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Man Rescued in Honokowai Apartment Fire

At approximately 2:10 a.m. on Friday, Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to reports of a fire within a unit at the Sunset Terrace Apartments. Engine 11 (Napili), Engine 3 and Ladder 3 (Lahaina), as well as a Battalion Chief responded. On scene, firefighters discovered that an earlier arriving Maui Police Department officer was able to force the door to the …

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DOH Reminds Public of Safe Food Handling Amid Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella caused by raw turkey products from a variety of sources. One case has been reported from Hawai‘i, and the investigation by the Hawai‘i Department of Health has been closed. Investigators could not find an exposure or link related to the current outbreak. During the …

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa

Governor David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag be flown at half-staff at the Hawai‘i State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, until sunset on Friday, July 20. This action is taken to honor Hawaiʻi Police Department Officer Bronson K. …

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Location Change on Maui for Absentee Walk-In Voting

The Office of the County Clerk is reminding voters that early walk-in voting on Maui will take place at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center (Wailuku Community Center) for the 2018 Primary and General Elections, County Clerk Danny Mateo announced on Thursday. Individuals wishing to vote early will not be able to vote at the County building as in years …

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Haleakalā National Park Backcountry Reopens After Reported Assault

The backcountry of Haleakalā National Park will reopen on Thursday following the search for the suspect in an alleged assault that occurred earlier this week. Park Rangers conducted a two day search of the crater area with assistance from various law enforcement agencies including Maui Police Department, Honolulu Police Department canine units, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. …

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Three Rescued off Papalaua Beach Park

At approximately 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Maui Fire Department crews were called to reports of three people in distress and being swept out to sea at Papalaua Beach Park. Engine 3 and Jetski 3 from Lahaina, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard vessel responded to the area. From shore, Engine 3 was able to spot the parties floating on …

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Woman Sentenced for Stealing Over $1M From Molokai Credit Union

Janell Purdy was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 months’ imprisonment for her role in conspiring to embezzle from the First Hawaiian Homes Federal Credit Union on Molokai. As part of her sentence, 40-year-old Purdy must also pay $949,736.36 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release. Purdy’s co-conspirator, Allennie Naeole, 55, of Kaunakakai, Hawaii, previously pled guilty to conspiracy …

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Maui Police Captain Resigns Following Sexual Assault Allegations

A Maui Police captain resigns following sexual assault accusations that he groped a fellow officer. Stephen Orikasa, who served for 27 years turned in his gun and badge last Friday, but the allegations against him date back to June of 2017. According to MPD officials, his alleged victim is a fellow officer in the police department. Court documents say Orikasa …

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New York Man Dies Following Single Vehicle Collision

A single vehicle traffic collision over the weekend left one man dead. The Maui Police Department reports that the incident occurred on Saturday at about 6:30 p.m. on Honoapiilani Road near Omaikai Place in Napili. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Lower Honoapiilani Road when it veered right and collided head on into a bridge just south of Omaikai Place. Authorities say …

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MFD Works to Contain Kanaio Brush Fire

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Monday, Maui Fire Department firefighters were called to reports of a brush fire in the area of upper Kanaio. On scene crews confirmed an active brushfire in rough terrain that made it difficult to access and determine it’s size. As of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, approximately two acres of heavy brush has burned and is …

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