The department’s Air-1 helicopter arrived just in …

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Three Acre Brush Fire Caused by Youth Playing with Fireworks

At 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, West Maui fire crews responded to a brush fire reported mauka of Hookahua Street and on the south side of Lahainaluna Road. Lahaina firefighters arrived on scene at 2:11 p.m. and found about a half-acre of light brush on fire and moving quickly towards homes on Hookahua St. A battalion chief, two engine …

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Hazardous Tree Removal on Piiholo Road to Begin Monday

The County of Maui announced that the removal of 20 hazardous trees on Piiholo Road will begin Monday, July 10, 2017. The initial phase will involve Eucalyptus trees located above the Piiholo Zipline and will require intermittent road closures due to safety while the trees are being removed. Work is scheduled to be done 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., and …

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